You don’t need to give up comfort to save a dime at these hostels in Guatemala’s colorful, cobblestone city. With plenty of options across the city center, you can expect comfy beds, hot showers and top Guatemalan cuisine as standard. Here’s our rundown of the best hostels in Antigua.
We promise you’ve never stayed in a hostel like this. Selina Antigua breaks the mold, with options including a 20-bed Bedouin tent, rooftop yoga classes and a poolside converted-school-bus workspace (topped with a water slide, of course). Start your day with a fresh-brewed coffee in Selina’s co-working space or relaxing on an outdoor bed swing. By dusk, you’ll be dancing salsa with your hostel mates as the sun sets on old Antigua.
Adra Hostel embodies 18th-century design on the outside, but inside you’ll find modern touches such as murals, geometric tiles and striped bunk beds. Tired travelers will be ready to rest on the plush embroidered sheets, while eco-friendly venturers will be pleased by the use of biodegradable materials, water-saving cleaning methods and organic food prepared by two in-house chefs. The balcony, hung with twinkling lights, is a hangout spot at night, and locals organize workshops, display their art and hold live performances here.
Find your purpose at this hostel, which aims to create a network of sustainable businesses across the globe. Whether you bunk up in a dorm or opt for a private room, there’s a sense of community at the Purpose, which regularly offers volunteer opportunities around town. The hostel also promises hot showers, extra-large lockers and complimentary coffee, grown down the road on a neighbor’s farm.
Swap typical hostel bunk beds for the Hostal Antigüeño’s pod-beds, sleeping from eight to 12. The bright yellow, low-slung house is hidden on an unassuming backstreet away from Antigua’s historic center, but easily within walking distance of all the sights, including the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint. Play ping-pong or heat up the barbecue with your pod-mates, or opt for one of Hostal Antigüeño’s tours across the country.
This lodging offers a fresh take on what it means to be a hostel, with smartly designed solid-wood bunk beds, mid-century furniture, Acapulco chairs and handwoven Guatemalan huipiles (traditional tunic-like garments) throughout. Dorms sleep 4 to 14 people, with a female-only dorm and private doubles available too. Maya Papaya is within walking distance of both the Antigua bus station and the town square, so you won’t be hauling your luggage around all day.
This adults-only accommodation has everything you need under one roof, whether you plan to spend your time cooking in the kitchen, reading in the library or sunbathing on the patio. Choose from four-, six- or ten-bunk dorms (including female-only dorms), or a private quad for friends. You’re close to must-see central spots for Antigua newcomers, such as the Museo del Hermano Pedro and the nearby Casa de Arte.
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