While there are many Oaxaca City hostels, I’ve frequented the ones on this list because I visit Oaxaca three times a year. From US$11 per night (decent, I promise you that), here are some of the options on where to stay in Oaxaca.
Oaxaca is a city with great infrastructure so you’ll find an Oaxaca hostel that will fit your budget. This city is also known for its impressive interior so most of the best hostels in Oaxaca have great interiors!
All these hostels in Oaxaca on the list have a kitchen. I know you love to cook especially if you’re traveling Oaxaca on a budget so don’t worry about that! They also have common areas, spaces to work, and even TV rooms!
As for location, the majority of the best Oaxaca hostels are in the center. I put the location on each of the items so you’ll see how close you are to the important landmarks.
📍 How to know if your hostel in Oaxaca is well-located
Oaxaca is a big city so when choosing your Oaxaca hostel, the best point of interest in the center is the Zocalo. That is if you really want to be in the center.
Andador Turistico is also a great spot because this is where all the cafes, restaurants, and important landmarks are. Although it is not that far from the Zocalo.
Put any of these two locations on Google maps and check directions to the hostel of your choosing. I suggest using the walking route on the maps to save on Uber trips. Oaxaca is a very walkable city so you’d like to have access to your hostel on foot!
🛎️ Platforms to use your Oaxaca hostel
I exclusively use Hostelworld when booking hostels anywhere in the world. You don’t need to pay the full amount and your reservation is always secured.
I’ve had many bad experiences with other platforms where they said my booking didn’t go through. Hostelworld always gives me 100% confirmation without a hassle!
🌟 What is the best Oaxaca hostel?
With the Selina branding’s popularity, you might think that this is the best hostel in Oaxaca but personally, I super love Casa Anghel Oaxaca. It’s so cheap for what it is, I feel like I am staying in a boutique hotel instead of a hostel!
Another thing I like about Casa Anghel is that there’s an opportunity to meet people. Some hostels in Oaxaca are so big that people tend to be anti-social.
As a solo traveler and digital nomad, finding people to connect with when I am traveling is really important for me!
🛌🏼 10 best hostels in Oaxaca
#1: Casa Anghel Hostel Oaxaca
💲 dorms from US$16
👉🏽 book your stay at Casa Anghel Hostel
Hailed as the Lonely Planet Top Choice for 2021, this retreat in the heart of Oaxaca spells fun and pleasure. A home away from home, Casa Angel Hostel is the ultimate budget-friendly accommodation for travelers who need a comfortable place to stay in at an affordable price and who are looking for an authentic Mexican experience.
Managed by a young and energetic team, this hostel offers a wide range of activities from Yoga sessions to Mezcal experiences, salsa dancing, and walking tours!
There’s a nice rooftop within the premises that is used for weekly barbecue parties. There are multiple areas where guests can freely interact.
There are standard dorms with shared bathrooms, private rooms with shared bathrooms, and private rooms ensuite. Some dorms have adjoining private patios. Appetizing breakfast is free!
Aside from the fun, this hostel brings the guests, it is near bus stops, churches, restaurants, markets, and beautiful spots.
#2: El Cielo Oaxaca
💲 dorms from US$15
👉🏽 book your stay at El Cielo Oaxaca
Originally a big old house, El Cielo Oaxaca sits on a space strategically near museums, churches, restaurants, bars, and the finest landmarks – all just blocks away!
It is suitable for those who want to stay near downtown but at the same time enjoy a laid-back vibe. Remodeled, this property is an Art Deco area consisting of murals set in wide spaces and quaint lamps, and old-fashioned flooring. If you are particular about interior aesthetics, you will love this place!
In El Cielo Hostel, they offer guests terraces, WiFi in the lobby and rooms, a complete furnished kitchen, a palapa area, barbecue facilities, and a lush backyard.
With a nice pool, hangout spaces, and an outdoor bar, this property has comfortable accommodations for affordable rates.
Get off the beaten path at El Cielo Oaxaca Hostel – you have access to colorful markets, authentic cuisine, traditional craftsmen — not to mention the breathtaking beauty of the place.
#3: Ticuchi Hostal
💲 dorms from US$11
👉🏽 book your stay at Ticuchi Hostal
Most of the fun times I had are in Ticuchi! This hostel is located in the centro historico of Oaxaca and has great access to all the restaurants, bars, and important landmarks.
This is actually the only hostel in Oaxaca with a pool so if you stay here during the summer, you will totally enjoy low costs and its great amenities.
I actually didn’t understand why a pool is needed in Oaxaca since it’s a city but it does help during the summer.
The bunk beds are very comfortable. I even stayed at the 10-bed mixed dorm and I still felt there was a lot of privacy. Each bed in the dorms has curtains so you can completely shut it if you want some alone time.
#4: Iguana Hostel
💲 dorms from US$11
👉🏽 book your stay at Iguana Hostel
With a great social and hip atmosphere, Iguana Hostel offers everything you need for an amazing Oaxaca experience including comfortable sturdy beds, hot showers, a shared lounge with hammocks, free breakfast, baggage storage, and wi-fi internet connection.
It’s located right in the middle of everything so convenience is within reach. Nearby attractions include art museums, hiking trails, and cathedrals.
An adults-only accommodation, they offer a dormitory and private rooms. Suitable for backpackers and solo travelers, the Iguana Hostel has facilities like sun terraces, barbecue equipment, CCTV in common areas and outside premises, and 24-hour security.
With brightly colored unique dorms, guests can feel the Oaxacan vibe. Plus a really nice rooftop is built in a place where guests can do their digital work, enjoy the views, or commune with others.
Activities include karaoke singing, movie nights, local culture classes, walking tours, and hostel games. Breakfast is served in a communal space which gives everyone a homey environment and provides a chance to meet others and feel they belong.
#5: Azul Cielo
💲 dorms from US$11
👉🏽 book your stay at Azul Cielo
A budget hostel in the heart of the historical city of Oaxaca, a stay in Azul Cielo is a great way to experience the rich culture of the small town.
It’s a great place to meet other travelers even if it’s not a party place. There are cafes, restaurants, and flea markets within walking distance.
Tours can be arranged for those who want to explore the city. Yoga sessions, Spanish classes, salsa lessons, in-house culinary sessions, street food tours, walking tours, and bar nights are some of the activities guests can choose from to enjoy their Oaxacan experience.
This hostel offers dorms for mixed and exclusively female groups. There are also private rooms. There are common areas where guests can relax and mingle with one another.
There are plenty of books and games, too! With the use of eye-catching colors and a charming theme for its interiors, travelers will surely feel relaxed.
#6: Hostel Central
💲 dorms from US$12
👉🏽 book your stay at Hostel Central
Centrally located in the historical district of Oaxaca City, Hostel Central Oaxaca is only a short walk away from the famous World Heritage site of the 16th century, near the Benito Juarez Market and the Oaxaca Cathedral.
Options for accommodation include dormitory and private rooms. Each option comes with a private kitchen, air-conditioning unit, and shared bathroom.
Free wifi is available in all areas. There is a fully equipped kitchen for guests to use with everything they need to cook their own meals.
A hostel that offers modern comforts and facilities, guests will be just steps away from convenience and the city’s best attractions. There are cafes, shops, museums, and restaurants around the area.
Not only that, in the evenings, the hostel is filled with daytime adventures and nightlife activities to ensure that our guests have an unforgettable experience.
A truly sociable place, Hostel Central Oaxaca is all about keeping the guests comfortable with the local community.
#7: La Villada Inn Hostel
💲 privates from US$30
👉🏽 book your stay at La Villada Inn Hostel
If you’re coming to Oaxaca and want to stay somewhere that feels like home instead of a generic hotel room, check out La Villada Inn Hostel in downtown Oaxaca.
It is run by a family so the ambiance in the hostel is very welcoming and friendly. It may be a little out of the town area, but it is still conveniently situated near to popular attractions in the northern part of the city and accessible to different transportations.
Guests have access to great facilities and activities within the premises that one may really not need to go out. This property features an outdoor pool, a garden, patio, common areas, free parking, onsite dining, and free wifi.
Tours to Monte Alban,Arrazola, Cuilapan and Coyotepec -Mitla, Hierve el Agua, Tule, Teotitlan and Mezcal can be arranged for a fee. At La Villada Inn, accommodations offered are private rooms and dormitories.
#8: Posada Don Mario
💲 privates from US$30
👉🏽 book your stay at Posada Don Mario
Located in the heart of the city, you’ll have everything you need within easy walking distance when you choose to stay at Posada Don Mario.
You can easily experience all of the history and culture this beautiful city has to offer. It provides affordable, comfortable accommodations for backpackers and budget travelers.
With patios available on each floor, guests can just hang out and enjoy the views of the city. There’s a mini-library for those who need some alone reading time.
There are also bicycles for rent for those who want to explore outside. Free wifi is accessible within the premises. With mini markets and vending machines inside, you don’t really have to go out for your needs.
If you do need to, you can check out the nearby food and flea markets. Choices for accommodation include private rooms with a shared bathroom and private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
#9: Hostel Chocolate
💲 privates from US$30
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One of the suitable places to base your travels from as it’s located right in the middle of everything you want to see and do during your visit, Hostal Chocolate in Oaxaca is one great choice.
It’s great for solo travelers, friends in big groups, and families. If you want a great introduction to Oaxaca and all that this wonderful region has to offer, look no further than Hostal Chocolate.
It is situated in a quiet area but is near to conveniences such as a flea market, food market, central bus junction, cafes, restaurants, and popular attractions.
A small modest hostel that is managed by a family, choices of accommodation include private rooms and dormitories.
There’s a communal kitchen, dining area, a big rooftop terrace, garden, free wifi, vending machine, picnic area, communal spaces, 24-hour front desk, and CCTV. Services like laundry, cleaning, ironing, spa, tours, car hire, and shuttle are available for a fee.
#10: Hotel Casa Dos Lunas
💲 privates from US$30
👉🏽 book your stay at Hotel Casa Dos Lunas
Located in the center of the city’s historic district, this traditional hotel has all the amenities you could want or need during your stay and it’s near to some of the most popular museums, galleries, and restaurants in town.
Guests can delight in the spectacular views of the nearby city and surrounding mountains. At Casa Dos Lunas, every room comes with an air-conditioning unit, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.
Most rooms are spacious and come with a large bed. There’s a mini-market on the site, a shared lounge, a nice courtyard, rooftop open seating area, terraces, 24-hour security, CCTV, free wifi.
Other amenities such as baggage storage, laundry service, events, tours, massages, and taxi services can be enjoyed for a fee. A very cozy and secluded property, this establishment is not your usual party establishment so expect a dose of peace in your stay. Indeed your holiday accommodation!
✈️ Ready for your trip to Oaxaca? If you need more information about the best hostels in Oaxaca City, I’d be happy to update this post – just leave your questions below!
Trisha traveled to Mexico in 2018 and after a year, she found herself obtaining a 4-year residency visa in Mexico. She is the Editor-in-chief for our Living in Mexico Series which has helped over 3,000 Americans move to Mexico with ease. Trisha currently resides in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur.
Wednesday 4th of May 2022
It's great that you are giving recommendations where tourists can stay while traveling alone to feel safe and at the same time have the possibility to meet new people. I have stayed in hostels worldwide many times, and I like this form of accommodation mainly because you can meet people similar to our interests and often spend time together and visit a given place. I haven't been to Oaxaca yet, but it's on my list because I plan a six-month stay in Mexico. As the accommodation price will be important, I am willing to use the hostel. La Villada Inn , Posada Don Mario and Casa Anghel Hostel seems great for me.
Wednesday 27th of April 2022
This blog is a perfect lookout for solo travelers like me, who not only look out for budget-friendly accommodations but also keep in mind the safety aspect of it. Thanks for sharing great recommendations
Tuesday 26th of April 2022
Your post brought back the fond memories of my 3-week stay in a small town near Oaxaca city. Although I never stayed in the Oaxaca city but been there many times. I really enjoyed exploring the city and trying Oaxacan cuisine.
Tuesday 26th of April 2022
Hostelworld is definitely the best. Earlier, when I used to travel solo, I did use Hostelworld extensively. Casa Anghel is nice. Breakfast for free at that price? Whoa! Awesome. I love the vibe of Ticuchi and Azul Cielo. Totally my kinda place to stay. Good to know even fleamarkets at a walkable distance.
Monday 25th of April 2022
What clean hostels and so well located too. I can see why Casa Anghel Hostel Oaxaca was chosen as the one in 2021 by LonelyPlanet. I like the sound of Hostel central too - the layout looks clean and location as the name suggests. Perfect for that backpacking trip.