The Best Hostels to Book in Quetzaltenango

There are many affordable places to stay near the sights in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
There are many affordable places to stay near the sights in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala | © Alexander Arndt / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Jo Fernandez-Corugedo
31 August 2021

Mountain views surround Quetzaltenango, the second city of Guatemala, which sits in the western highlands. Xela, as locals call it, combines the likes of the towering Santa María volcano with scenic bars and restaurants to make for an unforgettable destination. Prices needn’t rise as high as the landscape, however – make the most of your trip by staying at one of these excellent budget hotels and hostels, bookable on Culture Trip.

Kasa Kiwi Hostel

Casa Kiwi Hostel
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Barely 500m (1,640ft) from Parque Central, the pared-back, tile-floored dorms of Kasa Kiwi are perfect for sociable travellers. As well as peaceful outside spaces – including a verdant patio and a roof terrace with skyline views, a ping-pong table and cosy, light-strung bar. Take a trip to the imposing Santa María volcano, or keep things closer to base with a poke around the Espiritú Santo Cathedral, opposite the hostel.

Black Cat Hostel


If you’re looking for somewhere cosy, convivial and light on frills, this city centre hostel nails the brief. Rooms are arranged around a central, fairy light-filled courtyard, and each has its own quirk – whether split-level, with a second bed hovering on a mezzanine, or with exposed brick peeking through the flaking plaster. Spend time at the buzzy bar, which serves up local craft beers and excellent chicken tamales.

Casa Seibel Hostel

Casa Seibel
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What can be better than finding a peaceful spot to flick through your guidebooks before setting out for the day? With its tiled patios, hammock-strung central courtyard and wooden-floored living room, you’re spoiled for choice in Casa Seibel. Alternatively, just pop round the corner to the Parque Central, where you can plan your day out with a coffee from one of the nearby cafes.

Hotel Muchá

Hotel Mucha
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Bold, colorful artwork and immaculate bathrooms with deep, freestanding tubs characterise this boutique hotel. Rise early for a spot in the fairy-light-strung walled garden, where a breakfast of eggs, black beans and fried plantain is served up in the cool morning air. Full up yet? Head out to the Central Plaza for a spot of people-watching, or step into the Espiritú Santo Cathedral for a moment of calm.

Hotel Kasa Kamelot

Hotel Kasa Kamelot
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You’ll have a good night’s sleep in the Kasa Kamelot thanks to its choice of private double rooms as well as the standard dorm set-up. Colourful bedspreads and an abundance of house plants keep things cosy, while being only a stone’s throw from the Parque Centro América means city exploration couldn’t be easier. After a day of sightseeing, kick back with a round of locally brewed craft beers in the hotel’s cheery bar.

Casa Elizabeth

Casa Elizabeth
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Covers made from local fabric top off comfy beds to give a warm welcome in this historic, traveller-friendly hotel. Rooms on the upper floors max out on stellar views of the mountainous horizon close to the leafy Parque Centro América. Some have cosy armchairs for decompressing after a busy day exploring the city’s Neoclassical architecture and cultural institutions.

Think hotels are more your thing? See the best hotels in Quetzaltenango or the best hotels in the country’s capital, Guatemala City, now bookable via Culture Trip. If you want to go further, why not explore Guatemala’s creative scene and visit the nearby Mayan Murals of San Juan La Laguna, or hear about the women-only indigenous co-op weaving to protect its community.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Patrick Foot.

These recommendations were updated on August 31, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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