We stumbled across this hostel while failing to find another hostel with the wrong address in the Lonely Planet Guide. A lucky mistake! We were immediately struck by how friendly and helpful the English-speaking reception staff were.
We were also lucky to get the large dormitory. Clean, spacious, airy, with good solid bunks. Hot water in the showers. The other accommodation options seemed a bit dark and claustrophobic.
Unfortunately, the evening we arrived, my travelling companion was hit by a motorcycle and had to spend a few days in hospital. He insisted on returning to the Hostal Antigua when he was discharged. Another good choice. The staff and other guests were solicitous for his welfare. As he was pretty immobile for the first few days, he couldn't leave the hostel and spent most of his time sitting in the pleasant outside space. Better than being cooped up in a small room somewhere with me. This was when the small but well-stocked guest kitchen came into its own as I had to prepare all our meals.
We were sorry to leave because the dorm had already been booked out to a group. By coincidence, we moved into the hostel we had failed to find on our first day, but which proved much less friendly than the Hostal Antigua.
By the way, the Hostal Antigua also provides free coffee sporadically and free filtered drinking water all the time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great hostel, 1 blk from Antigua's Parque Central. Private & dorm rooms w/private bath in each room, cable TV & free fast Wi-Fi. Rooftop terrace with views, kitchen for guest to use, laundry service, secure lockers & travel services. ... more less
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