20 Best Hostels
Playa del Carmen is a top tourist destination attracting people from all over the world. Choosing the right accommodation can make or break your vacation. There are so many hostel possibilities, that it’s hard to know where to stay in Playa del Carmen.
Therefore, we compiled a list of the 20 best hostels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for you. It aims to identify the best places to stay in Playa del Carmen, so you can book your accommodation without stressing about whether it suits your interests.
What to Consider When Booking Your Hostel in Playa del Carmen
One advice before we get started, if you are planning on visiting during high season, between Christmas and February or for Spring Break, we recommend you reserve your accommodation in advance. Because during high season, hostels and any other accommodations can get booked out pretty soon, especially if they are among the best ones in town.
Choosing the top 20 hostels in Playa del Carmen, we considered the overall quality of the facilities, the check out times, if there is free Wi-fi and if breakfast is included.
1 The Yak
This beautiful hostel offers private rooms as well as dorms and plenty of common areas. The sociable vibe is strong, you can meet people while showing off your BBQ skills, laze in a hammock, prepare your meal in the big kitchen or chill on the comfy rooftop terrace.
10th Street bis between 10th and 15th Avenue
They offer different accommodation options, such a private rooms, mixed dorms or all girls dorms. All include breakfast. Sayab is a great hostel if you are looking for style and fun. They have themed nights, open to the public, such as all you can eat sushi nights, pool parties (yes, they have a pool!), live DJs or BBQ nights.
6th Street with 15th Avenue
3 Kaban 44
This small but beautiful hostel is a bit outside form Playa del Carmen’s center, but a great choice if you are looking to save money. A night at a dorm starts at prices as low as $5 USD, what makes the 15-minute walk to the city’s center worth. The have private rooms, mixed or separate dorms, free Wi-fi in all areas, public parking space, a pool, table tennis, and you can rent bikes.
44th Street between 65th and 70th Avenue
4 Excel Sense Boutique Hostel
It is the only boutique hostel in Playa del Carmen and it really is a cute place to stay at in the quiet Playacar neighborhood. They have a quiet common area on the rooftop with a small pool to relax in and free wifi. Breakfast is not included, but some of the rooms feature a kitchenette and they have a laundry service.
Playacar Fase 2, Paseo Xaman-Ha Lote 16
5 Hostal MX
This hostel at a prime location right on the 5th Avenue is all about partying. There is loud music playing until late and also you are in the middle of the action, with everything very close. They have private rooms with 2 beds and a private bathroom and dorms and a beautiful garden to relax at that even features a hot tub. Breakfast and Wi-fi are included.
5th Avenue between 10th and 12th Street
Selina is one of the most beautifully designed hostels in Playa del Carmen with single rooms as well as dorms. Lots of turquoise and white as well as a patio with a pool and palm trees make for the Caribbean feeling. Their bar is very popular among locals too, so it’s a great place too meet not only travelers! Another feature that makes Selina unique, is that it offers a coworking space and yoga lessons. Also, the hostel is downtown Playa del Carmen, close to everything, there’s free Wi-fi, rooms are airconditioned, and pets are allowed. Breakfast is not included, but available for an additional fee.
2nd Street between 5th and 10th Avenue
7 Hostel Rio Playa
Not the quietest hostel, since it is above a bar, but it is very conveniently located downtown Playa del Carmen and has a beautiful rooftop area with a small pool. Who is looking for good parties rather than for a good sleep will love this place. It also has a great price-quality ratio and really friendly staff. Wi-fi is free, breakfast is not included.
8th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue
8 NamaStay Hostel
This hostel in Playa del Carmen just recently opened its doors and is a great option if you are looking for a budget accommodation downtown. Close to the nightlife and the beach, but far enough to let you sleep well. Concierge, Wi-fi, parking, breakfast and A/C will be included in your stay at this hostel.
30th Avenue between Constituyentes and 20th Street
9 Tres Mundos
This is a very chill out and very colorful hotel in the heart of Playa del Carmen, just 3 blocks from the bustling 5th Avenue. They have 4 private rooms with shared or private bathrooms and 3 dorms. Breakfast and Wi-fi are included, there is a laundry service, and you can chill or meet fellow travelers in the hammock zone on the rooftop.
6th Street between 20th and 25th Avenue
10 Tequilita Hostel
At Tequilita Hostel, one of the oldest hostels in Playa del Carmen, you will probably make new friends and party all night long with them. But, don’t worry, there are two common areas, one with a bar and one dedicated to relax and chill out. Breakfast and Wi-fi are included and the rooms are airconditioned.
6th Street between 15th and 20th Avenue
11 Hostel 3B
This hostel is an icon here and calls itself “the ultimate party hostel in Playa del Carmen. So one thing is for sure, if you didn’t came to party this is not the hostel you are looking for. But if you are into electronic music and parties, you will love it. Sundays are the big party night on their rooftop terrace, where locals and tourists mingle all night long. Wi-fi is free in the common areas, there are private, mixed and separated dorms and free yoga classes.
10st Avenue with 1st Street South
12 Lobo Del Mar
Yet another party hostel, and probably one of the coolest hostels in Playa del Carmen with the highest rooftop terrace. You get one hour of free drinks every night (yes, really) and their ladies night on Thursday’s is a popular event among locals too.
34th Street between 20th and 25th Avenue
13 Hostel Che
They have amazing facilities such as a big pool on the rooftop and they offer free tours, salsa classes, and many other events plus it’s a bargain. All the rooms at Hostel Che are airconditioned, which is great in the tropical climate of Playa del Carmen. Breakfast is included, Wi-fi too, and you can rent bikes.
6th Street with 15th Avenue
14 Popul Vuh
If you are looking for a quiet hostel, yet close to everything and right at the beach, this is your accommodation in Playa del Carmen. There is an outdoor kitchen, hammocks, private rooms and dorms.
40th Avenue between 20th and 22nd Street
15 Las Hijas Hostel
This rather new hostel is a tad away from Playa del Carmen’s center, but therefore it’s really quiet which is a big plus. They belong to the restaurant chain Las Hijas de la Tostada, famous for their delish seafood tostadas. You can try these delicacies on their beautifully designed modern rooftop, that also boasts a bar and comfy hammocks. Breakfast and Wi-fi are included and the rooms are airconditioned.
40th Avenue between 20th and 22nd Street
16 Hostels on the Road
This relatively new hostel is located one block away from the new and trendy part of the 5th Avenue. They only have 3 dorms, but therefore a really quiet and familiar atmosphere. Wi-fi is included, breakfast isn’t, rooms are airconditioned.
10th Avenue with 42nd Street
17 Enjoy Playa
This comfy little hostel in Playa del Carmen’s downtown area has a rooftop area, a restaurant, and free wi-fi throughout the property. You can also rent bicycles and some rooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast is not included.
15th Avenue between 2nd and 4th Street
18 Hostel Playa by the Spot
Opening its doors 2002, this was one of the very first hostels in Playa del Carmen. The rather quiet hostel is across the street from Walmart and has a huge kitchen, so it’s easy to prepare your own meals there. There are several common areas and a tiny pool.
25th Avenue with 8th Street
19 Wabi Hostel
The small Wabi Hostel in the center of Playa del Carmen has 8 rooms, 4 of which are dorms. The private rooms have their own bathroom and kitchenette. The rooftop features a kitchen and a TV area with Netflix and bar that is open to the public and hosts different events. So, yes, yet another party hostel.
10th Avenue between 6th and 8th Street
20 Hostel La Isla
This Playa del Carmen Hostel, located next to the ferry dock to Cozumel, boasts unbeatable views over the Caribbean Sea. Not only from their big terrace but also from the dorms! Do you need to know anything else about this place?
3rd Street South at the beach