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“A really good hostel” 5 of 5 stars
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Hostel Vive la Vida
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Calle 2 Norte Between Av. 25 y Av. 30 | Col. centro, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico   |  
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A really good hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Stayed here a fair few nights. Despite people saying the rooms are may be a little hot and the dorm beds not the comfiest, I can almost guarantee that a)you'll be too drunk to care (since you're in PdC) or b)the vibe of the hostel will more than make up for it.

The atmosphere here is great, the staff are v v friendly, and there's a really great mix of people staying here. Not just backpackers, not just tourists, not just locals, not just other random residents, but a real good mix that makes for a fun time.

In residence is a guy named Pablo, who gives little tours to the Cenotes. Me and my friend took one, and it was probably the best thing we did all holiday. Pablo is an awesome guide, friendly, knows his stuff, and his tours are cheap and most of all really fun.

Thanks everyone for a great time. I'll be back for sure!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hostelvivelavida, Manager at Hostel Vive la Vida, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Thank you very much for your comments, we are working to give a better service, we hope you come back.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This hostel was a blast. The kitchen area is fantastic, and the pool is such a relief. The staff is always there to ensure you have a great stay, and the atmosphere is very welcoming. I highly recommend this hostel and would come back any day.

Room Tip: rooms further from the kitchen area are quieter
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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hostelvivelavida, Manager at Hostel Vive la Vida, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Thank you very much for your comments, we hope to see you again.
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England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We are not people to moan about things, and we only stayed at this place one night, the staff are really friendly and very helpful, even when we checked out and left some food in the fridge they still gave us advice on other places to visit along the coast when we popped back in.
The rooms where really hot and didn't feel clean, they have a lack of mosquito nets and a lot of mosquitos. I know they cant help that, but the room didn't feel right, they do have really thin walls too, i think its is plywood boards separating a private room to the girls dorm. The Kitchen area did look good and everyone seems really cool.

Room Tip: Bring some deet
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hostelvivelavida, Gerente at Hostel Vive la Vida, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Hi guys, it was a pleasure to meet you, you were staying in a private room connected to another private room but that was empty, don´t worry we are working to fix that. We hope to see you again.
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Larisa, Greece
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We spent an unforgetable vacation in the most friendliest and enjoyable spot in the Mayan riviera. We had so much fun and the people working there are so kind, their smile is so contagious and always looking forward to help and please you the best they can. We strongly recommend the hostal vive la vida which by the way is very close to the beaches and near the pier, 5 minutes walking, where the ferries take you to the island of Cozumel. Amazing place, we will come back as soon as we can :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hostelvivelavida, Gerente at Hostel Vive la Vida, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Thank You very much for coming, we hope to see you again in your next trip. Peace
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Guadalajara, México
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

They have the nicest locations in the area and prices ...OMG!!! THEY ARE REALLY LOW (prices).:)
the personel its friendly and nice too..
really good choice of mine
and i want to come back allready !!! :)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hostelvivelavida, Gerente at Hostel Vive la Vida, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Thank you very much for your comments, we hope to see you again, take care and Vive la Vida.
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Utila, Honduras
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Best place to stay! The facilities are great, very comfortable, everything you could need. The best part is the people though. Demian and Fernando are amazing! Everyone there was super friendly and inviting, was really like a family. I will definitely be returning :)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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hostelvivelavida, Gerente at Hostel Vive la Vida, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Thank you very much for coming, we hope to see you again and dive in these beautiful reefs. Take care and keep taking amazing pics into the water.
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Berlin, Germany
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I was staying here for a couple of nights with a group trip. The location is ok, but not as close as they say it would be to the beach, but it is still in 6 minute walking distance.
When it comes to hostels one good aspect is if they have electric outlets at the bed, which here luckily was the case. The mattresses per se were comfy, but the bunks were already very worn out, so you'd easily feel the bed shaking a lot when someone left the upper bunk.
The most annoying things though were the fans, that could rather be a decoration than actually having any cooling effect. The rooms were unbearably hot with 30° plus inside. As well the windows were very small, so the circulation within the room was rather unpleasant. During day and night there would always be very loud music, which can be pretty annoying, especially if you look just for a little quietness or just try to sleep.
For one night I guess it would be ok, but for more than a night definitely not recommendable.

Room Tip: If staying here, try to get a room on the rooftop, as they are more quiet and get more light.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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hostelvivelavida, Gerente at Hostel Vive la Vida, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
We really sorry about the fans inside room, we're working to change it.
You came with a 40 people group, all of them were young, and that's why we play music during the day, sorry if was annoying for you.
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Additional Information about Hostel Vive la Vida

Address: Calle 2 Norte Between Av. 25 y Av. 30 | Col. centro, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 125 Specialty Lodging in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Vive la Vida 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel Vive la Vida is new in town. It's a new building totally prepared for the international travelers and inspired by the huge Frida Kahlo.The Hostel Vive la Vida is conceived with the experience of more than 120 cities visited across more than 20 countries as backpacker just as you are. We expect that you feel like at home and discover the multicultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere of our city.We are located few steps of the beach and 50 mts from the 5th Avenue, the most amused, famous and cosmopolitan pedestrian avenue of the the Caribbean. ... more   less 
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Hostel Vive La Vida Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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