After Mexico it was time for some backpacking in Guatemala. It was my first time in the country and on the first night, after crossing the border from Ciudad Cuauhtemoc into La Mesilla, we got two chicken buses to Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela. A few days before we needed to book a hostel though, as arriving at night we wanted to be sure we had a bed for the night! And we found a fantastic place online – the Hostal 7 Orejas, which translates into English as “seven ears”!
After a day of 2 chicken buses, one normal bus, one tuk tuk, one shared taxi, a border crossing and a taxi, we arrived in Hostal 7 Orejas and were welcomed with a warm smile and handed our room key. Travel bliss and then the wifi worked and was fast!!
We prolonged our stay in the end from 2 nights into 4 nights as we loved the place so much and here are the best 5 things about the Hostal 7 Orejas.
1. Comfortable rooms
Just amazing. We ended up in a triple room which gave us more space. Cosy beds, a desk for blogging. Really cosy and comfortable and with a nice decor.
2. Hot water
It’s not always a given that the water in showers will be hot, but here at Hostal 7 Orejas it always is.
3. Fast wi fi
In the short time that I had in the room (as we were our hiking and exploring a lot) I made use of the ultra fast wifi! I got my blogging done, my videos onto You Tube and all my emails etc. answered. Fast wifi is a really big pulling point for me!
4. Rooftop Views
Head to the third floor (of 3) and enjoy the views at sunrise, sunset or just chill with an afternoon beer. It was brilliant views day and night.
5. Great Staff
The staff are very pleasant and friendly and the manager Anthony kept asking how everything was and what our plans where. After checking out, they even minded our bags for 2 days when we did the Tajumulco hike.
All in all this is the best hostel in Xela or Quetzaltenango and is situated on a nice quiet street, only 10 minutes walk from the Parque Central.
You can book through Agoda but also through their own website and here are the full details:
Hostal 7 Orejas
2a. Calle 16-92 zona 1 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Or contact them by sending an email to [email protected]
Here are my videos from my stay in Hostal 7 Orejas when backpacking in Guatemala: