Downtown Mexico City is brimming with cheap stays for backpackers, single travelers, and those looking for a bargain. But a good price doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a run-down flophouse. Here are eight of our favorite spots to lay your head without breaking the bank in the city’s Centro Histórico.
Hostel Regina, besides having a middle-of-the-action location in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico, is a graffiti artist’s dream. The walls of the hostel are covered in Mexican-themed murals created by local artists. The hostel also sits on the corner of Calle Regina and 5 de Febrero, where you will encounter swathes of street art, from murals to wheat-paste to tags. This is also a late-night hangout spot for the younger crowd downtown, with several good bars along Calle Regina beckoning you in for a mezcal or some traditional Mexican fare.
On the slightly more luxurious side of Centro Histórico hostels is Downtown Beds, part of the Downtown Hotel, one of the premier hotels in the Centro Histórico. This hostel is known to be a bit loud at times (so bring your earplugs with you) but it’s also a great spot for exploring the Centro and sleeping close by to many of its main attractions—the Templo Mayor, Palacio Nacional, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. The rooftop bar and swimming pool are a special bonus for staying here, while the shops in the building and the Azul Histórico restaurant on the first floor are some of the city’s best spots for eating and shopping.
Set in a gorgeous 19th-century house, Casa San Ildefonso offers bright, airy rooms and a very welcoming atmosphere. The hostel is located just across the road from the Museo San Ildefonso, which boasts an impressive collection of murals by iconic artists such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Choose either a private or a shared room and enjoy mingling with fellow guests in this homely yet elegant accommodation.
Another lively, centrally-located hostel, Hostel Mundo Joven Catedral offers a variety of budget rooms with views overlooking Mexico City’s cathedral and central square. One of the largest hotels in Latin America, the venue has a spacious terrace roof bar and invites guest musicians and DJs to liven up the party. The hostel is also committed to sustainable and ethical travel. Following the massive earthquake that struck Mexico in September 2017, it offered free accommodation to the volunteers who flocked to the city to help with the rescue effort.
Each of the rooms in the Art Gallery is decorated with art created by local artists, after whom the rooms are named. This hostel prides itself in exhibiting the next generation of great artwork in the city and will begin hosting art exhibits in October. However, from now until September of this year, it’ll be holding tastings of Mexican cuisine and mezcal in the hostel speakeasy. Guitars and a piano are also provided for guests who are musically inclined. The hostel is within easy walking distance of both downtown and the museum district, and right next to the trendy Colonia Juárez neighborhood.
The quaker-run Casa de los Amigos is a non-profit organization that supports recently arrived immigrants to Mexico in their search for a home and work while they settle into their new community. If you are interested in a slightly more cultural stay in Mexico City, this might be a great option for you. The Casa offers dorm rooms and private accommodation for regular tourists, many of whom are involved in social justice work in the city. Wi-fi and public computers are also available, as well as a vegetarian breakfast for 30 pesos ($1.60 USD) each morning, a full working kitchen, and common spaces. Keep in mind that this is not a party hostel and there are rules about curfew and the use of drugs and alcohol.
This fun hostel is located within an easy walking distance of Plaza Garibaldi, the historic square famed for its mariachi performers and electric shock vendors. Set in an expansive colonial mansion, Hostel Amigo Suites has high ceilings and brightly-colored walls. The hostel also boasts a bar and a terrace which are both great for hanging out with fellow guests.
Just steps from the Templo Mayor Museum, the Zócalo, and the lovely Plaza de Santo Domingo, the Hostal Histórico Centro is covered in colorful local art and has bunkbed-style single and double beds. The hostel also offers copy and printing services, a laundry room, wi-fi, and satellite TV. There is no breakfast included in the price for a room but there is a fully equipped kitchen if you want to cook up your own. The 24-hour reception desk can also give you information about tourist attractions in the Centro Histórico.