Find out all about the rich Mexican cultural history of San Cristobal de Las Casas by booking a holiday and backpacking through our list of top 6 Best Hostels in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico.

If you want to experience the exciting Mexican culture of San Cristobal de Las Casas the way the locals do, then the best way to do it is by backpacking through the city. San Cristobal is widely known for its large variety of backpackers and hostels. There is truly accommodation for everyone – from partying students to middle-aged couples!

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San Cristobal de Las Casas is one of the largest cultural hubs in Mexico and is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in the rich history of traditional Mexican and Mayan culture.

Puerta Vieja Hostel

best san cristobal de las casas hostels HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*9.1) Map Starts at ($8) for 16 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Puerta Vieja Hostel is one of the best options to experience San Christobal from the very heart of the city. Puerta Vieja Hostel guarantees spacious and comfortable accommodations in the private rooms with ensuite bathrooms or in the dorms with shared facilities. Breakfast at Puerta Vieja Hostel caters for sweet, savory and vegan taste buds. 

What makes this hostel different to others, is that it contains a few areas for travelers to meet and interact with fellow travelers – you can chill on the hammocks in the garden, join the staff for a drink and good music at the bar, show off your professional competitive side by playing ping pong, or if it is a quiet night, you can visit the cinema room. There are various activities for all members of the family. They even have a game station section which includes board games and console games which will keep the kids (and adults) entertained for hours!

Snail Hostal

HostelWorld (*9.0) Booking.com (*8.8) Map Starts at ($7) for 12 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Definitely one of the most stylish and trendy hostels in San Cristobal, Snail Hostal is absolutely stunning. The surrounding area is also a marvel to behold. Snail Hostal is just a quick walk away from the central park of San Cristobal, as well as the Ecclesiastical Pedestrian Street, the Santo Domingo Temple, the Museum of the Highlands of Chiapas, and the Mayan World Textile Center.  

If relaxing at the hostel is more your speed, you will be able to relax in style at Snail Hostal. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast while lounging in the outdoor yard or watching TV. All the rooms have a vintage hipster style with comfy wooden furniture. A huge plus at this location is that the reception is available 24 hours every day, so there will always be someone available to answer your questions, have a quick chat about the local culture or book exciting city tours for you. 

Posada del Abuelito

HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*9.4) Map Starts at ($8) for 10 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Posada del Abuelito is a family-owned business that has won multiple awards for being in the top 3 hostels in North America. The hostel is only one block away from the main square and a five-minute walk to the main areas where the best bars, restaurants, and clubs in the city are. 

Some of the key benefits of this hostel are unique tours led by multilingual staff, free breakfast, and free internet. There are 10-bed dormitories available which will allow you and your friends/family to stay together. All rooms come with electrical points, free bath towels, extra blankets, and extra hangers for those who overpacked!

This is definitely a hostel worth checking out if you are looking for a different and excitingly natural cultural experience.

Rossco Backpackers

HostelWorld (*8.1) Booking.com (*8.7) Map Starts at ($5) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Rossco Backpackers hostel was founded in 2003 and is definitely one of the best hostels in Mexico. Complimentary breakfast is served to all guests and all dorms contain lockers for you to store your belongings. The hostel has Wi-Fi, so you won’t feel completely away from the bustling world outside. All dorms come complete with linen. 

There are several activities that will keep any age group entertained. These include board games for the kids and a pool table that is used to host a competition for all guests at the hostel. The best part of Rossco is the bonfires that take place at night. This regular event brings all guests together to enjoy the roaring fire while singing traditional campfire songs. This backpackers hosts excellent reviews – almost every prior visitor has thoroughly enjoyed their stay! 

Iguana Hostel

iguana hostel - san christobal de las casas HostelWorld (*9.1) Booking.com (*8.4) Map Starts at ($5) for 12 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Iguana Hostel is the golden oldie of all hostels that are situated in San Cristobal, located only one block from public and Santo Domingo handcraft market. This hostel is well known for its chilled out, fun atmosphere, and wonderful staff members that are prepared to make sure that your stay at the hostel is as enjoyable as possible. The hostel’s motto is, “WE DON’T SELL BEDS: WE SELL UNIQUE EXPERIENCE OF CHIAPAS!”

Iguana Hostel is one of the best options for solo travelers because it almost guarantees that you will be making new friends along your travels. Meet fellow travelers in the communal areas like the bar in the garden, or enjoy the events, like cinema nights, pub crawls, BBQs, bonfires, yoga classes, and more!

They offer bunk-bed dorms and individual rooms that overlook the most beautiful gardens in the world. The hostel has a self-catering service, however, free breakfast and Wi-Fi are included.

Hostal La Isla

san cristobal de las casas hostel HostelWorld (*9.4) Booking.com (*9.2) Map Starts at ($8) for 6 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

This is a ‘hippie’ hostel that is all about peace, tranquility and meeting new friends – it is definitely not the hostel for you if you are looking for crazy parties. The name, Hostal La Isla, translates to “The Island Hostel”, and will definitely make you feel as if you are transported to an island of tranquility – even though you will be in the heart of San Christobal! 

Hostal La Isla offers free breakfast, city maps, WiFi and towels included in your booking price. Some of the fun group activities that you can expect when staying here are movie nights, yoga classes, ‘family dinners’, and tours to the best places in San Cristobal. If you are looking to explore, Hostal La Isla is ideally located in the heart of San Cristobal de las Casas. It is a stone’s throw away from lovely restaurants and only one block away from the famous Real de Guadalupe pedestrian street.

In Conclusion

San Christobal de Las Casas plays host to some of the oldest and richest cultures in Mexico. There are many ancient Mayan artifacts and sites to explore, amazing colonial architecture, and classic Spanish roofing across most of the city.

Exploring San Christobal de Las Casas will feel like traveling back in time – especially since some of the surrounding villages are still home to Mayan-descendant Indians. Whether you explore the city itself, or its outer regions, the best way to experience San Christobal de Las Casas is definitely by backpacking through it!

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Hostels in San Christobal De Las Casas