Budget-Friendly Accommodations in Tulum

Budget Accommodations Tulum

Tulum, Mexico is a small, laid-back Mexican town with a slow-paced atmosphere located in the Mayan Riviera along the Gulf of Mexico, approximately two hours south of Cancun.

The town of Tulum is a great place to stay to get a better feel for the local Mexican culture. There are also more authentic restaurants to choose from that serve traditional and cheap Mexican food. The town is becoming more touristy but is nowhere near the level of tourism that you will see in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. There are not too many crowds in Tulum, which I loved.

Tulum is the perfect place to relax and learn about the Mayan culture and history. The town is close to the gorgeous beach which can be reached via local colectivo shuttle van or taxi (5-10 minutes) or bicycle (25 minutes). The are an abundance of unique and beautiful cenotes surrounding the town. The ruins of Tulum, Coba and Muyil are also nearby, as is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.

Hostels:

Mama’s Home | Starting at $14 CAD per night

Calle Orion between Calle Venus and Sol Sur 

I stayed at Mama’s Home for four nights during my first solo travels in Mexico. It was an amazing hostel!

Mama’s Home is a hostel in a quiet local neighbourhood of Tulum, with a relaxing and laid-back yet social atmosphere. It is centrally located and is within short walking distance to local restaurants, shopping, pharmacies, grocery stores, and banks. The ADO bus terminal is approximately a 10 minute walk away, on the main avenue going through Tulum.

The hostel features a central outdoor courtyard surrounded by colourful and brightly painted walls with a variety of designs and patterns that is the perfect place for socializing with and meeting fellow travelers and also just relaxing in one of the hammocks along the side of the courtyard, unique decor, a communal kitchen and refrigerator for guests, super fast and free Wi-Fi, two guest computers, a book exchange, luggage storage, free breakfast (the breakfasts are elaborate, delicious and different every morning), super friendly and helpful staff with great tips and recommendations, a 20 peso discount on daily bike rentals from a local place in town, free maps of Tulum, and hot showers.

Jose, the owner of the hostel, organizes a variety of fun social activities and events that take place in the communal courtyard, as way for travelers to get to know each other, make friends and have fun. When I stayed there, there was a pina colada night and movie night. I participated in both and ended up meeting some great friends! There are also two adorable kittens that live at the hostel. They love to cuddle and play with you.

Mama’s Home offers a variety of rooms to choose from. There are spacious and air conditioned private rooms along with an air conditioned 6 bed mixed gender dormitory and a 10 bed open air mixed gender dormitory (with no air conditioning). The dorms have individual lockers to keep your belongings safe.

I have personal experience staying at this hostel (you can read my detailed review by clicking on this link) and can pretty much guarantee that you will not regret staying here!

View of the hostel from the street

View of the hostel from the street

Colourful walls in the courtyard

Colourful walls in the courtyard

Hostel courtyard with vines growing up the walls

Hostel courtyard with vines growing up the walls

The outdoor hostel courtyard

The outdoor hostel courtyard

The tables in the courtyard with a nice view of the beautiful murals and paintings on the walls

The tables in the courtyard with a nice view of the beautiful murals and paintings on the walls

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Hostel Akadia Cultural Tulum | No price listed

Calle Sol Poniente Lote #5 between Calles Alfa and Jupiter (one block north of the main avenue, directly behind the ADO bus terminal)

Hostel Akadia Cultural is a relaxed hostel with a chill atmosphere, located in the town of Tulum.

The hostel features a large courtyard with a swimming pool. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, TV, lockers, equipped kitchen, music, bar, cooking classes, and an on-site restaurant.

Hostel Akadia offers private rooms, dorm rooms, camping and hammocks.

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Chill Inn Hostel | Starting at $15 CAD per night

Avenida Gama #47 between Calles Orion and Beta Sur 

The Chill Inn Hostel is a newer hostel with a relaxed atmosphere located in a quiet and safe neighbourhood in the town of Tulum, a 5 minute walk from the main avenue where you will find banks, restaurants, groceries, tour agencies and transportation. It is located within a 20 minute bike ride to the beach and Tulum ruins or a 5 minute taxi ride.

The hostel features a shared kitchen and common areas which are great for relaxing or socializing, free Wi-Fi and included breakfast.

The hostel offers four dorms with the choice of 4, 8 or 10 beds, all of them equipped with a full bathroom and shower. Each bed has an electrical outlet, comfortable mattress, reading light, fan, and security box, as well as fitted curtains so you can have some privacy.

Chill Inn Hostel

Chill Inn Hostel

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El Jardin de Frida | Starting at $

Avenida Tulum between Avenida Kukulkan and Chemuyil

El Jardin de Frida is an eco-cultural hostel built around a beautiful garden, located in a calm and quiet neighbourhood of Tulum. They use solar panels to generate 80% of their electricity. The hostel is centrally located on the main avenue in the town of Tulum, close (about a 10 minute walk) to the bus terminal, restaurants, attractions, banks and supermarkets.

The hostel features a large, beautiful and tranquil garden where you can find hammocks to relax, mango, banana, and avocado trees and be surrounded by nature. The hostel offers daily cleaning, hot water, linen included, luggage storage, tourist information, a communal kitchen, bar, free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, lockers, and a library.

There are both private rooms as well as a 7 bed mixed dormitory (shared). All of the rooms are spacious and clean and have fans. The private rooms have private bathrooms and a small terrace facing the jungle. The dorms have a full bathroom ensuite and single beds (not bunk beds).

El Jardin de Frida

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Hostel Sheck | Starting at $11 CAD per night

Corner of Avenida Satelite and Calle Sagitario 

Hostel Sheck is a laid back hostel with a beautiful lush garden to relax, socialize and meet new people. The hostel is located in the town of Tulum, close to banks, supermarkets, the ADO bus terminal, restaurants and attractions.

The hostel features a budget-friendly bar, fully equipped industrial kitchen (with blender, juice squeezer, variety of utensils, industrial stoves, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven), hammocks, tour and travel recommendations from the staff, free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free purified drinking water, free Tulum maps, hot showers, individual lockers, bed linen included, towel rental, discount on bike rental, table games, book exchange, and more.

The hostel offers a variety of rooms including: 12 bed mixed dorm, 6 person mixed dorm, 4 person mixed dorm, and private rooms with shared as well as private bathrooms. The dorms have individual lockers, a full bathroom, and ceiling fan.

Hostel Sheck

Hostel Sheck

Hostel Sheck

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Hostal Tulum Naa | No prices listed

Avenida Satelite between Calle Sagitario and Calle 2 Poniente (left hand side)

Hostal Tulum Naa is a clean and comfortable hostel centrally located in the town of Tulum. It is close to banks, restaurants, the ADO bus terminal, supermarkets, shopping and attractions.

The hostel features 24 hour reception, free Wi-Fi internet access, board games, housekeeping, an outdoor terrace and a kitchen.

The dorms include a ceiling fan, shared bathroom with hot water, lockers and reading lights. Linens and towels are included.

Hostal Tulum Naa

Hostal Tulum Naa

Hostal Tulum Naa

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Hostal Chalupa | Starting at $15 CAD per night

Corner of Avenida Tulum and Avenida Coba

Hostal Chalupa is a newly built hostel that is comfortable and clean. It is located at a busy highway intersection in the town of Tulum, within walking distance to the bus terminal, restaurants, banks, supermarkets, tour agencies, and shopping. The beach, ruins and cenotes are a short taxi (5-10 minutes) or bike ride (20 minutes) away.

The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning at night, a kitchen, relaxing lounge, outdoor swimming pool, housekeeping, linen included, luggage storage, lockers, and huge rooftop patio.

Accommodations include a 4 bed dorm, two 5 bed dorms and two private ensuites.

Hostal Chalupa

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Una Noche Mas En Tulum | Starting at $8 CAD per night 

Calle Jupiter Sur, just south of Avenida Tulum (main avenue) 

Una Noche Mas en Tulum is a clean and simple hostel and it is the cheapest accommodation in the town of Tulum – perfect for budget travelers. The hostel is located in a safe and quiet neighbourhood just minutes south of the main avenue in town. It is located two minutes from the ADO bus terminal, and close to many local restaurants, shops, supermarkets, tour agencies and attractions.

The hostel offers free drinking water, 24 hour reception, free city maps and an outdoor terrace.

The hostel offers private rooms with a shared bathroom, a 4 bed female dorm, and a 6 bed male dorm. All rooms have fans, lockers, and free Wi-Fi.

Una Noche Mas En Tulum

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Quintana Roots Hostel | Starting at $15 CAD per night

Calle Sol Oriente #19 between Highway Coba and Calle Escorpion Sur

Quintana Roots Hostel is a new and comfortable hostel in Tulum. They are centrally located in the town of Tulum, and a short bike or taxi ride away from the beach, ruins and cenotes, as well as being within walking distance to local restaurants and the ADO bus terminal.

The hostel provides information about tours and Tulum, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, drinking water, kitchen, hot water, lockers, daily cleaning, linens included, dive centre, lots of electrical outlets, fans, game room, rooftop area, flat screen television and lounge and hammock area.

There are a variety of rooms to choose from, including mixed dormitories, female-only dormitories, and private rooms. The dorms range in size and can sleep from 6 to 12 people.

Quintana Roots Hostel

Quintana Roots Hostel

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Budget Hotels:

Kin-Ha Suites | Starting at $55 CAD per night

Calle Orion between Calles Venus and Sol (across the street from Mama’s Home Hostel)

This small, affordable and comfortable hotel has a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere and rooms surround a small courtyard garden. The hotel offers free parking and is centrally located in the town of Tulum, only a couple of blocks south of the main avenue in a quiet residential neighbourhood.

Services include: rental cars, bike rentals, access to facilities at sister hotel on the beach (Playa Kin-Ha), 24 hour surveillance, airport transfers, discount at the restaurant at the beach location, diving, yoga classes, beach club, massages and laundry.

The rooms feature hammocks, air conditioning or a fan, double, single or king sized beds, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom.

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Secret Garden Tulum | Starting at $75 CAD per night

Sagitario Poniente #54 (from Avenida Tulum, walk two blocks north on Calle Acuario Norte and turn left on Calle Sagitario – the second street you will arrive at)

Secret Garden is an affordable and comfortable hotel that is hidden away in a quiet neighbourhood in the town of Tulum. It is centrally located, only two blocks from the main avenue with shops, restaurants, transportation and more.

The hotel provides a beautiful courtyard area with a tranquil atmosphere and surrounded by tropical gardens, tour desk and information, free local maps, hammocks and lounge area, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, laundry service, hot water, beach towels, daily cleaning, coffee/tea/cookies/granola bars/fruit available 24 hours and a book exchange. Breakfast is not included.

The rooms and cabanas feature modern, minimal and unique decor with a comfortable atmosphere, and are decorated with local and handmade ornaments. The rooms are clean and all have air conditioning and all feature private bathrooms.

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

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Hotel Posada Las Tres Palmas | Starting at $23 CAD per night

Calle Venus #88 between Calles Satelite and Centauro Sur

Las Tres Palmas Hotel is a comfortable budget hotel located in the town of Tulum. It is located within walking distance of restaurants, banks, the bus terminal, transportation, and groceries.

The hotel offers bikes for rent, tour desk and information, laundry services, and airport transfers/shuttles for a fee.

The hotel has 12 rooms available which include double, twin and family rooms. All rooms have a kitchenette, bedroom and balcony overlooking the surroundings, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

Las Tres Palmas

Las Tres Palmas

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Hotel Palma Real | No information available

Federal Highway Tulum-Coba Km 21.5

Hotel Palma Real is a budget hotel located on the highway between the towns of Tulum and Coba. In order to get to Tulum town for restaurants, banks, groceries, and transportation, you will have to take a taxi.

The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, bar, free Wi-Fi, included breakfast, free parking, on-site restaurant, 24 hour reception and luggage storage.

The rooms are air conditioned and have simple decor with tiled floors. The rooms feature cable television and private bathrooms.

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Hotel Nadet | Starting at $85 CAD per night

Calle Orion Norte by Calle Polar

Hotel Nadet is a hotel located near Tulum town’s main avenue, close to restaurants, groceries, banks and transportation.

The hotel provides free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and free parking.

The hotel has 15 rooms which offer free Wi-Fi, cable television, kitchenettes with refrigerators and premium bedding.

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Hotel Villa Matisse | No information available

Avenida Satelite Norte #19

Hotel Villa Matisse is located in the town of Tulum, close to banks, restaurants, transportation and supermarkets.

This hotel offers free bike rentals, free Wi-Fi, a garden and lounge area, tour desk and free parking.

The rooms are simple and feature a full private bathroom with shower as well as bed linen and a fan.

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Mango Tulum Hotel | Starting at $15 CAD per night

Calle Polar and Avenida Coba (behind the OXXO)

Mango Tulum is an affordable, modern, comfortable, simple and clean hotel located in the heart of Tulum, close to the ruins, cenotes and beach and within walking distance of banks, restaurants, transportation (15 minute walk to the ADO bus terminal) and groceries. It is a small and friendly family-run hotel located in a quiet and tranquil neighbourhood.

The hotel provides free Wi-Fi internet, large garden and swimming pool, air conditioning in all rooms, hot water and free drinking water, free tea and coffee, free maps, fridges in the private rooms, parking and on-site security.

This hotel/hostel offers 4 bed shared dormitories and private rooms. The dorm is simple and has bunk beds, air conditioning, and a separate full bathroom ensuite with showers and toilets. There are large individual lockers, individual power outlets, and individual fans. The private rooms are spacious and modern and have ensuite washrooms and showers, air conditioning and internet.

Mango Tulum Hotel

Mango Tulum Hotel

Mango Tulum Hotel

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Unique Accommodations

Pacha Tulum |

Avenida Coba in front of the Supermarket San Francisco

Pacha Tulum is located beside a supermarket and banks, and close to restaurants, transportation, and about a 5 minute drive to cenotes, the beach and the ruins of Tulum.

It features free Wi-Fi, 24 hour front desk, free parking,

The rooms are comfortable and simple, offering basic decor with a desk, wardrobe, private bathroom and air conditioning.

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Lobo Inn | Starting at $12 CAD per night 

Carretera Federal Chetumal-Cancun Km 230.5 

The Lobo Inn is ideally located near Tulum and it is only a 10 minute walk from the beach and 3 km from the Tulum Ruins.

The inn offers a spacious garden and swimming pool with a relaxing atmosphere, full breakfast, friendly service, free Wi-Fi, bike rentals, purified drinking water, hot water, fully equipped kitchen, bed linen included, parking, hammocks, lockers for bags and personal belongings, book exchange, TV room with DVDs, luggage storage and a lounge area. They also offer a travel desk, taxi service, 24 hour reception and currency exchange.

Lobo Inn has a variety of rooms to choose from including private rooms with double beds as well as a 14 bed mixed gender dormitory.

Lobo Inn

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MyTulum Cabanas | Starting at $40 CAD per night

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7.5 

MyTulum Cabanas are large cabins located on the gorgeous beaches of Tulum. The town of Tulum, along with local restaurants, supermarkets, the ADO bus terminal and shopping is located 9 km away, and can easily be reached by taxi.

The cabanas feature a tour desk, massage services for a fee, tropical decor, an on-site restaurant serving local and Mexican-style dishes, a bar, car rental, bike rental, laundry service, and airport shuttle (the last four items have a fee).

The bungalows offer rustic-style decor, free Wi-Fi, a fan, mosquito net, sofa and garden views. The bathrooms are private and are stocked with free toiletries.

MyTulum Cabanas

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Ahau Tulum | Starting at $72 USD per night

Carretera Tulum-Punta Allen KM 4.4

Ahau Tulum is a unique and eco-friendly accommodation located directly on the beach. It features free Wi-Fi, yoga lessons and massage services (for a fee), and an on-site restaurant.

Ahau Tulum offers rooms for a variety of budgets. The guesthouse with shared bathrooms and “Bali Huts” are budget-friendly and rooms have mosquito nets and fans.

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Yoga Shala Tulum | Starting at $63 CAD per night

Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7.5

Yoga Shala “offers a comfortable space to stay, relax and practice yoga.” It is conveniently located between the Tulum Ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, and is only a 10 minute taxi ride from the town of Tulum where you will find restaurants, shopping and transportation. Yoga Shala is surrounded by lush jungle and is located only steps away from the white sand beaches of Tulum. The hotel offers a wide variety of yoga classes and styles.

The hotel features massage services for a fee, tours, bike rentals, on-site restaurant, and boutique for shopping. Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

You can choose from a couple of different rooms including private rooms with shared bathrooms or private bathrooms. All rooms are unique in their decorations and their size. There is no air conditioning.

Yoga Shala Tulum

Yoga Shala Tulum

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Volunteer Exchanges:

The website Workaway is a place where volunteers can connect with businesses and individuals in destinations around the world, offering free accommodation and sometimes food in exchange for your time and skills.

You are often required to work for 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. There are a variety of volunteer placements available on the website and you can browse through them for free (but you must pay for a membership to contact the hosts). You could be working at a backpacker hostel, guesthouse, bed and breakfast, local hotel or small business or helping out a local individual or family with something.

Volunteering in Tulum is a great way for budget travelers to save money on accommodation costs in order to travel slower and for longer periods of time.

Here are some volunteer placements that I found interesting during my travel research:

Help at a hostel in Tulum

Help at a bed and breakfast in Tulum

Help at a hotel 

Help at a small hostel 

Airbnb:

Airbnb is a website that allows locals in places around the world to rent out a private room in their home or their entire home/apartment to travelers for either a nightly, weekly or monthly fee.

Airbnb rentals are a great alternative to hotels and they are often cheaper. You have the opportunity to live with a local resident who can provide you with advice and recommendations for things to see and do, transportation and where to eat in Tulum. You might even become great friends! Airbnb is great for those who enjoy the comforts of home and those who want more privacy than a hostel dorm room offers.

If you sign up for Airbnb using this link, you will get a $25 USD credit for your first booking!

Here are some Airbnb rentals that I found during my travel research:

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2122747?s=2ZE4ANl1 – Located in Tulum town, $34 CAD per night, 5 night minimum stay.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/4502053?s=2ZE4ANl1 – Located in Tulum town, $21 CAD per night.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/4305070?s=aorgy32m – Located in Tulum town, $41 CAD per night, 2 night minimum stay.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/5077746?s=aorgy32m – Located in Tulum town, $38 CAD per night.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/3877314?s=aorgy32m – Located in Tulum town, $41 CAD per night.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/3153261?s=aorgy32m – Located in Tulum town, $60 CAD per night, 3 night minimum stay.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2071513?s=LkYUwkpL – Located on the beach south of Tulum (camping), $20 CAD per night.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2102819?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $57 CAD per night, 3 night minimum stay.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2883241?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $47 CAD per night, 3 night minimum stay.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/862329?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $52 CAD per night, 2 night minimum stay.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/4477417?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $40 CAD per night, 2 night minimum stay.

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2993524?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $43 CAD per night, 2 night minimum stay.

I hope that you have found this accommodation guide to Tulum helpful for finding cheaper places to stay on a budget.

Have you been to Tulum? Where have you stayed? Do you have any recommendations that are not listed here? 

Please let me know in the comments below!

Budget-Friendly Accommodations in Playa del Carmen

Budget Accommodations Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Mexico is a small city located one hour south of Cancun, along the Gulf of Mexico in the Mayan Riviera. It is a popular tourist destination and is known for its gorgeous beaches. Playa del Carmen features world-class nightlife, a variety of restaurants and cuisines to choose from – from authentic street food to traditional taquerias to casual international eateries to fine dining, and a shopping district along 5th Avenue – a walking street that is completely closed to traffic.

Playa del Carmen also has a wide variety of places to stay – from cheap backpacker hostels to budget hotels to unique guesthouses to Airbnb apartment rentals to expensive all-inclusive resorts along the beach.

If you are traveling on a budget and are looking for cheaper accommodations, this is my comprehensive guide for budget-friendly places to stay in Playa del Carmen that won’t break the bank.

I hope to show you that by staying in budget accommodations and traveling cheaper, you can save money so that you are able to travel slower and for longer periods of time.

Budget Hotels ($100 USD or less per night):

Hotel Colorado | Starting at $30 USD per night

Calle 4 Norte between Avenidas 20 and 25 

Hotel Colorado is a charming and laid-back small hotel with unique and colourful decor. It is clean, comfortable, simple and quiet. It is located a short distance off the tourist path and is within walking distance to the beach, shopping, restaurants, banks and the ADO bus terminals.

The hotel features a common terrace and garden, housekeeping services, a book exchange and library.

The private rooms offer a fridge, cable television, a fan or air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, private bathroom with hot water.

Hotel Colorado

Hotel Colorado

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Hotel Casa Tucan | Starting at $50 USD per night

Calle 4 between Avenidas 10 and 15

Hotel Casa Tucan is a charming and colourful hotel located only blocks away from the beach, public transportation, restaurants, and shopping.

The hotel offers a swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens, free Wi-Fi, parking, laundry services, and a relaxed and friendly environment. The hotel also features a small restaurant, library, internet cafe, car rental, and diving school.

Casa Tucan offers 30 different rooms from cabanas with palm roofs to standard double rooms to studios with air conditioning, fans, cable television, and some even have a small kitchenette. Some rooms even have a balcony or terrace. All rooms have a private bathroom.

Hotel Casa Tucan

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The Bric Hotel | Starting at $65 USD per night

Calle 28 between Avenidas 5 and 10

The Bric is a clean, comfortable and quiet boutique hotel that is centrally located just steps from 5th Avenue, with shopping, restaurants, banks, public transportation and the beach. The hotel provides luxury at an affordable price.

The hotel features a swimming pool, daily breakfast, housekeeping services, beach towels, private balconies and terraces, and cable television.

The hotel offers 14 charming rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi internet.

The BRIC Hotel

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Hotel Villa del Mar | Starting at $60 USD per night

Avenida 10 between Calles 2 and 4 Norte

Hotel Villa del Mar is a clean, comfortable, and simple boutique hotel located one block from 5th Avenue with shopping, restaurants and transportation and two blocks from the beach.

The hotel features daily housekeeping services and free Wi-Fi.

All rooms offer air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a safe, private bathroom, satellite television and comfortable mattresses.

Hotel Villa del Mar

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Hotel Hul-Ku | Starting at $45 USD per night

Avenida 20 between Calles 4 and 6 Norte 

Hotel Hul-Ku is a stylish, modern, clean and comfortable hotel that is centrally located within walking distance to the beach, shopping, restaurants, transportation and other attractions.

The hotel features a garden, continental breakfast, beautiful shady courtyard, a wood terrace with hammocks and a beautiful fountain, on-site restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, guest computer, and free parking.

The hotel offers 26 rooms that are basic, clean and spacious and that provide natural lighting and have views of the garden. Rooms feature a balcony with resting area or terrace, private bathroom, air conditioning, cable television and free Wi-Fi internet.

Hotel Hul-Ku

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Hotel Barrio Latino | Starting at $45 USD per night

Calle 4 between Avenidas 10 and 15

I stayed at Hotel Barrio Latino for one night during my solo travels to Mexico.

Hotel Barrio Latino is a simple, clean, comfortable and modern small hotel with a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. It is located a short walking distance to the beach, 5th Avenue, shopping, restaurants, and transportation.

The hotel features a central courtyard surrounded by a lush tropical garden area, free continental breakfast that is served in the treed courtyard under a palapa roof, fast and free Wi-Fi, free international phone calls, and a guest computer terminal. The staff were polite and friendly.

The hotel offers 18 comfortable rooms. The rooms are entered from the outside and they all face towards the central courtyard. The rooms are quite charming, clean and spacious and provide large and comfortable beds, a safe, full private bathroom, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, small fridge and a small terrace/balcony with a hammock that looks out towards the courtyard. The rooms have a Mexican flavour to them, with the decorations and tile flooring.

To read my full review of Hotel Barrio Latino, visit this link.

Hotel Barrio Latino

Hotel Barrio Latino

Hotel Barrio Latino

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Hotel Banana | Starting at $45 USD per night

Avenida 5 and Calle 32

Hotel Banana is a simple and comfortable hotel with Caribbean-Mexican decor, located on the northern section of 5th Avenue with a quieter atmosphere. It is close to the beach, restaurants, shopping and transportation.

The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, 24 hour front desk, terrace, on-site restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and a small library. The hotel also provides beach towels.

The rooms are air conditioned and include a mini fridge, a safe, cable television and a balcony. They are cleaned daily.

Hotel Banana

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Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya | Starting at $80 USD per night

Avenida 10 at Calle 30 

Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya is a stylish, comfortable and peaceful hotel situated in a central location, a short walk to the beach, restaurants, and transportation.

The hotel features a small swimming pool with lounge chairs, pleasant courtyard, free Wi-Fi internet, 24 hour front desk and security, continental breakfast, private airport transfer for a fee, massage services, laundry services, local tour information and booking services, car rental services and complimentary beach towels.

The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, cable television, ceiling fan, safe deposit box, and a view of the tranquil courtyard. They are decorated with Mexican furnishings.

Hotel Riviera Caribe Maya

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Hotel Luna Sol | Starting at $90 USD per night

Calle 4 between Avenidas 15 and 20

Hotel Luna Sol is a comfortable and modern hotel with a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, located within walking distance of the beach, shopping, transportation and restaurants.

The hotel features a huge outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, a poolside communal guest kitchen, free parking and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Other amenities include laundry facilities and coffee/tea in the lobby.

The hotel offers 16 comfortable rooms. All of the rooms have free Wi-Fi, private balconies or patios that overlook the hotel’s gardens, and cable television.

Hotel Luna Sol

Hotel Luna Sol

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Hotel Playa del Karma | Starting at $50 USD per night

Avenida 15 between Calles 12 and 14

Hotel Playa del Karma is a comfortable, tranquil, modern and affordable boutique hotel located close to the beach, supermarkets, banks, transportation, shopping and restaurants.

This adults-only hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and a lush courtyard, and features an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

The rooms provide air conditioning, a hammock, magnificent garden views, and private bathroom.

Hotel Playa del Karma

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Hotel Alux | Starting at $40 USD per night

Calle 14 between Avenidas 10 and 15

Hotel Alux is a friendly and clean budget hotel located just a few blocks from the beach and the famous Fifth Avenue, along with restaurants, shopping, transportation and other attractions.

The hotel provides free Wi-Fi as well as luggage storage.

The rooms offer air conditioning, cable television and private bathrooms.

Hotel Alux

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Hostels:

Hostel 3B | Starting at $20 CAD per night 

Avenida 10 and Calle 1 Sur 

I stayed at Hostel 3B for two nights during my first solo travels to Mexico.

Hostel 3B is a new and clean hostel with modern decor and a stylish boutique appearance, located on the south end of Playa del Carmen, one block away from the shopping district of Fifth Avenue and only three blocks from the beach. It is within walking distance to the ADO bus terminal, restaurants, shopping and banks.

Hostel 3B is a party hostel complete with local and internationally known DJs playing music nightly on the rooftop (it can get noisy at night if you trying to sleep). The hostel features a rooftop patio with lounge chairs, swimming pool, bar and DJ booth, a communal kitchen, fast and free Wi-Fi in the common areas (lobby and rooftop), board games, and book exchange.

You can choose to stay in dormitories ranging from 6 to 12 beds (mixed or female-only). The hostel also offers private rooms. The dorms are air conditioned, have private bathrooms attached to them, have large lockers big enough to fit a backpack, and comfortable pillows and mattresses.

Check out my full review of Hostel 3B at this link.

The hostel pool on the rooftop

The hostel pool on the rooftop

View of the hostel from the street (10th Avenue)

View of the hostel from the street (10th Avenue)

Lounging areas on the hostel rooftop

Lounging areas on the hostel rooftop

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Hostel Che | Starting from $17 CAD per night

Calle 6 between Avenida 15 and 20

Hostel Che is a friendly, fun and unique hostel with a social atmosphere and chill vibe and is centrally located only three blocks from the beach, two blocks from the supermarket and three blocks from the ADO bus terminal. It is close to shopping, restaurants and attractions.

The hostel features a guest kitchen, rooftop bar and music, themed social parties in the evenings, guest computer, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, tour and travel information, 24 hour reception, fans and common areas to meet people, relax and have fun.

There are a variety of rooms to choose from, including private rooms and shared forms (ranging from 6 to 10 beds, female-only and mixed gender). The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable.

Hostel Che

Hostel Che

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The Yak | Starting at $21 CAD per night 

Calle 10 Norte Bis between Avenida 10 and 15 

The Yak is a popular and well known party hostel with a friendly social atmosphere, centrally located in Playa del Carmen, close to restaurants, transportation, shopping and the beach but just a little ways off the busy tourist track.

The hostel features a bar, relaxing common areas, free Wi-Fi internet, free continental breakfast, hammocks, air conditioned rooms, luggage storage, BBQ facilities, a book exchange, live music, activity nights, housekeeping, 24 hour reception and security and a rooftop terrace.

The Yak offers simply decorated shared dorms (ranging from 4 beds to 12 beds, all of them are mixed gender) and private rooms, which all include a small kitchenette and fridge along with bathrooms and showers, as well as lockers in the dorms.

The Yak

The Yak

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Youth Hostel Playa | Starting at $17 CAD per night

Avenida 25 and Calle 8

Hostel Playa is a clean and fun hostel, centrally located a short ways off the tourist track, but close to transportation, restaurants, the beach and shopping.

The hostel features free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, a guest computer, fully equipped kitchen, free breakfast, good music, housekeeping, fans, swimming pool, rooftop terrace, hammocks and quiet lounging areas, BBQ area, secure parking, large garden area where you can socialize, living room with cable television, DVD player, books and board games. The hostel has a huge common area which is perfect for playing cards, relaxing, meeting other travelers, watching TV or reading.

The hostel offers shared dorms (ranging from 5 to 8 beds, female, male and mixed gender) and private rooms. The dorms include lockers, individual fans, mosquito nets, comfortable mattresses and all rooms have linens included.

Hostel Playa

Hostel Playa

Hostel Playa

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Humble Bumble Hostel | Starting at $17 CAD per night

Avenida 30 between Avenida Constituyentes and Calle 18

Humble Bumble is a new, friendly and comfortable hostel with chic modern decor and a laid back atmosphere, located off the tourist track, but within walking distance to restaurants, local taquerias, supermarkets, shopping, transportation, and the beach.

The hostel features a rooftop terrace, small swimming pool, shared kitchen, and BBQ facilities.

The hostel offers a variety of rooms including shared dorms (female, male and mixed) and private rooms. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and a private bathroom.

Humble Bumble Hostel

Humble Bumble Hostel

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Hostal MX | Starting at $21 CAD per night 

Avenida 5 between Calles 10 and 12

Hostal MX is a newer and unique hostel in a rustic-style building with Mexican style and flavour and an abundance of vegetation. It is centrally located on the popular 5th Avenue and is steps from restaurants, shopping, the beach and transportation. The hostel has a peaceful atmosphere despite its location.

The hostel features a beautiful garden with tropical vegetation, hammocks, a bar, outdoor Jacuzzi, 24 hour reception and security, free Wi-Fi internet, included breakfast, housekeeping, linen included, lockers, book exchange, hot showers, and board games.

Rooms include 6, 8, and 12 bed mixed dorms.

Hostal MX

Hostal MX dorm

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Tres Mundos Hostel | Starting at $14 CAD per night 

Calle 6 Norte between Avenida 20 and 25

Tres Mundos is a unique, colourful, comfortable hostel located within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, banks, transportation and the beach. It is surrounded by cheap eateries with tasty local food. This is not a party hostel but it does maintain a friendly social atmosphere and the staff treat guests like family.

The hostel features free and fast wireless internet, free continental breakfast, fully equipped kitchen, comfortable common area with cable television, rooftop terrace with hammocks, BBQs and big tables for relaxing and socializing with new friends, included linens, book exchange, laundry service for a fee, towel rentals for a fee, and tour information.

The hostel offers a variety of rooms including mixed or female-only dorms with 6 and 8 beds, with a bathroom ensuite or shared bathroom. They also have private rooms, with or without a bathroom ensuite. Two private rooms have air conditioning. All dorms have fans and lockers.

Tres Mundos Hostel

Tres Mundos Hostel

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Xaman Eco-Hostel | Starting at $13 CAD per night 

Avenida 10 between Calles 4 and 6

Xaman Eco-Hostel is a simple and basic hostel, centrally located just two blocks from the beach and one block from 5th Avenue with restaurants, shopping, and transportation. The hostel uses recycled decorations, has lots of plants and uses earth friendly products.

The hostel provides complimentary breakfast, free purified and cold drinking water, free Wi-Fi, outdoor terrace and common lounge area, communal kitchen, luggage storage, and hot showers.

Room options include private rooms, a 4 bed female dorm and 10 bed mixed dorm. The shared dorms feature a fan and storage lockers for personal belongings. All bathrooms are shared.

Xaman Eco-Hostel

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Siete Colores Hostel | Starting at $17 CAD per night

Corner of Avenida 10 and Avenida C.T.M. (Lane 46)

Siete Colores Hostel is a quaint, colourful, friendly and comfortable hostel located refurbished colonial house off the tourist path, but close enough to the beach, 5th Avenue, shopping, restaurants and transportation.

The hostel provides 24 hour reception, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, book exchange, guest kitchen, common areas, housekeeping, hot showers, outdoor terrace, lounge with cable television, and board games.

The hostel offers a 6 bed male dorm, 6 bed female dorm and 7 bed mixed dorm.

Siete Colores Hostel

Siete Colores Hostel

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Tequilita Hostel | Starting at $14 CAD per night

Calle 6 between Avenida 15 and 20

Tequilita Hostel is a party hostel with unique and colourful decor located a little bit off the beaten tourist path from the busy 5th Avenue, but still close enough to restaurants, banks, the beach and transportation.

The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, a communal kitchen, TV area, bar, outdoor terrace, luggage storage, common areas to relax and a book exchange.

You can choose to stay in a 6 bed mixed dorm, 7 bed female-only and mixed dorm, 10 bed mixed dorm as well as some affordable private rooms.

Hostel Tequilita

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Hostel Buhos | Starting at $11 CAD per night

Avenida 15 between Calles 4 and 6

Hostel Buhos is a comfortable and stylish new hostel in Playa del Carmen, located only three blocks away from the popular and busy 5th Avenue on a quiet and less touristy street, but still within walking distance to restaurants, bars, transportation and the beach.

The hostel features air conditioning, hot water, free Wi-Fi, a guest computer, free purified drinking water, in addition to new furniture, mattresses, beds and fresh linens.

The hostel offers an 8 bed female dorm, 12 bed mixed dorm and a selection of affordable private rooms.

Hostel Buhos

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Popol Vuh | Starting at $17 CAD per night

Calle 2 between Avenida 5 and the beach

Popl Vuh is a small and simple hostel located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, literally steps from the beach and less than a block from 5th Avenue along with the ADO bus terminal, restaurants, banks, and attractions.

The hostel features free and fast Wi-Fi, a central garden surrounded by palm trees with peace and tranquility to relax, and a guest kitchen for you to prepare your own meals.

There are a variety of private rooms to choose from that include double rooms and a variety of cabin style-rooms. Select rooms have air conditioning, cable television, and private bathrooms. The other rooms have shared bathrooms.

popol

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Airbnb:

Airbnb is a website where locals in destinations around the world can rent out a private room in their home or apartment or their entire home or apartment to travelers.

Playa del Carmen has TONNES of unique properties and rooms to choose from, in all areas of the city.

If you are planning on traveling slower and staying in Playa del Carmen for a longer period of time, Airbnb is a great option as you can find places that offer weekly and monthly rental prices. Airbnb rentals are also often much cheaper than staying at a hotel, more so for the long term.

Click here to get a $25 USD discount off your first booking when you sign up for Airbnb!

Volunteer Exchanges:

Workaway and HelpX are websites that connect volunteers to places in destinations around the world where you can help and offer your skills and time.

In exchange for volunteering 4-5 hours per day for 5 days a week, your host will provide you with free accommodation and sometimes food. Popular places where you can volunteer include backpacker hostels, guesthouses, local hotels, travel companies, farms, businesses and individuals.

This is a great option for budget travelers who wish to stay longer in Playa del Carmen while saving money on accommodation and food costs! You are also rewarded with the satisfaction of helping a local business or individual out.

You can check out the websites to browse through the volunteer listings and purchase a membership to contact the hosts.

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I hope that you have found this comprehensive budget-friendly accommodation guide to be helpful for your Playa del Carmen travel planning!

I value budget travel and slow travel and I kept these two travel styles in mind when making this list to help you save money on accommodation costs while traveling and helping you be better able to stay for longer in Playa del Carmen.

Have you been to Playa del Carmen? Stayed at any of my recommendations? Do you have any other suggestions for places to stay that you feel should be added to my list? 

Comment below and let me know what you think!

Budget-Friendly Accommodations in Valladolid

Budget Accommodations Valladolid

Valladolid, Mexico is a beautiful, charming and colourful colonial city. Although it is a small and quiet city, there are still many options of places where you can stay. Valladolid is the perfect place to base yourself for exploring the surrounding Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Coba as well as various cenotes in the area.

Travel planning can be overwhelming at times. There are so many decisions to be made and so many options to choose from.

I hope that my list of budget-friendly accommodations in Valladolid makes your planning a little bit easier.

Note: I have not personally stayed at all of these accommodations and for those that I don’t have experience with, my recommendation is based on online reviews from people who have stayed there.

Budget Hotels (Under $100 CAD per night):

Hotel Maria Guadalupe | $14.08 to $21.13 CAD per night

Calle 44 #198 between Calles 41 and 39. 

Hotel Maria Guadalupe is a clean and simple hotel located in the centre of Valladolid, within walking distance to the ADO bus terminal, the main square, attractions, banks, authentic restaurants and shopping.

The rooms have air conditioning, a safe, cable television, and private bathroom with hot water. There is free Wi-Fi in all areas including the rooms, free parking, 24 hour reception, an outdoor terrace, luggage storage and included breakfast.

Hotel Maria Guadalupe

Hotel Maria Guadalupe

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Hotel Colonial La Aurora | $35 CAD per night

Calle 42 #192 between Calles 35 and 37. 

Hotel Colonial La Aurora is a budget hotel with colonial decor located in the middle of Valladolid’s historical district. It is only two blocks from the central square, attractions, restaurants, shopping and transportation.

The hotel offers a 24 hour front desk, outdoor swimming pool, luggage storage, and free parking. Breakfast is not included.

The rooms are air-conditioned, have free Wi-Fi, a safe, and cable television.

Hotel Colonial La Aurora

Hotel Colonial La Aurora

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Hotel Zaci | $60 to $72 CAD per night 

Calle 44 #191 between Calles 37 and 39.

Hotel Zaci is centrally located next to the quiet and beautiful Candelaria Park and within a few blocks of Valladolid’s main square in the centre of the city.

It features an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, free private parking and free Wi-Fi in all areas.

The rooms have air-conditioning, a fan, modern decor, cable television and a private bathroom.

Hotel Zaci

Hotel Zaci

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El Meson Del Marques | $73 CAD and higher per night

Calle 39 #203 between Calles 40 and 42. 

El Meson Del Marques is a romantic and cozy hotel located in a charming colonial building in the historic centre of Valladolid. It is close to everything – restaurants, the central square, attractions, transportation and shopping.

The hotel provides a central location, free parking, included breakfast, on-site restaurant, garden and courtyard with small outdoor swimming pool and lounge chairs.

The comfortable rooms feature air conditioning, balconies, cable television, telephone, daily housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, a safe, and a refrigerator.

El Meson del Marques

El Meson del Marques

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Hotel Tunich Beh | $65 to $90 CAD per night

Calle 41A (Calzada de los Frailes) #204-A between Calles 46 and 48

Hotel Tunich Beh is located on the pretty and historic cobblestone street known as Calzada de los Frailes, which is lined with colourful colonial businesses and houses. It is close to the Convent de San Bernardino and other attractions like colonial churches, the central square and Cenote Zaci.

This hotel features a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals, luggage storage, air conditioning, free and secure parking, included breakfast, housekeeping, a private relaxing terrace area with a small Jacuzzi, palapa and hammock, and a garden.

The rooms are comfortable and they offer air conditioning, cable television, simple decor and tiled floors.

Hotel Tunich Beh

Hotel Tunich Beh

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Unique Accommodations/Guesthouses:

Casa Hamaca Guesthouse | $105 CAD and higher per night

Calle 49 #202-A at Calle 40

Casa Hamaca Guesthouse is situated on a quiet corner of a small local park in a friendly neighbourhood. It is located within convenient walking distance of restaurants, the central square, transportation, and attractions.

The guesthouse features complimentary breakfast prepared with fresh, wholesome and local produce and includes traditional Mayan dishes, authentic Yucatecan staples, American-style breakfasts as well as continental foods, free on-site parking, free Wi-Fi, a jungle-like setting and lush tropical garden complete with fruit trees, bananas, palm trees, butterflies and iguanas, indigenous art, murals depicting Mayan themes, on-site restaurant and cafe with full service bar (Xoco Loco), hammocks and lounging areas, air conditioning, fans, massage services, small outdoor swimming pool, laundry and volunteer opportunities.

The rooms include a comfortable bed and authentic Mayan hammock, air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bathroom with hot water, and a wall mural.

Casa Hamaca Guesthouse

Casa Hamaca Guesthouse

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Bungalows Ek Balam | $20 to $30 CAD per night

Located in the village of Ek Balam, just outside the ruins

The Ek Balam Bungalows are a unique accommodation located in the authentic indigenous Mayan village of Ek Balam. Ek Balam is situated approximately 25 minutes north of Valladolid. The village is only a short distance from the stunning and lesser-known ruins of Ek Balam, surrounded by dense jungle. Staying in a Mayan village affords you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and history and understand the daily life of the Mayan people while learning about the language, customs and food through interactions with the local villagers.

The bungalow property features 24 hour reception, parking, on-site restaurant, fans and outdoor swimming pool. Menus for traditional Yucatecan cuisine can be requested for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The individual cabins are made from wood and palm and include beds and bathrooms.

Ek Balam Bungalows

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Hostels:

Hostel La Candelaria | $12.50 to $50 CAD per night 

Calle 35 #201-F between Calles 42 and 44. 

I stayed at Hostel La Candelaria for four nights during my first solo trip to Valladolid.

Hostel La Candelaria is a unique and social backpacker hostel located in an old colonial house with colourful decor, a laid-back and chill vibe and a relaxing atmosphere. It is located beside Candelaria Park/Square and within short walking distance to the central square, ADO bus terminal, attractions, colectivo transportation, restaurants, groceries and banks.

The hostel features a lush and peaceful garden with hammocks behind the hostel, an outdoor and indoor kitchen, a rooftop terrace, tables and seating areas in the outdoor kitchen, an indoor lounge on the second floor, and plenty of shared outdoor and indoor washrooms and showers. The hostel provides an included breakfast, bicycles for rent, a television and movie lounge, travel information and local guidebooks, 24 hour reception, free Wi-Fi, free city maps, luggage storage, included linen, free purified water, book exchange, outdoor laundry area, and lots of lockers for your personal belongings.

The staff are friendly, helpful and they speak English and Spanish.

You have the option of staying in a private room or shared dorm (6 bed female-only dorm or 8 bed mixed dorm). The rooms and dorms are not air conditioned but they do have lots of fans.

Colourfully painted outdoor washrooms and showers

Colourfully painted outdoor washrooms and showers

The front of Hostel La Candelaria from the plaza/square

The front of Hostel La Candelaria from the plaza/square

View of the hostel from the garden behind it

View of the hostel from the garden behind it

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Hostal Del Fraile | $13.50 to $25 CAD per night

Calzada de los Frailes #212-C between Calles 48 and 50.

Hostel del Fraile is located in a colonial house along the beautiful and historic cobblestone street, Calzada de los Frailes. It is within walking distance to the central square, transportation, attractions and restaurants.

This hostel offers a kitchen, dining room, parking, terrace, reading area, free Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals, and included breakfast.

You have the option of staying in a private room with shared bathroom or dormitory (4 bed mixed dorm or 13 bed mixed dorm).

Hostal del Fraile

Hostal del Fraile

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Hostal Tunich Naj | $13 to $40 CAD per night

Calle 38 #202-A between Calles 43 and 45. 

Hostal Tunich Naj is a simple and colourful hostel located in the centre of the colonial city of Valladolid. This is a newer hostel.

The hostel features fans, hot water, free Wi-Fi, included breakfast, kitchen facilities, lockers, housekeeping, bicycle rentals, shared bathrooms and 24 hour reception.

The dorm rooms open out to a balcony, and they feature tiled floors and a fan.

At this hostel, you have the option of staying in a private room or the 10 bed mixed dormitory.

Hostal Tunich Naj

Hostal Tunich Naj

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Hostal Cinco Calles | $12 CAD per night

Calle 41 #213 between Calles 44 and 46. 

Hostal Cinco Calles is centrally located in a colonial house just steps from the ADO bus terminal and is very close to the main square, attractions, and restaurants.

The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, included linens and towels, shared bathrooms, housekeeping services, 24 hour reception, kitchen and dining room, courtyard and garden, outdoor swimming pool, bicycle rentals, lockers and hot showers.

The hostel provides a 7 bed mixed dormitory for sleeping.

Hostal Cinco Calles

Hostal Cinco Calles

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Airbnb:

Airbnb is a website where locals in destinations around the world can rent out their private rooms or entire homes/apartments to travelers for a nightly, weekly or monthly fee.

You can search by your destination and then browse and filter the listings to fit your specific needs and budget.

Here are some Airbnb listings that I found interesting and budget-friendly during my research:

Studio Efficiency | $62 CAD per night/$290 CAD per week/$829 CAD per month

Calle 53 at Calle 38.

Book here.

Small House | $62 CAD per night/$242 CAD per week/$691 CAD per month

Calle 53 at Calle 38. 

Book here.

Volunteer Exchanges:

The website Workaway exists to help connect volunteers with local individuals, businesses, farms or accommodations (hotels, hostels, guesthouses, B&Bs) in destinations around the world.

In exchange for volunteering 4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week, volunteers are provided with free accommodation and sometimes free meals and food.

Here is a listing for help needed at a hostel in Valladolid:

Help at a friendly family run hostel Valladolid, Mexico (Workaway)

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I hope that these budget guide to accommodation in Valladolid, Mexico has been helpful to you as you plan your future travels!

Do you have any other recommendations or suggestions for places to stay in Valladolid?

Let me know in the comments.

Hotel Review: Barrio Latino Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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I stayed at Barrio Latino Hotel for my last night in Mexico during my May 2015 solo trip (from May 31 to June 1, 2015).

On my last night in Mexico, I decided that I wanted to treat myself and stay in a private room at a nicer hotel. I choose Barrio Latino because it is located off the main tourist strip (Fifth Avenue) on a quieter street, it had positive reviews on Trip Advisor and the price was right ($67 CAD for one night).

View of the hotel from the street

Quick Facts:

Location: Calle 4 between Avenidas 10 and 15 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Phone Number: +52 (984) 873-2384

Website: www.hotelbarriolatino.com

Email Address: info@hotelbarriolatino.com

Facebook: Facebook page

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Cost: $67.02 CAD for one night in a room with a king-size bed.

Amenities: Complimentary continental breakfast, book exchange, free and fast Wi-Fi, air conditioning in rooms, hot showers, linen and towels included, free international calling, guest computer, tour and travel recommendations, local guidebooks, 24 hour reception, ceiling fans in rooms, luggage storage, mini fridge in room, safe in room.

Reserve a Room: Official Website, Expedia, Hostel World

Things to Note: Taxes are not included in the price listed online (19% is added and you pay at check-in).

Huge king-sized bed in my room

Security and Safety: The hotel was located in a very safe area of Playa del Carmen. It is situated on a quiet street with smaller shops, cafes and authentic taquerias nearby. When you check-in, you are provided with a key to your private room. Whenever you leave the hotel, you leave your key with the front desk staff and they keep it safe for you and return it to you once you arrive back. I thought this was a good idea, and it ensures that nobody will lose their keys.

Location: The hotel is located on Calle 4 between Avenidas 10 and 15. It is a quiet street away from the tourist centre, but close enough that you can still walk there in 5-10 minutes. There are smaller shops, cafes and taquerias located in the vicinity of the hotel, and more touristy restaurants, souvenir shops, nightlife, the ADO bus terminal, and the beach can be found in the Fifth Avenue area, which is nearby. There is a delicious authentic taqueria located at Calle 4 and Avenida 15, that serves the cheapest tacos in Playa del Carmen for only 8 pesos a piece! You can find Flor de Michoacan, a place selling Mexican popsicles and ice cream, on Calle 2. El Fogon is my favourite restaurant in Playa del Carmen serving traditional Mexican cuisine, and they are located at Calle 6 Bis and Avenida 30. The walk from this hotel to the ADO bus terminal was short and easy.

Staff: The staff were friendly and polite. I didn’t have too many interactions with them, as I basically retired to my room for the night (after going out for dinner) after checking in. The staff member cooking breakfast in the morning was friendly as well.

View of the courtyard from my second floor room

Value For Money: The room that I booked cost me $67 CAD for one night. I normally would not spend that much money on a room, but I wanted to treat myself to a private room on the last night of my travels after sleeping in hostel dorms for the past 10 nights, and I was only staying there for one night, so the price didn’t do too much damage to my budget! The value for my money was good. The room had air conditioning which was welcomed, especially in the extreme heat and humidity the Yucatan experiences at the end of May! I had a really good sleep here, aside from the thumping of bass music that could be heard sometimes from the parties and nightclubs on Fifth Avenue. If you’re looking for a place to splurge for one night, this hotel is a good option. Staying in a private room with air conditioning on the last night of my travels was amazing and a very welcome change!

Atmosphere: The hotel had a relaxed, peaceful and quiet atmosphere. After I had been staying in hostels for the past 10 nights, it was strange having my own private room and not having a common area in which to interact with other travelers! There were two floors of private rooms and they were accessed from the outside, with a lush garden and courtyard in the centre of the rooms. There was a seating area for breakfast in the courtyard and it was a relaxing place. All of the rooms also had a comfortable hammock in front of their doors, which faced towards the courtyard and garden. It was lovely!

Hammock in front of the room

Cleanliness and Comfort: My room and all areas of the hotel were spotlessly clean. The king bed in my room was super comfortable!

Common Areas: The only common area in this hotel was the centre courtyard and garden, which featured a sitting area with tables and chairs for breakfast.

The beautiful treed courtyard in the centre of the hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast was included in the price of the room. It was served to you in the courtyard of the hotel and you sat among the lush trees to eat it. The options included various juices, cereal, bread/toast and jam/butter, and fresh fruit.

Rooms: The room was beautiful! It featured a super comfortable king sized bed (with a towel animal upon arrival!), cushy pillows, a tall dresser for clothing, a small desk and chair, a hammock in front of the room outside (facing the courtyard), a spacious bathroom with shower, toilet, hair dryer, and sink, and most importantly, functioning air conditioning! After staying in some hostels with no air conditioning at all in the heat of May, this was much appreciated! My only complaint, is that while I was trying to fall asleep, I could hear the loud thumping bass music from nightclubs, bars and party hostels nearby on Fifth Avenue and the surrounding area. It made it difficult to get to sleep at first, but once I did, I slept great. There is also a mini-fridge and a safe in the room. You get a key for the safe upon arrival.

The second floor outdoor hallway to the rooms

Internet: There is free Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel, including in your room. You will get a code upon checking in from the staff. The internet was very fast and I was able to Skype call my family in Canada.

Other: There is a book exchange in the lobby of the hotel, as well as various guidebooks, a guest computer terminal, and telephone to make international calls for free.

Appearance: The hotel is modern and nicely decorated. It looked beautiful from both the outside and inside. I enjoyed the garden courtyard in the centre of the rooms.

Recommended For: Solo travelers looking for a short break from hostel dorms (for a night or two) and couples.

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

If you are staying in Playa del Carmen as a budget, independent or solo female traveler, Barrio Latino Hotel is great for a splurge night!