Are you in search of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen? Welcome; this is the only guide you need. We have been here and tested these places in person! This Mexican coastal resort town is a hot spot for solo travellers and party animals.
If you’re travelling to Playa del Carmen soon, you NEED to read this guide!
Playa del Carmen is 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.
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.
Ferry to Cozumel Island: Consider taking a 40 minute ferry crossing to the island of Cozumel to discover the 3 best hostels in Cozumel and spend a night or two there. It’s superb for scuba diving.
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
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
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
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.
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
Our brand new number 3 on this list is Hostel Che! 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!
We consider this place the top choice for female solo-travellers. It is a very safe hostel in Playa del Carmen with a good location, cool events, and a roof top terrace swimming pool. And yes, there is a hostel bar, too!
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:
Los Fundadores Park
3D Museum of Wonders
Everything Playa Del Carmen is a wonderful resource website going in to depth about, well… everything you could wonder about Playa del Carmen!
Update: 3. The Yak Hostel closed in 2020
Due to the pandemic in 2020, The Yak Hostel unfortunately closed. We moved our review of the Yak Tulum to here and selected our new #3 hostel above, the Hostel Che Playa.
Here is their full statement:
We’re sorry it took so long to communicate this difficult message. We’re sad to announce that The Yak Hostel in Playa del Carmen has closed its doors and will not be reopening.
The past year and a half hasn’t been easy for businesses in Playa and the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic has created a situation that made it no longer possible to continue operating the hostel.
This decision was made with a heavy heart after months of consideration and debate. In the 7+ years of hosting guests from every part of the globe, we laughed, learned, and enjoyed amazing times together. Life-long friendships were made, people met their future husbands/wives, and together we had some crazy days and nights that will never be forgotten. The Yak is embedded in our hearts and even tattooed on some people’s skin.
All we have left to say is . We’re grateful to every single person who took part in turning an ordinary building in Playa into a home; a place where people from all over the world met and found common interests, shared good company, and just enjoyed life. The Yak was built with thousands of hands—workers, volunteers, and just plain good people who left their mark. Every person who walked through the gate contributed to The Yak experience and formed a part of our family. ❤️
Even though The Yak will no longer be there physically, we believe that we’re the owners of our memories and that they stay with us forever. So share your memories of The Yak with us! Upload photos, videos, or just the story of your experience so that we can take this opportunity to connect and look back at the fun we had together.
Some of our very first guests said it best:
There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met.
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