Known as the cradle of Mexican culture, Oaxaca is a place that’s bursting with color, history, and amazing food. In fact, some of the best food in the whole of Mexico comes from Oaxaca – so that’s some of the best food in the world, right?
So, when you’re planning your street food tour of this wonderful city, we’ve got you covered with some budget-friendly accommodations to match. Here are the best hostels in Oaxaca, let’s dive in and find out more.
Don’t want to read the whole article to find out the right Oaxaca hostel for your vibe? Don’t worry, here’s our summary of the best hostels in Oaxaca for each kind of traveler or atmosphere. After all, not all hostels are created equally, and not all kinds of hostels work for everyone!
- Best Location – Hotel Casa Dos Lunas
- Best New Hostel – Confetti Pool House
- Most Spacious Hostel – Hostal Central
- Best Events – Casa Angel Hostal
- Most Chilled-out Hostel – Azul Cielo Hostel
- Best Rooftop Area – Viajero Oaxaca Hostel
- Best Solo Traveler Hostel – Maka MX
- Best Social Hostel – Ticuchi Hostal
- Best Eco-friendly Hostel – Niyana
- Best Community Hostel – Iguana Hostel Oaxaca
- Best Budget Hostel – Hostal De Las Americas
- Best Outdoor Space – El Cielo Oaxaca
- Best for Non-social Vibes – Andaina Hostel
- Best Quiet Hostel – Hostal Luz de Luna Nuyoo
- Best Small Hostel – Hostal Xitla
The 15 Best Hostels in Oaxaca
1. Hotel Casa Dos Lunas
Central hostel with a homey vibe
If you’re looking for a hostel that’s right in the heart of historic Oaxaca and has a chilled-out, homey feel to it, you need to visit Hotel Casa Dos Lunas. With a whole range of social spaces including a lounge, an outside garden deck, and a comfy swing, it’s the ideal place to relax.
There are also a ton of onsite services including laundry, massages, tours, taxis, luggage storage, and more, so whatever you want to do in Oaxaca, the guys at Hotel Casa Dos Lunas can help you out.
2. Confetti Pool House
New party hostel with a luxury atmosphere
Want to enjoy a fresh party hostel located in the Mitla region of Oaxaca? Confetti Pool House has a great location right near Mitla Archeological Site and Mitla Centro and it’s only a short taxi ride into the historical center of Oaxaca.
At the hostel itself, you can soak yourself up in the huge outdoor pool, enjoy a drink or two at the swim-up bar, or sunbathe on a fun floatie. With pool party vibes every day, it’s a fun place to spend your days in Oaxaca.
3. Hostal Central
Spacious downtown hostel with great breakfasts
With wide open social spaces, large rooms, and the cutest hostel courtyard in Oaxaca, Hostal Central is a relaxing place to stay in the heart of the city. Add in a rooftop yoga space and you’ve got yourself a top-tier place to stay in Oaxaca.
For those of you who are in need of an easy wake-up call, Hostal Central offers delicious hot breakfasts every day. Trust us, this is going to be the perfect start to any day exploring this fantastic city!
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4. Casa Angel Hostal
The ultimate hostel for free events and amenities
If you’re a solo traveler who wants to see and do just about everything in Oaxaca or a visitor who doesn’t want to plan their own tours, you need to book a stay at the Casa Angel Hostal.
Seriously, this hostel has four to five events each and every day ranging from yoga classes to pizza nights to street food tours and more! This is obviously a huge draw and the fact that it’s included in your bed price makes it the perfect budget option in the center of historic Oaxaca.
5. Azul Cielo Hostel
Relaxing central hostel with Spanish classes and yoga sessions
Sometimes you just want a more chilled-out vibe from your hostel. Azul Cielo offers just that. With plenty of hammocks to lounge about on, a relaxing garden area full of beautiful plants, and yoga sessions on their rooftop deck, it’s a great place to base yourself in Oaxaca.
From the super spacious rooms to the vibrant color of the entire place, there’s definitely a lot to love about this place, and the social seating areas make it easy to meet like-minded travelers and hang out.
6. Viajero Oaxaca Hostel
Laidback bohemian hostel with a world-class rooftop area
Look, I love rooftop chill-out areas when I’m on vacation, I just do, and Viajero Oaxaca Hostel has one of the best rooftop areas I’ve ever seen. With a beautiful cocktail bar, expansive views of the city, and plenty of places to sit, eat, chill, or work, it works for pretty much anyone!
Inside, the huge social spaces don’t stop there, with a massive lounge area that’s filled with floor cushions giving the whole room bohemian vibes. It’s designed for ultimate relaxation and flexibility which is super cool and really useful depending on whether you want to be social or chill out on your own.
7. Maka MX
Small but fun hostel with tons of excursions and activities
If you’re looking for a small hostel in Oaxaca that still has bags of personality, then you need to book a stay at Maka MX. Amenities include a rooftop pool, ping pong table, happy hour, and a DIY breakfast station to start your day off right.
One of the best things about Maka MX is its event and excursion setup which has street food tours, waterfall visits, trips to the Ancient Ruins of Monte Alban, and of course more social activities like beer pong, pizza pool parties, and trivia night. It’s honestly the perfect setup for solo travelers.
8. Ticuchi Hostal
Super social hostel in the heart of Downtown Oaxaca
Want to stay in the middle of Downtown Oaxaca but still have access to a giant outdoor swimming pool? Well, look no further than the Ticuchi Hostal. With a distinctly social vibe that really comes together around the pool area with an onsite cocktail bar and competitive ping pong setup, it’s a great place to let your hair down.
Ticuchi Hostal also offers a range of walking tours and bar crawls of the local area, so if you want to explore Oaxaca with your new friends, the guys at Ticuchi are more than happy to help you out!
Eco-conscious hostel with its roots in the ancestral communities of Oaxaca
If you’re after a hostel that goes above and beyond to do its part for our Earth, then check into Niyana. With a focus on sustainability, using local, nature materials, Niyana is a beautiful place to stay, filled with amazing design details.
You can hang out around the gorgeous pond courtyard, chill out in hanging egg chairs, or head up to the roof terrace for amazing views of Oaxaca. There’s definitely a minimalist flair here that makes this hostel feel way more expensive than it is.
10. Iguana Hostel Oaxaca
Colorful central Oaxaca hostel with a social community vibe
When Iguana Hostel Oaxaca says that they foster a sense of community at their place, they mean it! With a social atmosphere that definitely isn’t a party vibe, you can meet people, make friends, and share stories and memories into the night.
This hostel is known for having relaxed vibe with a great bar, spacious roof terrace social area, and a wide range of tours available. Honestly, this is a pretty big place, so you’re bound to meet at least one new friend in this social and communal hostel in Oaxaca!
11. Hostal De Las Americas
Budget accommodation in the historical center of Oaxaca
Do you want a hostel that is no-frills, has a great location, and doesn’t make your wallet cry? Then Hostal De Las Americas is for you. You’re not going to find tons of amenities or tours at this hostel, but you can get a dorm bed for under $10 and you’re right in the heart of historic Oaxaca.
That being said, there’s also a secluded roof terrace at this hostel with plenty of plants and chairs, so if you want to enjoy your morning coffee in the Oaxacan sunshine, you absolutely can at Hostal De Las Americas.
12. El Cielo Oaxaca
Refurbished Art Deco house with a beautiful social outdoor space
One of the cool things about El Cielo Oaxaca is that is kind of feels like you’re in a house share rather than a hostel. The rooms are all pretty spacious and there are plenty of indoor lounge areas to relax in after a long day.
However, the main draw is the outdoor space. With a pool, hammocks, seating area, ping pong table, and bar, it’s a great place for a pool party or just hanging out with your new friends. You can also hire bikes here, so if you want to see a lot of Oaxaca in a short amount of time El Cielo has you covered.
13. Andaina Hostel
Spacious rooms and central location with chilled vibes
Honestly, not everyone wants a super social hostel. Sometimes you just want to keep yourself to yourself and explore the city. Andaina Hostel is a great place to rest your head, relax, and explore Oaxaca.
It’s definitely not a social hostel and really only has the small roof terrace as the main communal space, but the rooms are pretty huge and clean, the price is great, and the location is right in the center of Oaxaca. So, if you don’t want a social hostel but you want a great location, check this place out.
14. Hostal Luz de Luna Nuyoo
Small hostel with a beautiful, plant-filled courtyard area
If yu’re looking for a relaxed hostel that’s social without being a party hub, check out Hostal Luz de Luna Nuyoo. Characterized by its plant-filled courtyard, with native Oaxacan greenery, it provides a tranquil communal area to relax, chill out, and meet new people.
Location-wise, Hostal Luz de Luna Nuyoo is pretty fantastic, being just three blocks from the main plaza. As it’s a pretty small hostel it’s not super noisy at night which is always a big plus when you’re traveling!
15. Hostal Xitla
Tiny hostel with beautiful decor and outdoor space
Given that Hostal Xitla only has a handful of rooms compared to other Oaxacan hostels on this list, the fact that they have such a big outdoor space is kind of insane. The colorful terrace patio area is full of local street art, bright flags, and plenty of room the relax and soak up the sun.
The rooms are a little bit basic, but they have everything you need to get some shut-eye while you’re in the city. There’s also a cool rooftop space if you don’t want to hang out on the patio, which gives you the perfect spot to sunbathe.
FAQs About Hostels in Oaxaca
So, before we say goodbye and leave you to plan your trip to Oaxaca, here are some frequently asked questions to round out this complete guide.
How much do hostels cost in Oaxaca?
On average, you can expect to pay around $13 for a dorm bed in Oaxaca per night. There are plenty of hostels that go lower or higher than this and we’ve seen dorm beds as cheap as $5 a night, so you absolutely can visit Oaxaca on a budget!
What are the best months to visit Oaxaca?
The best times to visit Oaxaca have to be between April to May and September to October. In the summer months, it’s super busy and really hot so you’ll have to share all the major sights with a ton of tourists and spend a fortune on bottled water in the process to deal with the heat.
Instead, opt for the Spring or Fall months which are both still sunny and warm, but without the hordes of tourists that come with the peak season!
How many days do you need in Oaxaca?
Overall, most people spend around five days exploring Oaxaca before moving on to another destination. That being said, there are plenty of day trips into the Southern Mountains of San Jose to explore, so if you’re using Oaxaca as a base for exploring further afield, you can easily double your time here!
What area is best to stay in Oaxaca?
Honestly, for first-time visitors to Oaxaca, you want to stay in the Centro neighborhood. This way you’re close to all the major sights and the action. After all, you don’t want to spend all your time on transport getting to where you want to go! With a stay in Centro, you can just step out of your hostel and be in the thick of it!