Hostels in Guatemala City, Guatemala

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Get to know Guatemala City (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Guatemala City. To help you make friends with Guatemala City before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Parque Central - fresh goats milk anyone?

The capital and most populated city of Guatemala, Guatemala City is very westernized for a Central American city. You will find many American retail, food, and other stores here, reflecting the large influence that the U.S. has on the Guatemalan economy.

Despite all of this, Guatemala City has a reputation for being unsafe, given the large amounts of money that occupy these parts and the excessive poverty that lives next door. The crime and murder rates here are higher than anywhere else in Guatemala. Many of the locals themselves will tell you that the city is unsafe, and come nightfall, you should not go outside at all. If you do need to go outside, do not under any circumstances walk -- instead, catch a cab.

The hostels in Guatemala are within Zone 10 or Zone 13. The hostel workers should be able to give you tips on how to stay safe and where to go within the area for anything that you might need during your stay in Guatemala City. Most of the sights here are museums, churches, or other historical buildings. There are museums with the history of textiles, Mayan history museums, and ethnology and archaeology museums. The National Palace has some interesting architecture and art work also. The Union Church and La Merced have quite impressive architecture for churches in the area.

They have a really great public transport system -- if you sign on and get a card that you top up, it makes getting around Guatemala City quite cheap.

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FAQ about Guatemala City Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Guatemala City. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Guatemala City. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Guatemala City costs on average $12 for a dorm. A hostel in Guatemala City with private rooms costs on average $33. shows all 14 Hostels in Guatemala City. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Your Packing List for Guatemala City

Your Packing List for Guatemala City

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Guatemala City and Guatemala.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Guatemala City Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Guatemala City, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
14 Total number of hostels
$12 Average dorm price
$33 Average private room price
$8 Cheapest hostel in Guatemala City
Hostal Rocio bnb is the cheapest
3 Party hostels in Guatemala City
Nostalgic Hostel is the best rated
Most Guatemala City hostels are located in
zona 13, Zona 10
6.6 Average rating of all hostels

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