Tulum has become a popular destination in the past few years amongst backpackers and Instagram influencers alike. With the onset of the pandemic, Tulum and Quintana Roo remained largely open, unlike other popular backpacker hotspots such as Thailand and Indonesia in Southeast Asia.
Tulum is home to some of the most beautiful and untouched beaches in Mexico, with white sand and crystal clear blue water, hundreds of cenotes to discover, and great places to party. It’s no wonder it’s becoming a hot destination for tourists and backpackers.
If you’re looking for the best hostels in Tulum then we have you covered. While there are many different areas in Tulum to stay, like in the town itself or on the beach, we’ll give you many options from the cheapest spots to the best hostels in Tulum to party.
The Best Hostels In Tulum Shortcut
Best Party Hostel: Straw Hat Hostel
Best Budget Hostel: Hostal Chalupa
Best Social Hostel For Solo Travellers: Lum Hostel
Best Location Hostel: Selina Hostel
Best Private Rooms: Amorcito Corazon Hotel y Hostel
Straw Hat Hostel
If you’re looking to party right away in Tulum, then this should be your first stop. Located in the town center, about a 30 min bike ride to the beach is the infamous Straw Hat Hostel. In our opinion, it’s one of the best hostels in Tulum to party. Don’t expect to get any work done here, however, and you won’t be living in luxury like some other hostels.
Mayan Monkey Hostel
One of the most famous hostels in Tulum, Mayan Monkey features an impressive pool, outdoor bar, and courtyard area. Located a bit out of the town center towards the beach, they also have bike rentals for 250 pesos per day for easy access to the beach. It’s a massive hostel so you’ll easily meet other travellers.
Spectacularly located right on the beach between the Tulum ruins and the Ka’an nature reserve, Selina Tulum is by far one of the nicest and best hostels in Tulum. Famous for its beach parties, coworking space, digital nomads, excellent food and daily yoga and meditation classes, it’s a must-stay if you’re looking to spend time on the beach and not in the town center.
Although it is a lot more expensive than hostels located further into the town, you’ll have access to the beach, parties, complimentary breakfast, and many facilities for a fantastic stay.
This modern and stylish hostel has an appeal for its zen-like appearance, great facilities and activities, excellent staff, and super cleanliness. There are also free bikes for rent so you can bike to the beach with ease. It’s consistently regarded as one of the best hostels in Tulum.
Che Hostel Tulum
With other locations in Mexico, their hostel in Tulum is one of their best and most popular. Considered one of the best hostels in Tulum to party at, they have several swimming pools, BBQs, comfortable dorms with curtains, and daily events such as yoga and salsa classes, free tours, and dinners.
If you’re not a party animal and want to go to sleep before 1 am then you probably should consider staying somewhere else.
A great budget hostel to meet other backpackers and solo travellers. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, giving all sorts of advice and tips for things to do nearby. With free breakfast, an outdoor terrace, and bikes for rent, it’s a perfect spot for convenience and has the perfect atmosphere if you’re a solo traveller.
Chill Inn Hostel
A unique hostel with more local Mexican vibes than other hostels in Tulum. Each dorm is a palapa-style hut and there are authentic local-style breakfasts to enjoy in the morning. A lot more relaxing than other hostels, it’s the perfect spot if you want a quiet place to chill, allowing you to wake up early to explore the beaches and cenotes.
The cheapest hostel in Tulum that we could find, at only 176 MXN pesos per night for a dorm. Hostel Chulpa also features a pool like most other hostels in Tulum, and has a good location in downtown Tulum, right at the start on the road to the beach. It’s for sure one of the best hostels in Tulum if you’re looking for a bargain.