A very pleasant, clean, friendly, and fairly central hostel. We stayed in the double room for 4 nights (prebooked) and then another night (walk in) when our shuttle transport fell through. Although prebooking online is more expensive than the price you are charged if you just walk through the door I would recommend prebooking if you are keen and want to be sure you have a place. We were travelling in the off season - October - and only lucked into a room as someone cancelled last minute.
As for the rooms, they were reasonably spacious. Our double had two twin beds and two small tables and chair, as well as WiFi access and breakfast included. Super tasting local food. No complaints there! All rooms use the shared bathroom facilities but these are cleaned daily and well stocked with soap and toilet paper. The sinks are actually in the corridor outside the bathroom which makes it seem a bit "communal." Laundry facilties are available at a reasonable price, and there are various tours - local and national, which can be booked; although these are cheaper booked elsewhere.
Staff are very friendly and helpful although the level of English varies among the staff. We had a situation with Monja Blanca shuttle service from Monterrico to Panajachel (Pana). They refused to honour our ticket and told us a lot of lies to get us off their back. In the end, we had to go to the tourist police. I mention this as the hostel staff were very helpful and assisted us in finding the shuttle company's Antigua office location - which Monja Blanca said didn't exist.
The hostel is fairly central. It's about a 10 minute walk to the main square. The down side is that it's noisy. If you are a light sleeper you'll be woken at 6:00, 6:15, 6:30 and 7:00 by the church bells. By 7:00am there will be loads of cars, trucks, carts, pedestrians, barking dogs, etc on the street outside. No chance of sleep. Trying for an early night doesn't work either as there is a bar across the road that is open until midnight. If you stay MAKE SURE you request a room that does not back onto the road. We had to settle for such a room on the night we didn't have a reservation and we got no sleep at all. Our previous room was much better as it was further away from the road. So you could just about manage with ear plugs.
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