Playa Del Carmen Hostels

…great price, great community, great experience…

Mention the word hostel and a thousand negative connotations circulate through the mind.

According to popular mythology, they’re populated by weed-smoking, dreadlocked hippies who think tie-dye t-shirts would be acceptable to wear at a wedding.

If you believe the typical narrative on hostels, then you can expect bedbugs, showers that dribble out cold water, and couples shagging in every dorm bed.

Most of this is a far cry from the truth.

The reputation of hostels around the world is rapidly changing.

Yes, they still usually feature a tone-deaf moron who plays his guitar 14 hours a day, and a few guests that think showering is for squares.

But Playa Del Carmen hostels are not like what you may conjure in your imagination.

First of all, they are fun!

They’ve taken the premises of a hostel – a social party place that offers cheap accommodation – and mixed it with a bit of style and quality.

However, not all of them are worth visiting. The ones I’m going to tell you about in this article are the hostels that go above and beyond the call of duty.

You are also going to hear about the hostels to avoid. I have visited them. I have met with the owners and people who manage them. I have seen the premises. You can take my advice or leave it, but one thing is certain – don’t blame me if you are disappointed with your stay at a hostel here.

Map of The Five Best Hostels In Playa Del Carmen

This is a map that shows the five best hostels in Playa Del Carmen.

Below the map, I tell you why I chose them and what to expect from each of them.

Remember: each of them have their own vibe.

So be sure to choose the right one based on whether you want to party, relax, or whatever else…


What To Expect From A Playa Del Carmen Hostel

You don’t need to be aged 18-30 to stay in a hostel.

But you do need to act within that age bracket.

Playa Del Carmen can be a real party city, and you can bet every last cent in your wallet that most guests in the hostel want to party really hard.

Playa Del Carmen hostels organize activities (i.e. drinking games, social activities, tours, etc.) that get people wasted and kickstart the party.

The most important aspect of any hostel is the atmosphere. In my experience, the energy flows down – if the managers and owners of the hostel are friendly and fun people, then the hostel puts off that vibe and makes the stay all that more interesting.

Of course, the contrary is also true.

Also, if you’re not comfortable meeting new people, then you should probably sleep elsewhere.

The good Playa Del Carmen hostels do everything they can to encourage a social atmosphere, so they offer getting-to-know-each-other type of activities, shared dinners, and a common area where people can hang out together.

And importantly, you can expect to pay very little for your accommodation.

There are some Playa Del Carmen hostels with dorm beds for less than $10 USD/night.

Even the best hostels cost less than $20 USD/night for a bed.

That means loads of cash to spend on booze and drinks.

What Not To Expect From A Playa Del Carmen Hostel

Don’t get a hostel if you want an uninterrupted romantic break for you and your partner.

And definitely don’t think that the staff will wait on you hand and foot.

There’s no room service here.

If you get excited about hotel mini-bars, concierges taking your luggage, and swim-up pool bars, then please go elsewhere.

A Playa Del Carmen hostel is more about the experience than the luxuries.

However, definitely don’t expect to be bored.

There’s never really a dull moment when you’re surrounded by the kind of characters that travel around Central America and stay in hostels.

Why Playa Del Carmen Hostel Facilities Are Better Than You Think

Picture a sweaty dingy room that’s stuffed with bunk beds and festering people with killer hangovers.

That can still be found in a couple of Playa Del Carmen hostels.

But in general, the facilities are closer to those you’ll find in a cheap hotel.

You should expect clean beds, clean rooms, and communal facilities like a small pool/hot tub, gardens, and (sometimes) a bar.

You never quite know who’s going to be in your dorm.

90% of the time it’s a bunch of interesting and considerate people from around the world.

Unfortunately that leaves 10% of obnoxious idiots.

It’s a popular myth that things get stolen from hostels.

That really isn’t the case. Most international backpackers, party fiends, and up-and-coming musicians have an unspoken code of honor.

Most of them are quite honest – just don’t expect them to keep a schedule or appointment.

Every hostel also has lockers so you can secure all your valuables.

Plus, people who stay in hostels don’t really have anything very valuable to steal…

If you don’t like the idea of sleeping in a dorm, then stay in a room.

Most hostels also have private rooms.

Some Playa Del Carmen hostels even offer luxury suites.

So you get the quality of a hotel with the atmosphere of a hostel.

Why Playa Del Carmen Hostels Are Some Of The Best In The World

Hostels seem to fit perfectly with beaches and partying.

It’s like a glorious mathematical equation.

Beach + party + hostel = not remembering anything but having a brilliant time.

With so many cool people from around the world, Playa Del Carmen hostels are always full of banter.

If you can’t laugh here, then you should stick to getting kicks from watching some drab Hollywood rom-com.

Hostels are all about having a great time with people who you’ve never met before from all over the world, and those in Playa Del Carmen offer so much of it that you need a quiet few days at home after your vacation to recover.

I’ve heard many tourists claim that their waiter or concierge was the best in the world.

If you want to meet the most professional Mexican, then stay at a resort.

But stay in a hostel if you want to meet some funky local Mexicans who always act as themselves AND some cool international people who have tons of stories to share.

The 5 Best Playa Del Carmen Hostels

Here’s a quick run down of the best Playa Del Carmen hostels.

I haven’t included all of the hostels in the city.

There are a few which just offer a cheap bed and nothing else.

You really don’t need to stay there.

Moreover, there are some that are just trashy. They will make you wish you hadn’t stayed there.

I’ve only included hostels with personality, a great atmosphere, and consistently good reviews from people who stay at them.

Hostel Rio Playa

This quintessential Playa Del Carmen hostel!

Halfway between 5th Avenue and 10th Ave, so you’re bang in the middle of the party.

It’s got a brilliant rooftop pool and bar, one that’s often full of young people getting their groove on and wearing tiny bikinis.

It gets a little busy and cluttered, but that often enhances the atmosphere.

This is really a party place, and if you’re not going to party until you fall over, then consider elsewhere.

Dorms from $18 USD/night.

Hostel Rio Playa Phone Number / Contact Info / Etc:

👤 Contact Person: Nobody In Particular – Everyone Speaks English

📞 Phone Number(s):

📱 MX Number: +52 (984) 803-0145 ✆ – CLICK TO CALL ON MOBILE

🌎 Website: These idiots don’t have a website! Don’t worry, the place is still cool.

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⏰ Hours: Every Day, 24 Hours/Day

💰 Prices: Changes Seasonally and By Occupancy; Call To Find Out

📍 Location: Calle 8 between 10th Ave & 5th Ave

Hostel Che

A Playa Del Carmen institution, this hostel is where you go if you think that beer should be served with breakfast every morning.

They have dedicated party nights, all-you-can-eat food parties, and can help you plan tours, and the rooms are pretty spacious, if a little old and worn out.

Dorms start at $14 USD/night.

If you want the hostel vibe, but a nicer and quieter room, then consider their other accommodation, the Che Bed and Breakfast.

Hostel Che Phone Number / Contact Info / Etc:

👤 Contact Person: Matteus (Mgr) – Everyone Speaks English

📞 Phone Number(s):

📱 MX Number: +52 (984) 147-1741 ✆ – CLICK TO CALL ON MOBILE

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⏰ Hours: Open 24/7 w/Security Guard At Night

💰 Prices: Reasonable Prices

📍 Location: Calle 6 between 15th Ave & 20th Ave

Hostel Playa

With an interior that rivals a modern Gilligan’s Island retreat, Hostel Playa is more relaxed than the full-on party scenes at other Playa Del Carmen hostels.

They offer free breakfast, a rooftop swimming pool, party area, a full kitchen, hammocks, and a BBQ area.

The place is cheap, too! And a 100 yards/meters from Walmart (where stuff is also cheap).

$12 USD/night, per person for a dorm and $17 USD/night, per person for a double room.

If you want a bit of R & R on a budget, then this is the place.

Hostel Playa Phone Number / Contact Info / Etc:

👤 Contact Person: Everyone Speaks English

📞 Phone Number(s):

📱 MX Number: +52 (984) 803-3277 ✆ – CLICK TO CALL ON MOBILE

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⏰ Hours: Open 24/7 w/Security Guard At Night

💰 Prices: Reasonable Prices

📍 Location: Corner of 25th Avenue & Calle 8 (Right Across From WalMart)

Tres Mundos Hostel

The Tres Mundos Hostel offers a very positive vibe. The owners – all four of them – are quite active at the hostel, so they make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Everyone who I met staying in the hostel seems very friendly, outgoing, and happy about his/her stay.

They have a nice rooftop area for barbecues and live music. Moreover, you can even sleep in one of the many hammocks – for free if it’s not high season.

If you do stay there, make sure you ask for Zuzana. She is one of the owners from Slovakia – and is extremely friendly and helpful!

Tres Mundos Hostel Phone Number / Contact Info / Etc:

👤 Contact Person: Zuzana – One of the Three Owners – (Everyone Speaks English Well Also)

📞 Phone Number(s):

📱 MX Number: +52 (984) 147-0506 ✆ – CLICK TO CALL ON MOBILE

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⏰ Hours: Every Day 8:AM – Midnight

💰 Prices: Incredible Prices

📍 Location: Calle 6 between 20th Ave & 25th Ave

Hostel 3B

Situated on 10th Ave, this is the best looking of Playa Del Carmen’s hostels.

It’s snazzy, a little over the top, and full of 18-30 year olds with beach bodies much better than most Bollywood celebrities.

You can’t argue with the facilities, particularly as they now have air conditioning in every dorm.

And the prices are amazing for what you get.

$14 USD/night– $16 USD/night for dorm, $20 USD/night per person for a room.

This is a huge hostel, but I don’t think it’s the most personal.

They call themselves chic.

I think it’s a place for the cool kids who are blowing all their college money.

Say hello to Evan. He is in charge of the place and puts a lot of effort into getting big name DJs to play shows on the upstairs terrace. There is a very small pool up there as well.

Hostel 3B Phone Number / Contact Info / Etc:

👤 Contact Person: Ivan (Owner/Mgr) – Speaks English Perfectly

📞 Phone Number(s):

📱 MX Number: +52 (984) 803-2901 ✆ – CLICK TO CALL ON MOBILE

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⏰ Hours: 24/7 Every Day

💰 Prices: Reasonable Prices

📍 Location: Calle 1 & 10th Ave

The Hostels That You MUST Avoid

Some places are just not worth wasting your time or money at.

Like the good hostels I’ve mentioned above, I have visited the following places.

For varied reasons, I strongly suggest avoiding them like the plague.

Horrible Hostel #1 – The Yak

The Yak is a place I would definitely NOT recommend.  When I stopped there, the people were very unfriendly. I couldn’t see any liveliness about the place, and the facilities did not look that great.

Interestingly, I talked to several guys who were staying at Hostel Che, but stopped by the Yak to party with a different group of travelers. They told me the people there were very “clicky” and “outsiders” were not welcome.

I hear the same thing again and again…

Definitely avoid this place!

Horrible Hostel #2 – 6-15 Hostel

This place is like Kim Kardashian’s dumpy ass – a total dump! I’m serious! I can’t even believe this place is open.

When I entered the 6-15 hostel, I got a bad vibe almost immediately.

The place looked rundown, the woman who was working there was not friendly whatsoever, and the furniture that was in the commons area looked like it came out of a junkyard!

Stay away from this place, and I think you’ll enjoy your trip to the city that much more!

Believe me – pay the extra two or three dollars to stay at a better hostel than 6-15.

Why It’s Good To Stay In A Playa Del Carmen Hostel

If you want to meet people and get drunk, then there is no better place to stay than a Playa Del Carmen hostel.

There’s also very few better places to go if you’re single and on vacation in Playa Del Carmen.

So party hard and enjoy!

Lots of love,


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