There’s a reason Cancun, Mexico, is known for its lively nightlife – stay in the heart of it to find out why with our pick of the best party hostels and hotels, now bookable via Culture Trip.
Get the tequila shots lined up at the bar, order an ice-cold margarita and prepare yourself for a wild time in Cancun. This is party central and, while the Mexican beach town is best-known for its spring break antics, we guarantee there’s always a fiesta at these party-friendly places to stay.
The party starts in the outdoor pool as the staff at Hostel Quetzal get the drinks flowing early in the afternoon. Move onto the beer pong table, start socialising and then head up to the rooftop terrace to watch the sunset with a cold cerveza. Considering the parties go on until the early hours of the morning, the homely interior of this popular backpacker hostel is fabulously clean and colorful, while the hammocks are perfect for sleeping off the tequila the next day.
Chilled out vibes, cold beers and hammocks await at Hostel Ka’beh in downtown Cancun. It’s all about slow-travel at this backpacker favorite – you can spend the day hanging in the hacienda-style courtyard before learning to salsa in the evenings or hitting up the bars. You’ll wake to the fragrant smells of freshly brewed coffee (that’s free of charge). Best of all, there’s no checkout time so you can make up for missed sleep.
If you’re looking for a hideaway in the downtown area, book into Hotel Margaritas. Spend all day sitting around the outdoor swimming pool and sunbathing on loungers, before ordering margaritas and enjoying cold refrescos from the hotel bar. Private rooms are colorfully pink and comfortably spacious, with large beds perfect for crashing into after a night out in the often raucous Hotel Zone.
Luxury comes as standard at Oh! by Oasis, so if you’re a party lover with style on the mind, then this boutique hotel is where you’ll want to be after a night out. This high-end resort is right on the beach, but you might not want to leave the plush loungers at the swimming pool. Enjoy fusion sushi with a Mexican twist at Maki Taco, or go for fine Italian dining at Two Moons Trattoria, before hitting up the bars and clubs of the Hotel Zone.
Step things up a notch with a week-long stay at Crown Paradise Club Cancun – one of the best luxury party resorts in Cancun. You’ll have trouble choosing between the steakhouse, the pizzeria, the Mexican restaurant and the sushi bar – but when the sun sets, the only place to go is the adults-only pool bar. Sit back, order a margarita and watch the Michael Jackson tribute band get the evening started.
Free breakfast and late-night parties are all part of the experience at the Mayan Monkey. The fiesta starts and ends at the pool bar – just a few steps from the best nightspots in Cancun. This swanky hostel and hotel has secluded dorms with privacy curtains for budget travellers; lush private rooms for couples; long stay deals; and co-working spaces for party-loving digital nomads.
Selina Cancun Downtown is one for those working remotely as this upscale hostel features beautiful private rooms, super fast wifi and dedicated co-working stations. But it’s not all work here – when you’ve closed the laptop for the day, jump into the pool before heading for a cold Corona at the bar. Saturdays are for pool parties, while evenings are dedicated to mezcal tastings, cocktail-mixing workshops and salsa lessons.
Looking for a break from dorm life? Check into Hotel Calypso Cancun. The basic rooms at this Hotel Zone classic are perfect for budget backpackers, with king-size beds and balconies adding a touch of luxury. Start your evening with pizza and pasta at the Fontina Trattoria Restaurant, before moving onto margaritas and long island iced teas at the cocktail bar. Spend the next day sunbathing around the swimming pool, or ordering more cocktails at the bar.