The sprawling Mexican capital can be a daunting place for the solo tourist. But just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean you can’t thoroughly enjoy your stay. Bear in mind that accommodation is crucial to your enjoyment of the trip, and check out this list of the best hostels to meet traveling buddies in Mexico City.
Set in a gorgeous 19th-century house, the 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.
Just steps from the cathedral, Hostal Regina offers an excellent hostel experience at budget prices. From the moment you step inside the building, you realize you are somewhere special. The walls of the hostels are brightly decorated with murals and artwork painted by local artists. With more than 100 beds and a fun, welcoming atmosphere, the hostel has established a solid reputation as a party hub. There are several cantinas and bars in the local area and a third-floor bar for guests looking to share travel stories.
A little further out than the other options on the list, Hostal Cuija Coyoacán is a great place for people interested in staying in Coyoacán, one of Mexico City’s most charming colonial neighborhoods. This artsy district is associated with Mexico’s most iconic bohemian couple, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and the hostel is just a stone’s throw from Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul. Hostal Cuija boasts a beautiful rooftop patio and has a real home-away-from-home feel.
Another alternative for bohemian travelers is PuntoDF, which offers trendy, budget accommodation in the eastern portion of the city. Although this hostel is a little out of the way for the regular tourist, solo travelers may want to consider it as an option, especially if they are coming to Mexico City specifically for the art. As well as offering elegant, creative accommodation at budget prices, the hostel is itself an artistic cultural hub. Every year, PuntoDF hosts between two and four artistic residences, making it a major driving force behind original performance art projects and socially conscious art.
Solo travelers will love the CDMX Hostel Art Gallery, one of the most original and friendliest hostels in the city. Stylishly decorated with works produced by emerging national and international artists, the hostel has friendly, helpful staff and a great atmosphere for solo travelers. Guests can play the guitar or piano in the hostel’s music room or sit back and enjoy the Black Buddha, an elegant speakeasy with an extensive range of mezcals.
Just off Chapultepec Avenue, one of the capital’s most emblematic streets, Anys Hostel offers a range of comfortable and spacious rooms at budget prices. The hostel ticks all the boxes when it comes to amenities, offering free wi-fi throughout the building, great showers and a delicious breakfast. Staff are very welcoming and solo travelers can mix with other guests at the onsite restaurant. A cozy and comforting option in a great location.