Let me start by saying that I am an expat, living in Guatemala City and here are my thoughts about Los Amigos when compared with many of the other cities/hotels/hostels I have stayed in across Guate.
I only stayed at Los Amigos for 1 night, so I should not in any way claim that I know all about Los Amigos, but here were my impressions. I arrived on the overnight bus from Guatemala City at around 8am, at which time, I was able to book and put my stuff in a private room which was nice (cost $12.50 us/Q100). I then ate a breakfast pannini which was out of the world. Immediately upon arriving I was able to meet and greet a few interesting people that I would get to know more over the next 48 hours.
The hostel is clean enough, anyone that says this place is really, really clean is just lying. But, it is a youth hostel, what do you expect. The room I was in was really dank... the sheets and bed seemed to be rather moist, but overall, I would say the room was clean (enough). The private room did have a fan that worked, but lets face it, Flores is HOTTTT!!!! So if you are the type that needs a break from the heat with some AC, this is not the place to get that. I would say for the 48 hours I was in Tikal I sweated the entire time. The only place to get a break from the heat is in the cold showers (which felt sooooo good) or going for a swim in the lake.
Overall, for between 10 bucks for a bed in the dorm or 13 bucks for a private room... this is worth it if you are on a budget. There are a ton of people that flock to this place from all over the world. I met people from Australia, the UK, Ireland, Israel, Canada, the US, and some from various countries in South America. This is a fantastic place to meet new people and that is why it is so popular in Flores.
The downside... I hated the fact that they had these local jewelry people at the hostel every night peddling their goods... mostly I hated the fact that they were selling crappy stuff at ridiculous prices to tourists that didn't know any better. Worse yet were the fact that these guys and girls pretty much laid around all day in the hammocks which I thought were meant for guests and then around dinner time would set up shop in the garden area where most people gather and hock their stuff. I get trying to help locals and letting locals sell their stuff, but honestly I do not think it is cool to do that at the inconvenience of your guests. Also, like other reviews said, the food services takes forever!! It is solid food, but man, often times it takes in excess of an hour to actually get your food (even though it is reasonably priced). The 5 hour happy hour is fantastic, though the prices for that happy hour are not as incredible as most people think. Q13 for a bottle of Gallo is pretty standard, not happy hour price. The rooms are tolerable, but my guess is you could do a lot better for not a whole lot more. Los Amigos is a fantastic place to hang out and you do not need to be a guest there to do that. If I were to do it again, I would say to stay somewhere else (especially if in a group), but definitely head to Los Amigos to hangout and make some new...Amigos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Youth Hostel Los Amigos is a unique hostel created by travellers for travellers with love, detail and creativity over the past 11 years. We consider it more than just a quick sleep or another stop on your way. Los Amigos is truly that warm nest that you'll be looking for during your travels. We provide a 5 star service at a backpacker price offering loads of extra free services like - a free cinema - pool table - Separate Night lounge - Reliable in House Agency - Wide lush green garden to relax - Free PC to use - Sauna and Spa - Soccer games with the locals - Boat tours on the lake - Rope swing tours and canoe rentals and much more! You catch our drift! Los Amigos is more than a place to stay, it is a place TO BE!!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Youth Hostel Los Amigos Hotel Flores