Named the top choice for tourists by The New York Times last year, Mexico’s bustling capital city boasts fascinating museums, impressive architecture, and first-rate restaurants. But it’s not just the cultural sights that bring in the tourists: it’s the vibrant party culture too. If you’re heading to Mexico City to make merry, these hostels should be at the top of your list.
Set smack bang in the historic center, Hostal Regina might just be Mexico City’s coolest looking backpacker destination. The walls of the building are festooned with brightly-colored graffiti created by local Mexican artists. The hostel also has a well-deserved reputation as a party hub – it has more than 100 beds and a notably friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The bar on the third floor is a great place to meet fellow guests, and there are several nearby cantinas if you plan to move things on.
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.
Located in the fashionable Roma district of Mexico City, Hostel 333 has a well-established reputation as a party hostel. The surrounding area is brimming with nightclubs, traditional cantinas, and trendy hipster bars. The budget hostel also has Ladina Bar, a cocktail lounge located on the ground floor. The venue hosts live DJs covering genres from house through punk and is renowned for its well-crafted cocktail and mezcal menu.
Another excellent option in the Roma district, Hostel Home fosters a fun, social environment and encourages guests to mingle. Set in an elegant 19th-century mansion, Hostel Home is adorned with murals and artistic decorations. Choose between shared or private rooms and enjoy the buffet breakfast. For nightlife, there are plenty of options in the immediate area, including Gin Gin, an upmarket cocktail bar, and Club Janis, a trendy nightclub that plays old-school hip-hop and underground house.
Travelers of a bohemian bent will love the CDMX Hostel Art Gallery, which is located on Paseo de la Reforma, one of the capital’s most iconic streets. All the hotel’s rooms and common areas are decorated with works produced by emerging national and international artists. The hostel also collaborates with Amplifier Foundation, a non-profit organization that produces artwork drawing attention to grassroots activist movements. The hostel also has a fun speakeasy – the Black Buddha – which serves an impressive range of mezcal and even has a music room where guests can play the guitar or piano.
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.