The Best Budget Hostels in Tulum

Seafront hostels such as Selina make Tulum a beach lover's paradise, even for those on a budget
Seafront hostels such as Selina make Tulum a beach lover's paradise, even for those on a budget | Courtesy of Selina Tulum / Expedia
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14 April 2021

With unblemished sandy beaches and warm Caribbean Sea, Tulum has firmly established itself as one of the premier traveler destinations in Mexico. Yet, that doesn’t mean you need to pay through the roof for the privilege of visiting. Save your pesos to explore the nearby cenotes, Mayan ruins and, of course, the lively nightlife. Here is a rundown of the best hostels Tulum has to offer, bookable on Culture Trip.

Mama’s Home

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Mama’s Home
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For a homey vibe on the Yucatán Peninsula, it’s hard to beat Mama’s Home. The friendly proprietors put a lot of effort into their daily breakfasts (included in the price). Fresh bread, eggs and local produce cater to varying dietary needs. The blue and white dorms, along with private rooms (featuring en-suite bathrooms), are super clean and come with air conditioning. Relax in a hammock, socialize with fellow travelers on swings or rent a bike to head to the beach with your new amigos.

Mayan Monkey Hostel Tulum

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Mayan Monkey Hostel Tulum
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Mayan Monkey abuts the Parque Nacional Tulum with its coastal Mayan ruins. Rent a push bike and explore at leisure. Back at the hostel, there’s a small co-working space for digital nomads to use during the day. Come sunset, the DJ arrives, so you can party the night away in the rooftop pool area, festooned with hanging lanterns and thatched awnings, plus swings by the bar. Private and shared rooms, plus one dorm reserved for women only, are available here.

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Selina Tulum

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Selina Tulum
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Selina Tulum is a beachside hostel that feels more like a boutique hotel than a budget stay. Squeaky clean accommodation ranges from 10-bed dorms to private tipis for two and sea-view suites. Remote workers can take advantage of the co-working space, plus there is a community kitchen, outdoor pool and daily yoga classes on the beach. Hit the MIA restaurant for hot tamales and happy hour drinks, accompanied by a chilled DJ set. Extended stays are positively encouraged here.

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Hostal La Malinche

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Hostal La Malinche
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Looking for value for money? Book the Hostal La Malinche. Hammocks and garden greenery run throughout the property, while inside there’s an array of clean private rooms and dorms of varying sizes. A real perk is the hearty breakfast offered daily as part of the room price. The friendly communal ambience, helpful staff and proximity to Playa Paraiso (Paradise Beach) more than compensate for the slightly cramped shared living conditions.

Day Tripper Hostel

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Day Tripper Hostel
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Step inside DayTripper, and you’ll be greeted by its characteristic funky decor, made up of psychedelic murals and vibrant floral wall art. It combines the outgoing atmosphere you’d expect from a hostel while ensuring a good night’s sleep. Music is shut off at midnight, letting you draw the privacy curtain on your bed and get some shut-eye. But before bed, there’s a rooftop lounge and bar to mingle with fellow travelers. Fresh and tasty breakfast options change daily. Bikes are available for loan to explore the nearby Cenote Calavera and Tulum Archaeological Zone.
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oOstel Smart Hostel

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oOstel Smart Hostel
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If Apple designed a hostel, it would look something like oOstel. This adult-only spot is uber clean and minimalist, painted in cool white, with Scandi-style bunks that are spacious by hostel standards. There is even a dedicated vanity room with hairdryers, so you don’t have to crouch on the floor to get ready for a night out. Grab a cold beer at the sleek bar, which sits next to the small but smart-looking pool. Download an app to enjoy the cashless environment and get access to the free beach shuttle.

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  • Lucky Traveler Hostel

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    Lucky Traveler Hostel
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    The Lucky Traveler is one of the largest hostels in the area, situated less than a 20-minute walk from Tulum’s archaeological ruins. An excellent option for party-loving travelers, the hostel has an outdoor pool, a poolside cocktail bar, a sushi restaurant, an outdoor gym and a barbecue. They proudly claim to be the only all-inclusive hostel in the world; enjoy unlimited food and drinks or watch a film in the 20-seat on-site cinema.

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    The Weary Traveler Hostel

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    The Weary Traveler Hostel
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    This renowned party hostel has been welcoming travelers through its doors for over 20 years. Choose from a six-, eight- or 12-person dorm, or opt for one of private rooms. The communal kitchen is a hive of activity with rice, pasta and lentils available to whip up for dinner, and a complimentary breakfast is included with your stay. The property also boasts an excellent bar with a daily complimentary caipirinha hour, great for mingling with other guests. Other perks include an outdoor pool and free yoga classes.

    Hostel Che Tulum

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    Hostel Che Tulum
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    Another lively, centrally located spot, Hostel Che Tulum attracts travelers looking for organized nightly activities – whether that’s karaoke, beer pong championships or themed parties, held around the garden bar. Guest DJs are regularly invited to kick-start the night. Nurse your hangover the next day with a smoothie by the outdoor pool. For those that are feeling a little more active, try a yoga or salsa class.

    Tubo Tulum

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    Tubo Tulum
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    A night in a concrete tube might not sound particularly comfortable, but Tubo Tulum Hostel is one of the country’s most innovative accommodation options. All of the tube rooms have air conditioning, a light, plug sockets and a comfortable bed. Each one is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding tropical garden. It’s a great option if you want a budget stay without sleeping in a shared dorm. Take advantage of the large communal kitchen to prepare meals.

    Stephen Woodman contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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