Traveling with my daughter, we had two beds in a dorm. Beds were comfortable, dorm had locker (bring your own lock). Shared bathrooms were clean but when the place is full, there was some competition for the bathrooms. Due to municipal water issues, showers were not always available but when there was water, it was hot. Same story with drinking (and cooking) water - this place was not immune to the city-wide water problems (mid August 2017.)
Management did not issue us keys to the property or our room, but as promised someone was always available to open the front door. There were always people around, the overall feeling was of safety. Other larger families and small groups of travelers were comfortable here. Not a party hostel.
Curfew hours are strictly enforced so if you are planning to stay out late at night, this is NOT the place for you. The kitchen is also locked between 11pm and 7am, although coffee was available right around 7 and if you booked a morning tour through the management, they were up to open the door early.
Breakfast was good but time restricted so we missed it most days. Kerry and Raul were able to give advice, directions, and book tours easily. We definitely felt like we were "in good hands" in Antigua.
Location very close to the Artisan's market and the "farmer's market." Also right next to the bus depot, so lots of bus noise and diesel smells during the day. But, convenient to the Guatemala City chicken bus! Two minute walk to supermarket, five minute walk to "parque central."
Overall, it was a comfortable and laid-back place to stay. Slightly off the main drag, but close enough to walk anywhere in the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small family owned and run hostel with an excellent reputation in the local community for over 15 years. We have the best value in town offering single, double, and triple private rooms with shared bathrooms and two dormitories for solo and/or budget conscious travelers. Some of our perks include: hot water showers, well equipped kitchen, free hot breakfast and coffee, free WiFi, towel use, baggage storage, shuttle bookings, discounted tour arrangements, laundry services, bicycle parking, terrace view, safe available, barbecue grill, filtered drinking water, open air lounge for socializing and dining area. Our home has a relaxed vibe and a welcoming atmosphere for all. Our guests enjoy meeting new friends, playing with our cats, bunny rabbit, and turtle, cooking in our small but efficient kitchen, and creating spontaneous jam sessions in our cozy lounge area. We pride ourselves on having a clean, safe, fun, and community oriented place to stay. We enforce the city of Antigua's curfew of 12:00am (midnight) and lock our front door with no re-entry after this time (no refunds) so make sure you are back by then! Come join us for a night, a week or a month and find more than a place to stay...find your home away from home. Please note: Cancellation Policy: 2 days before the arrival Check In: 13:00 (early check in upon request& availability) Check Out: 11.00 (middle of the night departures require 24 hour advanced notice) Payment due upon arrival, CASH only! Sorry we can no longer accept USD, only local currency. Breakfast and coffee is included, served exclusively between 9.00 – 10.00 am Taxes are included. Directions: Head to the large Artesania market. There is a restaurant Pollo Campero on the corner near, which is near the Artesania market. If you are facing Pollo Campero, walk for 50 meters down the road that is to the left of Pollo Campero. Then take the first road on the left where you will see a black door with the number 42 written on it. You have found A Place To Stay. Alternatively take a Tuc Tuc (a little three wheeled car) or regular Taxi to to A Place To Stay. ... more less
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