The Old House Hostel

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The Hostelz.com Review

The Old House Hostel is a great place to stay on a budget when visiting San Ignacio, Belize. The hostel is run by two young locals, Aldo and Davina, who live on site and are full of helpful information about the area and can also set up a tour of the famous ATM cave for the cheapest rate to be found in the area.

The Location

The hostel is located up a small hill, just a few minutes’ walk from the center of San Ignacio. The center holds several restaurants, tiendas, and the bus stop. The hostel is also close to the river, and about a twenty-minute walk to the Cahal Pech archaeological site. Below the hostel, there is a nice bar/art gallery that is open a few times during the week. The hostel is in a safe and quiet part of San Ignacio, perfect for preparing to cross into Guatemala, or begin traveling in Belize.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Despite literally being an “old house,” the building is in great condition and is cleaned thoroughly every day. The hostel has two eight-bed dorms, some four-bed dorms, and one private double room. All beds are quite comfortable and come with fresh, white linens. The eight-bed dorms can become a bit crowded, since there is not much space between the beds for everyone’s luggage. There are screened windows and fans inside the rooms to keep them cool, but it does get quite hot in San Ignacio! There are two shared upstairs bathrooms complete with sinks, toilets, full-size mirrors, hot showers, and plenty of hanging and counter space. There are also stalls for toilets and cold showers downstairs, with shared sinks. All of the bathroom areas are very clean and modern! They are definitely of high quality for a hostel.

Common Spaces

There is a great front porch to this hostel that is overlooking the street. There is plenty of seating, including a couch and tables on the porch. There are also two separate dining areas inside the hostel, as well as a very large shared kitchen! The kitchen has all appliances, dishes, and utensils needed. Filtered water refills can be purchased by the honor system. Old House is a very social hostel! People are always hanging out on the front porch and having a great time. Many interesting people from all over the world stay at this hostel.

Summary

This hostel has a great vibe and the hosts are very helpful with information about the area. It’s located in a nice part of town (so long as you don’t mind walking up a small hill), and the rooms and bathrooms are extremely clean and high quality! The Wi-Fi is also super fast, and the prices are great.
by Kara
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2019-04-23
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Location/Contact

Address
3 Buena Vista St., San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize
Coordinates
17.156266, -89.069681 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Telephone
00501 62 31 342
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  The Old House Hostel is a small, recently opened hostel in San Ignacio. The atmosphere is relaxed and social. It is not a partyhostel, but people do have drinks together on the terrace, and go out occasionaly. The owner of the hostel, Davina, is a young girl, who has been travelling herself. She is there most of the time and more than willing to help you out with any questions. She might also just go and have a drink with you. The hostel is nicely decorated and feels like a home. The Location San Ignacio is a very small town. The hostel is located right outside the centre, up a little hill across the police station. This provides a nice view from the balcony. It is a 5 minute walk from the bus stop. If asking for directions it might be easiest to ask for the police station. Rooms and Bathrooms The hostel has two 8 bed dorms, one private room and two bathrooms. The dorm rooms are basic. There are lockers that fit your whole backpack under the beds, making the dorms more spacious. There is no AC, and only one fan. The two bathrooms both have a sink, toilet and shower with hot and cold water. The bathrooms are cleaned regularly. Common Spaces The hostel has a kitchen, a livingroom with a table and couches, and a little terrace outside. The kitchen is equiped with pots, pans etc and also cleaned regularly. There are also some spices for common use. The common areas are very cosy, and are more like a house than a hostel. Amenities The hostel provides wifi, both in the dorms and the common areas. The wifi is slow, but this seems to be a general problem in Belize. There is no breakfast provided. There is a book exchange in the living room. During the daytime, there is usually always someone around to help you if needed. The staff is knowledgable about the area and very friendly. Summary The Old House Hostel is a great place to stay in San Ignacio. It litteraly is a cosy old house where you can easily hang out all day. The atmosphere is social and relaxed.
Lien
2015-09-21

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