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Passionate travelers ourselves, we make sure you get the best experience while visiting Antigua, Guatemala. We give you space, privacy and fresh air, in our dorms and private rooms. Whether you are looking for a cheap place to stay or the comfort of a private room, you can rest easy at what travelers continue to vote one of the best hostels in Antigua, Guatemala.

Dorm Rooms

6-bed mixed dorm

6-Bed Mixed

4-Bed Mixed

Female Delux Dorm

Deluxe Female

Mixed Deluxe Dorm

Deluxe Mixed

Private Rooms

Private Room

Private Double

Private Twin

Standard Double

Family Suite - bunk beds

Family Suite

Reviews From Our Guests

Antigua Guatemala Hostel Reviews

We are grateful for your reviews and the chance to connect with you, hear your stories, be inspired by your journeys, and all of your kind words. We are honored by everyone who chooses to stay with us while on the road, return year after year, and for continuing to review us as the best hostel in Antigua, Guatemala.
Casey Judy
Casey Judy
19:35 24 Feb 20
This place was nice. Young crowd while we were there. They were fresh out of high school and running ALL over the place. Otherwise great rooftop! Love the “purpose” of the hostel and all the good they do.read more
Thomas Lennon
Thomas Lennon
18:01 20 Feb 20
I am a college professor. I worked with the Purpose Hostel to support a more than 3 week stay for 10 college students in January. The Hostel staff and director worked with me every step of the way to coordinate a safe, secure and enriching educational opportunity for our students. The Purpose Hostel is incredibly well run and organized. The location is in a safe and quiet part of town and just a few walking blocks from the center of Antigua. The Hostel is directly across the street from the Ixchel Spanish School. The bathrooms, public spaces and amenities are clean, well organized and carefully laid-out. The roof-top is a fantastic place to relax and to enjoy the stunning views of volcanoes, the city and the surrounding hillsides. I was seeking a location where my students could relax in a clean and well managed facility that catered to younger people but that did not have a party scene vibe. Each of my students was required to complete a trip survey after leaving Guatemala. The students were unanimous in their praise....their assessments were full of words and phrases such as...".perfect, ideal, could not imagine a better location, absolutely loved it, great place to relax after a long day, felt like home..." Tom Lennon Massachusetts Maritime Academyread more
Nicole Litke
Nicole Litke
13:32 06 Feb 20
We stayed at The Purpose Hostel and this place went above and beyond with a lot of small details that made a big difference. Tea and coffee included, a beautiful rooftop terrace to enjoy them on while watching Volcano Fuego erupt, and very hospitable, knowledgeable, and friendly staff are some of the highlights. The place was kept very clean and had multiple common areas for fun, or quiet. I would stay here again!read more
Hayley Davis
Hayley Davis
22:42 04 Jan 20
This is the best hostel I’ve stayed in in Central America. The staff is so friendly and accommodating. Also, the hostel was made well for backpackers. I recommend this place hands down!read more
Susanne Frühling
Susanne Frühling
09:39 03 Jan 20
Cannot recommend this hostel enough! The whole staff is just so helpful and nice and they have very clean rooms and a peaceful atmosphere. You get a really nice view of the city and the surrounding landscape from the rooftop which was my favourite place to just hang out and relax for a little while. The location is great as well; it only takes a few minutes to get to the city centre and there's some nice and cheap places to grab some food nearby. Tatjana is also full of great recommendations on what to do and where to eat in Antigua. She also gave me the impression that she really cares about her guests and isn't just trying to make as much money as possible. Please do yourself a favour and stay here in Antigua for a quiet night's sleep!read more
Andrew Mathewson
Andrew Mathewson
21:42 29 Dec 19
The most comfortable and well thought out hostel I've visited in Central America. Very welcoming free (good) coffee and fast WiFi. Rooftop yoga and views were the best. Wish I could stay here longer.read more
Jayme Hunt
Jayme Hunt
00:51 09 Dec 19
This is a fantastic little hostel located in central Antigua. The front desk is staffed 24/7 and all of the workers are very friendly and helpful! I stayed in a female dorm - quiet, clean, excellent lockers & power strips near every bed!! The hostel also has a few common areas that are perfect for relaxing - my favorite was the rooftop garden with lots of seating, pillows, and blankets! I loved sitting up there at sunset to watch Fuego erupt. Absolutely a great place to stay!read more
Daniel Jeremy Kwame Fensom
Daniel Jeremy Kwame Fensom
11:26 10 Sep 19
Clean, spacious hostel with an amazing roof top chill out area. The owner Tatiana was incredibly welcoming and helpful. 5/10 min walk to the central square. If you're looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful to stay I Highly recommend here.read more
Kate Archer
Kate Archer
13:24 26 Aug 19
Fantastic hostel. Lovely staff and a great purpose. The lady running the hostel was incredibly friendly and helpful. Easy storage for bags when doing volcano hike overnight and free water and coffee which is a big help. Would definitely return!!!read more
Yanyan Yan
Yanyan Yan
03:55 25 Aug 19
My first rating of 10 to my favourite hostel in the world 😉 I’ve backpacked to more than 60 countries and have stayed at many hostels. This is the hostel that connected by heart and soul. Extremely clean, amazingly positive and sincerely friendly. I can feel the love and care from the owner Tatiana. She made me feel like home. I suffered from stomach pain and skin rash, she was always willing to help me find hospital snd doctor. The rooftop view is absolutely amazing. Great herbal garden ! You can also do yoga there! Everything is handmade! They hire deaf people to support their employment ! Such a beautiful and personal hostel! Also very quiet and cozy. Cannot tell you how much I love about this place! End up staying for 4 nights in this hostel and wanna go back to this place I felt like “home”! Thanks Tatiana! You are the best !read more
Daniel Loudenback
Daniel Loudenback
15:24 07 Aug 19
This is a wonderful hostel in a perfect location in Antigua. Clean rooms, SUPER comfortable beds, free coffee and tea at all hours. Secure lockers to store your things, very nice shared bathroom facilities. The roof deck is an awesome place to do yoga, chill out, and awe at the volcanoes that surround the city. Oh, and Tatjana (the owner) is seriously one of the best people on this earth. There isn't a kitchen here to cook your own food, but with all of the options in Antigua you won't want to. I highly recommend Purpose Hostel!read more
Ashley Hennessey
Ashley Hennessey
16:25 04 Aug 19
The Purpose Hostel was the best place I stayed during my trip to Antigua. It was constantly being cleaned and had the best staff. Tatjana was the best and had the greatest suggestions for things to do and places to eat. It made me feel at home even when I was in a different country. I would highly recommend staying here to anyone.read more
יובל בגה
יובל בגה
02:54 16 Jul 19
Best hostel ever! The housekeeper is wonderful and helps with everything!! In the roof you have a good view point to the volcano mountains and can see explodes. The rooms are very clean and beautiful and the price is fair.read more
Maria Hy
Maria Hy
21:01 14 Jul 19
I came here with some friends at my Spanish school for the weekend. I haven’t stayed at a hostel before but this was a really great experience. My group of four got a private room with 2 queen beds inside. The room was clean and spacious. There was a fan, towels and extra blankets. The shared bathrooms are clean and present on both floors. I never had to wait. I appreciate the free water, hot tea and strong coffee. The hostel seems environmentally conscious and invested in social community projects. They also have shuttles daily that can take you to different parts of Guatemala. The hostel is safe and the other guests were quiet and respectful. I highly recommend this place.read more
Alan Ebbs
Alan Ebbs
04:19 03 Jul 19
This is the perfect chill hostel if you're looking for clean/ comfy beds, lots of places to hang out including a roof top and an owner who is a library of knowledge. They do great things for the community and give back which means everyone who stays here is helping too!read more
Sarah
Sarah
17:44 10 May 19
Excellent hostel, would definitely stay again. Clean, new, plenty of areas to hangout including the amazing rooftop. Free coffee and water available and lots of games. Alex at the front desk was extremely friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We arrived early in the morning and they were able to turn around the room quickly to allow us to check in early after a long overnight journey. Always tried their best to please the visitors. I also had clothes I wanted to get rid of and they offered to donate them which I love! Location was good, wifi was decent, showers were good (some better pressure than others). Would be happy to return!read more
Daniel Manzo
Daniel Manzo
02:59 25 Apr 19
Excellent, clean, safe hostel. Tatjana (owner) was super helpful with local knowledge and arranging some travel logistics for us. She is inspirational and works really hard to serve and do good for her community. Free coffee and tea available at entrance 24/7. Beautiful rooftop Garden with herbs available for free. Filtered water to fill bottles for free. Plenty of common areas to relax in as well. Best hostel I've stayed at - hands down.read more
Anna Trompetas
Anna Trompetas
01:25 23 Apr 19
We paid $50 (US) for two basic dorm beds and were not provided towels- they wanted to charge us an extra $3 for two towels (on top of deposit). At the price we were paying this didn’t feel great. Also no kitchen, and not even a fridge to keep water or milk in (and no breakfast so it would be good to have a place to store milk for coffee/cereal). Otherwise a nice place with filter water and tea, and a nice rooftop.read more
Perry Finley
Perry Finley
19:25 13 Apr 19
The best hostel I've stayed at yet throughout my travels. Tatjana (co-owner) goes out of her way to ensure every guest is comfortable, accommodated, and connected to the best services the city has to offer (whether hiking the volcano or catching a shuttle). Walking distance to anywhere in Antigua, comfortable, hot water, reliable internet, amazing rooftop view and a charitable mission that goes beyond simply offering a place to stay. Truly feels like I have a home in Guatemala knowing The Purpose Hostel is always there. Can't recommend this place enough.read more
Anna Maria
Anna Maria
20:21 21 Feb 19
Super nice and helpful staff! They also give great recommendations on where to eat our in restaurants. Everything is really clean and the beds are comfortable! Every bed in the dorm has its own plug, own light and storage room that can be locked. It's also really safe! Free water, coffee and tea at any time! And walking distance to all major places in the city. All in all a great place to stay!read more
Allen Allen
Allen Allen
02:39 06 May 18
No kitchen. First hostel I've ever encountered that. Also the exchange from HostelWorld's price was a bit weird. Otherwise, super clean and quite hostel.
Aly Beanish
Aly Beanish
15:42 26 Apr 18
The Purpose Hostel is an awesome new place in a lovely part of Antigua! It's immaculately clean, modern and well thought out. It's complete with a few homey touches like bed curtains, personal lights and outlets, cute storage pockets hand-made by the local sewing school and HOT showers! What makes this place special is their community involvement and the unbelievably friendly staff! Take the time to chat with one of the owners over a cup of high quality coffee that's available all day. It's not an overly social hostel, but if you need a little taste of home and friendly faces at the end of the day, this is your place. Thank you Purpose!!read more
Jan Koenders
Jan Koenders
14:01 02 Mar 18
Even if this place would not have all the great facilities it has, it would still be 5/5 stars. I have rarely had such genuine, helpful and altogether friendly hosts—including all hotels I've stayed at over the years—as I did here in Antigua. "Where can I best do laundry?", "let me walk you to our neighbours who do!" "Is there a nice place to grab a quick snack?" "Sure! There is [...] if you want this, or [...] if you want that" "How do I get to XYZ?", "Let me take care of it for you, it will be around [...] quetzales and you'll have to pick up your tickets at [...]. Other options could be [...] or [...]" "Is there a place where I can get a massage?" "O yes! I always go to [...]! He's cheap and good but might be booked out. Let me make a few calls". Whatever my request was, they were always super helpful. Outside of all my requests, they were also just fun and friendly conversation partners. On top of that, you have (1) good beds, (2) nice hot showers, (3) everything is clean and (4) they develop the community through hiring locals who haven't worked in hospitality before and who are willing to learn English. So "purpose" does actually mean something here. Cannot recommend highly enough. Cheers!read more
Manny Cross
Manny Cross
15:25 21 Feb 18
Beautiful place with clean beds and hot showers! The staff is super duper kind and friendly, I chat with them every morning. Board games available in public areas, plenty of space to hang out. Free water and coffee ❤️read more
Markus Flückiger
Markus Flückiger
17:32 20 Jan 18
The place to stay in Antigua. Tatjana was a great host with lots of tipps!
Maija Kassari
Maija Kassari
14:30 18 Jan 18
Alexander Kushi-Willis
Alexander Kushi-Willis
17:47 17 Jan 18
This is a wonderful little place. Highly recommend it for a stay in Antigua
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Edgar Salazar Rojas
Edgar Salazar Rojas
2020-02-10T15:43:46+0000
Excelente lugar muy relax... Muy buenos en lo del aseo 100% recomendados.... Buen servicio al cliente
Yanyan Yan
Yanyan Yan
2019-08-25T03:57:08+0000
My first rating of 10 to my favourite hostel in the world 😉 I’ve backpacked to more than 60 countries and have stayed at many hostels. This is the hostel that connected by heart and soul. Extremely clean, amazingly positive and sincerely friendly. I can feel the love and care from the owner Tatiana. She made me feel like home. I suffered from stomach pain and skin rash, she was always willing to help me find hospital snd doctor. The rooftop view is absolutely amazing. Great herbal garden ! You can also do yoga there! Everything is handmade! They hire deaf people to support their employment ! Such a beautiful and personal hostel! Also very quiet and cozy. Cannot tell you how much I love about this place! End up staying for 4 nights in this hostel and wanna go back to this place I felt like “home”! Thanks Tatiana! You are the best !read more
Sarah Coventry
Sarah Coventry
2019-08-23T00:12:49+0000
So we discovered this place by chance after leaving Shemuc Champey and talking to another. We mentioned we hadn't booked anywhere and she said she had been and loved it. We weren't disappointed. The owner Tatjana was amazing from the get go. She sorted our shuttle for the airport, recommended places to eat, to go and more. The place itself is lovely, facilities were clean, the room was comfortable, there's areas to socialise with bean bags and comfy couches and my favourite part being the rooftop. On the roof you can chill (with the lovely coffee she provided) there's benches and cushions, there's yoga mats and an incredible herb garden she encourages you to use. You can see the town, the volcanoes and the stars were gorgeous. Couldn't recommend this place enough. Will definitely be visiting again!read more