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 sleep here, however, and you won’t be living in luxury like some other hostels.
The hostel has all sorts of fun drinking games such as ‘spin the wheel’, where you’ll land on anything from a free shot to jumping naked in the pool!
The beds and rooms themselves are pretty standard, but nothing exceptional, considering it is a budget and party hostel – expect just the bare minimum.
The party on the rooftop typically starts around 10, and they allow all guests to joing, so it does get crowded almost every night of the week! The party usually lasts until 1-3am until people disperse and usually go next door to Santino Club.
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.
One of our favourite things about Mayan Monkey is that it’s much closer to the beach than other hostels in town (only a 15 minute bike ride). It also has an air conditioned co-working space so you can get some work done during the day, and go out partying at night.
There is an awesome outdoor bar and pool area where they sometimes hosts events or parties with DJ’s spinning electronic tunes to guests and visitors.
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.
Selina provides a wide range of accommodation options, from double private ensuites to dorms of various sizes, making it a great choice for people of all types – such as solo travellers, couples, and families – and pet owners as well.
Since it’s right on the beach, you will have easy access to the beach clubs and area’s nightlife and entertainment. Additionally, you can take advantage of the property’s own swimming pool or find your own spot on the beach to relax.
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.
This modern, stylish hostel will make you feel right at home with its contemporary concrete design. Here you’ll find a comfortable atmosphere for catching up on sleep, or for making new friends.
In the common room, you’ll find comfy couches, a ping-pong table, a room with a TV, and terrace areas with plenty of space. These areas are great for taking a break from work, socializing, and having a bit of fun.
Exploring the town is a breeze thanks to the complimentary bike rentals available at this conveniently located spot. Take a spin and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city at your own pace.
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 an incredibly delicious and free breakfast, an outdoor terrace, and bikes for rent, it’s a perfect spot for convenience and has a perfect atmosphere if you’re a solo traveller.
The people working here are incredibly hospitable and accommodating. They are more than willing to help you with all aspects of your trip, from directions to booking logistics to plans for your itinerary.
They always strive to make you feel welcome. Each bed in all the doorms have comfy beds and pillows as well as privacy curtains, which are an added bonus!
Chill Inn Hostel
A unique hostel with more local Mexican vibes than other hostels in Tulum. This hostel has many of the features that other hostels in Tulum provide. It is conveniently located in the heart of the city, has free breakfast, has plenty of areas to relax, and the staff is very helpful.
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.