Proudly describing itself as a party hostel, Hostel Fe
is situated right beside the magical and mysterious Lake Atitlan – so close, in fact, that you can leap from the deck right into the water (just make sure you don’t do this at the end of the night!). There are fun evening activities throughout the week – most of which revolve around the loud and busy bar – so it’s a great place for solo travellers to meet new people. The usual hostel amenities are available and of a good standard, and anther perk is the sensational mountain views that you can admire from almost every room.
It might be located by tranquil Lake Atitlan, but with a name like Panajachel Party Hostel
, this place was never going to be about enjoying the views or going for hikes. Located in the heart of the Panajachel party scene, the hostel is perfectly placed for getting involved with the late night action. There are three comfortable dorms, all of which have clean bathrooms with decent hot water, secure lockers for valuables, high-speed WiFi, and security throughout the premises. The perfect base for exploring the hedonistic delights of Panajachel.
Almost all backpackers travelling through Guatemala will find themselves in Flores at one point, and if you’re looking to stay here for a few nights, Chaltunha Hostel San Miguel definitely won’t disappoint. Situated on a jungle-covered hill across the lake from Flores, this is about as idyllic as it gets, but the serene setting belies the buzzing vibe here. There’s a swimming pool, gorgeous gardens, impressive views over the lake, and the rooms are clean and comfortable.
If a hostel having friendly, sociable staff is important to you, then you’ll be hard pushed to beat Hostal Las Volcanes
in Guatemala City. The reception staff seem genuinely thrilled to be working here, and they are more than happy to chat away and help with any questions you may have – ideal when you arrive in the sprawling, overwhelming capital. Not far from the airport and with a pretty veranda where you can relax after a heavy night out, it’s a convenient yet fun place to stay.