Xela — or to give it its full name, Quetzaltenango — is increasingly becoming a must-see city on any tour of Guatemala. And it isn’t hard to see why, with its pretty location among the volcanoes and its proximity to a huge number of impressive hikes, markets and churches. If you’ve decided to add Xela to your Guatemalan itinerary, here are the best hostels the city has to offer.
Located in Xela’s historic centre, Casa Kiwi is an excellent destination for solo and group travellers alike. The dorms don’t come with bunk beds, so anyone sick of staring at the bottom of somebody else’s bed will find welcome respite here. The hostel’s rooftop bar is an excellent spot for relaxing during Xela’s sunnier months, or meeting fellow travellers while sampling a wide range of beers from Central America and beyond. It’s not just one of the best hostels in Quetzaltenango
, but one of the best bars, too.
Black Cat Hostel
Black Cat is located just one block away from Xela’s Parque Central, but the location is far from the only thing it has going for it. It’s got clean rooms dotted around a pretty courtyard, too. But the main reason to stay at Black Cat is for its incredible free breakfasts. Choose from American, European or local fare, all lovingly prepared, with portions that’ll set you up for a long day exploring the city.
Casa Seibel is located right next door to Casa Kiwi, but offers a much more relaxed atmosphere, making it a great spot for travellers who value a bit of home comfort more than a place to party. The building itself is a beautiful old colonial house, so you’ll feel as if you’re sampling some of Guatemala’s history
before you’ve even left the comfort of your dorm. And if you feel like you can’t face another day exploring the city, Casa Seibel’s leafy common areas are lovely places to kick back and relax.
Casa el Colibiri
Casa el Colibiri and its new sister hostel, Zen House, are run by the super-friendly and welcoming Carlos. They are situated next door to each other, and both offer accommodation a few minutes’ walk from the Parque Central. Being slightly further from the city centre, neither is too expensive or too noisy. If you’re learning Spanish in Xela but want your own space instead of staying with a local family, you can get reduced rates for longer stays. As the name implies, Zen House is the more laid-back of the two.