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Hostel Vive la Vida

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

Very nice ambiance in the posada.Lot of people are staying for weeks or months here. Music, little pool, friendly people. Terrace + kitchen are nice to share time together. Wifi is good quality, and the rooms and shower are clean

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Antigua, Guatemala
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

i stayed here twice and both times had bedbugs the first night (bottom bunk) then changed to top bunk which was ok.. the owner is perfectly aware of the problem but doesn't seem to do much about it apart from offering lotion to ease the itching. there are a handful of long-term guests who seem to think they own the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Seems to be a mix of everyone, but mostly older people. Two beds with different sheets (top bunks) had bedbugs. One day some locals came by to chat and later party. Lounge consists of hard chairs and some tables, kitchen is nice, no curfew for party noise, and no one uses the tiny pool. Owner is a nice guy. The... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I understand is a budget hostel and I cannot expect much, but my stay in this place was terrible. I book a private room which only can have access to air con during night time. The room given was on the top of the building which means the heat will concentrate during the whole night. There is nothing to do... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

The hostel itself was okay. The pool is not possible to swim in (it's miniscule) and there are no sun beds like the description claimed. The social area and kitchen is nice though. Maybe not somewhere to hang out an entire night since the benches there were pretty uncomfortable. They have hot water and the rooms are cleaned every day.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

This was our second stay at Vive La Vida and we love it! Great common area with a cute little plunge pool and excellent wifi. The kitchen is huge with free coffee, free water, all the equipment you need and a great triple fridge to keep your fruit and beer cold. Welcoming staff, sweet location and spotless bathrooms with loads... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

Vive la Vida was by far the worst hostel I have ever stayed in, and I try to exclusively stay in hostels when I travel. They advertise that the room has air conditioning, but they fail to tell you that it starts at 11:30 PM and is not under your control. Speaking of the room, I felt like I was... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Very disappointed with my stay at Vive La Vida. I would strongly recommend people to not go by the high score this place has. It's advertised as having A/C, which is true, but you as a guest have no control over it, and it doesn't turn on until very late, we were asleep before it even came on. We rented... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Is very well located hostel, near all transports in Playa del Carmen, the kitchen well equipied, fridges big enough, room was Ok, no more.. But the toilets and showers are pretty bad, i can handle it.. But BED BUGS?. No please... Everybody in my room were bitten, and one girl the next dorm "female dorm" was bitten more than 30... More 

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hostelvivelavida, Gerente at Hostel Vive la Vida, responded to this review

thanks for your comments, sometimes people coming from other hostels or jungle brings bugs but we have already taken actions to prevent. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The people that run the hostel are some of the warmest people i have met. The individuals who frequent the hostel are the same. I would recommend this place to everyone. If you want to see Playa del Carmen and stay with some really amazing people then i recommend that you stay here! It is safe, fun, and accepting. Dont... More 

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 500 mts from the 5th Avenue, the most amused, famous and cosmopolitan pedestrian avenue of the the Caribbean. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostel Vive la Vida

Address: Calle 2 Norte | Av. 25 y Av. 30, Col. Centro, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Price Range: $15 - $33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Vive la Vida 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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Hostel Vive La Vida Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
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