Antigua is a city in Guatemala, Central America and may be confused with the island of Antigua in the Caribbean that is known for its beaches while the one in Guatemala is known for it’s Spanish Baroque influenced architecture. Antigua can give people a Guatemalan tourist experience that is less fast-paced and congested than Guatemala City. Antigua has a subtropical climate so which allows you to enjoy lows of the 50’s and highs in the ’70s all year long. 

The Colonial area in Antigua has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. After suffering through the earthquake of 1773, again in 1917-18 and then another in 1976 these historical buildings were mostly destroyed but the buildings that are still standing are a site to see, plus many have been rebuilt. If you are interested in taking in a game of football (soccer) than you can visit Pensativo Soccer Stadium. This stadium is the home of first division club Panza’s Verdes and when a game isn’t going on you can find many city festivals being held in the stadium. 

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If you are into hiking and want to enjoy an amazing experience then you might want to climb Pacaya Volcano. This is a hike that once you hit the end of the grass you will find yourself walking on lava rocks and scorched earth, this part of the hike is definitely for those who are in good physical condition. There is a possibility that you will get to see actual lava bubbling while on top of this volcano. 

Maya Papaya

HostelWorld (*9.7) Booking.com (*9.6)

 Map Starts at ($10) for 14 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Maya Papaya is said to be the best hostel in Guatemala. They are praised for their clean property, delicious traditional free Guatemalan breakfast, helpful and nice staff and the quietness that people can enjoy when staying there. All bunk beds in Maya Papaya have a reading light, outlet, privacy curtain, storage locker, and a shelf. Anyone who stays here can enjoy free Wi-Fi, internet access and city maps to get out and explore. All of the beds are covered in fluffy duvet covers and each room is non-smoking. 

People can stay at Maya Papaya from $10-$13 per night which makes this friendly hostel incredibly budget-friendly. This hostel has multiple areas to hang out indoors and outside, plus if you have downtime there is Netflix on the TVs. They have daily bar specials which always includes their famous mojitos and as a guest, you are able to have full use of the kitchen. Housekeeping is available facilities, security lockers for your items and luggage storage so you don’t have to worry about keeping bags in the room. Maya Papaya has 24-hour reception and 24-hour security to keep you safe. They also offer airport transfers, late check-out, a tours/travel desk and shuttle buses for your convenience. 

Bigfoot Hostel Antigua

HostelWorld (*8.7) Map 

Starts at ($7) for 15 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Bigfoot Hostel Antigua has very inexpensive accommodations which range from $6.52 to sleep in a 12 or 15-bed mixed dorm or $8.48 to sleep in a 10-bed mixed dorm, a girls-only dorm and beautiful private rooms are also available. All of the rooms are air-conditioned, have backpack-sized lockers, they are clean, comfortable and decorated. If you are traveling with your pet you can have them at this hostel as long as you have a private room. Bigfoot Hostel Antigua has free Wi-Fi, internet access, city maps and linens are included in your price. 

This is known as a party hostel with a fun atmosphere where people are utilizing the courtyard and bar area, so if you are traveling with your children keep this in mind. Bigfoot Hostel Antigua is centrally located and has a friendly staff, it is wheelchair friendly and has a 24-hour reception. They have a BBQ in the outdoor area, a pool table and a hot tub along with an outdoor terrace. A restaurant is on the property so you can conveniently eat your meals there, breakfast is not included with this hostel. Bigfoot Hostel has a tours/travel desk, late check out is available, laundry facilities, airport transfers, and a shuttle bus.

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Tropicana Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.2) Map 

Starts at ($11) for 15 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Tropicana Hostel is a hostel that the prices start at just around $10 a night. The rooms come with air conditioning, reading lights, and power outlets. All of the dorms are mixed, you get free linens and there are shared bathrooms, if you are in a private room you will have an en-suite bathroom.

Tropicana Hostel has an outdoor terrace on the property and a swimming pool to cool off and have fun with the other guests. You will also find hammocks in the common area, there is cable TV, DVDs, a games room with board games and a PlayStation. You will get free Wi-Fi, internet access and city maps with your stay. A bar, cafe, and restaurant are on the property, so you can easily enjoy late-night drinks and meals without leaving the Tropicana Hostel.

This hostel is known for it’s friendly and helpful staff. The Tropicana Hostel has 24-hour reception, 24 security, laundry facilities, a tours/travel desk, and currency exchange. Security lockers are in the rooms and there are safety deposit boxes available. Also if you are staying more than a day or 2 and want to enjoy the fellow guests they offer fun nighttime activities for their guests. 

Selina Antigua

HostelWorld (*8.6) Booking.com (*8.4) 

Map Starts at ($7) for 30 bed-tent

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Selina Antigua is a hostel in Antigua that gives their guests the chance to stay in their dorms, private rooms, double rooms or even tents that can hold 30 people, all with prices under $11. The rooms have ceiling fans, security lockers and the linens are included. Dorm rooms have age restrictions of people who are 18-45. Breakfast is not included in your price but there is a Buffet Breakfast available from 7 am until 10 am, between $5 and $10. For the lockers, you will need to either bring your own or you can buy one from Selina Antigua. 

Free Wi-Fi available in this hostel, there is luggage storage available and a tours/travel desk is on property. Selina Antigua has a swimming pool in the common area so people can enjoy a dip or just socialize with the other guests, there are also BBQ areas and a Games Room. Meeting rooms are available if you need to do business while staying at Selina Antigua. A bar and restaurant are on property that serves up delicious foods and yummy drinks. This hostel will allow it’s guests to enjoy specialty nights and different activities on property like yoga classes.

Three Monkeys Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.1) Booking.com (*8.7) 

Map Starts at ($10) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

Three Monkeys Hostel is a hostel that has rooms that are available for less than $10, comfortable beds, spacious dorm rooms and linens are included in the price. All rooms have lockers for their guests and the rooms either have en-suite or shared bathrooms. This hostel is clean and the staff is friendly and very helpful. Guests will receive free Wi-Fi, internet access and city maps.

Three Monkeys Hostel is known for its social and party-like atmosphere, so if you are traveling with your kids this is not the hostel for you. Pets are not allowed in this hostel, also no drug use and the rooms are non-smoking. The reception desk is open between 7 am and 10 pm and there are security 24 hours. A BBQ area is available outdoors and there is an outdoor terrace. Cable TV is available in the common room, there is a bar on property and there are tea and coffee making facilities. 

Three Monkeys Hostel has a tours/travel desk, luggage storage available and housekeeping. Safety deposit boxes are provided to keep your valuables safe and they offer airport transfers. Breakfast is included in the price and Three Monkeys Hostel is centrally located to main streets and shops.

El Hostal BnB

HostelWorld (*9.2) Booking.com (*8.9) 

Map Starts at ($13) for 10 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

El Hostal BnBis a hostel that offers free breakfast, city tour, city maps, free wi-fi, and internet access, plus the linens and towels are included in your price. In the rooms you’ll find ceiling fans, reading lights and security lockers. Guests can stay in a dorm room for under $10 or stay in a double bed private room for $36. Ironing boards and hairdryers are available to help you look your best and washers and dryers are also on facilities. 

El Hostal BNB has a cafe’/restaurant as part of its property that is a sustainable restaurant that serves locally sourced ingredients for their meals, smoothies, drinks, snacks, and appetizers. This hostel has more of a child-friendly atmosphere, so this is definitely not for those looking to party and overly indulge. Cable TV and DVDs are available in the common room and there is a games room with board games. The reception is open 24 hours and there is 24-hour security. 

El Hostal BNB has a jobs board for people who are looking to make money while they are staying in the area. Safety deposit boxes available for people who need to protect their valuables. This hostel offers airport transfers, a shuttle bus service, luggage storage, a currency exchange, housekeeping, and a tours/travel desk. Every Friday night they have “Live Sessions” night where a local artist is showcased in the common area, plus this is Happy Hour time. 

Why you should visit Antigua?

Antigua is a historically rich city in Guatemala. It was at one time the capital of Guatemala before several earthquakes put the city into ruins. Antigua is starting to grow as one of the top tourist destinations in Guatemala because of the ability to climb to the top of Pacaya Volcana and see active lava. There is also the ability to explore old town Antigua and the parts of the city that have been restored after the previous devastating earthquakes. 

Antigua has a growing ex-pat community of people who are retiring and moving from the U.S. and Europe to move to Antigua and enjoy the historical but surprisingly modern city. Antigua has a great nightlife that draws in people from as far away as Guatemala City. Antigua is also a cruise port that is constantly bringing in people from other countries. This city has a constant flow of different types of people and cultures moving through it who are coming to enjoy the history, get a chance to experience delicious Guatemalan foods and to have fun in a city that is truly on the verge of becoming one of the biggest destinations in South America, if not the entire world.