Antigua is one of the top tourist destinations in Guatemala. With its many high-end hotels, fashion boutiques and top-quality restaurants, it can feel a touch more refined than other Guatemalan cities. Experiencing all that Antigua has to offer doesn’t mean going over budget, though, as there are plenty of cheaper options around. Here are five of the best budget hostels in Antigua.
For the ultimate in low-cost Antigua accommodation, book into Camping & Travel. It’s a campsite located on a roof on the north side of the city, with prices for a single-person tent starting at just 40 Quetzales (US $5.40). But don’t worry, sleeping in a tent on a roof doesn’t mean a cold, uncomfortable night – the price includes a mattress, duvet and pillows. Plus, for that authentic camping experience, there’s a bonfire area for roasting marshmallows.
Somos is a small hostel that’s located in the southeast corner of central Antigua, right next to many of the city’s best budget restaurants and cafés. They give out discount cards at check-in that can be used at various places around town, helping save a few more Quetzales. Somos’ dorms also offer a lot more privacy than most, so the cheapest option doesn’t have to mean being woken up by drunken revellers several times each night.
While it isn’t the cheapest option on the list, the good work done by Purpose Hostel makes it worth paying a little bit more. The hostel was set up to help support the local community, by helping people learn the skills they need, and by finding work for people in some of the more remote villages in the region. It’s a great place to stay, located in a quieter neighbourhood that’s still within walking distance of the city centre.
Wicho & Charlie’s is a popular option among Antigua’s backpackers. Like Somos, it’s a solid option for anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice their privacy just because they’re staying on a budget. Guests are given their very own ‘pod’, complete with blackout curtain and fan. Plus, it’s all located just two blocks from the Parque Central. As well as a hostel, Wicho & Charlie’s operate their very own tour up Acatenango, one of the best volcano hikes in the country.
The huge variety of accommodation available at Selina means there’s something to satisfy every type of traveller. Prices start at just 45 Quetzales (US $5) a night in a 25-bed beduin tent, going up to over 500 Quetzales (US $56) for a deluxe room with a balcony. The more luxurious options mean the hostel’s common areas don’t feel budget. There’s a modern, well-stocked kitchen, plenty of places to chill out – including a Netflix room and a pool table – and much more.