Perhaps no city in the Southern hemisphere is more famous for its delicious Malbec wine than Mendoza, Argentina. People from all over the world flock here in search of glass (or two) of that sweet sweet nectar of the gods.

In addition to the outlying hills being covered in sprawling vineyards and wineries, Mendoza is the pulsing beat of culture in Argentina’s Northern wine region. It is simply an awesome place to come backpacking.

So where do all those backpackers find budget accommodation?

Which hostels are the best hostels in Mendoza, Argentina?

In Mendoza, you come across every type of traveler. With that demographic comes every type of accommodation in turn. So how does one sort out cheap digs in Mendoza?

To answer these important question I bring you the ultimate guide to the best hostels in Mendoza for 2020!

This hostel guide provides you with all the information you need to book the right hostel 100% stress-free, so you can get back to exploring this fascinating (and inebriating) part of Argentina. Vamos!

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Mendoza, Argentina

Best Hostels in Mendoza, Argentina
Welcome to my ultimate guide to the best hostels in Mendoza, Argentina!

The 10 Best Hostels in Mendoza, Argentina

If you’re backpacking Argentina, visiting Mendoza might not come to your mind straight away. But it’s definitely a beautiful city that is worth exploring – especially if you love wine!

Overall Best Hostel in Mendoza – Hostel Windmill

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Hostel Windmill has everything I look for in a great hostel. Find out below what makes Hostel Windmill the best hostel in Mendoza.
  • $
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Free Breakfast
  • Book Exchange

The super friendly staff at Hostel Windmill actually take pains to make sure everyone staying here gets to meet each other and gets along. That alone surely is grounds for being the overall best hostel in Mendoza in 2020. But, no, there’s more: the atmosphere is amazing, everyone is really nice, and what’s more the music actually stops at 11pm. So you can actually get some sleep – major plus. The beds are really comfortable, and there’s a very decent free breakfast on offer, too. Also CHEAP. Not hard to see why, though basic, this ultra-friendly place is the best hostel in Mendoza.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Mendoza – Hostel Lao

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Hostel Laos is the perfect place to have a BBQ and rock back a few glasses of wine. For its nice social atmosphere Hostel Lao is the best hostel for solo travelers in Mendoza.
  • $
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Air Conditioning
  • Swimming Pool

Made by travellers for travellers, Hostel Lao is the misleading name of this best hostel for solo travellers in Mendoza. The vibe here is super chilled, the staff are super nice, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet and hang out with new people. New like-minded people, as well, which is always nice. The dorms are very cheap, there’s a great outdoors area to chill in, there are regular BBQs, the traditional-esque decor of the place is a nice touch, too. Wanna meet some new friends? We’d say go here.

Best Cheap Hostel in Mendoza #1 – Hostel Internacional Campo Base

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I love a great cheap hostel. Hostel Internacional Campo Base is just that, making it my top pick for the best cheap hostel in Mendoza.
  • $
  • BBQ
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar

Cheap! Very cheap! And for the location, central Mendoza, you can’t get much better for the price. That’s why it’s the best cheap hostel in Mendoza. But location aside, tours in the surrounding area can be arranged through the hostel itself, which is super convenient. Learning is fun! People are also fun, and the atmosphere here is nice and sociable – the staff organise nights where fellow travellers can meet and mingle with some food and drink. So you get all of this for a bargain. Watching the pennies whilst in Argentina? This Mendoza backpackers hostel is a great shout.

Best Cheap Hostel in Mendoza #2 – Mora International Hostel

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Nice Location, beautiful terrace, and friendly staff: Mora International Hostel is another one of the best cheap hostels in Mendoza.
  • $
  • BBQ
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Free Breakfast

Budget hostel in Mendoza, you say? Here’s one. It’s called Mora International Hostel and it’s a 2-block walk from the main street in Mendoza, so you’ll be placing yourself well to explore the city from here. The hostel itself is nice, the staff are friendly, the garden is a chilled place for breakfast, coffee or a beer, the dorms and rooms are clean, and generally it’s got a very homely atmosphere that often comes with a hostel. Not the best hostel in Mendoza, but still a solid choice – especially if you’re more about chill than party.

Best Hostel for Couples in Mendoza – Hostel Alamo

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Great, comfortable rooms at a decent price give Hostel Alamo the rank of best hostel for couples in Mendoza.
  • $$
  • Common Room
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Breakfast

Designed in 1944 by local architect Daniel Ramos Correa, this is a former family home converted into a Mendoza backpackers hostel. As such, as you might expect, it’s very pretty. The gardens are all full of plants and stuff, it’s all very green and lush, and the house itself is great – feels homely, y’know? As a result, it’s the best hostel for couples in Mendoza – the two private rooms here are very nice indeed and offer a nice slice of privacy in what feels totally like a private residence. Feels like an exclusive getaway… a little bit anyway. It’s nice, and couples will deffo love it.

Best Party Hostel in Mendoza – Hostel Internacional Mendoza

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Feeling like drinkin’, gettin’ rowdy, and being social? Hostel Internacional Mendoza is the best party hostel in Mendoza.
  • $
  • BBQ
  • Bar
  • Free Breakfast

This is the sort of place where you might be planning to go out for the night, but you end up staying in because it’s too fun to leave the party. Yep, Hostel Internacional Mendoza is that sort of place. People come for a few days, stay for a few weeks, simply because it’s fun! FUN! To help with the party atmosphere there are social games like pool table and foosball, which are a great accompaniment to drinking with people you’ve just met. But yes, the best party hostel in Mendoza by a long-shot. Though others are sociable, the party is STRONG at this one. Oh – and it’s also one of the cheapest!

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Mendoza – Gorilla Hostel Mendoza

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Bright commons rooms and low priced single rooms make Gorilla Hostel the best hostel for digital nomads in Mendoza.
  • $$$
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cafe & Bar

As someone who travels around working with a laptop, there’s a few things you want from a hostel: firstly, you don’t want a dead atmosphere – that’s just depressing; next, price, since you’re working you can afford to splash out a little; and finally, a bit of privacy, a bit of style – after a dozen dirty hostels, you want some privacy. That’s why Gorilla Hostel feels like the best hostel for digital nomads in Mendoza. The private room is stylish, the dorms are pretty cool too, the common areas are V large, meaning lots of space to sit and work/chill (plus meet people). There’s also a nice pool to cool off in too. Book us in!

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Mendoza – Hostel Suites Mendoza

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Need a quiet space to chill the F out? Hostel Suites Mendoza is the best hostel with a private room in Mendoza.
  • $$
  • Air Conditioning
  • Common Room
  • 24-Hour Reception

The decor at Hostel Suites Mendoza is really really retro, but in a sort of modern way: think oranges and limes and those sorts of colours, and 1960s-style lampshades and things like that. It’s a little basic, so it’s not the coolest hostel in Mendoza, but it is (especially for the price of them) the best hostel with a private room in Mendoza. So the affordability is definitely a plus here. The dorms aren’t the cheapest, but still budget-friendly. Couple with a decent location, a substantial free breakfast, AC, and friendly staff, and here’s another top hostel in Mendoza. Seriously, good luck choosing between them all.

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More Best Hostels in Mendoza, Argentina

Some neighborhoods are more fun than others – discover which are the best areas to stay in Mendoza and then book the right hostel!

Chill Inn Mendoza

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Simple. Cheap. I love it. Chill Inn is another top choice if you’re looking for a cheap option in Mendoza.
  • $$$
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Towels Included

Relatively pricey (though still easily affordable) for a youth hostel in Mendoza, the Chill Inn basically says everything you need to know in its name. It’s chill. What did you expect – a non-chilled place? But! The chill may have seeped into the housekeeping since some of the beds and stuff are showing some wear and tear. Fine if you’re not expecting luxury, not fine if you can’t deal with that. However, the location is the main thing here: you’re paying to be downtown, and it’s a decent price to pay for a decent location, as long as you’re happy with the slightly basic style of this top hostel in Mendoza. In any case it is a great spot to enjoy the tasty wine of the region.

Lemon Tree Hostel

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With lots to do,Lemon tree might be one of the coolest hostels in Mendoza.
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Tour Desk

Pricey for a Mendoza backpackers hostel, but then again Lemon Tree does look pretty cool. It’s got a big garden, a swimming pool, plenty of places to chill – including old vans and buses that you can sit in for the lols, live music, rooms with murals themed on The Simpsons (yes), amongst other things. So there’s that. However, you should be aware that it’s about a 25-minute taxi ride from the town centre. On the other hand, you’re closer to the wineries and thermal springs. Decisions decisions. But for a chilled time, if you’ve got the budget, this is (possibly) the coolest hostel in Mendoza for your money.

The BEST Travel Backpack?!

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What to Pack for your Mendoza Hostel

We don’t often travel without these essentials.

Active Roots Water Bottle

1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste – save the planet by filling up your bottle.

Travel Pillow

2. TRTL Travel Pillow: Long flights and bus rides are quite uncomfortable (most obvious statement of the day). Most travel pillows… Well, you know how they are. TRTL travel pillow is different. I mean, look at it! It’ll cuddle you to sleep every ride and it does a pretty damn good job of supporting your neck so you don’t get that stiffness or legendary popping when you stir.

AR Towel

3. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.

Travel Pocket Soaps

4. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: When dirtbagging around the globe, hygiene sometimes comes a bit short. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap can wash your hands, clothes or anything else, wherever you are. The soap strips are dry and super thin but dissolve in contact with water, so you can even take it easily through security in a carry-on.

Powerbank

5. Power Bank: Probably one of the most important travel accessories – a decent power bank. Charging your phone up to 5 times in a row, the Anker Power Bank is a true lifesaver on long adventures or bus rides. Slick looking, handy and not too big, it easily fits in even the smallest travel bag or your pocket. Charge 2 devices at the same time with the double USB port.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

6. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: These simple earbuds will help you out. Keeping out most of the surrounding sounds, you can either choose to listen to some relaxing music or no sound at all while falling asleep. This can be a life-saver in some unexpected party hostels. Make sure you’re well-rested for the next adventures!

Why you should travel to Mendoza

Alas, the time has come for me to send you on your travelin’ way: this is the end of my guide to the best hostels in Mendoza.

I know that with the insider info you now posses, you can book your hostel based on what you look for in budget place to stay.

Backpacking Argentina is a fabulous time, and Mendoza really embodies many of the things I love about this country. The hospitality in Mendoza is second to none, so where ever you decide to book, be prepared for a warm welcome!

If you are still having trouble deciding where to book, no worries. Too many choices can be overwhelming! If you are in doubt about where to stay, the easy choice is to go with my top pick for best overall hostel in Mendoza: Hostel Windmill.

Better to save the complicated decisions for the wine shop eh?  Happy travels guys!

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Booking the best hostel in Mendoza will certainly not disapoint…

Travel Safety Tips for Mendoza

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Heard some bad things about Argentina and want to check on the safety of the country? Read our dedicated safety guide here for some advice and information.

More Epic Hostels in Argentina and South America

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Mendoza.

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Over to you

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