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Nice place, nice staff, very close to the center, good choice
The owner here is fantastic, and always has time to help with anything, and with perfect english as well. The atmosphere is really great, the courtyard is just perfect. Breakfast was simple but good. Free water and snacks is a really nice touch. It is hard to say a bad word due to how friendly the hostel is, but I have to say the bathroom cleanliness was a bit lacking - the shower really needed new tiles or at least a very thorough cleaning of ingrained dirt. Wifi only works in common area too.
The hostel itself is quite good, it's clean, well located and for the most part, has pleasant staff. The owner however, is awful. When you first meet Sergio he seems nice. You soon realise that he is an aggressive bully both to his customers and other staff. I thank all the other staff for their efforts during my stay.
Booked 4 bed mixed-dorm. Arrived and it was a 10 bed mixed with a curtain dividing it into 6 bed and 4 bed sections. Sergio, the new owner was accommodating however, and was able to set us up with a free private for one of our 4 nights, and a proper 4 bed mixed after I spoke with him. Kind of annoying that they tried to pass off a 10 bed mixed with a curtain as a 4 bed, but they did the right thing and made good on it.
Travelled through Asia, Australia, Europe, central and North America and have never stayed somewhere I have felt this unsafe. The owner gets drunk every evening and is aggressive towards guests and even more so towards staff. He makes guests feel uncomfortable and has a completely unreasonable policy of making guests go to bed at 10pm with lights off. The owner is friendly to begin with but don't be fooled. Other staff are excellent, tea and coffee is provided and breakfast is delicious.
Great common area, great rooms and beds, and everything is super clean. Sergio is a great host and goes out of his way to show the local spots during the day as well as take people out at night. It's easy to meet people. The free breakfast is the best of any hostel I've ever stayed at. There's also some free happy hour drinks! I walked into a couple other hostels in Antigua and I think this one is the clear winner.
Nice place to stay. The flamoyant mexican-swiss owner adds a buzz to the place (yes, quite some welcome drinks too). Breakfast is pretty good, but avoid option 7 :).