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El Hostal Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Antigua
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

This small family run hostel is a great place to stay. The staff and the young Antiguan couple who own it make you feel more like family than a guest. The rooms are very nice, and I always stay in the private room which is one of the best bargains in Antigua. The private room shares a bath with the dorms, but that is a small inconvenience. Their location is good and easy to all the attractions. There is some noise from the bar across the street, but I have stayed in at least 20 hotels in Antigua and most of them have "street noise" as well. My advice to travelers anywhere is to bring along your ear plugs.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2011

El Hostal is a really great place to stay. It is extremely clean and the building is really open, pretty and relaxed (hammock naps). The food is great. Breakfast is free every morning- and it's not your typical dry bagel and cereal. They actually cook you a full breakfast of your choice. Although El Hostal may be a couple dollars more than other similar hostels, I think the food and friendly staff definitely make it worth the extra $2 or so. I also recommend Monday night dinners, you have to pay but they are really good and a way to get some authentic Guatemalan food. The hostel seemed very safe since they always have a person at the desk and the door is usually closed. No one in our group had any problem with theft although we left our things in the room for a significant portion of our stay

Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

El Hostal is located in Antigua, about 5 blocks from Plaza Central. The location is good because it's a little away from the hubbub of the Plaza but still close to a lot of restaurants, bars, ruins, and the Internet cafe. The hostel is very clean and the people who work there are very nice and accommodating. They really have HOT showers, which is rare in Guatemala. The only caveat I'd put out there is that the rooms on the street are good but difficult to sleep because of the bar across the street. However, the other rooms are just fine. The free breakfast is awesome with its many options.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 28, 2010

This hostel has some friendly staff, provides very good breakfasts, and the location really can't be beat. It has warm water showers in shared bathrooms and the courtyard is really nice for taking a siesta. They include modern amenities like Wifi and provide a small book exchange.

My wife and I only stayed in the private rooms, so I can't comment on the dorm room (though it was full each day, so it must be decent). The first private room we stayed in was directly across from the dorm, and near the courtyard, so it was a bit loud at night. Other than the noise, it was very comfortable with a large room, large bed, desk and chair. We added an extra night stay to the end of our visit, and were moved to a private room in the back, behind the kitchen. It was extremely small, dark and a bit musky - but we didn't expect much since they don't normally rent this room out. But since it was so busy with Semana Santa, we were just happy to have a room. Even in this room far in the back, we could hear a drunken conversation between two other guests in the courtyard at 4 in the morning.

Overall, we were happy with our stay here, mostly due to the location and the staff. We were here during one of the busiest weeks of the year, Semana Santa, and had a wonderful visit!

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank z4ever
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

my girlfriend and i , are travelling from messico going to south america and so far that was the best hostel for what we paid, great breakfast include(6 choises from eggs to pancakes) It's very clean as the people there are working hard and costantly all the staff very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2010

El Hostal is by far one of the best places to stay in Antigua. Gabby and her husband go above and beyond to make guests feel safe and comfortable, such as providing homemade dinners for the guests upon request- Gabby is a great cook. Though Cafe No Se is noisy at night, El Hostal is in a nice location as it is far from the downtown bars but still near many places to visit. I often think about my stay at El Hostal with fond memories. Highly recommended.

Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

I spent 3 weeks at El Hostal whilst studying Spanish and couldn't have been more pleased with my stay. The hostel is spotless, the showers are hot, breakfasts are fantastic and the staff couldn't be nicer or more accomadating. There is also free wifi and a brilliant laundry service. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending El Hostal.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Address: 1ra. Avenida Sur No.8, Antigua, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #2 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Antigua
Price Range: $13 - $30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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