THE BEST HOSTELS IN MEXICO
Updated: Sep 20
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Mexico tourism is booming, even throughout the pandemic. In 2020, Mexico was the third most visited nation behind Italy and France. Mexico was already becoming a hotspot for tourists and backpackers alike, with it's magnificent landscape and diverse food scene.
I first visited Mexico 25 years ago; I've been situated here for almost 9 months now, so I've stayed in a multitude of hostels around the country. The good news is the options have exploded; you can find every style of lodging from basic to boutique.
Most things in Mexico are quite cheap; hostels are as well, which is fantastic, as accommodation can take a major chunk out of a backpackers budget. Currently, hostel dorm beds in Mexico City are in the range of 96 pesos ($4.65 USD)- 360 pesos ($17.45 USD). The amenities are all over the map at the moment with the situation around the world, but typically hostels may have breakfast included, free walking tours, and common areas. If you book the right hostel, you may get a rooftop with a bar and a pool.
Here is a list of the best hostels in Mexico, based upon my opinion of course. There are a handful that I could interchangeably switch out with any of these, and this list is not in any particular order.
Casa Pepe- Mexico City
Casa Pepe Hostel is easily the finest hostel in Mexico City. The design and furnishings are nothing short of opulent, when you consider it is a hostel. It was designed as a cultural hub, to mix food, music, and history.
All hostel bedrooms are well thought out; with suitcase lockers, usb connections, and electrical sockets. Each room has a private bathroom. The hostel offers plenty of activities such as free walking tours, mezcal and tequila tastings, and concerts in the hostel. There is also a buffet breakfast under normal circumstances, check with the hostel for current availability.
Casa Pepe is located in the most ideal part of the city. The Zocalo and the metro station are a quick three minute walk, while the Cathedral and the Museum of Mexico City are also just five minutes walking. The Palace of Fine Arts is a 15 minute stroll; Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) is a short 20 minute Uber and taxi ride.
Selina Poc Na Isla Mujeres
Selina Poc Na Isla Mujeres was the first hostel on the island of Isla Mujeres, in 1976.The reasons this hostel made the cut in my top five is two-fold. First, it's a Selina. Secondly, the photo above should be enough to sway even the most picky traveler.
This particular Selina, is situated right on the beachfront, with Playa Sol and Playa Norte a five minute walk. While the cost is higher than other hostel brands, and maybe steep for your typical budget backpacker, Selina hostels offer a plethora services. There is a co-work space at almost every Selina (extra cost), yoga classes, meditation classes, and swimming pool.
Selina Poc Na has a cocktail bar, theater room, seafood restaurant, and a library. You can also rent bikes, scooters, and golf carts to tour the town. If you get over to Quintana Roo, you should definitely try to journey to Isla Mujeres and Selina!
Mayan Monkey Cancun
This party hostel is located right in the hotel zone in Cancun, the Zona Hotelera. Mayan Monkey is located extremely close to the beach and restaurants in hotel zone, and looks out over the Nichupte lagoon.
Both shared and private rooms contain ensuite bathrooms, while you can get daily breakfast, albeit for a nominal cost. Shuttle service is offered to and from Cancun Airport, priced at $15.00 for shared and $35.00 for private. You also have the opportunity to purchase multiple diving packages for different abilities.
If you are planning on staying longer, Mayan Monkey offers long stay programs which include the use of bikes and laundry access. There are discounts predicated upon the length of the booking at 12%, 15%, and 20%. The hostel also offers high speed wifi, co-working space, and a tour desk.
Casa Pancha is a brand new hostel which just opened recently, located in the La Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City. It offers 4, 6, 8, and 10 bed capsule dorms; there are also private rooms if you need your own space.
All hostel rooms have safes, blackout curtains, and showers. The hostel also has Wifi and a rooftop. Guests have access to a continental breakfast and kitchen. The kitchen is airy with lots of light and seating.
Casa Pancha and La Condesa are located in the Cuauhtemoc borough, which lies south of Zona Rosa and west of the Zocalo.
Just like Selina Isla Mujeres, this boutique hostel is located directly in front of the beach, with some of the rooms having ocean views. The hostel is found on beach road 7.5 km. This is your typical Selina, with co-working space, co-living packages, outdoor swimming pool, and a bar. The hostel offers Wifi, AC, and a restaurant and beach club. This Selina has a pizza garden and a cinema room.
The downside to this particular location, is that Tulum might be the worst place in Mexico. Due to the vogueishness of Tulum from the international trendies, progressives, and wanna be digital nomads, this may be Selina's most expensive location. Currently double bed private rooms sit at $3697 pesos while 10 bed mixed dorms are priced at 786 pesos and 6 bed dorms at 1048 pesos.