Hostel Review: Hostel 3B in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Hostel 3B

I stayed at Hostel 3B during my first solo trip to Mexico for two nights from May 21-23, 2015 in the 8-bed female dorm. It was the first hostel that I had ever stayed at.

Playa del Carmen is known for its shopping on 5th Avenue, nightlife, and beautiful beaches and resorts. It is similar to Cancun, but on a much smaller scale. There are lots of great places to eat (the further you get away from 5th Avenue, the more authentic the food gets), Tulum is a quick colectivo ride away (to visit cenotes or ruins), the beaches are beautiful and the city is very clean and modern. It is not an authentic Mexican town and is very commercialized with American chain stores slowly taking over the local industry and shops.

Quick Facts:

Location: 10th Avenue (Avenida 10) at the corner of 1st Street South (Calle 1 Sur), Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Phone Number: +52 (984) 803-2901

Website: http://www.hostel3b.com/

Email Address: reservations@hotel3b.com

Facebook: Facebook Fan Page

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Cost: 225 to 270 pesos for dorms ($18.75 to $20.00 Canadian), depending on the number of beds and whether it is mixed or all-female. They also offer private rooms which cost about the same as a local hotel room.

Amenities: Rooftop bar, free city map, rooftop lounge, rooftop pool, board games, book exchange, lounge in the lobby, free Wi-Fi, lockers in the dorms, guest kitchen, hot showers, linen included, air conditioning, reading light in dorms, all-female and mixed dorms.

Reserve a Room: HostelWorld, Booking.com, Official Website

Things to Note: They accept credit cards, breakfast is not included, check-in is 2:00 PM and check-out is 12:00 PM.

The Things I Loved: The rooftop pool and lounge area; the huge backpack-sized lockers in the dorms; the perfect location; electrical outlets beside each bed; comfortable mattresses; decent Wi-Fi (however, it only worked in the common areas); the staff; the cleanliness and modern look of the hostel.

The Things I Didn’t Love: The party atmosphere; the fact that breakfast is not included in the price of your stay; the noisy fan in the female dorm

View of the hostel from 10th Avenue

Security and Safety: The hostel is located in a safe area. You are provided with a key to your dorm upon check-in and the dorm room is always locked. I felt that my belongings were safe in the locker beside my bed.

Location: The hostel is in a good location, close to the beach, the shopping district on 5th Avenue, restaurants, nightlife and only two blocks from the ADO bus terminal. The hostel is located at the corners of Calle 1 Sur and Avenida 10 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Great place to lounge and relax on the rooftop

Staff: The staff were friendly and helpful. This hostel had multiple owners/staff members and they made it a point to chat with the guests personally, including myself, and ask questions about my life and how I was enjoying my stay. I thought that was a nice touch.

Value For Money: This hostel is considered expensive for Mexican standards, at $18 CAD per night. It is not the greatest value, as they do not include breakfast in that price.

Atmosphere: This hostel is a party hostel. As someone who does not enjoy the party scene, it was a negative point for me. I prefer a quieter environment and a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. Most of the hostels you will find in Playa del Carmen have a party atmosphere. They have DJs playing dance and electronic music on the rooftop every night and there is a bar on the rooftop. I was glad that I couldn’t hear the loud rooftop music in the dorm when I was sleeping. I found the guests at this hostel appeared to be traveling in groups and everyone either seemed to keep to themselves or stick to their group, which made it difficult to approach and meet other travelers here. I did not make any friends or meet anyone at this hostel, aside from chatting with a few of the hostel owners.

Pool area on the rooftop

Cleanliness and Comfort: The common areas, dorms and bathrooms are all kept very clean and the hostel hires Mexican female staff to clean daily. The beds and pillows were very comfortable.

Lounge area on the rooftop

Common Areas:

The hostel has a rooftop bar and lounge along with an outdoor pool as well as tables and benches in the lobby area. The rooftop features live music by prominent and international DJs during some nights of the week. On Sundays, they have a big day party on the rooftop.

Refreshing rooftop pool

Lobby seating area

Breakfast:

There is no included breakfast at this hostel. I remember seeing a sign saying that they offered breakfast but that you had to pay. I did not. I walked down the Playa del Carmen streets and usually found some fresh fruit or fresh juice for breakfast instead.

Dorms:

I stayed in the 8-bed female dorm. The beds were nice and fairly comfortable and everything was clean. The dorm had its own bathroom, attached to the room which was nice and private. It was advertised online that the dorms were air conditioned, however, it must not have been working during the time I was there. There were a few very noisy fans spinning on the ceiling and the window was left open in the nighttime to help circulate the air flow. The noise from the fans combined with the street noise and music from nearby bars outside, made it somewhat difficult to fall asleep and I woke up a few times during the nights. Thankfully, I could not hear the music from the party on the hostel’s rooftop patio, which as a bonus. There were reading lamps and electrical plugs beside each bed which was handy (they are only two prong plugs, so keep this in mind if you have a three prong). A few girls in my dorm would come in late from partying and turned the lights on or made some noise, but once they realized I was trying to sleep, they toned it down and turned the lights back off. Each bed is provided with a large locker (bring your own lock) that fit my 48L main backpack and my smaller 12L daypack.

View out the window of the female dorm

My bed in the 8-bed female dorm complete with a huge backpack-sized locker

Another view of the 8-bed female dorm, complete with a private bathroom

Internet:

There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby common area as well as the rooftop lounge and pool area. The internet seemed to faster on the rooftop and I was able to make Skype calls. In the early mornings (before everyone was awake), it worked fast everywhere. There are two different passwords for both the lobby and rooftop internet. There are no computer terminals to use at this hostel.

Other:

There is a book exchange in the lobby common area, as well as various board games.

Improvements:

In terms of improvements, I would suggest is making sure that the air conditioning is functioning in the dorms, and possibly purchasing a new fan in the 8-bed female dorm that does not make such a loud noise in the night. I also hope that breakfast is included in the nightly price in the future.

Appearance:

The hostel is nice and modern and most of it is fairly new. The dorms feature minimalist and modern decor.

Recommended For:

Solo travelers, couples and groups who enjoy drinking and partying in a very touristy Mexican city.

You can check out more reviews from other guests here on Trip Advisor.

I hope you enjoyed reading my review!

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