More or less this place ticks all the boxes for a great travellers and/or party hostel. The staff are helpful, well-informed and friendly, the dorms have air con, the beds are comfy, the toilets are well-equipped and clean, the internet (WiFi) is free and quite fast, and the breakfast is free although a little basic.
You make friends very easily here by simply hanging around in the central outdoor patio/bar. It is extremely refreshing and consumer-friendly to be allowed to drink your own alcohol in that area even when the bar was serving drinks.
The hostel offers several free activities, such as a movie night, and several extremely low cost tours (actually you pay nothing to the hostel and they take the budget options in terms of expenses to the lodgers) to locations you probably otherwise would not discover on your own. The staff are also very well informed about these areas making these trips a fantastic deal.
I made friends with people who also stayed in the private rooms which are located just outside the main complex, they had their own kitchen and en suite facilities and seemed to be extremely happy with the overall experience at the hostel.
Rather incidentally the large majority of hostel guests during my stay were from one specific country (it's unimportant where exactly), and as far as I could tell that situation is quite common for this place. At first I found this a little cliquey and some of the other guests I got to know actually changed hostel purely because of it. However, after a couple of days it became a non-issue for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostel Yak is new in town, but we´re about to change the rules! With a combination of the best location and the best accommodations, it´s the only way to experience Playa del Carmen. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!We are 50 meters from Coco Bongo and the street with the most popular clubs, 300 meters from the beach, and 2 blocks from Walmart. Our place is chill when you want privacy and also the best way to start the party! Tiki bar, rooftop terrace, grill, huge yard, hammocks, basketball, a stage for live shows and movie nights, 2 kitchens, luxury mattresses, A/C, and a soon-to-be pool... do we need to say more?The vibe only allows for fun people, so make sure you come ready to have a good time :) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Yak Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico