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International Mochilero Backpacker's Guesthouse
Ranked #57 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Antigua
Albany, California
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8 reviews
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“helpful staff”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

Good location, clean and the staff is very nice and helpful. I stayed here on my last night in Guatemala. Alex, I think his name is, was very nice to keep my luggage while I travel to Flores.
It's great for what you pay.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Leon, Nicaragua
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We stumbled across this quirky little hostel, after arriving in Antigua with nowhere booked and lots of 'popular' hostels full. However we were so glad as this hostel at a cheap rate of 100Q per double room was perfect for us. What was funny was that it was actually in the travel guide we had with us, we just hadn't registered! The rooms are basic, but clean and to be honest absolutely fine for what we wanted. The wifi is quick and there is a lovely little communal area in the courtyard or a table in the kitchen where everyone congregates. There is free coffee/tea provided all day which is a great little bonus and there is someone on duty at the front desk 24/7 so it's very safe. It is a ten minute walk from the main square, but we would not have wanted to be much closer as some of the bars/clubs get noisy at night. The staff are so friendly and helpful, and can book any shuttles for you. They were also great when we had a 6am shuttle picking us up which arrived early (very surprising for Central America) and they came and found us in our room. We were very happy with this hostel and went back on our night stopover before travelling to Honduras.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 27, 2014 via mobile

Mochilero could be great for the right person; it's cheap (q100 for a double), has a kitchen, gets some sunlight, is in a good location (as with everything else in tiny antigua)... However despite this is wasn't for me.

If you tend to oversleep, Mochilero would be perfect for you. The super thin walls mean that even a whisper in a neighbouring room or across the hostel will keep you awake. Also, there is a constant ringing (I think it must come from the plumbing) that will bring back fond memories of your first loud concert.

If you are a calorie counter, Mochilero will probably also appeal to you. Despite what you are told, the water is cold (the heater that looks like an 8 year olds science project does not work), which I hear helps you burn more calories.

Conclusion; if you aren't one of the above, only stay here if budget is the priority.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Leon, Nicaragua
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Nice place to stay, small but clean rooms. Great Kitchen! Local to town centre and market. Reasonably priced for Antigua. Nothing special but had a great time here due to great company. We booked our bus to Lanquin from here which was at a competitive rate xXx

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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8 reviews
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Great hostel with a perfect location! Not every room is that good so always ask to see more rooms. The owner is really friendly and has good deals for trips to the rest of Guatemala. The prices are cheap and they give you a discount if you stay longer. Great place to meet other travelers!
The cleaning lady is a real maniac, so everything is cleaned a couple of times a day, including the nice hot showers. If you think this is a dirty hostel, you should not travel in Guatemala on a backpacker budget.
If you want to eat cheap, just go to the local market and cook something in the shared and well equipped kitchen. You can use their wifi everywhere, even in our room we had a good connection.
For its price, one of the best hostels we had in Guatemala.

Room Tip: Always ask to see more rooms so you're able to compare! We preferred a room in the back. Here it...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Solola Department, Guatemala
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I sleep here out of necessity; my friends like cheap, backpacker-friendly places, and even though I'd rather spend a little more to stay somewhere nicer, I realize it's much safer to remain with friends than walk/take a taxi alone someplace else.

I believe the service to be friendly and fast. The rooms are not the cleanest, but they are miles above what I have seen from other budget-friendly hostels in Antigua. I have not encountered bed bugs or roaches, and besides the general "dinginess" of the place, have felt comfortable sleeping there for the price I pay (100Q split between 2 people, though there are larger rooms if you have a larger group.) There is free coffee, a couple of computers by reception, and a kitchen (closes at around 10:00PM.) I've found the showers are always hot and the pressure is good.

I would recommend this hostel to anyone who is worried about bed bugs, roaches, cleanliness, etc. who doesn't want to sacrifice feeling clean/comfortable in order to save money.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

We were dropped at this hostel on the way to San Pedro. I think there is some agreement that buses will be too full or missed, because I heard this story from a few students at our spanish school, who were left in Antigua.

Alex was very nice, but the room was horrible. It was #4, a private room on the first floor. We didn't realize is was located under the stairs and under the kitchen at the top. It felt like we were sleeping on the street. It was very dingy, and I wished I had known The Yellow House was across the street at the time.

The Wi-fi only worked if you were sitting directly across from the office. The night manager had something left to be desired and I was happy when I woke to Alex's friendly face in the office.

Room Tip: Go across the street to Yellow House.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: International Mochilero Backpacker's Guesthouse
Address: 1a Calle Poniente # 33, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
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Ranked #57 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Antigua

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