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“Great hostel but don´t book the whale shark tour there!”
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“Great hostel but don´t book the whale shark tour there!”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

The hostel´s really nice, directly at the beach, palm trees and hammocks everywhere... you easily get in contact with other backpackers. The yoga class was awesome. Never tried it before but enjoyed it a lot! I´d say 5 stars if I hadn´t booked that whale shark tour there.
The boat of the external contractor was overcrowded, the crew was really bold (especialy to some girls!!) and overstrained as lots of people got seasick and started to puke...
There are many other companies around the Poc-Na which offer the same tour but with better boats, less passengers, lower prices and as far as I heard, nice crews! :-)

Have fun guys!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Giv'atayim, Israel
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I stayed with a friend in a double room -
The only bad thing were the beds - in the double bed were ants, so we ended up sleeping in the double bed - and the Mattresses were pretty bad and not so comfortable...
BUT besides that - the hostel have fun free yoga classes twice a day, live band every evening and the best bar in the island. The breakfest is simple but its OK, the hostel was very clean at all times, and it had a great Atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

Worst hotel I have ever seen. I stayed there for 2 nights with 3 friends. We paid more to get a room for 6 so we would have more privacy. The room was not cleaned for at least 2 days: there was used toilet paper on one of the beds, the garbage cans were over packed so we had to put garbage on the floor, sand everywhere. No privacy at all! There is no place to change your clothes if you're not with friends, doors are acctually maid of net so anyone can see you from the outside. You had to be lucky to get a locker that your lock would fit in. Staff wasn't friendly and didn't seem to ever smile at you. Only 'good' thing is the location. But you're already on an island so anywhere you go you're near the beach. Just stay away from this one!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

This hostel is seemingly the place to go for anyone looking for dorms on the island. It does have its good points; the location is good, it's a sociable place good if you want to meet new people and it has two bars on the site which is great. The rooms are average, not bad and you get what you pay for so its fairly good value for money. The positive stops there. I am not a person who complains, in fact this is the first review I have ever done and I made this account to do so. The service at this hostel is appalling. I've never witnessed so many people who clearly don't want to be there. Not one smile in the whole of our 4 day stay, the guys on the bar are slightly better but still not the Caribbean island attitude you'd expect. They are mostly very unwelcoming. On the last night I lost my card/id etc which was my own fault but when asking two different women at the desk if anything had been handed in they stared at me vaguely and just said no - without checking or asking any details. I suppose again you get what you pay for but this really really put me off staying there again. There's nothing more welcoming than a friendly smile from reception and this place is serious lacking in that department. If you're looking for a place to chill and make friends stay here, but I do feel they need to change their attitudes as it lets them down.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Vilnius
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

I was expected to spend a few quiet days in Isla Mujeres, but I was disappointed because this island is very very touristic. And this island is more american than mexican. But fortunately we discovered hostel Poc-Na - totaly different place, very cosy and quiet, with wonderful beach and hammocks, with many activities, with wonderful parties in the evenings, with best pina coladas, with surprises (especially when lithuanian greeting in the morning is on the Independence day). The room and shower were clean. The breakfast was good. Even I could spend few days in this island because of Poc-Na :) Great place!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Palenque, Mexico
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I was so happy there, i did not want to leave!! We had a privat room, bis clean towels, two and two windows.
The food really good, fast and the drinks at bar were very good too. The beach is part of the youth hostel, during the day you can relax there in the hamocs looking at the palms and the bach. Actually you can swim there because of the currents, but the beautiful beach is just a 3 minutes walk away. The beachparty starts at 11 pm and from 9 pm there is live music. Two drinks 50 Pesos.
There is free yoga too, twice a day. Never done Yoga before, but I enjoyded lot. Can not
understandt the bad reviews.

Only manco: You can not there. But a meal is 60 Pesos and thats the average price at Riviera Maya.

Wish you a grat time there, whether you wanna join the parties or :D POC:NA!!

Room Tip: Stay at least three days and get a privat room! For two people it not so expensive!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

I've heard so much good things about Poc'na before I got there. That it's was a really good place for party and meet people (most of them backpackers). Well, I was disapointed. In fact, it's more like an hotel than an hostel. The price are expensive, even for the dorms (And it was low season). I know it is Isla Mujeres and everything's expensive but for what we got, it was a lil bit ridiculous. Also, the fact we can't bring alcohol and food in the hostel and there's no acces to the kitchen was really not a good thing. The alcohol was more expensive there than buying it in the stores near it but we couldn't take beers from outside inside, we could only if we were sneaking by the beach. The staff was kinda cold with us. Not really into knowing their clients. Parties were a lil boring, but like I said it was low season. Sometimes there were just no one, but the music was really loud when everybody was in fact sleeping. BUT, the cleaning ladies were really nice and they were doing a really good job. The view from the hostel was quite beautiful and the hammocks place outside is juste so nice. I was probably disapointed after all the good reviews I had and read about Poc'na, but 3 days there was way too long for me.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Poc-Na Hostel
Address: Av. Matamoros | Esquina c/ Carlos Lazo, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Isla Mujeres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 37 Specialty Lodging in Isla Mujeres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Poc-Na Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mexicos oldest hostel that still ranks among the countries best. Built in the 1950s it is located on Isla Mujeres, a small Caribbean (7km long) island and is 20min from Cancun by boat. This hostel boasts a restaurant and bar that is open until 11pm, after which the real fun begins at the beach bar until 2.45am. Pocna has access to beach volleyball, games room, movies on demand and bikes for rent. We are close to North Beach, which is Isla Mujeres most beautiful beach and Pocna itself is situated right on its own beach that is perfect for relaxing and taking the sun.This exciting hostel offers free activities such as Yoga everymorning, Spanish classes, juggling and what ever happens to be being taught by one of the many talented people that pass through. If you have the talent and the time of at least one month, you can teach an activity and have your cost of your stay covered.Winter time brings on private parties inside the hostel and also bonfire nights with live music and jamming after. Everynight in there is live music in Pocna and the year also brings many high profile bands to play within the walls of Pocna. Those to date include Los Authentico Decadentes, Los Aguas Aguas, No Te Va a Gustar and La Renga with many more in the future plans. An amazing fun and social hostel. On the backpackers trail and full of international guests. A must to come and visit in Mexico. ... more   less 
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