Antigua in Guatemala is a big transportation hub. People are constantly shifting in and out of the town. I, myself, was only in Guatemala for about a week and a half and I visited twice and spent 4 days total. It’s inevitable. If you go to Guatemala you will end up in Antigua. For backpackers, hostels in Antigua Guatemala are plentiful so I am here to help give you some vetted options!
If you’re looking for more information on Antigua, check out my beginner guide to the city.
This is a clean hostel with good food and a good vibe in a great location. The bartenders are typically other travelers and the bed prices are reasonable. My only qualm with them is the lack of free water and towels. I stayed at both Bigfoots (there’s a second one in Leon, Nicaragua) and both were the only hostels I encountered during my entire three month trip that didn’t give out free water and free towels. Ok, personal rant over.
BONUS: Luckily, I found this out after I climbed the volcano, you can actually see Volcano Fuego erupting from the top floor on a clear night!
This is the only hostel in all of Antigua that has a swimming pool! It’s actually clean and well run as well! Shocking, I know. I went to a few parties here so I can speak on the vibe being great! They have everything from 15 person, 3 bed high dorms to private rooms, which are hard to find in Antigua. Their location is great as well.
They have swings in the bar. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Really, it’s known for it’s cramped rooms but it’s also known for being one of the cheapest, decent hostels in Antigua. They have a bar in the property and there’s always something going on. Stay on a Saturday for their famous all-you-can-eat BBQ.
If eco-friendly is your jam, Yellow Hostel has you covered. From their water being solar heated to booking tours that are ecologically conscious, Yellow Hostel is friendly to the environment and respectful to the local communities. Beds are a bit more expensive and with only 3 bathrooms, things can get cramped but the party scene is at a minimum here and the guilt is even lower.
As, “a hostel by travelers for travelers” they live up to their name. This is not a party hostel but it has a great chilled out vibe with a TV in the large common room and hammocks galore. I firmly believe that a hostel is not a good hostel without a hammock, and this one is spot on with their hammock game. They have dorms and private rooms available at a reasonable cost.
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