Hostels in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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Get to know Quetzaltenango (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 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 Quetzaltenango.

Guess what? Quetzaltenango is also named and spelled Xela - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Quetzaltenango (or Xela, as the locals refer to it) is Guatemala's second-largest city and capital of the highlands. It's a pretty little city and an excellent place to base yourself for exploring the the many highlights of Guatemala's highland region, such as the Santa Maria volcano, Tajamulco Volcano, Lake Atitlan, and Fuentes Georginas hot springs.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Quetzaltenango hostels and cheap accommodation; all over town, you can find Quetzaltenango hostels and hotels to suit every budget and taste. The majority of hostels in Quetzaltenango are located within a few minutes' walk of the Parque Central (central park) area and close to many bars, restaurants, and shops. Accommodation in Quetzaltenango's hostels can be arranged on a nightly, weekly, or even monthly basis due to the high number of tourists that stay here to take advantage of the many Spanish language schools based in Quetzaltenango -- there are definitely some bargains to be had!

Many Quetzaltenango hostels offer a free breakfast (usually a large meal that you can choose off the menu), free Wi-Fi, and can arrange tours to neighbouring destinations and can help you choose a Spanish school if you're looking to learn or improve your Spanish skills.

There are many vibrant local markets selling everything from fresh produce to quality handcrafts such as woven bags, scarves, and accessories plus leather goods and wooden trinkets. All across town you will find these markets -- the largest is located next to Central Park, La Democracia Market is about fifteen minutes' walk from Central Park, and Minerva Market is next to the main bus terminal, about a twenty-minute walk from the centre.

If arriving by bus, you will most likely be dropped off at the Minerva Bus Terminal outside of the centre. It's roughly a twenty-minute walk to the centre or you can catch a "collectivo" minibus or a taxi. If arriving at night, take a taxi to your Quetzaltenango hostel, as the Minerva area can be slightly unsafe at night.

Quetzaltenango is a lovely city and a great introduction to Guatemala as it has friendly locals, great nightlife and restaurants, and many hostels and hotels for every budget.

Written by local enthusiast for Quetzaltenango hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Quetzaltenango hostels michael cowgill

Quetzaltenango 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 Quetzaltenango, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 5
Average dorm price $9
Average private room price $35
Cheapest Hostel in Quetzaltenango Kasa Kiwi Hostel & Travel Agency with $7
Party hostels in Quetzaltenango Kasa Kiwi Hostel & Travel Agency (1 in total)
Most Quetzaltenango hostels are located in Zona 1
Average rating of all hostels 8.1

FAQ about Quetzaltenango Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Quetzaltenango. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Quetzaltenango costs $9 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Quetzaltenango costs $35. (based on price comparison)
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Kasa Kiwi Hostel & Travel Agency is the best hostel for partying in Quetzaltenango.

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Other Nearby Cities

Monterrico (24 Km / 15 mi.)
San Juan La Laguna (29 Km / 18 mi.)
San Pedro La Laguna (31 Km / 19 mi.)
San Marcos La Laguna (30 Km / 19 mi.)
Santa Cruz La Laguna (34 Km / 21 mi.)
Lake Atitlan (37 Km / 23 mi.)
Sololá (37 Km / 23 mi.)

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