We’re pretty excited to share with you our hand-picked selection of the best hostels in Tulum. Alongside the usual 3 (now 4), 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!
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 and Hostel Coelum have 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 pick pocketed on the bus journey between Tulum and Cancún. Keep your valuables on you and do not put your small backpack under your seat.
We updated this guide and added Selina Tulum to the selection. In our opinion, it should (could) even be #1 here. Yet, it comes with a slightly higher price tag than the other central Tulum hostels.
We stayed here once, and after Lum Hostel, this place is our go-to accommodation!
What makes this hostel so special is the facilities and 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.
Keep in mind, this location at the South Beach is around 7km from the centre of Tulum. So there is not really a quick eat-out in the village center. However, in the area and inside the hostel you have restaurants and bars. Please check our handmade map we did for you for reference.
As for the accommodation, well, you have 3 great options:
luxury private room with Double bed (and ocean View)
luxury dorms (female-only dorm is available too)
This hostel is really recommended for everyone who loves meeting other people and travelers. If you want a super quiet stay and prefer not to socialise, better not stay here, I’d say. It is also not the cheapest hostel in Tulum; if you are traveling on a complete budget, better skip to our #2.
Selina Tulum is the best hostel in Tulum for:
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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.
Our #3 hostel is for the backpackers with an adventurous streak.
You may have guessed it from its name, 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 bed in dorms (for couples and a cheaper option than the private room)
Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote is totally environment friendly and sustainable as it operates on solar power – 100%! It’s by far our 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.
Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote is the best hostel in Tulum for:
Our #4 hostel is once again a lovely simplistic design decorated with hanging plants and wooden furniture. Again, it is unusual for us to feature 4 hostels. Only for Tulum we decided to so, since the locations are so different.
X’kekén Hostel is in a super location, only 10 minutes walk from the Tulum bus station and close by to the local restaurants.
If you’re in search of great social spaces, you’ve found the best hostel in Tulum. This one has a rooftop terrace which allows BYO! Each room has a private patio and there is also a small garden.
Head to the rooftop for your inclusive morning breakfast.
Whether you’re a travelling couple or a backpacker, you’ll enjoy the 6-8 bed mixed dorms and private rooms on offer.
Not sure what to do in the area? Have a chat with the wonderful staff and get excited by their enthusiasm.
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).
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
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 in Tulum.
Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Tulum
Order the listing 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.
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.
Hostel Coelum is situated in one of the best parts of the city, close to some of the finest attractions and landmarks. All the facilities have been recently upgraded to create a new, fresh experience for travellers passing through.
The accommodation is made up of mixed and female dorms, plus a private suite. Expect to find the following:
Air conditioning + fan
Microwave, toaster + tea/coffee
It’s the light colors and wooden furniture that give this place a bright, fresh and clean feel.
We really like the seating area out on the balcony in front of the rooms. It’s a great way to get talking to your neighbor and soak up a bit of vitamin D.
Breakfast is included which you’ll find in the shared kitchen each morning.
Important: 19% taxes are not included in the price and will be payable on arrival.
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:
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 hostel in Tulum Mexico?
Rest assured, every hostel listed here is the best of their types. We don't just put some random names, we make sure that you'll have an enjoyable stay too.
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 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.
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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.