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“Loved my stay here” 4 of 5 stars
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Holistico Hostal
7 Avenida Sur Numero 10, Antigua, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #16 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 hotel reviews
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“Loved my stay here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I had such a great time at this hostel, recommended by a friend. Everyone staying there was friendly and it was a great place to meet new people. The free breakfast was amazing, and I loved my mornings sitting in the sun eating and chatting to all the other guests!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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36 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Great location, clean, safe, hot water, decent wifi (but not in the rooms), free drinking water, great free breakfast, music/lights were turned off at 10pm so there wasn't any noisy partying. However, our room was near the front gate which clangs REALLY loud at all hours and the hostel turns on loud Latin music at 7:30am. Also, the girl working at the front desk was really unfriendly.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Whistler, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This is LONG overdue, as I stayed at Holistico back in October, but it was definitely an experience to remember. Sergio is by far the best hostel owner I met along my travels through Central America, and made me feel so at home! Very accommodating, crazy funny, free drinks, free breakfast, non stop dancing, huge Halloween party.. never a dull moment. His staff were all amazing as well, very attentive, and always cleaning. The terrace upstairs was beautiful, offering great views of Antigua, and a quieter place to read or write, or just relax. I will definitely be staying there again when I get back to Antigua!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Sergio was outstanding!
Very helpfull and funny.
The dorms a clean and it feels very safe.
Great upstair terrese gives you a great view to the surroundings.
My favorite hostel in Antigua. Have tried quite a few now.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Naperville, Illinois
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stayed four nights at this hostal (double bed with a private bathroom). Sergio, owner, was not in the hostal during our stay because he was out of town. We are a couple of middle age. We booked this place because of good reviews. Our experience is mixed. Good - excellent service by staff (Julio, Claudia, etc). They were very kind, helpful and super. They also let us use their kitchen. On the Valentines day, they gave us two glasses of wine, grapes and candies. How sweet they were! They were very prompt for fixing things when we brought to their attention. Excellent breakfast. There are many choices for breakfast and we enjoyed it much. Bad or areas for improvement - room and bathroom facilities. This hospital might be o.k. with young people using shared bathrooms and showers. However, we were looking for a decent room for sleep and shower. We are very experienced travelers. The first room we stayed at does not have any privacy. The bathroom does not have any windows and has a very thin wall. The shower curtain is too long. After shower, water stayed at the curtain on shower floor. All these create bad smell in the bathroom. Since there is not much air circulation in the bathroom, it smells bad. Since the bathroom's wall is very thin, you can hear all activities and sounds produced by other people from other side of the wall. The room is dark. We switched to another double bed room. This is a much better room with bright sunshine. But it also has its own problems. The bathroom has a thick wall, but does not have windows. Its door does not close, so the smell got into our bedroom. They also installed a long curtain and it produced bad smell after shower. Box spring in our bed was much worn out and I had a backache after sleep. After two days of misery, we brought those problems to hotel staff. To our surprise, hotel fixed many of those problems right away. They replaced a bed box spring. They cut the shower curtain to a proper length, so water does not stay at the curtain. Door was not fixed because they need a carpenter. Window in a bathroom is a structural issue. We learned that we should bring any problem to staff as soon as we found it. If Sergio can address those few problems, Holistico could be a great place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I am currently using Antigua as a base for my travels throught Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. To date I have spent about 10 nights at Holistico Hostel and have had to pre-book every time because the hostel is always full, but if you turn up without a booking the hostel's owner Sergio goes out of his way to find an alternative for you and will more than likely invite you to join him and the guests for either a free drink or breakfast. Sergio ensures his guests are kept happy by providing free drinks from 6pm when he is on site, until the entire hostel generally goes out for dinner and/or to a club (all noise is stopped before 10pm for those that are getting up early). Breakfast is free and has a choice of 6 options freshly cooked. My personal favorite is the pesto and omelet sandwich, also served with fruit salad. Tea, coffee, juice and snacks are available free all day. The hostel has a great family feel and people tend to return over and over again. Bookings for tours and shuttles can also be booked from here. Do yourself a favor if you are in Antigua and book this very clean and perfectly located hostel.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This is an awesome hostel and I would strongly recommend it. The owner, Sergio, is highly involved and has a real gift for making people feel welcome and at home. Travellers were treated like personal guests rather than as customers. Sergio was a wildly entertaining host and made sure everyone had a good time. Additionally, accommodations were spotless, the food was excellent, and the staff were the most attentive that I've ever seen. The whole experience was like being at a really nice hotel, rather than a hostel.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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holistico, Owner at Holistico Hostal, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and I saw that you enjoy Holistico Hostal all the time...!!! Regards,Sergio
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Address: 7 Avenida Sur Numero 10, Antigua, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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