[img] El Hostal in Antigua, Guatemala

Hostel Review: El Hostal in Antigua, Guatemala

In Central America, Guatemala, Hostel Reviews by Katelyn2 Comments

[img] El Hostal in Antigua, GuatemalaAntigua is a popular tourist destination in Guatemala, so there are plenty of accommodation options ranging from four-star hotels to party hostels. You’ll have no problem finding something in your budget. As a slightly older backpacker, I avoid party hostels at all costs. You won’t find me at Jungle Party Hostal anytime soon!

After reading a bunch of reviews and asking some travel friends, I finally settled on El Hostal Bed & Breakfast, and I couldn’t have been happier. The location was perfect, the made-to-order breakfast was delicious, and it was quiet. Without further ado, here’s my hostel review of El Hostal in Antigua, Guatemala.

The Location

Antigua is a small town. You can walk from one end of town to the other in about 20 minutes, but the location is still important. El Hostal is located on 1a Avenida Sur. It is easy to find from the main highway if you’re driving and it’s just a few blocks from the center of town. There are several restaurants, cafes, and shops just a few doors down. I felt extremely safe, even walking back alone after dark, around El Hostal’s location.

The Hostel Facilities

El Hostal is a cozy little bed & breakfast tucked away on a quiet street in Antigua. It has large, light-filled airy rooms with comfortable beds and warm blankets. It gets cold at night in Antigua, so you’ll be glad that you have more than a bedsheet. The showers are hot and clean. The in-house restaurant cooks up an amazing made-to-order hot breakfast for you every morning that is included in the price of the hostel.

The free WiFi was fast, which was important for me as I work online and need a fast internet connection. I soon learned that quality internet is a rarity in Central America. The common area is big with multiple small tables and chairs. People were social, but most people seemed to keep to themselves.

[img] El Hostal in Antigua, GuatemalaThe Rooms

El Hostal offers dorm rooms for backpackers and private rooms for those looking for a little more privacy. All rooms were big with natural light and airy. I stayed in an 8-bed mixed dorm room. The beds were very comfortable, and each bed had a privacy curtain, which helped with early morning light and noise. Instead of shaky old metal bunk bed frames, each bunk bed was handmade locally of native wood. There are lockers in every room and rooms are cleaned daily.

[img] El Hostal in Antigua, GuatemalaMy Experience

I had an excellent stay at El Hostal and I would 100% recommend staying here. On my second trip back to Antigua I had hoped to stay at El Hostal again, but it was already fully booked. Each morning I ordered the Antigueno, which was two fried eggs, refried beans, fried plantains (my favorite!), cheese, and bread. It was delicious!

I was pleasantly surprised how quiet the hostel was every night. I was always the last one to go to bed. And, my bedtime was 10:30 pm! The local bilingual staff was helpful and friendly. I was able to book my shuttle transfer to El Tunco right through the hostel. Security was tight, and I never felt unsafe.

Please remember to book directly through their website and not third-party sites that take a cut of the payment.

Hostel Quick Facts

  • Location: 1a Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Cost: Q90 ($12USD) for dorms up to Q200 ($26USD) for private rooms
  • Nearby Attractions: Everything in Antigua is walkable from the historic churches to the town center to the local hill with stunning views of Antigua
  • Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
  • Payment: Cash, Credit Cards
  • Pros: Great location, fast WiFi, excellent made-to-order breakfast, clean, locally owned and run
  • Cons: If you’re looking to party, this isn’t your place

Comments

  1. Thanks for writing this review! I am currently researching hostels for my upcoming trip to Guatemala in two months and this is definitely one that I am seriously considering.

    I was just wondering, how safe did you feel walking around Antigua’s central area alone? Although I have traveled solo to Mexico twice before, I am nervous about going to Guatemala.

    Also, were there a sufficient number of power outlets in the dorms? I know it’s a small thing, but it’s something that I look for in a hostel. 🙂

    Thanks!
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      No problem! I loved El Hostel. It’s definitely one of the best in Central America in my opinion, especially for digital nomads. I saw a few there with me. I don’t recall there being any sufficient number of outlets in the dorms. Or, at least in the room I stayed in. There were plenty in the dining/common area, though. I felt pretty safe in Antigua. I walked alone at night a few times and felt fine. I wouldn’t go down any dark alleys by myself, but the main streets were fine. Just be aware of your surroundings.I think you’re going to love Guatemala! Can’t wait to read about your adventures!

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