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For some travellers, Guatemala City might seem too intense a destination for an extended stay. But skipping the country’s capital would mean missing out on a city that’s got a huge amount to offer, including enticing cuisine, the country’s best museums and vibrant nightlife. Here are some of the best hostels for travellers to base themselves in while getting acquainted with the city.
Located in Zona 10, the safest part of Guatemala City, Quetzalroo is a great choice for those who want to be close to the capital’s best food and nightlife scene in Zona Viva (the ‘live zone’). For the daytime, Guatemala’s museums and galleries are just a short journey away. For anyone more interested in relaxing and recovering from the previous night, the hostel has a rooftop terrace where guests can escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Hostel Estacion Gerona is one of the best hostels in the city, combining an easy atmosphere with a location close to the historic centre. It’s a great spot for taking in the beautiful volcanoes around the city while relaxing on the roof terrace, or heading out and exploring some of the capital’s best architecture safe in the knowledge that you have a secure home to return to. Estacion Gerona is no party hostel, but it is excellent value for money, safe and convenient.
Located right in the heart of the historical centre, Theatre International is on the side of the Teatro Abril, one of the city’s best theatres. This hostel has a lively atmosphere, so it’s a great destination for younger backpackers looking to find some friends to sample the city’s nightlife with. If you’re arriving in the country for the first time, make sure to speak to the family who run the hostel: they’ll be more than happy to offer some tips on where to head next.
A laid-back hostel that’s still in the heart of the capital and convenient for seeing Guatemala City’s most popular sites, El Poeta has a range of private and shared rooms that are all competitively priced. When not out and about sampling everything that the city has to offer, guests can relax on the sun-drenched patio or chat to fellow travellers in the common area.