Nestled high up on the Guatemalan Highlands is Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site and city. It’s a place unlike any other, which is why you should definitely include it in your list of places to visit while you’re in Guatemala. This small city was the third capital of the country and served as the seat of Spanish power for about 200 years. Today, you can still see most of the Spanish colonial influences here. The networks of cobblestone streets are lined with colorful colonial buildings and ruins. In the center of it all sits a historic plaza rimmed by jacaranda trees. Outwards, volcanoes surround the area, reaching up to the sky with their peaks. We told you - there’s no place like Antigua. To help you get started on your preparations, we came up with a list of the best hostels in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala.
Step inside Yellow House Hostel B&B and be greeted by the sweetest staff in all of Antigua. Previous guests have noted that the folks who run and help manage this top accommodation are amazing - they’ll make sure that all of your needs are met. Need help booking tours and other activities in the area? They’ll refer you to trustworthy organizers. Looking for the best attractions to check out and restaurants to try? They’ll show you the way. More than that, this property is decked out with cozy beds, hot showers, and free breakfast. Santa Catalina Arch is a short walk away from here.
Yellow House Hostel B&B
Address: 1a. Calle Poniente # 24, 1 and 1/2 blocks west from La Merced Church (250 m from centre), 03002 Antigua Guatemala.
Looking for stylish digs in Antigua? Maya Papaya just might be the place. The people have spoken! This hostel is stylish, young, and modern, all while remaining true to Guatemalan culture and aesthetic. This accommodation also delivers in hospitality. The staff is known to be helpful and fun - they’ll give you all the information you need for an authentic Antigua experience, then share drinks with you at the bar later that night. There are plenty of communal spaces where you can chill and make friends, and when you need some privacy, you can retreat to your bedroom or bunk bed and draw the curtains.
Everything you need is probably already at Adra Hostel, which makes it an ideal place to stay if you’re not heading out to explore after sunset. There’s a bar where you can enjoy a couple of drinks (or party all night long), a garden where you can cool down, and an on-site restaurant where you can feast on some Antiguan delights. There are dorm rooms as well as private rooms for bigger groups, free breakfast, and a lovely courtyard where you can enjoy the rest of your stay.
Address: 4a Calle Oriente #15 Antigua Guatemala
Price: from 19 USD
Garden Free WiFi Indoor play area Gift shop Breakfast takeaway containers Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Walking tours Process in place to check health of guests
What gets you going? For the people who run The Purpose Hostel, it’s seeing their guests enjoy every minute they spend in the property and, of course, in Antigua. To help with that goal, this top accommodation has pulled all the stops: comfy beds, cozy lounge spaces, clean surroundings, well-maintained facilities, and a welcoming ambiance that’s sure to hook you in the moment you step inside the premises. Don’t forget to check out the rooftop where you can enjoy the sun and mountain views or the gentle breeze at night.
If you prefer a home-away-from-home accommodation for your trip to Antigua Guatemala, check out Hostal Villa Esthela. You can choose to bunk in a dormitory room or opt for a private room (single, twin, and triple, just in case you’re traveling with friends in tow!) It’s located on a quiet street, which adds to the whole homey ambiance and makes this a not-so-typical hostel in Antigua. There’s a communal kitchen where you can cook up a feast, a roof terrace where you can enjoy the scenery and fresh air, and of course, free Wi-Fi is available all throughout the property.
Hostal Villa Esthela
Address: 2a Avenida Sur #48 Casa A-3
When you read Casa Gitana Hostel & Traveler’s Home’s reviews, one thing immediately pops out: Carlos, who runs the place, is the perfect host. Past guests can all agree that their experience staying at this hostel was greatly enhanced by this warm and friendly fellow. After all, customer service trumps everything, right? But Carlos isn’t the only thing about Casa Gitana you’ll be happy about. The colorful and lively interior, the plush beds and pillows, the outstanding shower facilities, and the sitting areas scattered around the premises will also help make your stay even more comfortable.
Casa Gitana Hostel & Traveler's Home
Address: 9a. Calle Poniente Casa # 07.
Barbara’s Boutique Hostel is right up your alley if you’re looking for accommodation in Antigua that is exclusively for adults. No need to worry about children fussing and throwing tantrums. Just kick back, relax, and enjoy your vacation. Other things you can enjoy include unlimited coffee, free breakfast, a terrace where you can admire the views that surround the city, a fully equipped kitchen, and of course, the friendly staff, among other things.
“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met.” This quote is painted on one of the pastel yellow walls of Cucuruchos Boutique Hostel in Antigua. And true enough, it sets the tone for the rest of your stay should you book a room or a bunk bed in this top hostel. Things to love include the location - the Cathedral and Central Park are literally a couple of steps away, the privacy curtains in the dorm rooms, and the hot shower, which will definitely soothe your tired bones after a day of exploring. There’s also a rooftop terrace and even Netflix access. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the latest episode of your favorite show.
Cucuruchos Boutique Hostel
Address: 3 Avenida Sur No. 1A
Airport transfers are terribly convenient, especially if you have a ton of stuff with you - or if you had a lot of fun shopping in Antigua! If this is a non-negotiable on your list of hostel must-haves, Lemon Tree Hostel near Central Park (also known as Plaza Mayor) is perfect for you. Just tell the person manning the front desk or inform them ahead of your arrival if you want to avail this service. You also don’t need to worry about long queues to the shower or the toilet - there are plenty on the premises, and warm water is always available. Dim lighting in the rooms will help lull you to sleep, and the outdoor gathering areas are fun places to be.
Lemon Tree Hostel
Address: 5ta calle oriente no.12, Antigua Guatemala
You can expect a warm and friendly reception at Three Monkeys Hostel. It doesn’t matter if you’re checking in late at night or during the wee hours of the morning - the folks here have your back. They’ll even go out of their way to make sure that you’re ready for the next leg of your trip. At this accommodation, you can rest in spacious rooms and even cook your own meals at the shared kitchen. There’s a games room on-site where you can hang out and meet other guests as well.
Three Monkeys Hostel
Address: 2 Avenida Sur #34
These hostels are guaranteed to make your trip memorable
We only rounded up the best hostels in Antigua so you can have a comfortable base for all of your wanderings in and around the area. To help you finish making all the other necessary preparations, don’t forget to browse our website for more travel guides to Antigua and Guatemala.
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