Cancún doesn’t have to be expensive, as these budget hostels show. Stay in downtown rather than at the beach and you can get a dorm bed at very accessible prices, rather than blowing your budget at a beach hotel.
The Mermaid Hostel Downtown
Another downtown option, this hostel is the more affordable sister to the The Mermaid Hostel Beach. Guests will be within easy reach of the bus station, restaurants and bars in downtown, and the buses to the beach leave from just one block away. Stay here rather than at the beach and you’ll get a taste of how Cancún is for locals, rather than tourists.
The Mermaid Hostel Downtown, 77500, Calle 5 Alcatraces 4, 22, 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico, +52 998 310 3085
Mayan Hostel Cancun
Sleep under a traditional thatched roof at this great budget hostel. There is an amazing terrace that you don’t often see in properties in this price range, and the whole place is light and clean. Mayan Hostel proves that budget accommodation doesn’t have to be dingy. You can expect all of the standard amenities such as wifi, lockers, and a kitchen as well.
Mayan Hostel Cancun, Margaritas 17, 22, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico, +52 998 884 6168
Chac Mool Hostel Cancun
A great option for budget solo travelers who want to socialize, Chac Mool offers single and double rooms in addition to dorms. If you’re traveling with expensive equipment or you just want some privacy, the private rooms give all the benefits of a hotel but with the atmosphere of a hostel. Breakfast is included in the price.
Chac Mool Hostel Cancun, Gladiolas 18, 77500 Cancún, Mexico, +52 998 884 3662
Just four blocks from the main bus station, Soberanis is a good downtown option. The breakfast comes highly recommended, plus it’s included in the price. There is a common room where you can hang out with other guests, and the wifi reaches every room. Single, double, and triple rooms are available, as well as dorms.
Soberanis, Av. Coba 5 y 7 Mz 8 SM 22, Centro, 22, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico, +52 998 883 4692
You might not expect to get a pool at a budget hostel, but Hotel Margaritas confounds expectations. Book a single, double, triple, or quad room, or settle into a dorm. It’s right near Cancún nightlife so you won’t be stuck for things to do, and there is a common room where you can battle your hangover if you can’t face the pool.
Hotel Margaritas, Avenida Carlos Nader lote 1 a 3, Bancos, Centro, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico, +52 998 881 6500