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“Chill Perfection with Everything You Need”
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Tribu Hostel
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15 reviews
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“Chill Perfection with Everything You Need”
Reviewed 12 June 2012

I just returned from a month at Tribu Hostel. Yes, a month in one place. I'm a traveler, but I've already seen most of what I want to see in my previous eight trips to the Yucatan. Now, I just want a quiet, easy place near the beach, with a little bit of social contact. I have no interest in fast-moving tourists or all-inclusive-resort experiences. I like simple and easy, barefoot and lazy. And I like to take time off and not have it cost me an arm and a leg.

Tribu is perfect for me. Isla Holbox is enough off the path that only dedicated travelers make it there, and the hostel is just a couple of blocks from the small town square with restaurants, mini supers and shopping (what there is, which isn't much.) The buildings are new, and maintained and updated with a sense of real pride. (I had a problem with my ceiling fan, and it was fixed the next day.) There are dorms (women's, men and mixed) as well as private rooms (which is always my option; I'm too old to share a room ;^) There is no air-con (except in the cinema), but you don't need it when you have an overhead fan.

You can rent bikes (which are serviced every week) and check out the whole island, or you can just walk around the corner to the beach, where the water is shallow and you might find you have it to yourself. The island has no cars and no paved roads, and I didn't wear shoes for a month.

Painted colorfully and whimsically (my room had waves and a sunrise on the wall), everything has been thought through. A big kitchen with three stoves, three sinks and two fridges means several people can be working in there without a problem. And cooking your own meals saves a lot of money. The porch outside the kitchen is where everyone gathers to use the wifi (fast when it's working, though I will say that the three days it was out all over the island were pretty nice).

The bar has events most every night, from trivia quiz night (hilarious!) to salsa lessons, and they did a blind dinner for us on my last night. So cool. Movie night in the cinema is Monday, but if you ask, they'll set up movies for you other times, too.

The best part is the people. Davide and Mia have created a welcoming space, where you are greeted like an old friend. They know how to hire good people too -- Robin and Roni took care of everything anyone needed with a smile. And yes, watch out for Mango the dog stealing your stuff, which seems to happen away from the hostel so he can get you to follow him back home.

This is not a party hostel, though it is social. There were guests with pre-teen kids, older people (ahem, I guess that's me), singles, couples, people there for a few weeks for kite surfing, and travelers from all over the world on long journeys who came for a few days and stayed for a few weeks.

I'll be back, probably again and again, so if you make it to Tribu, and see a woman with red dreads, make sure to say hi.

Room Tip: Private rooms are small but perfect with a little private balcony.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 June 2012 via mobile

We stayed for about six nights. The Island is a paradise and this hostel is excellent. The team running the place are laid back, polite, extremely helpful and we would highly recommend this hostel. You must go and swim with the whalesharks too. Thank you for an amazing time.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

In all of my years of traveling and hosteling Tribu has nailed it! Gorgeous architecture and grounds...they haven't forgotten a thing! The bar is a perfect place to meet other travelers, they also have a salsa night with lessons....it was a blast! Best of Luck to Mia, David, and the staff at Tribu....cant wait to see you again and meet the sweet baby!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

This was our second visit to Holbox and Tribu. This time we brought some friends so we were nine people from all ages staying. This is a great place, great atmosphere, clean, friendly, and always welcoming. The staff are fantastically helpfull. Thanks to Mia and Davide! Next time there will be three of you! We look forward to seeing you again! All the best of luck with Tribu.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Beautiful clean rooms, helpful staff, movie room, great large kitchen, good location. Hostel was great, only downside was the beach - it's smelly & full of seaweed.

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Additional Information about Tribu Hostel

Property: Tribu Hostel
Address: Avenida Pedro Joaquin Coldwell 19 | Lote 6, Holbox Island, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Holbox Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Holbox Island
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,285 - ₹ 3,598
Number of rooms: 11
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