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10 of the Best Hostels for Backpackers in Guatemala

Picture of Selene Nelson
Freelance writer
Updated: 3 October 2017
Beloved by backpackers across the world, Guatemala certainly isn’t short of decent hostels, but as ever, some are much better than others. If you’re looking to find clean and cosy accommodation on a budget, look no further. From Antigua to Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan, here are 10 of the best hostels for backpackers in Guatemala.

Antigua

Hotel Casa Rustica

In the heart of Antigua, just a short walk from the bus station, restaurants and main plaza, is Hotel Casa Rustica. Technically this is a hostel, but as the name suggests, it feels more like a hotel. It’s peaceful and quiet, the rooms are compact but comfortable and the gardens are lovely to relax in. You can also enjoy gorgeous views of the volcanoes from the roof.

Antigua Guatemala
Antigua Guatemala | © Dave Wilson / Flickr

El Hostal

El Hostal is definitely one of the best hostels in Antigua. Quiet, friendly, clean and comfortable, the hostel is perfectly set up with everything you need, and the atmosphere is warm and relaxed. The hostel staff are knowledgable and happy to help, and their prices for tours and activities are the cheapest you’ll find. The breakfast is good, and there are also secure lockers to store your possessions.

Hacia El Sur – Casa Hostel

Hacia El Sur is simple but still manages to exude style. For a chilled evening drink, head to the sky bar upstairs, or just kick back in the pretty garden with a beer. The staff are bright and smiling and can’t do enough for you. It’s situated right in the centre of town, and if you’re looking for clean and cool budget accommodation, it’s hard to beat.

Guatemala City

Hostal Las Volcanoes

If enjoying a good old chat with the staff is important to you when booking a hostel, it’ll be hard to find anywhere better than Hostal Las Volcanoes. The reception staff look as if they are genuinely thrilled to be working here, and they are more than happy to chat away and help with any questions you may have. Located near the airport and with an attractive veranda area where you can relax, it’s a convenient yet cosy place to stay.

Hostel Estacion Gerona Bed & Breakfast

Owned by a lovely, friendly family, Hostel Estacion Gerona Bed & Breakfast is definitely one of the best hostels in Guatemala City. Located downtown, close to the historical centre, it’s easy to get around the city and you can admire the volcano views from the rooftop deck. With decent rooms, a good breakfast and a secure entry point, it’s also quiet and safe, and the warm staff do all they can to make your stay a pleasure.

Flores

Chaltunha Hostel San Miguel Flores

Almost all backpackers travelling through Guatemala will find themselves in Flores at one point, and if you’re looking to stay here for a few nights, Chaltunha Hostel San Miguel won’t disappoint. Situated on a jungle-covered hill across the lake from Flores, this is about as idyllic as it gets: there’s a swimming pool, pretty gardens and lovely views over the lake. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff are friendly.

Flores, Guatemala
Flores, Guatemala | © Cilia Schubert / Flickr

Lake Atitlan

Mikaso Hotel y Restaurante

Mikaso Hotel y Restaurante offers guests the best of both worlds: it’s located centrally, right on the lake, yet is just far enough off the road to give it a welcome sense of serenity. This is a hostel more suited to couples than party animals, and with its attractive deck and hot tub looking out onto the lake, it’s a pretty romantic spot. There’s a good bar and restaurant here, as well as a decent kitchen if you fancy making your own food.

La Iguana Perdida

This fun, relaxed hostel is located in beautiful, shady grounds that are packed with colourful flowers, trees and gently winding paths. It’s so lovely that you may find yourself spending more of your time here than on the lake, but that isn’t such a bad thing. The cabins are comfy and in good condition, the staff are great and the food is delicious.

Mayachik

For the eco-conscious traveller, Mayachik will tick every box. Situated just outside San Juan, this green-centred hostel is an oasis of tranquillity, and feels more like a retreat than a hostel. The vegetarian food here is delicious, and many of the vegetables and herbs used in the cooking are grown organically in the garden. The welcoming, family atmosphere is a breath of fresh air, and the friendly dogs are an added bonus.

Lake Atitlan sunrise
Lake Atitlan sunrise | © Lawrence Murray

Quetzaltenango

Casa Seibel

This laid-back hostel is excellent value, but don’t let its cheap price fool you – Casa Seibel has everything you could possibly want. The facilities are great, with a well-stocked kitchen, large and comfortable rooms, an inviting, sunny garden and a cosy chill-out spot with a TV and DVDs. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun and the staff are happy to assist you with tours, hikes or shuttles.