For years, whenever travelers think of Mexico, their attention goes straight to places like the Mayan Riviera and other destinations. Everywhere but Mexico City, honestly. Things have changed, however, and this capital city nestled high up the Valley of Mexico is finally getting the attention it deserves. Mexico City boasts a long history. It’s the oldest recorded city in the Americas, not to mention one of the two cities in the region founded by Native Americans. After all, Mexico City sits on what was once Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire. History aside, the cultural fabric (both the past and current traditions) are rich and the food? Absolutely great (it’s almost virtually impossible to have bad food in Mexico, to be honest). So if you’re dying to get to this “ciudad” as we are but you’re on a rather tight budget, we rounded up the best hostels in Mexico City, Mexico.
Make Hostal Regina in Downtown Mexico City your base for your explorations in the capital. Zocalo, the main city square, is about three blocks away from the hostel. You’re welcome to stay at their dorms or book a private room, open to up to two guests and comes with free breakfast. Every Friday and Saturday, Hostal Regina’s Play Room 14 transforms into a thriving nightlife spot, serving margaritas and mojitos. Guests can come free, while friends of guests have to pay the door charge. If you’re traveling with a furry friend, you’ll also be glad to know that pets are welcome to stay here at Hostal Regina.
The amenities at CASA MX Alameda make it another top choice if you’ve made Mexico City a stop in your backpacking itinerary. You can keep up with your fitness goals at the on-site gym, catch up on work if you’re a digital nomad with their fast Wi-Fi, and even take care of your business essentials at the so-called “business center.” With all these in mind, we can say that CASA MX Alameda is for a wide-range of travelers looking for reasonably priced accommodations in Mexico City. Everyone’s welcome, from young professionals on the go to families on a holiday.
If staying at a central location is what you’re after, Mexico City Hostel would be the perfect spot. Zocalo is only a four-minute walk from the hostel, and both the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Fine Arts Palace are a stone’s throw away. Guest rooms at Mexico City Hostel are delightfully decorated with pops of color to keep things fresh and interesting. You can stash your clothes in the wardrobe and enjoy the free toiletries in the en-suite bathroom. If you want to cook, the market is near and the shared kitchen has everything you need to prepare your meal.
Ever wonder what it’s like to stay in one of the cute residential buildings in Mexico City? Well, this is your chance! Casa San Ildefonso is a pretty, powder-blue casa located smack dab in the city. Touches of colonial architecture are seen throughout the spaces. Inside the guest rooms, you’ll find minimalist decor, plush beddings, and lockers, so you can keep your belongings safe and secure. On-site, you can enjoy authentic Mexican food at El Jarocho and pick up something to read from the book exchange. Bike rentals are also available.
Metro Hostal Boutique successfully merges the hostel and boutique hotel experience with its chic living quarters, guest rooms, and amenities. You don’t have to worry if you’re yet to arrange your itinerary– the concierge at the front desk is happy to sort things out for you and help you make your trip pleasant. Every morning, enjoy a continental breakfast at the on-site cafe, but if you want to cook your own meals, the shared kitchen is free to use. There’s a terrace where you can hang out and free Wi-Fi access at different parts of the hostel.
Staying at a hostel with kids running around or crying can make the experience stressful. Casa Pepe gets it, that’s why they established themselves as an adults-only accommodation in Mexico City. You can enjoy pure, unadulterated fun with all the guests, drink the cocktails you like, and just bask in the social atmosphere without having to worry about children throwing tantrums. There’s a shared lounge where you can chill out, an on-site restaurant and bar, and buffet breakfast available every day. Casa Pepe also treats all of its guests to exceptional views of the city, as each room comes with its own balcony.
Situated within Mexico City’s Gourmet Market, one can easily see why this place is called The Foodie Hostel. It’s the perfect place to stay for food lovers dying to explore Mexico City’s rich culinary traditions and exemplary local restaurants! And since Gourmet Market is practically where you’re staying, you have access to some of the best regional ingredients available. There are only dormitory rooms here (one for males and one for females), but it’s fine– you’ll be spending your day eating your way through the city, after all.
Hostel Mexico DF Airport perfectly encapsulates the Mexican spirit: colorful, lively, and utterly joyful. The local culture radiates in each space in the hostel, from the shared common areas to the rooms. Natural light fills each guest room wonderfully, and the en-suite bathrooms boast pops of color and unique decor. Free breakfast is offered, and the restaurant also serves lunch and dinner. Most importantly, Hostel Mexico DF Airport is about a two-minute drive away from the airport. So if you’re catching an early flight out of the city with almost no time to spare to travel from the city center, book a room at this place.
Hostal Zócalo Pino Suárez is located right at the core of Mexico City’s historic old town, so if your itinerary heavily revolves around exploring the local history and culture, this accommodation is worth considering. The common areas, including the shared kitchen, are spacious, and previous guests have noted that even with a full house, the ambiance at Hostal Zócalo Pino Suárez is quiet and relaxing. You can arrange city tours at the front desk and enjoy the vibe of the city as you hang out at the terrace.
Capsule Hostel concludes our list of the best hostels in Mexico City. So, what made it part of this esteemed group? The location, for one, is great– Mexico City’s greatest landmarks, such as the Angel of Independence, are all a short walk away from the hostel. Previous guests have also noted that the staff and customer service are exemplary– you’ll really feel at home here. For such an unassuming hostel, you can enjoy some privacy as well as proximity to an array of must-try restaurants.
Mexico City awaits
Are you coming or not? Because Mexico City and all these fine hostels (and attractions, of course) are waiting. If you’d like to know more about the city and what you can expect when you get there, browse our website! You’ll find a dozen or so Mexico City guides to help you prep for your trip.
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