3 Best Hostels in Tulum, Mexico – Sleep in a Tube and Enjoy Breakfast on the Rooftop
We’re pretty excited to share with you our hand-picked selection of the best hostels in Tulum. Alongside the usual 3, we’ve collected fantastic party hostels and a special experience for the backpackers out there.
That is as long as you’re ready for pristine Caribbean beaches and well-preserved Mayan ruins…. Of course, you are!
At the end of this guide, you find a map with all the best hostels in Tulum Mexico and its top sights.
Quick Introduction to Tulum Mexico Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 10€ up to 15€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Tulum starts from 22€ up to 65€ per night. You can find a list of hostels in Tulum with Private rooms here.
This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
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.
Hostel Location: You need to pick a hostel either in central Tulum or south beach. At North beach, there is not really a great hostel option. Please check our handmade map, we added all hostels and our favorite places.
Tulum City Tax: Although most places seem to include taxes in the price. Some do not. For example, Selina has a 19% tax payable on arrival, and the price is not included in the online booking. Make sure you research beforehand to avoid any unwanted surprises.
Important: Many travelers get pickpocketed on the bus journey between Tulum and Cancún. Keep your valuables on you and do not put your small backpack under your seat.
These are our favorite hostels in Tulum. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.
You’ll get a very warm welcome from the staff at Lum Hostel. They’ll plan out daily adventures and take you out to explore the nearby nightlife! But first, make sure you take advantage of the on-site bar which is open until 10pm.
This is the hostel we always stay at, every single time!!
So why is it #2 you might ask? Well, simply because we have to have a #1 and #2 and it really depends on your own travel style which one you will enjoy more. The location is the main difference; other than that, you will love both either way.
During the day it would be silly not to make use of the FREE bike hire. If you’re not feeling so energetic, collapse in the living room to Netflix and chill.
Connect with their free WiFi and tell your friends how awesome your trip has been.
The dorm rooms here are basic and comfortable. The beds are pod-like for that added privacy and minimal disturbance from your roomies.
Selina – best hostel for female solo traveler in Tulum
As a solo traveller, it’s best to stick to hostels as they offer great social opportunities. If you find the socializing gets too much, you can always treat yourself to a private room for that much needed privacy.
Best Party Hostels in Tulum
Alright, alright. It’s time to quench the thirst of party lovers out there with this party hostel Tulum list!
Tulum is actually a great place for partying. Beach bars, white sand and chilled vibes help create the beginning of a perfect night (or two).
The awesome staff are keen to introduce you to local parties and concerts, too. t is a fun party hostel located not far from the centre, where the entire staff is super kind and caring. They always try to do everything they can to ensure you have a super comfortable and memorable stay.
It has a restaurant, bar, garden, terrace, and a shared lounge. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, tour desk, and shuttle services if you are planning activities around. They offer numerous activities to participate in during the day, and a positive party atmosphere to enjoy at night. Every evening the chef prepares delicious tacos, BBQs, and local food, which is especially delicious when you combine it with a cocktail from the bar.
The rooms at Che Hostel are very spacious, with lockers under the beds, so travellers can keep their stuff safe. The space is well-decorated and kept clean throughout. It features some amazing amenities, including a pool with deck chairs – you can comfortably sit around it and chillax! There is a large central and communal bathroom that is located next to the rooms. They are spacious and have modern facilities in place.
The unique aspect of Che hostel is its common spaces that add to its overall social and community atmosphere. It’s a great place to meet and socialise with new people, especially in the morning and evenings. Also, there are a lot of quieter spots in the hostel with hammocks around for the guests to relax and soak in the peaceful settings.
Che Hostel will definitely be a good fit if you are looking for a perfect party place and meeting new people. Make your bookings at HostelWorld or Booking.
End the night in one of the bright and spacious dorms. They come in female-only size as well.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Tulum.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Tulum
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
Other hostels worth a mention
The white sand and pristine beaches make Tulum hostels on the beach very appealing. For a traveler like you, we have more hostels you can choose from.
Selina Tulum Boutique Hostel
Day Tripper Hostel
Amorcito Corazon Hotel
oOstel Smart Hostel
Selina Tulum Boutique Hostel
Selina Tulum comes with a slightly higher price tag than the other centrally located Tulum hostels but it is one of the best hostels Tulum has to offer!
We stayed here once, and after Lum Hostel, this place is our go-to accommodation!
What makes this Tulum beach hostel so special is the facilities, its beach location, and their fun cool events. Join DJ events, dance classes and so much more. They have their own CoWorking space, so you will always bump into digital nomads here for sure.
Therefore: Selina is the best hostel in Tulum for Digital Nomads! They offer as well monthly stays and packages, called CoLive. As a digital nomad, you should take a closer look at this offer.
Amorcito Corazon Hotel‘s main attraction is its rooftop floor. It’s perfect when you want to go for a few laps and then bask in the beautiful sunset. You can swim until you drop because it’s open up to midnight.
We’d hate to tell you “I told you so,” but if you have an extra night, you’d end up extending your stay in this hostel because it’s that good.
You can even pick a room with its own balcony too. It’s perfect for enjoying your reading time and some nap.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Tulum best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
Our Favorite Hostels in Tulum put on a map + sights
If you’re anything like us, you’ll enjoy a handy map that pinpoints all of the best hostels in Tulum, our favorite cafés in Tulum and restaurants. We also added the night market and Chedraui, the biggest Supermarket. In this supermarket you find everything from items you may need to buy again like towels to all types of drinks and food. Here is a guide to grocery stores in Mexico that could be helpful.
Plus, we’ve gone one step further and included these top things to do in Tulum:
Tulum Archaeological Site
Interpretation Centre of Maya Culture and Nature
Tulum – El Castillo
Here are a few activity ideas to help make your time in Tulum memorable:
Which is a better vacation location, Tulum or Cancun Mexico?
Tulum and Cancun are just a few hours apart. Tulum is most known for the ruins, while Cancun is most known for the beach and the party scene. Both have great beaches and are well connected. Playa del Carmen is the middle point between both areas. Therefore many people choose also Playa del Carmen to stay. We are sure you can pick either and you won't miss out on anything.
The most amazing beach in the area is in Holbox Island though. Maybe that is something to consider too.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
For the longest time, we found out that Hostelworld and Booking.com offer an efficient way in booking places to stay.
Planning to visit anywhere soon? Do check those sites and see where you'd love to stay.
Flights to Tulum?
You will fly into Cancún in order to get to Tulum. And Cancun has wonderful and easy, cheap connections, even on international level. You can find direct flights from Europe, USA, and Canada.
We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!
Your question will help us to improve this Tulum guide.
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 will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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CLOSED: Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote
Update: Our former #2 hostel has permanently closed.
Our #2 hostel is for backpackers with an adventurous streak.
You may have guessed it from its name, but this hostel has its own private Cenote, and you can even swim here. This is already pretty cool! If you are on a tight budget and want to skip an expensive trip to a Cenote, you could just stay here.
As for rooms or dorms to choose from, you have
private rooms with beautiful views
beds in dorms
double beds in dorms (for couples and a cheaper option than the private room)
Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote is totally environmentally friendly and sustainable as it operates on solar power – 100%! It’s by far the only hostel in our entire guide that’s totally solar-powered.
You can socialize in their bar with other travelers, by the way, there’s a bar in the swing! Or you can swim by in the clear water in the midst of the hostel.
The hostel is a walking distance from the beach. Keep in mind: from the south beach! It is near Selina Tulum we cover as #4 on this list. Bring your towel and bathe in the sun, read your book, or get lost in the music of the waves.
Perhaps one of the best things about this hostel is that its family run. It has an easy vibe and you’d feel like an extended part of Norma’s family. She’s the owner, just so you know.
CLOSED: Hostal Chalupa
Update: This hostel has closed. We leave this content for your information.
The bike for hire here in Hostal Chalupa is pretty cheap.
The staff in hostel Chalupa are very welcoming, even the breakfast is welcoming!
It’s also close to the beach so you can grab your towel and lie down for that early sun.
The hostel is small but the atmosphere here makes up for the space. You’d think you’d have small beds but surprise! The beds are actually big and comfortable.
CLOSED: The FREE Hostel Tulum
Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.
The FREE Hostel makes you feel lucky because it’s close to everything. It’s near the beach, it’s near a 7/11 store and everybody loves that, and it’s close to the ruins too.
FYI: This used to be called Lucky Traveler Hostel, All Inclusive.
But if you’re looking for the bustle and hustle of the city center, this one isn’t the right fit for you. The FREE Hostel is a bit private and far from the town.
You’ll fall in love with the peace and serenity, and just a little welcomed noise from socialization.
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