Selina Puerto Escondido: A Detailed Review

Let me guess—you’ve got your surfboard and bathing suit packed, but you’re trying to figure out what hostel you should make your home base while in Puerto Escondido. I spent two weeks in Puerto Escondido, and I hope this Selina Puerto Escondido review will help shed some light on whether or not Selina is a good fit for you.

For transparency, Selina didn’t offer me any money or incentives for writing this post. In fact, they don’t even know I’m writing it.

Accessibility Note: Selina Puerto Escondido isn’t wheelchair accessible. If you’re a wheelchair user, check out our post on Accessibility in Puerto Escondido.

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Selina Overview

Selina is a hostel chain that started in Panama. It’s renowned for colorful artwork, an engaged hostel community, and is geared towards digital nomads.

Before COVID-19, Selina secured an impressive $200+ million in funding to expand their network. The pandemic has only fueled investor interest in Selina’s potential; Selina wracked up millions of dollars more in 2020.

As a digital nomad myself, I almost always stay at Selina if it’s in the destination I’m visiting. It doesn’t mean I’ve had perfect experiences each time (Is any place really perfect?), but knowing I’ll have fast, reliable WiFi—even in destinations that are notorious for terrible WiFi (I’m looking at you, Puerto Escondido)—draws me to Selina time and time again.

What Does Google Think?

Hammocks with an ocean view at Selina Puerto Escondido.

Google categorizes Selina Puerto Escondido as a 2-star accommodation.

That’s fair, in my opinion.

The Cowork space is a unique attraction to this hostel, but it’s not the only benefit. Selina Puerto Escondido offers loads of free activities, a pool, jacuzzi, and a movie room, to name a few.

These features make Selina Puerto Escondido deserving of a higher rating than the typical 1-star for hostels.

Selina Puerto Escondido Location

View of the Zicatela Beach from Selina.
View of the beach from Selina.

Selina Puerto Escondido is located right across the road from the beach.

Need I say more?

I will because for surfers, this part matters—Selina is on the northern end of Zicatela Beach. The road between Selina and the beach is quiet, thanks to little vehicle traffic.

Zicatela is famous for its huge waves. This isn’t swimming water, folks. However, you’ll get to enjoy playing volleyball or basking in the sand on what’s likely the widest beach you’ve ever seen.

When hunger strikes, you’ll have countless restaurant options to choose from. Beachfront restaurants line the sand. Most of these restaurants are on the pricey side, so if you’re looking for cheap food, head across the road and back a block or two.

There’s a well-stocked convenience store a couple blocks down from the hostel. It’s about a 10-minute walk to get to Playa Principal. This is a smaller beach with tourist shops and where you can take some great photos overlooking Zicatela.

Speaking of great photos, make sure to pay a visit to the Mirador Romance de Verano, which is just down the beach from Selina.

Hostel Setup

Entrance to Selina Puerto Escondido.
The entrance to Selina.

Selina Puerto Escondido did a great job of encompassing the beach into their hostel design. When you enter the hostel, you’ll be greeted by a bar/restaurant and tables in the sand. A wooden boardwalk will lead you to the check-in counter.

From there, get ready to hike up some stairs, my friends. You’re going to want to travel with a backpack to make hauling your luggage up the steps look as graceful as possible.

The stairs are beautiful to look at with their wood and stone design, but they’re steep and they get slippery when wet. Did I mention they’re outdoor staircases?

A pool is located by the bar and up the steps. All the rooms are embedded into a hill, with paths winding throughout the property. It can be a little confusing to get around until you get your bearings, but once you do, I think you’ll appreciate its jungle-like design.

I loved my stay at Selina, but I must admit that one of the best parts about it was the cafe beside it. You can enter the cafe through an internal door at Selina, although the cafe itself is independently owned.

I highly recommend ordering one of their sandwiches. Just thinking of the homemade bread is making me drool! Their desserts are amazing too.

Rooms at Selina Puerto Escondido

Now we’ve arrived at our Selina Puerto Escondido review where we’ll talk about what’s likely one of the most important things to you—the rooms.

Dorm Rooms

Selina Puerto Escondido offers the following types of dorm rooms:

  • 6 bed
  • 8 bed (Male & Female)
  • 8 bed (Female only)
  • 10 bed

All dorm rooms come with sheets and a personal locker (you need to bring your own lock). Some also have an en-suite bathroom.

If the bathroom in your room is occupied, there are plenty of other communal bathrooms you can use.

Towels and blankets are available for rent. You’ll need to ask the front desk for details.

The dorm beds at Selina Puerto Escondido leave a lot to be desired compared to some of Selina’s other destinations. They have an approximately 2-foot board by your head, which offers minimal privacy.

Dorm room at Selina Puerto Escondido.
A dorm room at Selina Puerto Escondido. I hung a blanket on the far side of the bed.

However, you’ll have access to a small shelf and (usually) an outlet near your bed. The mattresses themselves are decent, especially for hostel standards.

Travel Tip: If you’re spending a lot of time staying in dorm rooms, consider bringing your own blankets and/or sheets. Snag a bottom bunk, then use the sheets to form your own little private tent.

Example of a fort tent you can make if you have a bottom bunk in a Selina dorm room:

My bunk bed with hanging blankets and sheets for privacy.
This setup kept me sane during my 3-months of dorm room hostel living in Mexico.

Private Rooms

Selina always has a variety of unique private room options. They’re far from cheap, but they scale in size and amenities to serve a wider range of budgets.

The Micro: An ultra-tiny room with a full-size bed and barely enough floor space to put your luggage. It’s the most economical option on this list and perfect for those wanting privacy without an extra hefty price tag. You’ll need to share a nearby bathroom. It can hold up to two people and comes with towels and free toiletries.

The Standard: A more spacious option than The Micro for up to two travelers sharing a full-size bed. You’ll have a private bathroom. It comes with towels and free toiletries.

Teepee style rooms at Selina Puerto Escondido.
Teepee style rooms.

Family Room: This private four-person room comes with either one bunk bed and two twin-size beds or one bunk bed and one queen-size bed. You get to choose the style, subject to availability. You’ll have a private bathroom.

Teepee Standard: A signature Selina beach hut, the Teepee offers nature lovers a chance to sleep inside their adorable tents. You’ll have to leave your teepee to use a shared bathroom, but you’ll have an outlet by your bed and a mosquito net to keep out any unwanted visitors.

The Suite: A spacious and beautifully designed room with a private bathroom and Selina’s premium in-room amenities. It comes with towels and free toiletries.

The Suite+: Treat yourself to luxury with this comfortable getaway room. You’ll have a king or queen-size bed, a table, sofas, chairs, and a private bathroom. Towels and toiletries are included.

The Loft: What’s not to love about this private accommodation that can hold four guests and up to 15 visitors? There’s no shortage of amenities or space here.

A Note on Selina Pricing

Selina operates on a flexible pricing schedule. The following factors determine the price of your room:

  • How far in advance you book. The farther ahead you book, the cheaper your room will cost.
  • The number of nights you stay. The longer you stay, the cheaper the price per night will be.
  • Refundable vs. non-refundable rate. The non-refundable rate is cheaper than the refundable rate.
  • Whether you book with or without breakfast, Selina’s breakfasts are amazing. So, I recommend booking with breakfast included!
  • Whether or not they’re running any promotions. Promotions happen often, so keep your eye out for them.
  • Holidays and special events.

At the end of the day, you’re more likely to get a good deal on your room (and encounter availability) if you aim to make your reservation as soon as you know your travel dates. It’s pretty amazing to speak with fellow travelers and learn just how much they paid for their last-minute stay!

Amenities

A Selina Puerto Escondido review wouldn’t be complete without covering the amenities it offers guests.

One of the biggest attractions to the Selina brand is that they design their hostels so you don’t have to leave during your stay if you don’t want to. That’s not the point, obviously, but you get what I’m saying.

Here’s what’ll come with your Selina Puerto Escondido stay:

  • Swimming pool and Jacuzzi
  • Fun beach bar and delicious Selina restaurant food
  • Movie room
  • Free social activities
  • Wellness area that overlooks the ocean

You can even bring your pet, provided you stay in a private room.

Selina Puerto Escondido Cowork

Selina Puerto Escondido cowork space.

Selina Puerto Escondido’s cowork space is a dream. Complete with a thatched roof and a tasteful nature-oriented design, it’s a great spot to catch up on your emails after you hit the waves.

Speaking of waves, since the cowork is located on the second floor, you can get a glimpse of the ocean through the palm trees.

What amazed me most about this cowork space is that there were more locals and tourists who weren’t guests than there were Selina guests. As it turns out, good WiFi in Puerto Escondido is essentially non-existent…except when it comes to Selina.

In good ‘ole Selina fashion, the WiFi was fast and reliable. I worked there full time for two weeks without it ever letting me down.

Free coffee, tea, and water are available, although the water had a tendency to get sparse as the day wore on during my time there.

Important: The cowork space isn’t included with your room price. You’ll need to book and pay for it separately. There’s usually not an issue with availability if you book it upon your arrival.

Safety

I felt very safe during my stay at Selina Puerto Escondido. They close up the hostel during the wee hours of the morning, with a guard manning the door to let guests in and out.

The hostel itself is well located, just outside the main center area and at the northernmost point of Zicatela Beach.

Compared to places like Cancun, there’s never a ton of people in Puerto Escondido (unless you’re there during a surfing competition). But, relatively speaking, the hostel is in an area with decent foot traffic. Like most places in Mexico, it’s best to take a taxi if you’ll be going anywhere at night.

Cleanliness

I was satisfied with the cleanliness at Selina Puerto Escondido. It’s a hostel, so shared bathrooms and common areas are bound to get messy at times. However, the staff seemed to be vigilant about cleaning.

Selina Puerto Escondido Review: The Good

  • Directly across from Zicatela Beach
  • Female only dorm option
  • Outstanding WiFi
  • Amazing restaurant/bar area complete with sand
  • Pool and a Jacuzzi
  • Teepee style tent option

Selina Puerto Escondido Review: The Not So Good

  • Lots of steep stairs that can get slippery when wet.
  • Their smallest dorm size is 6 beds. Most other Selinas offer a 4-bed dorm room.
Steep staircase.
An example of a steep staircase at Selina.

Bonus: Bus Travel in Mexico

Thinking about traveling to or from Puerto Escondido by bus?

ADO is by far the best company for traveling around Mexico. Their buses are new, clean, comfy, and equipped with air conditioning and WiFi. If trying to book your bus ticket on ADO’s website makes your head spin, I recommend booking your ADO bus ticket through our friends at Bookaway.

I use Bookaway for most of my Mexico ground travel. You can even book a private transfer with them if that’s your style.

Selina Hopping?

If you’ll be staying at other Selinas in Mexico, make sure to check out my reviews on the following locations:

Selina Cancun Downtown

Selina Mexico City Downtown

Selina Oaxaca

Is Staying at Selina Puerto Escondido Worth It?

Sunset from Selina.
This photo was taken from Selina, looking out over the street and onto the beach at sunset.

For me, staying at Selina Puerto Escondido was worth every peso. I loved being able to walk across the street and having beautiful Zicatela Beach at my sandy “toe tips”. The stairs were a nuisance at times, but it resulted in toner thighs, so can I really complain?

Do you have questions about staying at Selina Puerto Escondido? Leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, if you’ve already stayed there, let me know your feedback about this Selina Puerto Escondido review.