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!

Your Shortcut:

  1. Lum Hostel – great for social solo travelers
  2. Oryx Hostel – perfect for digital nomads
  3. Mama’s Home – top pick for backpackers

Important: There are three main areas in Tulum: Central, South Beach and North Beach. Please check our map for reference. We added our favorite places, all recommended top hostels and sights.

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These are just some of the 40 best hostels in Mexico. Whilst you’re in the area we highly recommend checking out the best hostels in Cancun and the coolest hostels in Playa del Carmen.

Good to know: We have a detailed guide about the best yoga retreats in Tulum

Tulum is certainly a destination for many types of travelers including couples and solo travelers out there. Prepare to be blown out of the crystal clear water with this collection of hostels.

This Tulum Hostel travel guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • you’re tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • you want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • you’re happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

As for 5 Star Hostels, I’m afraid we don’t have one in Tulum just yet. Therefore we have another one, the Casa Pepe in Mexico City.

In this great guide to Tulum Hostels you’ll find:

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.

This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.

Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend reading:

The 3 BEST Hostels in Tulum Mexico are…

The time has come to introduce you to the coolest Tulum backpackers hostel. They are:

  1. Lum Hostel – great for social solo travelers
  2. Oryx Hostel
  3. Mama’s Home

Here’s again a quick gallery showing all 3 hostels next to each other.

Below we will go into detail why they are the top choices, its location and vibes. You cannot go wrong with any of these 4!

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Selina Tulum
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Selina Tulum
🥳 Party Hostel:The FREE Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: X’kekén Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: X’kekén Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Selina Tulum
🧘 Cozy Hostel: TuboTulum Hostel

1. Lum Hostel Tulum (our favorite!)

You’ll get a very warm welcome from the staff at Lum Tulum 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.

Read: Hostel Room Types – What are the Differences?

If you like cooking feel free to use the fully-fitted kitchen. We love the ample seating areas which make it a social area, too.

Note: reception is open 7am – 9pm but there is no curfew.

Lum Hostel is the best hostel in Tulum for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Friends
Book Lum Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Oryx Hostel

Rocking in at #2 is the absolutely gorgeous Oryx Hostel, surrounded by the tranquility of the jungle it’s:

“A refuge where you can rest and relax but with the best fun and good vibes.”

No really, this hostel is slap bang in the middle of 1500 square meters of Caribbean jungle, yet still only a few steps away from downtown Tulum! Wow!

The main attractions here are certainly the:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Co-working area
  • Huge garden with native plants
  • Hostel bar

When it comes to sleeping soundly, you can book yourself in to one of the many shared dorms (4, 6, 8 and 10-beds) or a private room.

Psst! There is a female only dorm here, too.

Little added perks include a shared kitchen, hammocks and 24 hour reception. Seriously, this has has you covered.

Oryx Hostel is the best hostel in Tulum for:

  • Digital nomads
  • Female solo travellers
Book Oryx Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Mama’s Home

How about a more homely atmosphere and the potential to become part of the family in the snap of a finger? Welcome to the aptly named Mama’s Home.

This hostel is located on a quiet street so you’re rest assured to get a good night’s sleep here.

Having said that, the atmosphere is truly wonderful here so it’s likely you might end up hanging out on the patio chatting to other travellers all night long.

However you spend your evenings, just make sure you definitely make the most of the mornings here…

With a seriously yummy free breakfast!

Yep that’s right; head to the terrace each morning and get stuck in to sweet and savoury delights to start your day – yum.

Other perks about staying here include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen (for use after 12pm)
  • Mixed and private rooms
  • Vibrant decor & unique design
  • Hammocks

See you there!

Hostel Mama’s Home is the best hostel in Tulum for:

  • Backpackers
  • Couples
Book Mama’s Home here

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Best Hostels for Solo Travellers in Tulum

In all our Tulum solo travel guides we share the absolute best hostels in town for solo travellers. As for Tulum, it really depends on if you’re looking to socialize or enjoy a bit of ‘me time’.

You have these options we gave you above. We think the best places to head as a solo traveller are:

  1. Lum Hostel – on-site bar + sociable staff
  2. 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).

Our first recommendation is The FREE Hostel. Yep, here we have the ONLY all-inclusive hostel in the world. All meals and drinks are included in the price!

Enjoy free flowing alcohol every night and arranged parties. Daily tours are also offered as a great way to break the ice.

The buffet is an all day affair so never go hungry.

Book The FREE Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Lucky Traveler Hostel All Inclusive one of the best party hostels in Tulum, Mexico

Best Party Hostel in Tulum: Free Cerveza!

Our #2 party hostel Tulum is the fun and energetic Che Tulum Hostel.

There’s quite a lot to get excited about so we’ve put together a handy list:

  • Rooftop pool
  • Yoga + salsa classes
  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor bar (cocktails, live music)

🧘 Yoga in Mexico: We wrote a detailed guide on cool yoga retreats in Mexico

The awesome staff are keen to introduce you to local parties and concerts, too.

End the night in one of the bright and spacious dorms. They come in female-only size as well.

Book Hostel Che Tulum here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Unique Backpacker Hostel in Tulum

Tulum is a vibrant place and tourists flock the city all year-round. It’s not surprising that we found some unique hostels that we just can’t help but to include in this list.

Tubo Tulum Hostel

We stumbled across TuboTulum Hostel and couldn’t resist including it.

It’s sections of old pipe that have been used to create cosy rooms that come with air-conditioning, plug, and light.

Great care for nature means all the trees have been left, surrounding this accommodation beautifully.

There’s a bike path leading down to the beach, kitchen on site, and an option to pitch your tent. Breakfast is also included.

Book TuboTulum Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Mayan Monkey Hostel Tulum

What makes this Mayan Monkey Tulum hostel unique is its location. It’s practically neighbors with the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum.

You have the beach for the morning swim, you also have the swimming pool for a lazy afternoon dip. The bar is to die for especially at night when it’s all lit up.

If you want to make your own food, they have a beautiful kitchen that you can use.

Above all, it’s got a really tasty coffee for your morning grind. The scent brings back memories.

Book Mayan Monkey Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Indajani Hostel Tulum

Indajani Hostel has a great atmosphere and the things you find in your room are pretty unique.

You have a rock for a sink and a shell for faucet. The over-all design of the place is leaning into the tribal theme. This isn’t a common choice for a hostel design.

You can have your barbecue sessions here while socializing with other travelers.

If you want to stroll around the area, you can rent a bike and get lost all you want.

Book Indajani Hostel Tulum here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Cheapest Hostels in Tulum

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

Especially in Mexico, the difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places to stay in Tulum.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with full list of ALL hostels there are
  2. Type in your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Good to know: Make sure you select the accommodation type you actually want. Many home stays and guesthouses claim to be a hostel. Fact is, they are not. Hostels offer common areas, are social.

Read: 12 definitions on what is a hostel

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
  • Hostal Chalupa
  • 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.

Read our full review of Selina Tulum here. And read our list of favorite beach hostels worldwide – this hostel has also found its place on it.

Quite unusual for Selina; this one has its own hostel kitchen you can use. Yet, have a look at the breakfast and food they serve. The pizza here was – and still is – amazing!

Annnnd to top it off, here are the 17 best Selina Hostels in the world for you to check out.

A pity 😔, the discount code to Selina Hostels expired. Check all valid discounts here.

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Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Day Tripper Hostel

One of the best things in Day Tripper Hostel is the awesome breakfast. The staff are great and the hostel have so many areas you can hang-out.

You can chill in the hammock or chill in the bar. You can also go to the roof and meet some new people.

There’s also lockable compartments for each bed bunks, privacy curtains, and outlet. It’s like having your own space despite the other travelers in the room.

Book Day Tripper here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Amorcito Corazon Hostel

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.

Book Amorcito Corazon Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hostal Chalupa

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.

Book Hostal Chalupa here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

oOstel Smart Hostel

Another beautiful haven in Tulum. oOstel Smart Hostel is a great hostel for digital nomads!

They have great wifi, super spacious double beds with long shelf and a basket to keep your things. It feels like you have your small private room in fact.

Their double bunk beds are very comfortable. You can chill in their pool area, bar and coffee bar.

Located at Pueblo and just 2 mins away from Hostel Sheck Tulum. It is near the bust stop and convenient stores.

Aside from this hostel, there is also oOstel Smart Hostel Tulum Beach in another location. This Tulum hostel beach is located in Tulum Playa. It is one of the hostels in tulum beach.

Book oOstel Smart Hostel here

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The FREE Hostel Tulum

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.

Book The FREE Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

How to book your hostels?

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  and to check availability of the hostels you want to stay in.

Here is the overview:

  1. Lum Hostel Tulum: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Oryx Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Mama’s Home: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

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Map of Tulum Hostels + TOP 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
  • Gran Cenote
  • Cenote Calavera
  • Paradise Beach
  • Interpretation Centre of Maya Culture and Nature
  • Cenotes Tankah
  • Cenote Zacil-Ha
  • Tulum – El Castillo

Here are a few activity ideas to help make your time in Tulum memorable:

FAQ

There are always some questions in the end. We’re ready for that! In fact, we’ve collected some frequently asked questions for you.

What are the best hostels in Tulum Mexico?

Your Shortcut:

  1. Lum Hostel - great for social solo travelers
  2. Oryx Hostel - best for digital nomads
  3. Extra: Mama's Home - one for backpackers

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, Mexico

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 enjoy Skyscanner, Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over the Americas including Mexico and Costa Rica.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over the Americas and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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More Epic Hostels in Central America

So, a little bird tells me you have plans to explore more of the Americas.

If you’re backpacking Mexico, check out all of the best hostels in Mexico.

Now that you’ve been introduced to the best hostels in Tulum, we’d like to show you our many other hostel guides to Central America:

Our BRAND NEW guide covers the 3 best hostels in Oaxaca in Mexico.

Find many more hostel guides around the world here. Also check out all of our 5 Star Hostels.

Over to you

So there you have it; the absolute coolest hostels in Tulum, Mexico. First-hand, by us! We have visited these places in person!! All there is left to do is choose and get booking!

Are you left with any questions, doubts? Then please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Tulum hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question(s) will help me understand what I have missed to mention and you’ll help improve this article.

Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment!

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.

Here we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our guarantee is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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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.

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