The best hostels to stay at in Antigua
La Merced church in Antigua Guatemala | © John Pavelka / Flickr
Antigua might be the ultimate destination for travellers in Guatemala. It’s a popular stop on the backpacker trail, but not nearly as spread out as Guatemala City or Lake Atitlan, which makes this a great place for meeting likeminded people and enjoying a few days of downtime before heading up one of the many volcanoes in the area. Here are some of the best hostels in which to do just that.
Jungle Party Hostel, Antigua
This hostel might not be situated in a jungle, but it certainly is the place to party. On most nights, one of the two bars hosts some kind of (often boozy) activity, and there are also regular family-style BBQs which are a great way to meet up with fellow travellers. For daytime relaxation, there are chill out areas and a jacuzzi. Not the place to go if you’re wanting some privacy and a good night’s sleep: but if neither of those sound that important anyway, head to Jungle Party.
Three Monkeys Hostel
The Three Monkeys is one of the most popular hostels
in Antigua — which is impressive, given that it’s a relative newcomer on the scene. Located just a couple of blocks from the city’s main square, and with some of the city’s best bars
, restaurants and cafes right on its doorstep, the hostel has a convivial atmosphere. It isn’t the best party hostel in Antigua, but there’s usually people heading out into town. Or if you’re after something a bit more relaxed, there are plenty of hammocks and quiet corners to chill out in as well.
Another option that’s sociable without being an out-and-out party hostel, Matiox has plenty of options for both groups and solo backpackers. Female travellers can book into one of the women-only dorms, and there are semi-private rooms for those who want to spend a bit of time by themselves. The common areas are comfortable, the kitchen is well-equipped, plus there’s a bar for socialising and a hot tub to help your recovery. It’s located a little further from the city centre, in a quieter neighbourhood.
Tropicana Hostel, Antigua
A popular destination among young travellers, Tropicana is a great place to catch the electric traveller vibe of Antigua. There are daily activities like beer pong or pub quizzes, large and open dorms, and plenty of chill out areas (including a pool). When combined with the rooftop bar and an on-site restaurant, you might just be tempted not to leave the place. Which would be a shame, given the hostel’s excellent location: just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Parque Central.
Wicho & Charlie's
Wicho and Charlie’s is a volunteer-run hostel that’s a solid option for anyone who’s after a friendly place to stay that still offers a bit of privacy. The ‘pod’ beds come in handy when an early night is needed – they only open on one side, and come with a blackout curtain. For a great way to meet other travellers, sign up for the overnight Acatenango hike, it’s difficult, but you’ll make some real friends along the way.