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!
- Lum Hostel – great for social solo travelers
- Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote – best for adventurous backpackers
- X’keken Hostel – one for couples
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 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
In this great guide to Tulum Hostels you’ll find:
- Quick Intro to Tulum Hostels
- 3 Best Hostels in Tulum
- Best Hostels for Solo Travellers
- Awesome Party Hostels
- Hostels for Backpackers
- Cheap Hostels
- Hostels Worth a Mention
- How to Book
- Discounts + Promo Codes
- Map with ALL Hostels + TOP Sights
- Flights to Tulum
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.
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.
Tulum City Tax: Although most places seem to include taxes in the price. Some do not. For example, Hostel Coelum has a 19% tax payable on arrival. Make sure you research beforehand to avoid any unwanted surprises.
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 Tulum Mexico are…
The time has come to introduce you to the coolest Tulum backpackers hostel. They are:
- Lum Hostel – great for social solo travelers
- Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote – best for adventurous backpackers
- X’kekén Hostel – one for couples
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! This is our #1 call, every single time!!
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.
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
2. Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote
Our #2 hostel is for the backpackers with an adventurous streak.
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. 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:
3. X’kekén Hostel (free rooftop breakfast)
Our #3 hostel is once again a lovely simplistic design decorated with hanging plants and wooden furniture.
X’kekén Hostel is in a super location, only 1.2km 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.
X’kekén Hostel is the best hostel in Tulum for:
Best Hostels for Solo Travellers in Tulum
In all our 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:
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 Lucky Traveler Hostel, All Inclusive. 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 centre 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
2. 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.
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.
- Day Tripper Hostel
- Weary Traveler Hostel
- Amorcito Corazon Hotel
- Hostal Chalupa
- Lucky Traveler Hostel Tulum
- Hostel Coelum
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.
Weary Traveler Hostel
You will love how homey Weary Traveler Hostel is.
You can do your daily Yoga with your new found friends or just grill some barbeque that you can enjoy and share with others.
If you don’t want to cook or look for restaurants, you can just grab free pasta for dinner.
If the heat becomes too much, then go dip in the pool. Everything is win-win in this hostel.
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.
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.
Lucky Traveler Hostel Tulum
Lucky Traveler 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.
But if you’re looking for the bustle and hustle of the city centre, this one isn’t the right fit for you. Lucky Traveler 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.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Hostel Coelum (homely + simplistic)
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
- En-suite bathroom
- 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.
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:
- Lum Hostel Tulum: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Bambu Gran Palas and Cenote: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- X’KeKen Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Tubo Tulum Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Mayan Monkey Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Indajani Hostel Tulum: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Day Tripper Hostel: Boooking.com | Hostelworld
- Weary Traveler Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Amorcito Corazon Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Hostal Chalupa: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Lucky Traveler Hostel: Booking.com
- Hostel Coelum: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
Discounts + Promo Codes
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Tulum. So for now you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts straight to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
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.
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:
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, everything listed here are the best of their types. We don’t just put some 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. Both have great beaches and ruins. If you want to relax and have some fun, you can pick either and you won’t miss out on anything.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
For the longest time, we found out that Hostelworld and Booking.com offer the most 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
We enjoy 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.
More Epic Hostels in North, Central + South America
So, a little birdy tells me you have plans to explore more of the Americas.
Now that you’ve been introduced to the best hostels in Tulum, we’d like to show you our many other hostel guides to North, Central and South America:
- 3 best hostels in Cancun – party and boutique hostels
- 3 coolest hostels in Mexico City – including 5 Star Hostel Casa Pepe
- best hostels in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Over to you
So there you have it; the coolest and the best hostels in Tulum, Mexico. 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.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We 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