This Mexican coastal resort town is a hot spot for solo travellers and party animals.
If you’re travelling to Playa del Carmen soon, keep scrolling!
It’s a lovely compact place, meaning everything is within walking distance – palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, dance clubs, you name it.
As for the hostels; expect refreshing pools, modern design and super comfortable rooms.
- The Green Village Boutique Hotel – great for couples
- Selina Playa Del Carmen – top pick for digital nomads
- The Yak – ideal for backpackers
There is a great collection of party hostels in Playa del Carmen. From budget to crazy events; there is something for everyone.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Just across the water on Cozumel Island, you will find 5 star hostel Beds Friends Hostel.
Over in the capital make sure you check out the beautiful Casa Pepe in Mexico City.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Playa del Carmen
- best hostels in Playa del Carmen for solo travellers
- best party hostels in Playa del Carmen
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Playa del Carmen
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Playa del Carmen cost 8€ – 16€ per night for a bed in a dorm. Private rooms starts from 20€ up to 60€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Prices in Playa del Carmen are pretty affordable!
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Playa del Carmen
Let’s jump right into the boutique Playa del Carmen hostels.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. The Green Village Boutique Hotel
How do you fancy staying in a place that has been inspired by the natural beauty of a jungle?
Climb a spiral staircase at The Green Village Boutique Hotel and admire living trees from the balcony.
This peaceful gathering place will have you become a part of the family in no time.
Welcome to one of the best hotels in Playa del Carmen for couples!
What we love about this hostel is that it offers everything a traveller could want. Seriously.
Let us show you:
- Open-air vegetarian & kosher restaurant
- Movie & games room
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Rooftop terrace
The team also offer private tours such as trips to the jungle and lagoon tours.
Like the name suggests, this is a boutique hotel. A hotel that also offers high-end hostel dorms for backpackers!
We certainly recommend this place to couples first, female solo travellers second.
There are two dorms, one for women and one for men. The sturdy wooden beds, air conditioning and balcony create a very comfy atmosphere.
Otherwise, get excited for King and Queen options that seriously impress.
They include all of the familiar hotel amenities, with those warm personal touches thrown in.
During the week you can join film and pizza nights – meet new people and relax.
Location: The Green Village is 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport and 5 minutes from the ADO Bus Station. Walk a few minutes and you’ll find 5th Avenue, plus bars, restaurants and a supermarket. Mamitas Beach is 5 minutes by foot!
This is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen for
- Female solo travellers
2. Selina Playa Del Carmen
Health freaks, location independent workers; Selina Playa Del Carmen is calling your name!
If you like the sound of…
- Daily yoga lessons
- An on-site bar on the rooftop
- Swimming pool and
- A common area filled with games
…this hostel is most likely going to become your heaven on earth.
It’s a superb place for digital nomads to meet and work. The designated workspace is well thought out and will do everything to inspire you to sit and power through.
take a break to jump in the pool, grab some food from the restaurant and sign up for an evening social event.
Free WiFi? Of course.
There is a vast selection of rooms, all of which have been beautifully designed with bright colours and tons of space.
- 4, 6, 8, 10 and 20-bed mixed dorms
- 2 person privates: micro, standard, suite, loft
- Standard triple
- Standard quadruple
Just have a look at the photos. They speak for themselves, right?
In case you’d like to save money, there is also a self-catering kitchen here.
Super cool: Selina is both pet friendly and child friendly. Whilst kids (under 5) are free, pets incur a $10 per night/per pet fee.
Read: Pets at 5 Star Hostels
Reception is open 24/7, there is no curfew and breakfast can be enjoyed for 5 USD.
Location: In the heart of Rivera Maya. It’s surrounded by restaurants, bars and local boutiques and close-by to the bus station. Quinta Avenida is one of Playa Del Carmen’s trendiest hotspots. Of course, the beach is just a short walk away.
This is one of the top hostels in Playa del Carmen for
- Digital nomads
- Solo travellers
3. The Yak Hostel
The philosophy at The Yak, which we know you will relate to, is:
“there are no strangers, just friends we haven’t met yet.”
When you decide to join The Yak tribe, you’ll be welcomed with open arms into a chilled and social atmosphere.
In fact, you can choose to spend the day relaxing in a hammock.
OR, sign up to daily activities and join the fun vibes floating around.
Be aware that this hostel does enjoy a good party and is close-by to nightclubs and a noisy nightlife scene.
Here’s an overview of what to expect:
- Rooftop terrace w/ sunbathing space
- Hostel bar (cheap drinks)
- Fully-fitted kitchen
- TV Lounge + movie nights
There are a ton of freebies at this place, including breakfast and Wifi.
As for rooms? We like that there is a variety of dorms, from small to large. It just depends on how sociable you’re feeling.
Tip: bunks are basic so opt for a 4 or 6-bed if you prefer peace and quiet.
The 12-bed mixed dorm is great if you want to meet people!
If you’re travelling with friends or fancy some luxury, there is also twin, double and quad rooms on offer.
(Out of this collection, we’d say this is the closest to a Playa del Carmen youth hostel).
Location: Just 5 minutes from the beach, surrounded by restaurants, bars and shopping arcades. Coco Bongos nightclub is just 130m from the door. The main ADO station is just a 10 minute walk.
This is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen for
- Small groups
What about cheapest hostels in Playa del Carmen?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget cheap Playa del Carmen hotels!
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Playa del Carmen.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Playa del Carmen
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Playa del Carmen for Solo Travellers?
Here’s a quick recap of our top 3 hostels:
- Best hostel for female solo travellers: The Green Village Boutique Hotel
- Best hostel for sociable solo travellers: Selina Playa del Carmen
- Best hostel for solo backpackers: The Yak
Still keen for more?
May we suggest having a look at Tres Mundos Hostel.
This is a local, laid back friendly hostel with a colourful Caribbean theme.
Enjoy the abundant communal space including rooftop terrace, hammocks and BBQ area.
The team offer tours to local sights at affordable prices – it’s a great way to meet other travellers.
It’s a top choice for older travellers and adults seeking a quieter hostel which is still sociable.
One other option is Sayab Hostel.
It’s especially appealing for scuba diving enthusiasts. “Good Vibes Diving” is the name of their private school.
There is an awesome outdoor pool and deck area. Hopefully there will be some live music during your time here!
Have a break from tacos and use the fully-fitted kitchen.
Rooms are basic, with dorm and private options available.
Party Hostels in Playa del Carmen
It’s no secret that Playa del Carmen is a hotspot for partying.
We’ve discovered some impressive Playa del Carmen party hostels for you to choose from. Forget the one mediocre option; in this guide there are four fun options!
Hostal MX 5th Avenue
Hostal MX Playa del Carmen is not technically a party hostel.
Instead, this is the best option to be close to nearby nightlife on popular 5th Avenue and Street 12.
Enjoy a peaceful atmosphere close to all the fun. It’s hard not to when there’s a lush tropical garden, hammocks and a jacuzzi.
There’s also a pool, BBQ area and foosball to get the good vibes flowing.
The on-site bar is a great place to have a few drinks at the beginning of the night before heading into town.
Taxes and breakfast is included.
Lobo de Mar Hostel
Looking for a budget party hostel? Lobo de Mar Hostel is the one for you.
Though that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on great amenities and service.
This hostel has so many cool things on offer, including:
- Rooftop bar with pool
- 1 hour of FREE drinks everyday
- Free breakfast on the rooftop
- Discounts in local bars, restaurants & activities
- Diving school w/ discounts
Once again, you’ll be just two blocks from 5th Avenue and 800m from the Caribbean Sea.
Che Playa Hostel & Bar
Let’s up the pace quite a bit and prepare you for a great party at Hostel Che Playa.
Start the day with a free breakfast and an organised trip to the beaches and cenotes.
Head back to the hostel and relax on the rooftop, by the pool or grab a wee nap behind your privacy curtain.
By night, head to the bar for some live music, sip on a Margarita (or three) and tuck in to your complimentary pizza.
Just make sure you save enough energy to join in yoga, salsa and local parties!
Hostel 3B Chic & Cheap
All day pool parties, international DJ’s and tequila?
Only at Hostel 3B Playa del Carmen!
This is the ultimate party hostel Playa del Carmen has to offer, there’s no doubt about it.
Did we forget to mention the swimming pool is on the rooftop? Now you know.
Breakfast is free and the beach is just one block away.
There’s a dedicated beer pong table and an Xbox to challenge your friends. From Wednesday through until Sunday, there is a free dinner for everyone!
See you there, party animals.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- The Green Village Boutique Hotel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Selina Playa del Carmen: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- The Yak Playa del Carmen: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Playa del Carmen best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Playa del Carmen. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
How about Airbnb Playa del Carmen? Here is an Airbnb €35 coupon code.
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All 3 Hostels put on a Map + Sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Playa del Carmen hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Fifth Avenue
- Los Fundadores Park
- 3D Museum of Wonders
- Xcaret Park
Flights to Playa del Carmen?
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Central America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Playa del Carmen.
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Over to you
There you have it; the best hostels Playa del Carmen has to offer!
Which hostel in Playa del Carmen will you choose?
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries