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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