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There are many colourful budget hotels in Guatemala.

There are many colourful budget hotels in Guatemala.

This month I spend a few days traveling around Guatemala. I stayed in various budget hotels and I thought I would recommend the ones I liked the most here.

Guatemala is a nice place to visit if you want to visit a really exotic places on a budget. If you plan on going to Guatemala City, Antigua, Atitlan or Quetzaltenango, then here are some recommendations. Based upon my own stay there.

Nice airport hostel in Guatemala City.

Chilling out at Hostal Los Lagos.

Chilling out at Hostal Los Lagos.

 

I came in late in the evening to Guatemala City. So I decided to stay the first night right by the airport. You can actually get a shuttle bus quite easily from the airport to Antigua. But I was really tired after an overseas flight, so I decided to stay at Hostal Los Lagos. Hostal Los Lagos is only 500 meters from the airport. Los Lagos will even pick you up at the airport if you notice them in advance. The place is in a neighbourhood that pretty damn boring. But it’s close to the airport. My single room there was very nice. i had good strong wifi and a nice and clean bed. My bathroom was in the corridor, but I was the only person on my floor, so I had no competition for the shower in the morning. The owner and the staff were extremely welcoming and friendly. I had accidentally booked on the wrong date. The owner of Los Lagos quickly changed that and told me not to worry. They also helped me organise a bus to Antigua the next morning. This place is perfect to stay at if you have an early morning flight out of Guatemala Airport. The website of the hostel is here

Hostel Casa Jacaranda in Antigua.

Casa Jacaranda in Antigua.

Casa Jacaranda in Antigua.

Casa Jacaranda in Antigua is a really friendly place. This is a fairly basic backpacker style place, but it’s just so cosy. The owners are exceptionally nice and they have a nice garden where they serve breakfast. My room was basic with shared bathroom, but it was functional. They also had a very nicely decorated common area inside. If you are a backpacker on a budget, then this is a really nice place. Their website is here

 

Casa Horus in San Marcos La Laguna.

Casa Horus.

Chill out atCasa Horus.

 

Casa Horus is a lovely little place in the hippie village San Marcos. It has a very funky look with it’s wooden balconies. But even if it looks primitive it actually works pretty well, for a place that far off the beaten track. I was very impressed with the wifi there for instance. The place is owned by a nice local family who also has a little cafe upstairs. They were extending the place when I was there and that gave a little construction noise. But I am happy to see a local family being able to do that from the money they earn from us visitors. So that did  not bother me at all. I was very happy with my room there and the price I paid. They do not have a webpage, but can be booked on many booking sites. They have a facebook page though and it is here

 

Hospedaje Lolita in San Pedro.

The view from the roof at Hospedaje Lolita.

The view from the roof at Hospedaje Lolita.

 

Hospedaje Lolita is located in the backpacker town San Pedro. Right by Lake Atitlan and only a couple of blocks away from the shores of the lake. Climb up to the rooftop for a good view of the lake and the little town. Hospedaje Lolita is a nice and quiet place with decent rooms for a very fair price. The place is being managed by some very friendly mayan women who takes nice care of the place in their own quiet way. As always, I booked a single room. I noticed though that most other people chose the cheaper dorm version there. I am 47 years old though and do not want to bother the youth with my snoring. so I got a single room :-). And I was very happy with my single room there. The place also withstood a 6,8 magnitude earthquake when I was in town, so it’s well build. The Facebook page of Hospedaje Lolita is here

 

Kasa Kamelot in Quetzaltenango.

My room at Kasa Kamelot.

My room at Kasa Kamelot.

Kasa Kamelot is a wonderful budget hotel. Situated just one block from the main square and next to a couple of very nice local restaurants. Kasa Kamelot has a lot of character and is clearly not a new place. It’s well kept for a smallish older hotel and the rooms are a bit above from what you would normally expect for a hotel in that price range. The guy who was at the reception most of the time during my stay was a very smiling and helpful young guy who was born to be behind a hotel reception. I say that as someone who used to work as a hotel receptionist myself.

The Facebook page of Kasa Kamelot is here

 

What is the price of these budget hotels in Guatemala?

I have not written a price at each place, because they vary depending on season. But I paid between 7 and 15 US$ per night for a single room. I booked them all through www.booking.com, but you can contact them directly too. That is why i have put a webpage if the places that has one. I’m not earning any commission from recommending these places by the way. I just recommend them because I liked staying there and I paid for the stays I had there.

Have a nice trip to Guatemala.

Claus.

Guatemala rocks.

Guatemala rocks.

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