Holistico Hostal was by far the best hostel we stayed at during our trip to Guatemala. Sergio (the owner) is absolutely amazing and went above and beyond to help make our trip unforgettable. We had originally only planned to stay the first few days of our trip at the Holistico, but we loved it so much we ended up making Holistico Hostal our home base, returning between our trips to Lake Atitlan and Monterrico. In fact, you can (and we did) book all your bus travel right at the hostel, which takes a lot of the hassle out of trying to figure out where and how to book everything. Thanks to Sergio's recommendations, we actually were able to cancel some of our reservations in Panajachel and Sergio helped us book better accommodations as well as getting us last minute seats on the bus to Monterrico, AND secured us a private room last-minute on one of the hostel's busiest nights --amazing!
At Holistico Hostal stayed in a private room each time (a total of three visits during our trip), which included a large, comfortable bed, extra blankets for the colder nights, and a clean bathroom/shower. Breakfast was delicious (choose from various freshly made options --number 1 and 3 were our favorites!) and even when we had to get up at 5am for our volcano tour, there were cups and bowls out for complimentary cereal, milk, etc. as well as snacks and juice boxes for the bus ride.
The common area feels like a home away from home, with fast wifi, plenty of chairs and tables, fellow travelers having a good time, and fun/festive decorations all around (poinsettias, piñatas, and holiday decor were set up while we were there), and the welcome drinks are a bottomless well!! The terrace is also lovely, with nice view of the volcano in the distance, and plenty of room to lounge about.
The location is perfect walking distance from pretty much anywhere (good restaurants, parks, the market, grocery store, bars, etc). The staff is very warm and welcoming (the most friendly of all the hostels we stayed at in Guatemala--by far), and Sergio was the most accommodating, helpful host we've ever had! We cannot thank you enough, Sergio! We loved our stay and can't wait to visit again sometime.
The private room with bathroom was our favorite --tucked in back (rather than next to the entrance/c...
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