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Mexico City Hostels Full Guide [2022]: Top picks for all travelers!

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June 13, 2022
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Miriam Jaffe
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Mexico City, without a doubt, has some of the most incredible hostels in the country. If you're visiting Mexico City on a budget, you'll definitely want to consider these top picks. Learn about the best hostels in Mexico City and some helpful tips and honorable mentions.

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Are you dreaming of hopping on a plane and flying to Mexico City? If you're like me, working from home or lugging a laptop with you to the café every day, you're probably burnt out. Staring out the window wishing you were partying it up in one of the world's most exciting and lively cities.

It's no wonder you found this article. Mexico City is calling you.

We're always here to help you plan your perfect adventure, whether you're a digital nomad, a solo traveler, or looking to plan a weekend getaway with the crew. Like so many of us, we know that you are probably trying to watch your budget while travel like so many of using.

There are truly some of the most breathtaking places to stay in Mexico City. After all, you shouldn't have to spend months' worth of rent just to stay in a subpar place when you're on vacation, right? We think so too.

Keep reading to learn about all of our top recommendations for hostels in Mexico City.

Mexico City Travel Destination.
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Is it safe to stay in hostels in Mexico City?

Like so many cities in Central and South America, Mexico City gets a bad rap for being dangerous for travelers. But the truth is that Mexico City is a safe and trusted place for travelers worldwide, including solo travelers! That said, there are areas in the city that are better than others, and some hostels take it to the next level to make sure that you and all your belongings can stay safe during your stay. 

Where to stay in Mexico City

The best and safest neighborhoods to stick to are Centro Historico (the city's central historic district), Zona Rosa, and La Condesa. You also can't miss Polanco and Coyoacán too! All of the hostels on our list are in safe and fun parts of Mexico City. 

Let's recap what the highlights of each neighborhood are:

Zona Rosa: Known for its LGBTQ-friendly area, the neighborhood is also famous for its amazing nightlife, and shopping! Zona Rosa is also known as the "Pink Zone".

Centro Historico: if you've never been to Mexico City before and are hoping to do all the must-sees, this neighborhood is the most centrally located one for that. You'll be surrounded by history and culture at every turn!

Polanco: a trendy neighborhood with high-class restaurants, luxurious brands, galleries, museums, and more! If you're looking to splurge a little, this is the neighborhood for you

Coyoacán: located on what some might call the outskirts of Mexico City, you'll find a quieter vibe here. This is also the neighborhood for exploring Mexico City's culture and heritage - it's where you'll find the Frida Kahlo Museum. This neighborhood is best for culture, and for being off the beaten path

La Condesa and Roma Norte: If you're looking for nightlife, these are the neighborhoods for you. You can be your very best night owl, and dance the night away, while also having plenty of hip cafes, boutiques, and restaurants to explore during the day

Mexico City Downtown.
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What are the best hostels in Mexico City?

Like most things, what will work best for you depends on exactly what you're looking for. 

If you're a digital nomad looking for somewhere to hunker down and work for a few days while managing to eat some fantastic food and do some sightseeing, then you'll probably want to stay somewhere less party-focused. 

But if you're in the mood to let loose with your crew, you're definitely going to be looking for the center of the action in Mexico City. We've done the research and figured out exactly where to stay, regardless of your type of travel style.

According to Hostelworld, several hostels have excellent ratings (over 9/10). Before we dive in, here's our quick breakdown of the best hostels in Mexico City.

Top picks

  • Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: U-Co Juarez
  • Best Hostel Near the Airport: Punto DF
  • Best Hostel for Partying and Solo Travelers: Casa Pepe
  • Best Hostel for Travelers on a Budget: Massiosare El Hostel
  • Best Hostel for Location: Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral 

Honorable Mentions

  • Hostel Home – great for a cozy vibe that will make you feel right at home
  • Suites DF Hostel / Hostel Regina – great for solo travelers who aren't trying to party
  • Wanderlust District – great for digital nomads who still want to socialize

Let’s dive deeper to find out just how great these hostels in Mexico City are!

U-Co Juarez – Best Hostel for Digital Nomads

Photo courtesy of U-Co Juarez

Designed for a post-Covid world, U-Co Juarez is a self-professed "co-living and co-working" space ideal for the focused digital nomad. U-Co Juarez features private sleeping pods complete with sliding doors, lights, shelves, electrical outlets, lockable drawers, and memory foam mattresses. The hostel also offers private rooms, including all-female rooms.

This is the ultimate spot for the serious digital nomad because of the hostel's high-speed fiber internet, which is pretty unprecedented for a hostel, plus work desk spaces, private phone cabins, and meeting rooms. You'll find an open kitchen, lounge area, washer and dryer, and even a TV enabled with Netflix for your downtime.

Pretty luxurious, right? It's no wonder this place has a solid 9.2/10 on HostelWorld. As if it couldn't get any better, the staff will provide you with eco-friendly bath and shower products and detergent for laundry.

As far as the location goes, U-Co Juarez is located in the center of the city in the Cuauhtemoc neighborhood, within walking distance from both Zona Rosa and Zócalo. You'll be right next to Chapultepec Park and Café Nin, one of the best coffee shops in the city. What are you waiting for?

Punto DF – Best Hostel Near Mexico City Airport

Photo courtesy of Punto DF

If you're looking for an easy spot close to the airport, Punto DF is by far your best bet. Not only a good hostel with a convenient location, but Punto DF is also just a great hostel in general, boasting an 8.5/10 rating on HostelWorld. 

Featuring a complimentary breakfast every morning for guests and located less than 700 meters from the International Airport, the amenities and location of this place are really hard to beat. Punto DF is even hosting an artist residency program for creative travelers worldwide, and the common areas are decorated by visiting artists. 

The surrounding neighborhood features some excellent international restaurants, so whether you're coming or going, Punto DF will be a great stopover during your stay in Mexico City.

IZZZLEEP

If you want to try a capsule sleeping hostel, IZZZLEEP is for you! Located inside Benito Juarez Airport, you can recharge during a long layover or catch some ZZZs before your flight in this fabulously 8.5/10 star rated hostel!

IZZZLEEP Benito Juarez Airport Mexico City Capsule Hostel.
Image courtesy: Hostelworld

Casa Pepe – Best Hostel for Parties & Solo Travelers

If your top priority is having as much fun as possible while you're in Mexico City, then Casa Pepe is definitely the place to be. With a 9.0/10 and superb rating, Casa Pepe ticks several boxes to make this one of the best hostels. Well known as one of the best party hostels in Mexico City, some call Casa Pepe the best hostel in the city period. The fact that it's so ideal for solo travelers is just an added bonus. 

Casa Pepe functions as a cultural hub which hosts activities from house concerts to tequila tastings to free daily walking tours throughout the city. The hostel is practically a retreat center for energized traveler. 

Casa Pepe is clean and spacious, offering private lockers in each dorm-style bunk bed. Each sleeping pod offers some valuable privacy amidst the party, complete with curtains, a light, and a USB charger port. They even offer female-only dorms for extra privacy and security.

Why Casa Pepe's awesome!

As if the details mentioned above haven't convinced you enough, here are more incredible facts about Casa Pepe.

While known as the best hostel in the city, you probably do the least sleeping when you're here anyway. Yup. If there ever was one, Casa Pepe is a super social and friendly hostel, making it easy to meet new people and maximize your good time. 

It's located in the city's historic center, Zócalo, so walking to see the sights and immersing yourself in the nightlife will not be hard when staying at Casa Pepe. The only downside of this place is that it's a little more expensive than the other hostels on our list. Beds start at 435 MXN ($22 USD), and private rooms start at about $100 USD. 

Still, pretty great for a place like this, right? We think so.

Casa Pepe Mexico City Hostel.
Image courtesy: Hostelworld

Massiosare El Hostel – Best Hostel for Travelers on a Budget

Offering nightly rates as low as $12 USD and a central location in Centro Historico Zócalo, Massiosare El Hostel is impossible to beat as far as budget hostels in Mexico City go.

But this place isn't just cheap, it's also a lovely and cozy place to stay! Featuring comfortable dorm rooms and a chill roof atop a beautiful historic building, this hostel offers two guest kitchens (one regular and one for vegetarians).

Being able to cook your own food definitely helps cut down on costs. Plus, the hostel offers complimentary breakfast every day for its guests. With a great social vibe, making it easy to meet people and make friends, plus a price point that will leave you plenty of cash leftover for a fun night out, Massiosare El Hostel is not one to overlook. 

Just be aware that the hostel is on the fourth floor of the building, and there's no elevator. With a solid 8.3/10 on Booking.com, we think this place is quite a steal.

Mexico City Hostel Murals.
Image courtesy: Hostelworld

Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral - Best for location

For an immersive experience in Mexico City, consider staying at Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral.

Located smack dab right in the center of Mexico City, Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral is best known for its amazing location and atmosphere, neighboring quite literally behind the main cathedral.

With a fabulous 8.1/10 star rating, you'll get to stay in a very centrally located hostel (right next to the cathedral), complete with a complimentary continental breakfast and organized daily activities for cultural immersion. You'll also be able to access their top floor patio and bar and enjoy the view of Mexico City during sunset. With 24-hour security, you can rest assured that this is a safe hostel as well.

Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral Mexico City.
Image Courtesy: Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral

Hostel Home – Honorable Mention

Hostel Home is Mexico City's oldest hostel, located in Zona Roma, one of the trendiest parts of the city. It's also one of the best quiet hostels in Mexico City. 

This place feels like home, cozy and full of colorful paintings and house plants. The beds are comfortable, and the Wi-Fi is pretty good. 

The rooms are a little on the small side, but each bed features its own locker and power outlet to give you some sense of personal space. The large common area is great for socializing, and there's a guest kitchen where you can cook up your own meals with friends. The staff is super helpful, and the nightly noise curfew makes it easy to get a good night's sleep. 

While Hostel Home isn't the go-to for staying up and partying all night with your newfound besties, it's still a solid go-to if you're just looking for a cozy spot to relax and have some good conversations.

Suites DF Hostel – Honorable Mention

Hostel Suites DF Mexico City.
Image Courtesy: Suites DF Hostel

If you're a solo traveler trying to make some friends without jumping into the deep end of the Mexico City party scene, check out Suites DF Hostel

With an impressive 9.2/10 rating on HostelWorld, this hostel offers a great location in Zócalo, with clean, simple rooms all featuring ensuite bathrooms. Each bed has a personal light and power outlet, and there are multiple common rooms for hanging out and socializing, plus an outdoor terrace.

As with so many Mexico City hostels, this place also offers complimentary breakfast, plus guided tours and trips to places like the Teotihuacán Pyramids, Xochimilco Canals, and Lucha Libre wrestling matches every Tuesday and Friday. 

The only major downside is that the Wi-Fi here isn't super reliable, so it's best to head somewhere else if you're work-cationing. With beds starting at only $11 USD, Suites DF Hostel is the perfect place to check out if you want all the perks of Casa Pepe without the party vibe.

Hostel Regina – Honorable Mention

Are you looking for a fun time in the historic center of Mexico City? 

Hostel Regina is the hostel for you! With a rooftop that serves mezcals and mojitos on Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 1 am, you can party the night away before going down the stairs to your bed. Plus, there's a complimentary breakfast to start your day off right!

Rated 9.6/10 stars as well, this hostel is a hit with many travelers. 

Wanderlust District – Honorable Mention

Wanderlust District Hostels Mexico City.
Image courtesy: Hostelworld

The final hostel on our list is called the Wanderlust District hostel, an excellent place for digital nomads who still want to do some socializing amid their work. A social space without being a party hostel, Wanderlust District hosts organized activities and even welcomes guests into a group WhatsApp chat to stay in the loop and keep in touch. 

The hostel offers a delicious complimentary breakfast every morning, including vegetarian options. Perfect for digital nomads, there are fast Wi-Fi and co-working spaces, private rooms, and dorm rooms complete with pod-style bunk beds, privacy curtains, and reading lights.

With a 9.6/10 rating on HostelWorld, Wanderlust District is a great option if U-Co Juarez sounded a little too serious for your vibe.

Experience Mexico City to the fullest

Full of amazing places to stay in Mexico City, you're bound to find a hostel perfect for you, both location- and atmosphere-wise. Ask your hostel staff for recommendations of tours, or see all of the quirk, fun, and educational Mexico City tours you can join when you're there!

If you have extra time to spare in your itinerary, why take a day trip or two away from Mexico City and visit some of the other fun, amazing cities in Mexico? They're equally beautiful if not breathtaking, and you're sure to have a blast.

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Originally published on:  
November 15, 2021

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