Imagine diving into an underwater world thriving with fish and brightly colored corals. The water is warm and feels soft against your skin. When you look above the waves, you see an endless blue ocean that stretches into the sand of a white beach. On land, you can walk through the Mayan ruins that hold thousands of years of mysteries between their ancient walls. All of this welcomes you into Chill Inn Hostel, Mexico. Tulum is located on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and is renowned for its beautiful beaches, limestone caves, and its immaculately preserved Mayan ruins. With pleasant temperatures year round, it’s no wonder that Tulum is becoming increasingly popular to visit and is one of the top-rated vacation spots all around the world. For those looking to have a smart vacation, here are the top 6 hostels you can stay in while you visit the 8th wonder of the world.

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Hostel Che Tulum

HostelWorld (*9.0) Booking.com (*8.0) Map Starts at ($24) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

If you’re looking for a place that is known for hospitality, then you’re looking for the Hostel Che Tulum. With the catchphrase “FEEL ALIVE” how can you ever go wrong? They are a recently remodeled and refurbished hostel in the area with new mattresses and beds, large storage spaces and lockers, free wifi, private bathrooms, and much more. They also have a large pool for their guests to use so that people who don’t want sand and salt covering their bodies can enjoy a refreshing dip in clean water.

They pride themselves on their entertainment as well and want to make sure that their guests are getting the most out of the experience as possible. This is why they also offer free tours, yoga, live music, and salsa classes. The food is also a part of what makes this hostel so perfect. The food selection is perfect for vegan traveling, as they have many options perfect for different dietary needs. They offer a Garden Bar and vegan pizza nights, specialties which are known for their nutritional value and deliciousness. Overall, Hostel Che Tulum will make sure that you’re having a great time.

Lucky Traveler Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.5) Booking.com (*8.4) Map Starts at ($28) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

The Lucky Traveler Hostel is the only hostel in the world that is all-inclusive and is the largest hostel in Tulum. Once you pay, everything else is included (including the wifi). The meals, drinks, rooms, and everything that the hostel offers come to you with no extra charge. This is perfect for those travelers who always underestimate how much food they’ll be eating while they’re traveling the world. Rather than ordering a meal that’s too small for you, then either spending more money on more food, you can sit back and relax. Everything you eat is included, and the staff is more than willing to help satisfy your food or drink needs.

Another benefit of having an all-inclusive hostel is that you can save money on the drinks. Overall, the food and drinks in Tulum can start to run expensive. Drinks per person are around 50 pesos, and the meals are closer to 100 pesos. If you’re traveling with a group, things get pricey fast. Instead, plan to eat and drink in the hostel, and you’ll save money on the overall trip. Their website describes some of the best benefits to their location as well. It is the closest hostel to the beach and is in front of the entrance to the Mayan Ruins.

Amorcito Corazon Hotel and Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.4) Booking.com (*8.7) Map Starts at ($21) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

If you’re looking for more variety and a completely different feel from a hostel, then you’ll be intrigued by the atmosphere of the Amorcito Corazon Hotel and Hostel. This hostel prides themselves in their motto that “love is what moves us to be and do all things.” They surround in you in the natural tropical atmosphere of Tulum and provide you with a few different options for your room layout. You can choose to stay in a room shared with 6 different people or private rooms for 2,3 or 4 people.

You also are given locker space, a private bathroom, a continental breakfast, and a pool. The hostel takes care that even with the benefits of air conditioning and hot water, they don’t impact any of the natural scenery around them. Amorcito Corazon Hotel and Hostel will ensure that you fall in love with every aspect of Tulum.

The Chill Inn Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.4) Map Starts at ($12) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

Whether you’re in the mood to go to a fiesta or take a siesta, the Chill Inn Hostel is the best place to chillax. What makes the Chill Inn stand out among the other hostels of Tulum is the unique Mexican vibes captured through the Inn’s loyal adherence to Mayan culture.

Each Inn is an authentic Palapa style hut overlooking the white-sand beaches and natural cenotes which are natural crystal clear subterranean lakes that characterize the region. The Chill Inn Hostel makes sure that you’re enjoying the beauty of the scenery while still being able to feel comfortable and relax in a pleasant atmosphere.

Day Tripper Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.3) Map Starts at ($12) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

For those who are looking for a place to crash at night that is travel-friendly, the Day Tripper Hostel is the perfect option. It keeps the needs of the daily traveler in mind by giving them exactly what they need and nothing that they don’t need. That allows them to keep their prices low and easily affordable. They even put curtains around each of the beds for additional privacy. The area is clean, and the staff is friendly.

This is the perfect place for the simple traveler who is looking for a simple place to stay. You can relax and unwind on two gorgeous terraces, and their grand rooftop lounge features hammocks for the perfect night of relaxation. The atmosphere is ideal for people looking to talk and relax with the other travelers in the area and make lasting friends.

The Day Tripper Hotel is also only a 7-minute drive from the beaches in the area to make spending your days on the beach easy for you. Best of all, breakfast is still included for you so that you can wake up and get ready for the day.

Mama’s Home

HostelWorld (*9.5) Map Starts at ($18) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

The name of this hostel tells you a lot about how you should feel as soon as you walk through the doors. It’s called “Mama’s Home” for a reason. The goal of this hostel is to make sure that you feel like you’re home. They pride themselves in simplicity and comfort.

It is located just a few blocks from the bus stop which makes it easy to find transportation when you go to visit the rest of the city. The street is also quiet and perfect for people who are looking to wind down after a long day of activities. They provide an included breakfast to wake you up in the morning and get you ready for the rest of the day. Mama’s Home keeps the needs of the traveler in mind and makes sure that you’re comfortable, happy, and ready for a great night’s rest.

Conclusion

No matter what you’re looking for when you are visiting the beautiful beaches and Mayan ruins of Tulum, you’ll be able to find the perfect hostel to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a place for a great time that will give you entertainment, food, drinks, and all that you need or something simple to just meet the basics, Tulum has exactly what you need.