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“Nice staff, safe, good accomodations” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hostel el Caminante

Hostel el Caminante
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Hostel el Caminante
Geneseo, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice staff, safe, good accomodations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2012

Went to Antigua kinda last minute and a lot of hostels were already booked up but luckily found this little gem. The staff was very very nice and helpul. The hostel was very safe, they even have a security guard during the night and the place is all locked up, great roof top view of the volcano and city, and I saw the staff clean and check up on the bathroom multiple times during the day to make sure we have everything we need. I liked how the hostel did not have too many rooms and thus it was fairly quite at all times during the day and night. Recommend this place to anyone. Very good experience|

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kara W
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
41 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

I think the title says it all. I was supposed to stay 4 nights but left on the 2nd. I have been working in the tourism industry for more than 10 years and have been a backpacker for nearly 20, this hostel really reminds me of what backpacker were like 20 years ago.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AdamCosmicTraveller
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

The last time that I was in Antigua Guatemala I have the luck to stay a few days in this hostal, and I have to say that the experience was unforgattable. Great view of the city and amazing bartenders. If you are looking for a great time thi is the spot. Hope I see you soon again.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Pzitro
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Antigua, Guatemala
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

This place is great. Awesome view on the terrace and great staff that get you whatever you need anytime. The place is in a good part of town that's close to everything. Rooms are clean and inexpensive. Hot showers and 2 for 1 drinks keep me coming back everytime I'm in Antigua.

Room Tip: I like the private rooms and they are really cheap for Antigua prices.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jeff s
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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36 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2011

Do not go to this hostel if you would like to get one minute of sleep. There was a band directly below our room until 11pm. Not a problem and it was good music. But for literally the rest of the night drunk people were banging on the doors next to us and standing outside our room talking. At one point one even tried to open our window. We did not sleep one wink. While I'm all for a party I could do without the drunk loud people EVERYWHERE. By 8pm the shared bathrooms were filthy and muddy and constantly out of toilet paper. Only one of the shower doors locked. We cut our stay short and got out of there. They were nice enough to reimburse my money and the staff were very kind and helpful but that didn't make up for the noise and mess and the 5 drunk people sitting around yelling outside our room at 4am.

Room Tip: Don't even think about staying in the dorms.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sp12363
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El_Caminante_Antigua, Owner at Hostel el Caminante, responded to this review, 4 July 2011
As a direct response to your review, and we thank you very much for this review, it will help us in the future to assist our guests.

You see, you caught us in a very transitioning moment where we wish to entertain our clients by having musicians who stay with us perform for our clients. Most of our guests have been under 30 and very eager to listing to performance art. We have been building this scene for the past 2 months and honestly it just peaked when you decided to stay with us for a night.

It was an awesome party, there was alot of people. We ourselves lost a lot of money that night in free giveaways and just people helping themselves to our alcohol. But it was a very terrific party and I regret you had to be involved with us that night.

Some months back you would have been very comfortable with us. We did not have a small theatre then and the place was always quiet at 10pm. Actually, it was even quiet at 8pm.

I offer you my sincerest apologies and we will inform our elderly crowd in the future that this may not be the best hostel for the over 50 set. We will advise... we are a party place and seek only talented musicians and performance artists who wish to stay here and entertain our clientele FOR FREE.

We hope you will come back and accept a drink on the house, perhaps even on our rooftop patio bar. We really do not know how we can thank you for your review, it meant a lot to us to have this feedback, as positive or negative as they are, they do provide us with the ability to right some wrongs, and to move forward and hope that you can understand how we cannot change this matter and regret the inconvenience this may have caused you.

If you are still around, let us try to make this up to you.

From all of us here at El Caminante, we thank you.
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2011

El caminate is the best hostel in Antigua, Guatemala.
The staff and owners are super nice and so so sweet!
The food is sooooo good and cheap for Antigua. Try the solvaki! Melvin and David rock!
Its really clean, Jolee does a brilliant job!
The beds are compy as they real real spring mattresses if you need extra blankets or anything to make your sleep better they will provide it for you.
They have free WIFI which is perfect!
they have a sitting room where you can hang out and watch the selection of movies they have or read a book from the shelf.
the Bar on top of the hostel is really fun... its a great pre party place to either chill or get on it. It closes early so you can still go out and experience Antigua night life or get a little sleep in. They have monthly fancy dress nights which are always fun!
They can help you organise your trip by booking you shuttles at great cheap prices. very helpful if like me you couldnt keep away from san pedro.
An amazing hostel had some of my best nights there!

Ill def be back!

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mariamiamush
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2011

Great Vibe!! Affordable accommodations. Great food at an affordable price. Comfortable & welcoming. Best rooftop bar (with the best view) in Antigua.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank hatoumom
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Additional Information about Hostel el Caminante

Property: Hostel el Caminante
Address: 1 Av. Norte 9 B | Near the corner of 3 Calle, down the hill from the Cross, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 99 Speciality Lodging in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4

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