This post is going to be a review about our hostel in Playa del Carmen, but it is also about traveling and electronic music. Since 3 years I have been traveling with a passionate electronic music fan, perhaps now it’s time to introduce my travel buddy and partner in life before I start with my review:
So whenever there is a concert on our way, he is the one who leads the way. Last Sunday we travelled to Playa del Carmen to see a DJ from London, Laura Jones. We stayed right where the concert took place: Hostel 3B.
Here is my review about our stay at Hostel 3B in Playa del Carmen:
First of all, it’s the staff that makes this place a very nice place to stay. Everyone is super-friendly and helpful and it feels like visiting friends when you arrive. For a long-term traveller like me, this is something really important that I appreciate a lot. It’s nice to feel welcomed, so that you’ll be able to relax and feel comfortable and that’s what happened at Hostel 3B!
Accommodation: My room
The hostel offers different room types that you can choose from: 2 female dorms, 4 mixed dorms and 5 private rooms. The hostel’s slogan is ‘Chic & Cheap’ and they stand by their word. It’s a very stylish place to stay and the price is ok for a touristic hotspot like Playa del Carmen. The dorms are between 16-20 USD depending on the season and privates range from 50 to 67 USD. My room was for girls only with 8 beds. It was a very spacious, clean and friendly room with an ensuite bathroom with shower. The beds are big and have comfortable mattresses. I really liked the room.
The highlight of this hostel is for sure its lounge area. Every Sunday they organize concerts in their rooftop bar that has a swimming pool. The entrance is free for hostel guests and open for other people too. This makes it a bit messy when it comes to the fact that everyone has access to the hostel’s facilities and you can literally access all areas. The good thing is that the rooms have locks, so no one can enter your room without a key. Also, the lockers are big enough to store all your valuables in case someone enters.
Events: Rooftop bar with swimming pool
It’s a great international audience that you’ll find in Playa del Carmen. That’s why most locations have no problems in organizing events with famous DJs from around the world. Hostel 3B has it’s own event location on top of the building. The lounge is called SOS Lounge and organises great music events on Sundays. We took a video from that night with DJ Laura Jones. Here is the link to my YouTube Channel: Click here to watch the short video of the party.
Playa del Carmen is the ‘Ibizza’ of Mexico – a hotspot for parties and concerts with musicians and DJs from around the world. Especially in December and January many international artists come and attract thousands of people from around the world. One major event takes place in January, the BPM.
Facilities: What you get during your stay
Like in most established places, Wi-Fi and breakfast are the basic standards that you will also find at Hostel 3B. The internet connection is good if you are on the bottom or at the rooftop lounge level. It doesn’t work in the rooms though. The breakfast includes coffee, fruit and toast. It’s basic but and similar to most of the hostels that we have stayed so far in Mexico.
There are two areas to hang out during the day: the entrance area that is connected with a small kitchen where you can prepare your food. And the rooftop lounge area that is open during the day if you want to take a dip in the pool or relax on the sofa beds.
The area: Playa del Carmen
The hostel is located in the central area of Playa del Carmen. If you want to read more about the area and the things to do in the surrounding area, check out my blog post about ‘Day-trips from Cancun’.
• Clean and trendy rooms/facilities
• Friendly staff
• Wi-Fi and breakfast included
• Free events on Sundays open to the public
• International DJs
So, whoever is looking for a place to party and meet people from around the world in a nice and friendly ambience is perfect at Hostel 3B. I would go back!
16 replies on “REVIEW A great hostel and party location in Playa del Carmen”
This is the coolest looking hostel! I love how the dorms seem arranged to give you extra privacy – I love it when a hostel puts extra work into a great design
Thanks Vanessa, hope you can check it out one day!! Happy Travels 😀
Looks like a more luxury hostel indeed. While Playa del Carmen is a good place to party for a few days, It wasn’t ideal for me. It does offer a base to go diving or snorkeling, but too many US party tourists there for my taste 😉
This place looks fantastic! Love that they hold events right there! Yoi don’t have to go far to find something to do!
Having stayed in quite a few hostels over time the one you have reviewed sounds like a great place to stay! Thank you for sharing your experience.
You’re very welcome, I am glad you like it and thanks a lot, Anne, for leaving your feedback here!
Oh that’s sounds like a place I would enjoy staying too. The rooms look good and I like that they have hangers and lockers – both things I prefer having in Hostels. And then there is the rooftop bar (I LOVE rooftop bars) with a pool and free events. Can’t be better!
Thank you, Kathrin!!! I agree, rooftop bars are just the best 😀
This looks like a great place for solo travelers looking to meet and hang out with fellow travelers. Sounds like a fun place!
It sure is! Thanks for your comment, Natasha 😀
I think many people that head to this area/ Cancun often opt for the luxurious all-inclusive resorts. (I know we did for the Riveria Maya). Thanks for showing an alternative to the resort chains, especially for us frugal travelers! It’s also great that they include breakfast, most hostels we’ve been to (Europe primarily) don’t include that.
Thank you, LeAnna and I agree, there is a lot of all-inclusive and resort tourism going on. But there are a lot of options if you want to travel differently!!
Looks like a great place to stay and a great night had by all. The room like quiet good to stay in.
Thanks Mark! Yeah, the room is great, very comfy and big with loads of room to put your things!
I’m usually into quieter places, but this hostel does look great!!!
Thank you Amélie, me too, but this was a great exception! 🙂