Looking to visit paradise on a budget? Here are some of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen for solo travelers, party goers and more.
Che Playa Hostel & Bar
Best hostel for: Backpackers looking to mix local culture and late nights in Playa
Dorm price (avg): $25 USD/night
Private suites for 3-4 people (avg): $150/night
Che Playa Hostel & Bar is one of the top-rated hostels in Playa del Carmen right now. Located within walking distance to the beach, this budget-friendly spot is complete with a rooftop pool and a bar serving affordable drinks and music every night.
Che in Playa has very party hostel vibes so it attracts the younger crowd, but it’s a good place to go if you want to meet fellow travelers and unwind after a day of exploring. Even if you don’t plan on booking a few nights at Che, it could be a great place to hang out at sunset and meet people at the bar.
The hostel also offers a tour desk on site with information about organized excursions to nearby cenotes and beaches.
Budget travelers can choose between private rooms, as well as mixed or female-only dorms. Free breakfast is included in the price of all rooms. The staff is very helpful staff and the rooms and common areas are clean.
Che is a popular hostel chain with locations throughout the Yucatan peninsula, from Merida to Holbox and other top destinations in the region.
Selina Playa del Carmen
Best Playa del Carmen hostel for: Digital nomads and solo travelers on a budget
Dorm price (avg): $35 USD/night
Private room (avg): $130 USD/night
Located just a block away from the ADO bus in Centro on the bustling 5th Avenue, Selina in Playa is where you’ll meet a mix of backpackers and digital nomads. This is one of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen, offering a little something for every type of traveler.
Travelers can choose between dorm rooms or 5 different styles of private rooms, either with a shared or private bathroom. All prices include a continental breakfast, free WiFi and access to the co-working space. You can book daily, weekly or monthly co-working packages depending on the length of your stay in Playa.
Guests at Selina can also enjoy free activities like daily morning meditation classes on the property, language exchange, yoga, evening dance classes and more. There’s even a pool on the property, which is a great way to mix work and play during your trip to Playa del Carmen.
For discounts on longer stays, send them an email about weekly or monthly rates.
Best Playa del Carmen hostel for: Solo and group travelers looking for a fun getaway on a budget
Dorm price (avg): $17 USD/night
Basic triple room (avg): $45 USD/night
Complete with a rooftop pool, sun loungers, bbq nights and house music at night, this Playa del Carmen hostel is a great spot to mix relaxation and meeting new people over the weekend with the music blaring and cocktails flowing.
Hostel 3B gets rave reviews when it comes to staff and atmosphere. The WiFi can be wonky at times, but nothing that a dip in the pool or a game of foosball on the rooftop can’t fix. There are mixed dorms, female-only dorms and a private triple room available.
The reception area right off of Avenida 10 is clean and modern looking, and there are some tables by the check-in desk for relaxing or getting some work done. There’s a shared kitchen and restaurant on site.
Red Panda Hostal
Best hostel for: Budget travelers interested in underwater excursions
Dorm price (avg): $10 USD/night
Private room (avg): $40 USD/night
Red Panda Hostal on Calle 1 Sur just off of 30 Avenida has cheap rooms available for single or couple travelers looking for a place to stay in Playa del Carmen.
There’s a nice pool in the garden to chill and relax in the mornings or on a hot afternoon. Please note that the restaurant on-site that’s mentioned on a few of the booking sites is closed at this time.
Red Panda in Playa works as a self check-in hostel, where you’ll get the door code and check in instructions through booking.com or whatever number you provided when you made the reservation. The hostel manager will promptly reply to any questions or concerns.
If you’re looking to do some underwater activities while in Playa del Carmen, the dive shop that’s located on the second floor of the hostel is a great resource.
Tres Mundos Hostel
Best hostel for: Budget backpackers looking for chill vibes
Dorm price (avg): $12 USD/night
Private room (avg): $35 USD/night
After checking out all of the popular hostels in Playa del Carmen for the end of 2021, we noticed that some of the mainstays are open but under renovation and aren’t as traveler friendly as in previous years.
Tres Mundos Hostel is probably one of the cheapest options in town and still welcoming backpackers. The hostel has a nice chill common area and communal kitchen on the ground floor, with decent WiFi if you want to get some work done. There’s also great cocktails for 50 pesos for happy hour.
This hostel isn’t the cleanest and the lighting is a little dim throughout the property, but it’s a good budget option for a few nights while you get your bearings in Playa del Carmen. The kitchen and common areas are well kept, and there’s drinking water provided. It’s right next to a great restaurant and coffee shop, so it’s worth checking out this area.
Playa Del Carmen vs Cancun
Trying to decide between Cancun or Playa del Carmen for your next trip to the Riviera Maya? See our comparison guide to help with your decision.
Getting To Playa Del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is only an hour drive from Cancun International Airport. Once you get out of the airport, look for the ADO Bus stops for Playa del Carmen/Tulum out front. You can buy a ticket at the ADO desk on your right.
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