Are you looking for the best hostels in Cancun? Look no further!
In this post, I will share with you the best places to stay on a budget in sunny Cancun and have your best vacation without breaking the bank.
I lived in Cancun for more than 7 years and I now go back often, and when I do I stay in different hotels and hostels. I stayed at Selina’s and I checked out the Mayan Monkey (which is my favorite).
And yes, there are hostels on the beach areas in Cancun, if you are wondering!! In this post, I will tell you all your available options, in the hotel zone and downtown area.
And if you stick around I will also explain what are the best areas to stay when you travel to Cancun.
On a side note, if you are not a hostel-type of person because you love the privacy of your own rooms, you should know that nowadays the majority of hostels in Cancun also offer that option.
So I recommend you read on to find out the best hostel in Cancun for a budget stay!
Best Hostels in Cancun
There are a lot of different things that make a hostel great. Some people want cheap accommodations, others want a friendly atmosphere where they can meet other travelers, and others want a place to party.
In Cancun, you can find hostels that offer all different atmospheres and accommodations- some hostels even come with coworking spaces, have amazing pools, or offer free food.
If you are looking for something different from a large resort, you will be happy to know that there are many hostels in Cancun to choose from. So let’s dive into this complete list of the best Hostels in Cancun.
The Mayan Monkey Cancun is conveniently located in the middle of the hotel zone at kilometer 9.5. It is just steps from Choc Maal Beach and the party center of Cancun.
This 3-star hostel offers guests the choice of a bunk bed in a mixed dorm room, a double room, or a suite with a balcony that can sleep up to four people. All rooms have air conditioning and private bathrooms.
The Mayan Monkey has an outdoor swimming pool and business center and provides evening entertainment for guests.
There is a shared kitchen available to guests as well as a restaurant that serves international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Guests staying in shared dormitory rooms will have a locker that conveniently has outlets in it! People who stayed here loved the roof-top bar, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly staff.
It is near popular spots like the Parque de las Palapas and the Cancun Culture Center.
The Nomads Party Hostel offers you a choice of a mixed dormitory room, female dormitory room, or double rooms – all linens and towels are provided. Dormitory rooms have lockers for guests to store their belongings in.
The property offers guests the chance to relax at the outdoor pool and sauna and has a lounge bar and restaurant on the property. There is also table tennis, billiards, and a basketball court for you to enjoy.
This hostel is adults-only and guests who stayed here loved the comfortable beds, privacy curtains in the dormitory rooms, and friendly staff.
Nomads Enigmatic Hotel & Restaurant is brought to you by the same group that owns Nomads Party Hostel.
The Enigmatic Hotel is a 40-room boutique hotel located in downtown Cancun just a few minutes walk from the main Cancun bus station.
The Enigmatic Hotel offers guests the choice of a king or two queen beds. All rooms have hot water showers, air conditioning, and WIFI.
Nomads Enigmatic Hotel property has a swimming pool, tattoo parlor, restaurant, and boutique.
Guests who stay at the Enigmatic Hotel are eligible for the Nomad Experience and can access the rooftop pool at the Nomad Hotel, Hostel, and Rooftop and their location on Isla Mujeres for free!
The Nomads Hotel, Hostel, and Rooftop Pool Cancun offers guests a party atmosphere in a great downtown Cancun location.
The property is within walking distance from the main bus station and close to bus stops to get you to the hotel zone.
This Nomads property offers a rooftop bar with a spacious hangout area and bar where you can relax and watch the sunset.
The property offers innovative design and you can choose from a double room with a private bathroom, a superior double room, or dormitories. Nomads offer mixed or female-only dorm rooms.
This is a great place to meet other travelers and Nomads throw pool and night parties.
Guests who stayed here loved the cleanliness of the hostel and the privacy curtains, individual lights, and power outlets in the dormitory rooms. This is an adult-only property.
The property offers an outdoor swimming pool, garden, and restaurant with a terrace. You have a free continental breakfast included.
There is WIFI throughout the property and you can use the shared kitchen.
Depending on your budget and preference, you can choose between a bed in a large dorm, a small dorm, a double room, or a double room with a shared bathroom.
The property also offers staycation packages where you get a standard or deluxe room, coworking space, and a wellness package that includes 30 minutes of kayaking.
The Selina Cancun is pet-friendly and has a business center, yoga classes, and evening entertainment.
The property is only a few minutes walk from bus stops that will take you to the beaches of the hotel zone.
The property has an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, spa, and wellness center.
For an additional cost, Selina Cancun offers bicycle rentals, cooking classes, and happy hour.
The Selina Cancun Downtown offers you several choices of rooms.
You can stay in a female-only or mixed dorm room, double rooms, double rooms with shared bathrooms, or family-style rooms that can accommodate up to four travelers.
Hostel Natura is located in the Cancun hotel zone. From the hostel, you can easily walk to the party zone, public beaches, and all sorts of stores and restaurants.
Hostel Natura has a variety of different rooms to choose from including double rooms with a shared bathroom, double rooms with private bathrooms, and dormitory rooms.
The dorm rooms have security lockers and your lines are provided free of charge.
The property has a comfortable rooftop terrace with hammocks where you can relax. Breakfast is included with your stay, and you will receive a discount at the downstairs restaurant when you stay at Hostel Natura.
Guests who stay here love the decorations, friendly staff, and most importantly, the great location of this hostel.
Moloch Hostel and Suites is located in downtown Cancun, just 200 meters from the main bus station.
The Moloch Hostel has an outdoor swimming pool, shared lounge and terrace, shared kitchen, and free WIFI throughout the property.
At the Moloch Hostel and Suites, you will have your choice of several different rooms.
They have several different-sized dormitory rooms, ranging from 4 to 8 bunk beds. They also offer female-only dormitory rooms. All rooms have air conditioning.
If you want more privacy you can book the small single twin room that has a private bathroom.
There is also a double room with two double beds that can sleep up to 4 guests, or you can book the deluxe double room that has a queen bed and private kitchenette with a coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, TV, and outdoor dining area.
The hostel has a games room with board games and puzzles.
Guests who stay here love the spacious accommodations, common areas to hang out in, and proximity to the ADO bus station- great if you are planning to travel around the Yucatan Peninsula.
Caleta Hostel is located in downtown Cancun on Avenida Tulum. It is close to shops, cafes, and restaurants, and it is a short walk from the main ADO bus station.
From the Caleta Hostel, it is easy to walk to bus stops that will take you all over town- including to the hotel zone where you can find many different public beaches.
Caleta Hostel offers guests a rooftop pool to hang out at, free WIFI, and a fitness center. There is a large, shared lounge and terrace where you can relax. There is an onsite coffee house and snack bar.
At the Caleta Hostel, you can choose between dormitory rooms or private rooms.
You have the option of 4, 6, or 8-bed dormitories, and there are female-only dormitories too.
If you want more privacy you can book the deluxe double or the deluxe king room which sleeps up to 3 guests.
All rooms have air conditioning and private bathrooms, and your bed linens are provided.
Guests who stayed here loved that there was a convenient 24-hour check-in with friendly staff, comfortable beds, and spacious accommodations.
10. Itzé Hostel
Itze Hostel is located on Isla Mujeres, just 100 meters from the famous Playa Norte where you can swim in calm, turquoise waters.
It is also just four blocks from the main street of Isla Mujeres where you will find cafes, restaurants, and bars.
It is a five-minute walk to the ferry to Cancun. Itze Hostel offers guests a terrace, shared kitchen, and free WIFI throughout the property.
At Itze Hostel you can choose between private rooms that offer either a double bed or two twin beds, or shared dormitories.
All rooms have a closet, air conditioning, fans, and shared bathrooms. There are men’s and women’s bathrooms, and each has two showers.
The hostel has storage lockers for guests, and after check out for a small fee they will hold your luggage, and let you use the bathrooms, showers, and shared kitchen.
Breakfast is included with your stay. Itze Hostel is a relaxing spot to enjoy Isla Mujeres, and it even offers bicycle rentals.
11. Venado 28
The hostel has an outdoor pool, garden, shared kitchen, and free WIFI.
At Venado 28 all rooms have air conditioning, lines are provided, and you can choose from a deluxe double room with a private bathroom or 4 or 6-bed dormitories. There is a female-only 4-bed dormitory available too.
Dorm rooms provide guests with a personal storage locker and sockets near the bed. Guests who stayed here loved the friendly atmosphere with spacious communal areas.
La Luz Hostal is located in downtown Cancun on Calle Tejon, not far from the popular Parque de las Palapas and Cristo Rey Church.
The property has a 24-hour check-in desk, shared kitchen, garden, and free WIFI. La Luz Hostal offers guests dormitory rooms, each room has a shared bathroom, and all bed lines are provided.
Rooms have air conditioning and each room has a patio. Guests who stayed here enjoyed using the kitchen to cook meals- there are supermarkets nearby, and thought the hostel was a great price for the area!
Hotel and Hostel KAB is located in downtown Cancun, around 2 kilometers from Puerto Juarez Beach and 3 kilometers from the city center.
This three-star hotel offers guests free parking. Common areas include a lounge, garden, and outdoor swimming pool. The property has free WIFI and even offers room service!
Depending on how many people you are traveling with, you can choose between double deluxe rooms that sleep up to four people, a room that sleeps three people with a double bed and single bed, or double rooms with shared bathrooms.
All rooms have air conditioning and there is daily housekeeping. Hotel and Hostel KAB welcomes guests of all ages. Guests who stayed here loved the helpful staff, and the quiet, relaxing atmosphere.
14. Punta Sam
The Punta Sam hostel is located north of downtown Cancun next to Playa Mujeres.
Playa Mujeres is a relaxing beach right in front of Isla Mujeres- making it a great spot to stay if you are planning on visiting Isla Mujeres.
The Punta Sam Hostel offers guests free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and a terrace to enjoy. The property has free WIFI and there is a shared kitchen for guests to use.
At the Punta Sam hostel, you can choose to stay in a 10-bed mixed dormitory room or a double room with a shared bathroom.
All rooms have air conditioning, and sockets near the bed, and the dormitory room has storage lockers.
Guests who stay here love how close the hostel is to the beach and the quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
15. Coco Hostel
The Coco Hostel is located in downtown Cancun on Avenida Yaxchilan. It is a short walk to the ADO bus station, restaurants, and bus stops to take you all around Cancun, including to the beaches of the hotel zone.
Coco Hostel is adults-only and has a high-energy, party atmosphere. The hostel has an outdoor swimming pool, a shared kitchen, and plenty of communal areas for socializing, including a large garden.
The hostel offers dormitory rooms with 6, 8, 10, or 12 bunk beds. Each room has a bathroom and there are additional community bathrooms.
Coco Hostel has free linens, towels, and WIFI throughout the property, and breakfast is included.
This hostel has an outdoor swimming pool with loungers and a shared living room for guests to enjoy.
The hostel has free WIFI throughout it, and there are workstations in the rooms for you to use.
At Las Palmas Hostal you can choose from a dormitory room or a private room that sleeps two and has a private bathroom.
All rooms at Las Palmas Hostel are air-conditioned and dormitory rooms. The hostel offers a luggage store and a concierge service to help you book tours in Cancun.
This hostel is family-friendly and accepts guests of all ages.
This pet-friendly property offers guests an outdoor swimming pool, free parking, and free WIFI.
At the Nirvana Hotel and Hostel you can choose between a standard double room that has two double beds and sleeps up to four guests, a standard king room, or a double room.
All rooms have private bathrooms, TVs, and air conditioning.
There is an onsite restaurant that has a relaxed atmosphere and offers American cuisine.
Nirvana Hotel and Hostel offers guests affordable accommodation with good proximity to both downtown Cancun and the heart of the hotel zone.
The Boat House Cancun is located in downtown Cancun, just a 10-minute walk from the ADO bus station. It is conveniently located near supermarkets, restaurants, and bus stops.
The property’s mission is to offer guests a clean, comfortable, and affordable spot to stay after a day of exploring.
There is a garden and terrace for you to hang out on, and the hostel offers you free breakfast and drinkable water.
When you stay at the Boat House Cancun you can choose from a basic private room with shared bathroom or mixed or female-only dormitory rooms. All rooms have air conditioning.
Guests who stayed here loved the small hostel, and friendly atmosphere and think it is a great value for the cost!
Best Areas to Stay in Cancun
Where you should stay in Cancun depends on what your vacation plans are.
Whether you want the beach a short walk from your room or want to be close to taco stands and local eateries, Cancun has hostels all over town to choose from. Here are the best areas to stay in Cancun:
👍🏼 Hotel Zone
The Cancun hotel zone is a strip of land that sticks out from the coast into the turquoise Caribbean water. It forms the shape of the number 7 and is bordered by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Nichupte Lagoon on the other.
The hotel zone is home to over 70 different hotels, resorts, and hostels and is where you will find everything you need to have a great vacation. The hotel zone has large shopping centers, restaurants, and tourist attractions.
If you want to experience some of Cancun’s famous nightlife, there are many nightclubs to visit there too.
Plus, the entire coast of the Cancun hotel zone is covered in white sandy beaches!
👍🏼 Downtown Cancun
If you want to experience Cancun as the locals do, or are planning to use Cancun as a jumping-off point to visit other areas in the Yucatan Peninsula, staying in downtown Cancun is a great option.
There are many comfortable, and affordable accommodations to choose from in downtown Cancun, and the public bus system makes it easy to get to the beaches and activities in the hotel zone.
Downtown Cancun itself is full of shopping, restaurants, and markets. If you want to like a local, you can hit up taco stands for authentic and delicious food.
Downtown Cancun is safe, but as always when you travel, make sure to be aware of your surroundings and careful with your belongings.
👍🏼 Isla Mujeres
If you want to experience a laid-back Caribbean island vibe, check out Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is just 15 kilometers off the coast of Cancun and where you can find some of the best beaches in the area.
The famous Playa Norte is located on the northern tip of the island and has soft white sand and turquoise water.
The downtown is full of cafes, restaurants, and bars. To get to Isla Mujeres you take the ferry from Cancun.
👍🏼 Playa Mujeres
Playa Mujeres is located 20 minutes north of downtown Cancun and is one of the trendiest places to go in Cancun these days.
The hotels and resorts here have a more laid-back vibe than the high-energy hotel zone.
You can relax and enjoy the lovely beaches here, but still easily get to downtown Cancun and the hotel zone.
What to Look for Before Booking a Hostel in Cancun?
Finding the right hostel for you can help you have a great time in Cancun. Hostels are known for having great, community atmospheres at affordable prices.
Not all hostels are the same though, some are known for having loud parties, while others are more relaxed.
There are a few things you should consider before booking a hostel to make sure you book the best hostel for you.
👉 You want to make sure the hostel you book has the right atmosphere for you. Check if the hostel is advertised as a party spot or a relaxing place.
👉 Consider things like whether the hostel has an in-house bar and whether the music will be playing late into the night.
👉 Some hostels are adult-only, while others advertise themselves as being family-friendly.
👉 Hostels offer guests affordable options. Most hostels give you the choice of a dormitory room, where there will be several sets of bunk beds in a room and you will receive a spot to sleep, a shared bathroom, and a locker to store your belongings safely.
👉 For a higher price, many hostels offer different private rooms sleeping from 2 to 4 guests.
👉 Some private rooms even have their own bathroom. If you have a strong preference for a private room over a dorm room, check to see what the hostel you are booking offers!
👉 There are several other important things to consider when booking a hostel. Check to make sure the location is close to activities and amenities you want, such as supermarkets, restaurants, and bus stops. In Cancun, you can even find hostels a short walk from the beach!
👉 You also want to make sure that the hostel is safe. Read recent guest reviews to learn about other guest’s experiences at the hostel.
👉 Since so many hostels have common areas, cleanliness is very important.
👉 Lastly, check that the hostel has the amenities you want. Some have outdoor pools, shared kitchens, and even on-site restaurants and cafes.
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Practical Travel Tips for Cancun
📌 You can start your trip off on a good note by pre-booking your airport transportation. You can choose between a private transfer, shared transfer, or use the ADO public buses.
Having a transportation plan when you arrive will help you not be overwhelmed by timeshare sellers and taxi drivers.
Unfortunately, taxi drivers have a reputation for trying to scam visitors into high fares from the airport to their hotel. Having your transportation pre-planned will keep you from falling prey to their scam.
📌 Most businesses in Cancun will accept either pesos or US dollars. To get the most for your money, try to have pesos.
Individual businesses can set their own exchange rate, and it is usually a bit lower than at the bank.
Many small businesses do not accept credit or debit cards, so try to always have some cash on you (it is especially helpful if you can get smaller denomination bills).
📌 If you are searching for the best deals on flights and accommodations, consider coming in the low or shoulder season. The high season for tourism in Cancun is from December to April.
The rest of the year is considered the rainy season, but you can still expect plenty of hot, sunny days. The rainy season is when you can find great deals on accommodations and flights.
📌 Lastly, make sure to pack reef-safe sunscreen and drink plenty of (filtered) water. Cancun is hot and sunny all year round. Protect your skin and keep yourself feeling good so that you can enjoy all the area has to offer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are Hostels in Cancun Safe?
Yes, there are many safe and clean hostels in Cancun to choose from. Whenever you are going to book a hostel, read as many recent reviews as possible.
These will be a great way to see if the hostel is safe and clean, or if recent visitors had negative experiences there.
Are Hostels Cheaper Than Hotels?
Hostels are often cheaper than hotels. Just like hotels and resorts, there is a wide range in the price of hostels.
Some hostels offer great amenities such as free breakfast, swimming pools, and even on-site bars and restaurants.
Within any given hostel there is usually a range in prices, with shared dorm rooms being the cheapest option.
Can Couples Sleep Together in Hostels?
Most hostels have private rooms in addition to dormitories. Booking a private room is the best option for couples.
Dormitory rooms do not offer guests much privacy, and it is not good hostel etiquette to sleep in the same bed in a dormitory.
What is the Disadvantage of Staying in a Hostel?
If you stay in a hostel dorm room you will not have a lot of privacy.
Many hostels offer a curtain around your bed, but you are still sharing a room with several other people.
Even the most relaxed hostels can be loud. People will be entering and exiting the room, so if you are a sensitive sleeper it can be hard to get enough rest.
What is the Safest Part of Cancun to Stay?
There are many safe areas of Cancun to choose from.
The hotel zone is very safe. You will see a large police presence there to deter crime and to quickly respond to any incidents.
Playa Mujeres is a newly popular area twenty minutes north of downtown. It has laid-back vibes and is safe.
It is also safe to stay in downtown Cancun. Like any city in the world, you need to be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on your belongings, and avoid walking late at night.
What Part of Cancun Has the Nicest Beach?
The hotel zone has many amazing beaches.
There are public access points all along the hotel zone, and you do not need to stay in a beachfront hotel or resort to enjoy the white sandy beaches.
The beaches in the north of the hotel zone often have calmer water, and the beaches in the southern section of the hotel zone can have stronger currents and bigger waves.
Final Thoughts: Hostels in Cancun
Hostels are more than just an affordable place to stay. Many offer guests great amenities such as pools, shared kitchens, and comfortable common areas.
But, for most people, the best part about staying in a hostel is their environment- you can meet and hang out with other travelers from all over the world.
Cancun has several great hostels to choose from, whether you want to be near the beach or downtown, stay in a dormitory room, or have a private room and bathroom, you will be able to find the right hostel for you.
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