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El Hostal Bed and Breakfast
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Honduras
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99 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Great breakfasts, good people”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2012

Had a great time all-around & would highly recommend this place for the free breakfasts (8 different options? wow!). So, I'm going to highly recommend you stay at El Hostal. It's also directly across the street from one of the best bars in Antigua, Cafe No Se. That said...most rooms in El Hostal are deep inside the place and you don't get a lot of noise pollution. Cool!

Two pieces of constructive feedback: in the men's bathroom, one of the showers did not work and one of the toilets did not have a seat. This meant at times waiting in a line (only 3 showers & 3 toilets for the whole place for men). A very cheap thing to fix...

Secondly, be very careful when booking a tour to Pacaya Volcano through the hostel. We were hassled to provide 25 Quetzals EACH additionally in order to "enter the park" (a big scam). When we called out the bus driver/"guide" on this, this demanded we all get back in the van and return to Antigua. Luckily, our Spanish got us through this...but I complained to front desk staff who were very concerned but seemed unable to do more than listen. Only pay $10 to El Hostal and then 50 Queztals to enter--nothing more!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

The free breakfast is one I'd be happy to pay for! The rooms are clean and the showers are hot with good pressure. The courtyard is nice and a pleasant place to read a book in a hammock or write your postcards. It's directly opposite a cool bar too, so you can stumble home in 10 seconds!

  • Stayed December 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

This hostel provides a nice atmosphere to relax with a great location. The rooms are clean & comfortable and the breakfast is excellent. They provide many options to order so it's a REAL breakfast not just coffee and some bread. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It's not a party place but the action is close by if you want to find it. Book early because it fills up fast!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Tofino, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2011

What a lovely place! I stayed here for 8 days and enjoyed every one of them here. A beautiful layout with a spacious and relaxing courtyard. My room was spotless as they cleaned the rooms everyday. Breakfast was delicious and I really liked the variety.
The hostel offered services such as laundry and travel planning.
The front desk was fantastic! Always smiling and there to help.
I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed December 2011
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Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

They had really good breakfast which you can choose from many things. They have upstairs seats, but not that good view as the other hostel that I sent before.

Overall, a nice hostel with a block of decoration in the middle of the hostel.

Last thing to mention, even if I forgot my lock, they still borrow me the lock to lock stuffs in somewhere !

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

This is the only hostel I stayed at while in Antigua, but compared to other hostels around Guatemala this was perfect. The rooms are clean, the bathrooms are clean with hot water, the breakfast options are amazing. There is also a locker for every bed so you will be able to lock up your stuff (bring your own padlock). It is helpful if you know Spanish because many of the staff only speak Spanish. I would highly recommend this hostel, it was a real treat after staying at a terrible one in Flores.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Whitby
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2011

My boyfriend and I started our backpacking trip in Antigua and El Hostal came highly recommended to us from a friend who lived here. We tried to book it 2 weeks before we came for a private room and it was booked solid. We were lucky enough to spend one night here and wished we could have stayed here the entire time we were in Guatemala. It is definitely a clean, friendly place with excellent staff who are always willing to help. My advice would be to book early, especially if you are looking for a private room. We stayed in a few other places in Antigua, but this one was definitely the best, and very reasonable for backpackers!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: El Hostal Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1ra. Avenida Sur No.8, Antigua, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 102 Speciality Lodging in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
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