Top 5 hostels to stay in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico


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Looking to visit paradise on a budget? Here are some of the best hostels in Playa del Carmen for solo travelers, party animals and more.

Che Playa Inn & Bar

Best hostel for: Backpackers looking to mix local culture and late nights in Playa

Dormitory price (average): 25 USD / night
Private suites for 3-4 people (average): $ 150 / night

Che Playa Hostel & Bar is currently one of the top rated hostels in Playa del Carmen. Just steps from the beach, this budget spot features a rooftop pool and bar serving affordable drinks and music every night.

Che in Playa has a very festive hostel vibe, which appeals to the younger ones, but it’s a good place to go if you want to meet other travelers and relax 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 go out at sunset and meet people at the bar.

People on the roof of Che Hostel in Playa del Carmen in the evening
Che Playa Hostel & Bar, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The hostel also offers an on-site tour desk with information on organized excursions to nearby cenotes and beaches.

Travelers on a budget can choose from private rooms, as well as mixed or female-only dorms. Free breakfast is included in the price of all rooms. The staff are very helpful 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.

Tropical island street Holbox in Quintana Roo of Mexico

Selina playa del carmen

Best hostel in Playa del Carmen for: Digital nomads and budget solo travelers

Dormitory price (avg): $ 35 USD / night
Private room (avg): 130 USD / night

Located just one block from the ADO bus to Centro on 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 dormitories or 5 different styles of private rooms, with either a shared or private bathroom. All prices include a continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and access to the co-working space. You can book daily, weekly or monthly coworking packages depending on the length of your stay in Playa.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico - March 28, 2017: Street view of the seafront in one of the beaches in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  The beach is near 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, where you will find many shops and restaurants.

Selina guests can also enjoy free activities like daily morning meditation classes on the property, language exchanges, yoga, evening dance classes and more. There’s even a swimming pool on the property, which is a great way to combine work and play during your trip to Playa del Carmen.

For discounts on longer stays, email them regarding weekly or monthly rates.

Swimming pool and exterior of Selina Hostel Playa del Carmen
Selina Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Hostel 3B

Best hostel in Playa del Carmen for: Solo and group travelers looking for a fun, budget getaway

Dormitory price (avg): $ 17 USD / night
Basic triple room (avg): $ 45 USD / night

Complete with a rooftop pool, lounge chairs, barbecue parties, and evening house music, this Playa del Carmen hostel is a great place to mix relaxation and meet new people on the weekends with the blaring music. and flowing cocktails.

Hostel 3B receives rave reviews for the staff and atmosphere. The Wi-Fi can be wobbly at times, but nothing that a dip in the pool or a game of foosball on the roof can’t fix. Mixed dorms, female-only dorms and a private triple room are available.

The reception just off Avenida 10 is clean and modern, and there are tables near the check-in desk for relaxing or working. There is a shared kitchen and restaurant on site.

bird's eye view of hostel rooftop 3B in Playa del Carmen during the day
Hostel 3B, Playa del Carmen

Hostal Panda Rouge

Best hostel for: Budget travelers interested in underwater excursions

Dormitory price (avg): $ 10 USD / night
Private room (avg): $ 40 USD / night

Red Panda Hostal on Calle 1 Sur, just off 30 Avenida, offers inexpensive rooms for single travelers or couples looking for a place to stay in Playa del Carmen.

There is a lovely swimming pool in the garden for relaxing in the morning or on a hot afternoon. Please note that the on-site restaurant mentioned on some of the booking sites is closed at this time.

Red Panda in Playa operates as a self-check-in hostel, where you will get the door code and check-in instructions through booking.com or the number you provided when booking. The hostel manager will promptly respond to any questions or concerns.

If you are looking to do some underwater activities in Playa del Carmen, the dive shop located on the second floor of the hostel is a great resource.

Swimming pool and outdoor at Red Panda Hostal, Playa del Carmen
Red Panda Hostal, Playa del Carmen

Tres Mundos Hostel

Best hostel for: Budget backpackers looking for a relaxed atmosphere

Dormitory price (avg): $ 12 USD / night
Private room (avg): $ 35 USD / night

After checking out all of the popular Playa del Carmen hostels for the end of 2021, we noticed that some of the pillars are open but undergoing renovations and not as user-friendly as in previous years.

Tres Mundos Hostel is probably one of the cheapest options in town and still caters for backpackers. The hostel has a nice common area and a communal kitchen on the ground floor, with decent Wi-Fi if you want to work. There are also some great cocktails for 50 pesos for happy hour.

This hostel isn’t the cleanest and the lighting is a bit dim throughout the property, but it’s a good budget option for a few nights while you’re heading to Playa del Carmen. The kitchen and common areas are well maintained and potable water is provided. It’s right next to a great restaurant and cafe, so it’s worth visiting this area.

Sign outside the Tres Mundos hostel in Playa del Carmen
Tres Mundos Hostel, Playa del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen vs. Cancun

Trying to choose between Cancun or Playa del Carmen for your next trip to the Riviera Maya? Check out our comparison guide to help you with your decision.

Getting to Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is just an hour’s drive from Cancun International Airport. Once you exit the airport, look for the ADO bus stops for Playa del Carmen / Tulum in front. You can buy a ticket at the ADO ticket office on your right.

Amusing direction sign with distance to many different countries on the Mexican coast

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