Did you know that Mexico City is the largest city in North America? Yes, even bigger than Los Angeles and New York City. And with over 20 million people living in the metropolitan area and more than two million visitors each year, you can imagine how overwhelming Mexico City can be for a solo traveler or a first time visitor. The sheer size makes it challenging to determine what neighborhood to stay in and try to identify the best and most affordable place to stay. To help you plan a better trip, I’ve put together this comprehensive guide of the best Mexico City hostels which should fit any budget traveler’s needs.
I hope it helps you find the best possible place to base yourself during your time exploring this fantastic city (truly one of my favorite big cities around the world).
About Mexico City
Let’s just emphasize this fact: Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. One way to tackle the enormous task of researching where to go, where to eat, and where to stay in this great big city, is to break down Mexico City into the different neighborhoods that might best fit your interests to help you identify where you might want to stay.
Mexico City’s Coolest Neighborhoods:
- Centro Historico – Templo Mayor, Zocalo Square, Palacio de Bellas Artes, striking architecture, museums, churches.
- Colonia Roma – known for its Bohemian vibe, historic buildings in Art Nouveau style architecture, and as kind of the hipster paradise of Mexico City. It is actually divided into Roma Norte and Roma Sur, with Norte being especially cool.
- La Condesa – Parque Mexico, Art Deco style of old homes and buildings, similar to Roma but more upscale and polished. This is my favorite neighborhood in all of Mexico City. The area around the Hipodromo is particularly cool.
- Zona Rosa/Colonia Juarez – The Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) is part of the dynamic Colonia Juarez, where you will find a vibrant nightlife, fancy hotels and restaurants, the center of Mexico City’s LGBT community, Angel of Independence, the Paseo de la Reforma, and a small Korean enclave.
- Polanco – the most upscale neighborhood with the swankiest hotels and restaurants, gourmet cuisine like the famous Pujol and Biko, one of the most diverse areas in the city were the large concentration of Lebanese and Jewish communities, some great museums like Soumaya and Jumex.
- Coyoacan – Frida Khalo’s Museo Casa Azul, Leon Trotsky’s House, more laid back and local vibe on the southern edge of Mexico City.
That should give you a sort of general overview of the most popular neighborhoods, but be sure not to miss the more detailed guide about where to stay in Mexico City with tips and insights about each individual neighborhood.
The top three choices, for me personally, would be 1) La Condesa, 2) Roma, and 3) Centro Historico.
Beyond that, the only way to truly get to know them is to choose one, dive in, and then use it as your home base to explore other parts of Mexico City and all its facets. That’s the only way to really understand this large city and know how to enjoy it in your own way.
Choosing From Many Mexico City Hostels
Hostels are god’s gift to budget travelers (well, not really from God but some geniuses who also want to travel cheap). The hostels allow those of us without bottomless pockets to be able to visit and stay in cities for a longer time because accommodations are one of the top three travel expenses (along with flights and miscellaneous expenses like food, tours, etc). Also, they provide a different vibe that is more social and/or homey while one is traveling.
Read More: Guide to Finding Cheap Accommodation
Always remember to look for the basics in hostels: safety, convenience, cleanliness, good service, free Wifi, and the essential amenities like a shared kitchen and lounge. For me, a good night’s sleep is super important, so you also choose those that have a sleeping area or beds with at least some sort of privacy (I think curtains are a nice touch) even if it is a shared dorm room.
An excellent deal may also include free breakfast, unlimited coffee or tea, and even free drinking water (best to drink filtered water in Mexico City). A few extras like the free hostel-arranged activities (salsa lessons, tequila tasting, taco-making sessions, yoga classes) and free walking tours are a big bonus for you to further enjoy your stay.
Here we will be going through the best 12 Hostels in Mexico City and way down at the end, you will find that we have listed the best Mexico City hostels for solo travelers, digital nomads, and couples. We have also included those with the best rooftop, best bar, most guest-friendly activities and tours, and so much more.
Find the best that would fit your personality, what you are looking for in a hostel or that location near your (new) favorite neighborhood — which you can easily tell with a mapped out view of each hostel here (also at the end).
Okay, enough intro… here are the 12 best Mexico City hostels that are budget-friendly and have proven their reputation as top reviewed hostels.
1. Casa Pepe
Neighborhood: Centro Historico
Casa Pepe is Mexico City’s top reviewed hostel in the Centro Historico. It is only a 5-minute walk away from the massive Zocalo Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Tourist attractions nearby include the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes, Palacio de Correos, Tenochtitlan Ceremonial Center, and the National Palace Mexico are all within walking distance. If you want to go around the other parts of the city, the metro station is just 5 minutes away.
Aside from its excellent location, this property is a one of a kind boutique hostel with an awesome rooftop that features a bar and swimming pool, along with a shared kitchen, snack bar/deli, and restaurant. They even have a small library where you can read or squeeze some work time on your laptop. Or you can just watch TV while on a hammock, no biggie.
They also offer an authentic local experience for travelers with their different activities. The vibe in this hostel is one that combines art with food, music, history, literature, and all the different cultures from around the world. And if you happen to be one of those people who is traveling with a pet, this hostel is pet-friendly.
This hostel arranges free activities for their guests like yoga classes at the rooftop, in-house concerts, and Mezcal and tequila tastings. The daily walking tours will also bring you to different cantinas around the city, and it is one of the best ways to experience authentic Mexican dishes. Inquire about the Salsa Picante making activity or any of their daily walking tours from their very accommodating staff.
Casa Pepe’s rates start at $19/night with breakfast, and they offer beds in 6-, 8-bed mixed dorm rooms, beds in 6-, 8-bed female dorm rooms, private rooms, and even a superior suite. All rooms include a balcony, some of which may have city views. Some of the private rooms have a bathtub.
Breakfast is included, and they have a buffet of traditional Mexican dishes or an option of American breakfast. There is an on-site restaurant for the guests that specializes in Mexican cuisine.
Casa Pepe is one of Mexico City’s best boutique hostels that is strategically located in the heart of the old city. If you are traveling solo or this is your first time in Mexico, this hostel is near the most important places to visit and is accessible to the metro station.
2. Hostel Zocalo
Neighborhood: Centro Historico
Hostel Zocalo is strategically located in the Centro Historico, also within a few blocks from Zocalo Square, the National Palace, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Torre Latinoamericana, and Metropolitan Cathedral. The Centro Historico neighborhood also has so many cafes, restaurants, banks, drugstores, malls, and supermarkets.
The hostel also features a rooftop terrace, spacious shared lounge, shared kitchen, and balcony area. This property is wheelchair accessible with its elevator always operational.
Hostel Zocalo’s rooms start at $11/night. They offer bunks in mixed dorm rooms, bunks in female-only dorm rooms, beds in male-only dorm rooms, and private rooms. Some of the rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and a stovetop.
Hostel Zocalo is perfect for those who want to stay somewhere that has peace and quiet and still be at the center where you can easily walk to some of the best Mexico City museums, parks, and other tourist attractions.
3. Hostel Be Condesa
Neighborhood: La Condesa
Hostel Be Condesa is a modern multi-level hostel in one of the hippest neighborhoods in Mexico city — the Bohemian district of La Condesa. The hostel isn’t far from the lively Parque Mexico and the southern edge of the enormous Bosque de Chapultepec (larger than New York’s Central Park!) where you can watch outdoor movies, visit a museum, or just spend the day under the trees.
La Condesa is a place where you would possibly want to live (at least I did!) with tree-lined streets and art deco architecture. This is one of the wealthiest and hippest neighborhoods in Mexico City. Condesa is where cool bars and fabulous restaurants are found along with some mom and pop shops, and delicious street food that has tacos, tortas, and other Mexican delights.
Hostel Be Condesa’s room rates start at $24/night with continental breakfast, and they have bunks in 4-, 6-mixed dorm rooms, bunks in female-only and male-only dorm rooms. Most rooms feature a balcony with street views. You can also enjoy your breakfast on the terrace.
The hostel is near two metro stations and has a Turibus stop nearby, making it easier to go around the city. The neighborhood is very calm, and the streets around the hostel are safe to walk around in with many restaurants and bars.
The staff is very welcoming and accommodating, and they usually share a lot of insider tips on where to go in and around Mexico City. Although the hostel does not offer its own activities, you can ask the front desk for other events and walking tours around the area (search for food tours around Condesa too).
Hostel Be Condesa is a great place to stay where you can still work on your blog or update the Gram with its high-speed internet working on all floors. The neighborhood also is a peaceful and quiet place, perfect for a more restful vacation.
4. Hostel Home
Neighborhood: Roma Norte
Hostel Home is an old colonial home turned into a modern and hip hostel in the hot Mexico City neighborhood of Roma. It is also one of the first backpacker hostels in Mexico City. With chandeliers and big windows, you will feel like you were transported a hundred years back. The property is also near to Sevilla and Insurgentes Metro Stations (10 minutes walk).
Roma is a hipster heaven with many art galleries, quirky cafes, restaurants, parks, and little shops for your antique finds and souvenirs. Ask the front desk for a pocket map, and set out exploring this incredible barrio. The staff can also help you organize group tours of the area.
Hostel Home rates start at $15/night with breakfast, and they have bunk beds in a mixed dorm room, bunk beds in male-only dorm rooms, bunk beds in female-only dorm rooms, and private rooms. The homey communal kitchen is well-equipped and provides all the utensils and cooking materials for guests to use. There is also a shared lounge and dining area.
This hostel is perfect for a good night’s sleep and is mostly peaceful and quiet throughout the day. Also, if you are one who likes to walk around parks and cool streets, this is an excellent place to base yourself in Mexico City since it is close to Condesa’s Hipodromo, blocks from Parque Espana and Parque Mexico, and in the heart of Roma Norte.
5. Anys Hostal
Neighborhood: Roma Norte
Also located in the Roma Norte neighborhood, but a few blocks further to the north, Anys Hostal is in a charming century-old building with lots of character (big windows and high ceilings). This hostel is just a 10-minute walk to Angel of Independence and Reforma Avenue. The Insurgentes Metro and Metrobus Station is about 5 minutes away.
The edge of Chapultepec Park is just about 7-blocks away from Anys Hostal, making it the closest to the park on this list. Chapultepec is known as the “lungs” of Mexico City because of the vast expanse of the park filled with trees, gardens, and open green spaces.
You can also enjoy the internationally renowned zoo, fountains, cultural exhibits, monuments, and museums like the incredible National Museum of Anthropology. Because of the abundance of trees, there is an interesting number of local flora and fauna to be seen here.
Anys Hostal’s room rates start at $45/night with continental breakfast (plus quesadilla and tamales) and they offer both shared rooms and private (single or double) rooms. It has a shared kitchen, an on-site restaurant, and a cafe. It also has a private garden, rooftop terrace, and sun deck. No worrying about where to eat your next meal because there are so many exciting restaurants and cafes in the area (like an endless supply).
If you want some peace and quiet while you are in Mexico, Anys Hostal will be a good choice for your stay. Plus, they have super friendly staff and the owner who can help you out with insider tips and recommendations from the locals themselves.
6. Suites DF Hostel
Neighborhood: Colonia Tabacalera
Suites DF Hostel is a homey and cozy hostel situated near the city’s downtown district which is a short walk from Parque Alameda and the Palacio de Bellas Arts (Tabacalera is west of the main Centro Historico). It is two blocks away from Monumento a la Revolucion and Av. Reforma. It is also easier to go around if you are based here because it is quite near the public transportation stations.
Suites DF Hostel room rates start at $15/night with breakfast, and they offer 6-bed female-only dorm rooms, 6-bed male only dorm rooms, 6-bed mixed dorm rooms, and private rooms with private bathrooms. All of the rooms offer private bathrooms and shower.
This hostel serves Mexican breakfast every day to give you an authentic local experience throughout your stay. There is a rooftop terrace that opens till midnight.
Ask the front desk for the arranged group activities and tours like the Xochimilco canals, wrestling, Teotihuacan, Puebla, and Taxco. Suites DF Hostel make sure you will get the most out of your vacation in Mexico City. This zone is very lively and touristy throughout the daytime, but can be a little more iffy at night, so keep that in mind.
7. Hostel Art Gallery
Neighborhood: Colonia Juarez / next to Zona Rosa
Hostel Art Gallery is located on the edge of the Zona Rosa (Pink Zone), right along the prominent Paseo de la Reforma which connects downtown to Chapultepec Park. It is situated in a safe neighborhood great for walking around and enjoying some bars, cafes, and restaurants. The Turibus stop and Ecobici station are both nearby, and the hostel even has a free bicycle (loan) is available. A few blocks away are the Metro stations (Reforma, Insurgentes, Revolucion).
The location is exceptional as you can easily reach the different tourist spots like Palacio de Bellas Artes, Templo Mayor, Catedral Metropolitana, Palacio Nacional, Zócalo. Visit Chapultepec Park or the Angel of Independence which are just a few minutes walk away. Interesting barrios of Roma, Condesa, and Polanco are all within reach for you to explore, shop at, or dine in.
Hostel Art Gallery’s rates start at $26/night with breakfast, and they offer single rooms with shared bathrooms (with free toiletries and hairdryer). All the units in this hostel have a seating area. Also, each unit has its own microwave oven. The breakfast is served off-site in another restaurant.
Hostel Art Gallery is in a rescued building and has been furnished with works of art of various Mexican artists. The property has a coworking space, a shared lounge, BBQ facilities, a courtyard, TV room, and a terrace bar. You can also enjoy playing darts with the other guests or grab a drink from the bar while enjoying the city views.
Front desk staff can help you book tours with them for a great price, including different packages for Teotihuacan, Cholula, Xochimilco, Taxco, and many others.
8. Casa San Ildefonso
Neighborhood: Centro Historico
Casa San Ildefonso is like stepping onto the set of a Mexican telenovela. This recently renovated 19th-century building is located just in front of Museo de la Luz and a block away from the famous Templo Mayor and Zocalo in the Mexico City downtown.
With a sunny patio, this property is stylishly designed with seating areas in soft pastel colors with a Mexican touch and local feel. This inner courtyard is a cool space at the property, and it is also where you can meet other guests staying in the hostel.
Casa San Ildefonso rooms start at $18/night inclusive of an American breakfast, and they offer single beds in 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-bed mixed dorm rooms, single beds in 5-bed male-only dorm rooms, and private rooms with both private and shared bathrooms.
This hostel also has a game room, a TV lounge, shared kitchen, bicycle rentals, book exchange corner, a furnished terrace, and the on-site cafeteria El Jarocho.
Casa San Ildefonso is peaceful and quiet, and it is best for those who would like calm surroundings or those who want to squeeze in some work time while traveling.
9. Mexico City Hostel
Neighborhood: Centro Historico
The originally named Mexico City Hostel is one of the top Mexico City hostels on Booking.com and Hostelworld.com with more than 4400 reviews (and counting) in total. This hostel is in a colonial building renovated and decorated with Mexican flavor and accented with local artwork.
Location, location, location! Even with the options in downtown, this one is hard to beat: 4 minutes away from Zocalo Square and Metropolitan Cathedral, the Fine Arts Palace (Palacio de Bellas Artes) is 10 minutes away, and within a 500-meter radius, you can find plenty of variety for local Mexican dishes and cafes.
Mexico City Hostel room rates start at $9/night with breakfast, and they offer beds in 4-, 6-, 8, 12-bed mixed dorm rooms, beds in 8-bed female-only dorm rooms, and private rooms with either private or shared bathrooms. There is a shared kitchen, beautiful patios, common spaces, and they offer complete hostel services (like laundry, arranged tours, etc). Some rooms offer city views.
Mexico City Hostel is near a lot of very interesting places if you’re here for the museums, galleries, tourist attractions, markets, and shops.
10. Hostal La Encantada
Hostal La Encantada is located in the heart of Coyoacan, one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Mexico City, and the most remote hostel on our list. The hostel is very close to Frida Kahlo’s Blue House, just a 5-minute walk away. A few blocks away from the property is the Coyoacan main square and cathedral. It is also very near to Viveros de Coyoacan (one of the nicest parks in the city) and an interesting market at the local square.
Coyoacan is the colonial-style barrio which was home to the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, her birthplace (when Coyoacan was a village outside the city) and her final residence, now called Museo Casa Azul. After her death, the family home was donated and turned into a museum where hundreds of visitors come to visit every day. This museum is a must-do while in Mexico City.
This barrio is also where the Russian theorist and Soviet politician Leon Trotsky lived and was killed by an assassin with an ice axe to the head. His house was also turned into a museum, well preserved from the time of his death, including personal objects such as his clothes and furniture. Trotsky was close with Frida and Diego until their falling out.
Hostal La Encantada’s room rates start at $26/night with breakfast. They offer single and double beds in private rooms with shared bathrooms. This hostel offers spacious rooms with garden views. It also has a terrace and a shared kitchen.
If you would like to be outside the main area of Mexico City, in a calmer, more laidback barrio near the Frida Kahlo Museum, then this hostel may be the best choice. Stay here and you can say Frida was your neighbor.
11. Capsule Hostel
Neighborhood: Zona Rosa
Capsule Hostel is a remodeled Colonial building with a modern twist offering a homey and warm vibe as a hostel.
Located on the edge of the bustling Zona Rosa and within the up and coming Colonia Juarez, it is a few blocks from the United States Embassy, the Angel of Independence, and a few other notable attractions, including some odd Mexico City museums (like the chocolate museum and the wax museum).
This hostel is also a block from Hamburg Metrobus stop and a few blocks from the Insurgentes Metro station.
Capsule Hostel room rates start at $10/night with breakfast. This hostel offers beds in 8-bed male-only dorm rooms, beds in 4-, 8-bed mixed dorm rooms, beds in 6-bed female dorm rooms, and private double rooms with balcony. There is a restaurant, a shared lounge, a small office with a computer, and a small rooftop terrace.
The capsule beds offer a unique experience, and it definitely provides a sense of privacy. Capsule Hostel is a good deal for the experience and the fantastic location of the property.
12. Punto DF Airport
Neighborhood: Near the Airport
Punto DF Airport is a hostel very close to the airport but it also offers a lot more than your typical airport hostel. It is also an artist residency which promotes artistic projects supporting the local arts community. The hostel was designed by the first resident artists.
Punto DF Airport hostel rooms start at $18/night with American breakfast, and they offer beds in 6-bed mixed dorm rooms. It has a comfy shared lounge, a garden and a terrace offering a more laid-back and relaxed vibe for the guests. This hostel is in a typical neighborhood with a sports place and a park just a block away.
Breakfast has options not just for meat-lovers, but also vegans and vegetarians. Around the hostel, there are many kinds of restaurants which offer a wide range of cuisines, including seafood, Japanese, Brazilian, and Argentinian food, along with the ubiquitous Mexican street food like quesadillas and tacos.
There are a few cool places to go around this hostel like a fancy market to shop for souvenirs. There are cantinas not so far from the hostel that offer delicious Mexican dishes.
If you have an early flight, the Punto DF Airport hostel is definitely a good place to wind down and have a relaxing atmosphere before you fly out from the Mexico City Airport.
Best of the Best Hostels in Mexico City
You do not need thousands of dollars to have an amazing experience, with an authentic feel, in a cool barrio. You do not even need to spend more than $50/night to enjoy your stay in a place like Mexico City. I have long been sharing many ways of being a better budget traveler and how to find the best and most reasonably-priced accommodations in the different cities I have visited.
If like me, you enjoy staying longer in a place like Mexico City to get to know it better, I highly recommend getting an Airbnb for multi-week or month-long stays (or longer). But of course, if you are just in for a couple of nights or a few weeks then one of these hostels is your best bet whether you are traveling alone or with someone else.
I have made the following list of the best of the best Mexico City hostels so that you can find certain characteristics or the vibe or amenities that you are looking for in a hostel. Here are the best Mexico City hostels based on a few different qualities or qualifications to help you narrow it down even further.
Top Reviewed Hostel: Casa Pepe
Most Reviewed Mexico City Hostels:
(combined number of reviews from Booking.com and Hostelworld.com)
#1 Mexico City Hostel with 4,402 reviews
#2 Suites DF Hostel with 3,137 reviews
#3 Casa San Ildefonso with 1,737 reviews
Best Pool: Casa Pepe
Best Bar: Casa Pepe
Best for Women Travelers: Hostel Be Condesa
Best Party Hostel: Casa Pepe
Most Socially Responsible Hostel: Punto DF Airport
Best Hostel in Roma: Hostel Home
Best Hostel in Zona Rosa: Capsule Hostel
Best Hostel Outside the City: Hostal La Encantada
Best Local Neighborhood Hostel: Hostal La Encantada
Best Hostel Near the Airport: Punto DF Airport
Great for Walking Around: Hostel Be Condesa
Best Bathroom: Casa Pepe
Wheelchair Accessible: Hostel Zocalo
Best Vegan Food/Food Options: Punto DF Airport
Most Pet-Friendly Hostel: Casa Pepe
Best Garden: Anys Hostal
Hostel with the Best Social Events and Arranged Tours: Casa Pepe
Best Rooftop: Casa Pepe
Got any more suggestions for other hostels? Leave a comment below with your favorite place to stay in Mexico City.
More About Mexico City
Mexico City is the biggest city in North America and is also home to the world’s second-highest number of museums with over 150 museums (almost every other block you can almost find one). This city has over 40,000 restaurants! There are so many things to do here, to eat, and to go explore. It is sad that Mexico City is an often overlooked destination because it is indeed one of the best travel destinations in the world.
Many of its coolest and funkiest neighborhoods are in and around the city center. Interestingly, these barrios are tastefully dotted with Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture, quirky cafes, cool restaurants, some of the hippest stores and shops and offer so much more to explore and discover, whether you’re a history buff, art lover, a foodie, or street food junkie. There is more than one perfect place for you in Mexico City if you take the time to peel back its layers and find the magic.
Be sure not to miss my guide of the coolest things to do in Mexico City so you will know where you want your base to be or the places that you would really like to visit and experience.
Mexico City is safe overall, but you should never forget to think about your safety and security. Travel insurance is like a parachute you can pull when you need it. Before coming to Mexico City, be sure to get your travel insurance for Mexico, just like I did, with World Nomads. It will give you a backup plan in case things go awry and turn the exact opposite of what you originally planned.
Traveling to other parts of Mexico? Don’t miss my comprehensive guide for traveling to Mexico with all the information you need to plan a better trip.
- Book a cheap flight to Mexico with Momondo, or better yet, start travel hacking so you can fly for free.
- Plan a rough itinerary and how long you will spend in each destination. Pick up Lonely Planet Mexico to help with this.
- Work every day to teach yourself Spanish, you want to know as much as possible before you arrive.
- Book your cheap accommodation in advance, at least for the first destinations -- For hostels use: Booking, for cheap hotels use: Hotels.com, for apartments use: Airbnb.
- Reserve your on the ground tours and activities through Get Your Guide.
- Purchase travel insurance for Mexico with World Nomads to protect yourself from illness, injury, and theft while in Mexico.
- Check out my comprehensive guide about traveling to Mexico with information on cities, things to do, places to see, and more.
- Learn more money saving tricks with my top budget travel tips if you want to get more bang for your buck.
- Put together your Mexico packing list.
- Enjoy this incredible country!
I hope this helped you plan your travels in Mexico! I know it can be a struggle to find accurate and on the ground information when traveling to a new place like Mexico, which is why I started writing so extensively about it!
If you have any questions about Mexico, budget travel, or anything else shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(I love getting questions! That is how I get ideas for my blog posts and what to write about!)
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