Xamanek Backpacker's Lodge
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Xamanek Backpacker's Lodge Guatemala City Reviews
Xamanek Hostel Dec 20, 2012
I had this argument with the owner of the hostel in Guatemala City. He was complaining that backpackers are not staying in the city for longer than what’s needed to catch the plane or a bus to the next destination. Guatemala City is not a horrible city, and you can easily spend couple of days there.. but WHY would you spend $20 for a dorm bed, when you can go to Antigua which is just a 45 min away by bus? In Antigua great hostels are around 8$, it is way safer, lots of things to see… Anyway he got my point, but did not have answer for keeping his price so high.
Xamantek is located in Zone 10 which is considered as one of the safest and nicest places to stay. It is called Zona Viva and that is where you can find many restaurants, clubs are at the walking distance and there is also a large Mall with all kind of goodies that you need. Transportation is kind of limited to taxis, but if you don’t mind exploring and walking a bit, bus system should be in place…
Compound is surrounded by the wall and entrance is a metal door so security is on the high level. There is guy guarding the place at night, and during the day there is older lady taking care of business. Place looks more like small hotel than like hostel.
Dorms are very clean and have good lockers in the rooms. Rooms are divided to guys and girls. Breakfast is included and it is a bit better than regular “continental” thing. Good strong coffee makes all the difference. Kitchen is available for use at all times, it has all the necessary equipment and only things you need to bring is your food. We were on the first floor, but there is also the top floor with privates. Living area is right after the entrance door, it is large with nice and comfortable sofas, has small book library and desktop computer for all that need that kind of internet usage. WiFi with good strength is available through the hostel. Restrooms are well organized and clean with sporadic hot water.
My place to relax in this hostel was outside in the garden behind the building. There is another balcony that you can chill on the second floor but there is no too many places where to sit.
Again, place is nice, people that work in the hostel are pleasant and helpful, and lonely complaint I have is overpricing.
Center of the town is fairly far but they have good transport called Trans Metro that stops some 7-8 blocks away. I simply love the small comedores in down town and if you are in the city, you must see and try all the traditional food from Guatemala. You can also get the cheapest leather bags, woven goods and carved traditional stuff. If you are into sweets, there are bunch of stalls with really great tasty sweets of all kinds.
Saying all of this, if you don’t have to fly from Guatemala City, you should simply avoid it and go to Antigua.
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