This past summer, I stayed at this hostel 3 separate times with large groups each time (one of them over 30 people) . The rooms are clean, spacious, and comfortable. Rutt and her family are so helpful and make you feel at home! It is so close to the airport and very central to so many areas in Guatemala City. Our non-profit will definitely be looking forward to staying at Guatefriends in the future! Thank you for everything!
Hostel Guatefriends is pretty close to the airport, they have free shuttle service to the airport, also breakfast is included, typical delicious Guatemalan breakfast, I tried first night in that place and it fulfilled my expectations, so I decided to visit it again in the other two nights I spent at Guatemala City, also this place has comfortable beds, clean rooms, and a terrace where you can share time with friends, or just take a break, the hostel at night is quiet, also you receive an excellent attention, also the price is great and not expensive for the services you receive, so I hope to visit this place next time I will be in Guatemala, quite recommended!
This is a family run hostel approx 350 meters from the International Airport. Free pick up and drop off is provided. Request for a room in the back away from the street as it can get noisy in the morning though the hostel is situated in a safe residential area. Expect aircraft noise until 1am. Beds are comfy and they provide soap and towels. Bathrooms are clean with hot water and good water pressure. Breakfast consists of scrambled eggs, beans, bread, fruit and coffee. Wifi is strong in all areas. It is possible to order meals from out as there are no restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Local tours can be booked through the hostel. The $10 shuttles to Antigua are available from the arrivals area at the airport and contrary to what online reviews state, it is possible to get shared shuttles even past a 9pm arrival. This is a cozy, well managed family run hostel and great for a one night transit halt before a flight in a safe and secure area. The host was very accommodating and friendly. …
Stayed here in two occasions during travels in Guatemala with four people. In summary; hostel is clean, provides a nice breakfast, solid communication and easy pick-up from the airport. In contrary to what the person below me wrote in his review our pick-up was smooth; I gave the hostel a call, looked out for their car and we arrived in the hostel within 10 minutes after the call. Not a 5/5 due to the price: being in a rather lackluster location in the city really only suited when traveling onwards quickly, a price of c. $20 pnpp is pretty steep in a country like Guatemala.
Clean, hot shower, nice patio area for relaxing. The room was very basic, but just fine. Good hot breakfast is included. Free ride from the airport, which is just 3 minutes away. Take an Uber if you want to visit the historic areas in Zone 1.
The stay at the Guatefriends was terrible and slightly terrifying. I would recommend you stay away from this place. Especially if you are travelling on your own and / or aren't fluent in Spanish. Initially I picked this place as it advertised a shuttle service included in the price from the airport. The place is less than 1km from the airport so no airport shuttle would go there. However there are earnings not to walk the distance as the risk of getting robbed on the way is too high. If you grab a cab, it costs 10 dollars (for less than 1km...). The problems started when I first communicated with the hostel to request their service. The replied quite abruptly and in Spanish and said they will only drive out once I'm out of the airport and waiting by the exit. Tough luck if your mobile has no reception in Guatemala. I called them when I arrived, a man who couldn't speak English answered. Then a woman who spoke little English. I told her I was waiting by the exit and that I wear a big orange Rucksack. I waited 45 minutes and nobody showed up. I had to take one of the 10 dollar cabs to get me to my destination. At the hostal, I rang the bell and it took them a while to open. Straight away a man started insulting me I Spanish, upset that I was ringing the bell too much and that his wife had waited at the airport for ages and I didn't show up. To be clear, this is a tiny aiport and it's beyond me how she didn't spot me. I don't think she even left the car. She had my number but wasn't bothered calling. I had to pay my bill immediately and without further shown around, I was escorted to my room. Escorting is the only way I can put it as next I discovered I was staying in what resembled a prison cell. No windows! I couldn't believe I was paying 30 dollars per night for a room with no windows. But that wasn't all. The doorknob fell off when I left the room for a few minutes and I couldn't look the door any more. The hot water was so hot, I couldn't shower. The next day nobody apologised to me and they were pretty much ignoring me. To be clear, hostel really isn't the right term for such a place and I am unclear how such properties can be advertise don booking.com. this was someone's home refurbished to accommodate paying guests. My room was behind a set of garage doors, there were no social spaces, nobody spoke English. The reason for using sites like booking.com. in foreign places is that they give me security and I can really on vetted properties. I was scared, upset and felt deeply unwelcome. My recommendation is to read all reviews before booking places near the airport.…
Stayed just one night because I was heading to Flores and Tikal the next day. This place is super comfortable, clean and the staff is really friendly and helpful like picking me up when I flew in at the airport and also dropping me off the next morning for my flight to Flores. Really nice, family hostel. It’s in a safe area and very close to the La Aurora Airport in Guatemala City. I would definitely stay again and recommend staying here to others. Thanks!!
I loved my stay at Guatefriends! The host, Ruth, was super friendly and super helpful. She even gave me a ride to the airport! I liked the neighborhood around there and even though google doesn't show it, there are a number of stores to buy snacks and drinks, as well as roadside food stalls up on the main Avenue. If you walk out of the hostel and go right, you'll get to an army base. Curve left with the road and go to the main street. Along the way there are security guards at different spots and I felt safe walking around. The pics I included are from the food stall, not from Guatefriends. Please say "Hi" to Ruth!
Our missions team was looking for a place close to the airport and yes we found it, the hosts are great, the rooms and bathrooms are clean, the place feel very safe, they have free breakfast, free internet. Just be aware that rooms don’t have AC so rooms may get warm during summer.
This is a decent hostel and the lady who runs it was great. Free pick up and drop off at the airport, 5 minutes away. The breakfast was made for each person by the manager, and was pretty good. The bad thing is this place is ONLY close to the airport - everything else is an Uber ride costing between Q13 and Q60 depressing upon where you go. Good for late night/early morning airport transfer but if you're planning days in the city look elsewhere.