Discover the Best Budget Hostels and Hotels to Book in Mexico City

The Palacio de Bellas Artes, in Alameda Central Park, is a key architectural and cultural landmark of Mexico City
The Palacio de Bellas Artes, in Alameda Central Park, is a key architectural and cultural landmark of Mexico City | © Elijah Lovkoff / Alamy Stock Photo
Richard Collett

Rooftop bars, mezcal tastings, chilaquile-breakfasts and free walking tours are just a few of the reasons why Mexico City has a world-class budget hotel scene. Mexico’s capital is the perfect base for hostel lovers, with boutique dorms, artsy backpacker homes and stylish budget rooms available throughout the city. To help you plan your next backpacking trip to Mexico, these are the best budget hostels and hotels in Mexico City, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Mexico City Hostel


Simple double and single bed with striped covers in clean, minimal room with orange tiled floors at Mexico City Hostel.
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If you’re looking for a budget stay in Mexico City, the aptly-named Mexico City Hostel will tick the box. Dorms here feature classic bunk beds, but the rooms are still surprisingly spacious, with large windows and doors that open out onto the lively streets of the Centro Historico or into the peaceful surrounds of the hostel’s inner patios and courtyard. The hostel organizes budget tours to Mexico City’s best sights too, so you can sightsee and socialize on a budget.

2. Hostal Regina


Double beds with colourful cushions and fluffy throws in a large room with double French doors at Hostal Regina.
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Hostel Regina is the place to stay if you like your dorms to be stylish and colorful. The hostel is located within a completely remodeled and redesigned colonial-era building, just a few streets away from the Zocalo in Centro Historico. You’ll love the constantly changing artwork that fills the lobby, corridors and bedrooms. Head to the rooftop bar in the evening, where you can hang out with travelers while sampling local mezcals.

3. Hotel Castropol


Double beds with white sheets and brown covers in minimal, earth-toned room with framed decorative pictures at Hotel Castropol.
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Bored of dormitories? Book into Hotel Castropol, where you’ll find private hotel rooms at an excellent price. Hotel Castropol has a fantastically central location, with Mexico City’s Zocalo located just five blocks over from the hotel. Rooms at the Hotel Castropol have enough beds and space for up to four people, so this is a great option for couples and small groups of friends looking for privacy – all at hostel prices.

4. Hotel MX Congreso


Large double beds mounted on wooden panelling in airy, minimal room at Hotel MX Congreso.
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The Hotel MX Congreso, just a 20-minute walk from the Centro Historico, is the perfect choice for budget travelers looking for an upgrade. The Hotel MX Congreso offers private rooms with a supreme level of comfort, given the budget prices. The hotel is sleek and modern and even the Simple room features a large king-sized bed for you to lounge in. Upgrade to the Junior Suite Comfort and you’ll even find a jacuzzi in the bathroom.

5. Hostel Home


Double bed with colourful sheets and crosshatched headboard in rustic room at Hostal La Encantada.
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Love the chill vibes of Roma Norte? Check into Hostel Home, where Mexico City’s original backpacker hostel offers community, art, home cooking and a budget dorm bed. This solo-traveler favorite is located within a colorful colonial-style building in Roma Norte, and you’re just a short walk from art galleries and quirky cafes in the surrounding neighborhood. Hostel Home is more like a house than a hostel, and that’s because they want to be your new home in Mexico City.

6. Hostal La Encantada


Single beds with wooden headboards and orange floral covers in warm room with a cherry blossom tree stencil at Hostal La Encantada.
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Hostal La Encantada is one of the best budget hostels in Mexico City’s Coyoacan district. It’s located in a historic part of the city, just a short stroll from the Frida Kahlo Museum, the Leon Trotsky Museum, and plenty of lively cantinas and mercados. Start your day with a buffet breakfast at the hostel, explore Coyoacan, then hang out in the hostel’s private courtyard before getting a good night’s sleep in a comfortable private room.

7. Casa Pepe Hostel

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Two sets of bunkbeds with white sheets and wooden detailing in warm room with circular chair, lockers and blue curtains at Casa Pepe Hostel.
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Start your stay at Casa Pepe Hostel with a free walking tour of the best cantinas in the area. Load up on tacos and cervezas before heading back to socialize at one of the best boutique hostels in Mexico City. Casa Pepe Hostel has stylish dorm rooms and beds with privacy curtains, personal lockers, charging points, and bedside lamps – all the little things that travelers crave. Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the cafe every morning, catch up on emails, or plan your travels in the work area, and meet new travelers in the hostel bar in the evening.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Lauren Cocking.

If you do want to spend that little bit more during your trip, do it right by booking a self-catered vacation rental apartment or go one further with one of the best luxury hotels in Mexico City, available now with Culture Trip. Feel like a true backpacker with these hiking trails around the city, or find out about the exciting day trips to explore the rest of Mexico. Whilst Mexican cuisine is undeniably great, don’t let these international restaurants pass you by.

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