3 Best Hostels in Semuc Champey, Guatemala

3 Best Hostels in Semuc Champey – Infinity Pools, Jungle Walks and Hammock Afternoons

Tucked away in the Guatemalan jungle amidst a turquoise paradise of waterfalls, caves and natural pools; we’ve worked hard to find you the absolute best hostels in Semuc Champey in Guatemala.

Semuc Champey is one of the most idyllic locations in the world, in our opinion – what do you think?

Honestly, once you’ve seen the hostels on offer in this area, we think you’ll be inclined to agree.

The hostels in this area are seriously affordable and gorgeous. It’s not everyday you get to sleep in a hostel in Guatemala jungle with a private swimming pool!

Your shortcut:

  1. Greengo’s Hotel – top pick for solo travellers
  2. Ch’i Bocol Community Hostel – perfect for female solo travellers
  3. Pachamaya River Hostel – ideal for couples

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Also: We’ve included some hostels in Lanquin – the town closest to Samui Champey – for those that don’t necessarily want to stay by the entrance of the park.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Here are the 3 best hostels in Antigua Guatemala.

Side note: Many of you search for Hostal El Portal de Semuc Champey hostel, yet we do not necessarily recommended staying here. It’s a lovely hostel, but we’ve hand-picked a collection that we think offers the absolute best experience for our audience.

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Quick Introduction to Semuc Champey

Average price for a bed: Hostels in  Semuc Champey cost 3€ – 8€ per night for a bed in a dorm. Private rooms start from 18€ up to 24€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Semuc Champey

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Semuc Champey.

  1. Greengo’s Hotel
  2. Ch’i Bocol Community Hostel
  3. Pachamaya River Hostel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. Greengo’s Hotel

To start you off, we want to include Greengo’s Hotel as your first point of call. For one thing, this hostel is just a 10-minute walk from the famous cascades and pools!

“Surrounded by jungle and mountains with a river running through the property, Greengo’s unites natural beauty with first-class modern comforts of home.”

If you want a jungle experience, this is it.

Their mission is very clear, to provide an energetic, beautiful space for travellers to unwind. Sounds pretty good, right?

You can either stay here and explore the area by yourself or book one of the many guided hostel tours on offer. Visit caves, go hiking or tubing down the river – fun!

We also really like that Greengo’s is an integral part of Chicanuz community, supporting various community projects.

There are many ways that they go about supporting a relaxing atmosphere:

  • Onsite restaurant serving Mediterranean food
  • Hostel bar w/ Happy Hour
  • Large swimming pool & jacuzzi
  • Free Wifi (from 6am – 7pm)

As an eco-conscious hostel, there is only electricity between the hours of 6am-12noon and 4pm-midnight. You’ll be out exploring the wilderness anyway.

To make life easier, these guys offer a free pick-up service from Lanquin for guests staying for a minimum of 2 nights.

Many free activities happen here, including yoga classes and local hikes. Every Friday there is a free tour which is exclusive to Greengo’s.

When it comes to sleeping arrangements, there is a mix of dorms, private rooms and more luxurious rooms available.

Every room has a unique design with a lovely splash of colour and art.

This is one of the best hostels in Semuc Champey for

  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
Book Greengo’s Hotel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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2. Ch’i Bocol Community Hostel

Just a bit further into the forest, Ch’i Bocol Community Hostel is a beautiful 30-minute walk along an ancient Mayan pathway from Semuc Champey.

The goal of owner Mike is to have a 100% self sustainable hostel, and he’s off to a good start. So far there’s…

  1. A garden providing food on a daily basis
  2. Two natural gas powered refrigerators
  3. Solar which supplies all of the power they need

Ch’i Bocol is spread over a 2 acre piece of land which means the private and shared cabins are well spread out and spacious.

Walk literally a few minutes from the cabins and you’ll reach a natural swimming pool on the edge of a beautiful waterfall – wow!

Seeing as you’ll be in the middle of the jungle, it’s nice to know that breakfast and a family-style lunch & dinner is available for an extra (affordable) cost.

Awesome: This is the only hostel in the area that has a community kitchen for guest use. Feel free to bring your own food to prepare!

To help settle you in quickly there is an array of amenities.

Wind down and soak in the natural beauty at the full service bar, swing in a hammock or get your yoga on up on the deck.

Want to hear something quirky? Alongside cosy cabins and dorm rooms, this hostel offers camping and a chance to sleep in a hammock!

The evenings get lively quickly thanks to salsa lessons, trivia nights and costume parties… to name a few.

There are also plenty of guided tours to join during the day so make sure you speak to the hostel staff.

This is one of the best hostels in Semuc Champey for

  • Female solo travellers
Book Ch’i Bocol Community Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Pachamaya River Hostel

Equally as impressive but much more relaxed is Pachamaya River Hostel, also known as Pachamaya Eco Lodge.

This hostel is right next to the Cahabon river, which is known to change colour and depth almost every day.

Not only that, but it’s an easy 5-10 minute walk to Semuc Champey from here.

“This place is suitable for people who want to just relax, but also it is suited to people who want to have adventures too.”

If you’re just looking to relax, make the most of:

  • Deck areas & hammocks
  • Food & drinks at the onsite restaurant
  • A swim in the river

Otherwise, you can get wild and join one of their tours to Semuc Champey or the water caves. The really adventurous travellers will love water-tubing!

Most of the staff members are local and directly from the area so you’ll really feel immersed in the jungle.

The entire lodge has been designed to match the colours and structures of nature, inspired by the beauty around the lodge.

So yeah, the accommodation cabins are pretty gorgeous!

There are double privates and 8-bed mixed dorms, all of which are in stand alone huts with their own outside deck. Some of them have two floors.

Good to know: There is no Wifi here!

This is one of the best hostels in Semuc Champey for

  • Couples
  • Backpackers
Book Pachamaya River Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Semuc Champey?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget hotels!

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Semuc Champey.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Semuc Champey
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Best Hostels in Semuc Champey for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Semuc Champey for solo-travellers?

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy – Greengo’s Hotel! Why? Our three solid reasons:

  1. There’s a hostel bar with daily Happy Hour
  2. You’ll be right in the jungle with access to a swimming pool
  3. Free activities are always underway

See, we told you.

Book Greengo’s Hotel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Greengo's Hotel is one of the best hostels in Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Party Hostels in Semuc Champey

If you’re looking for party time, you won’t find any hostels in Semuc Champey that class themselves as a party hostel.

Yet, if you’re happy with a hostel bar and lively atmosphere (minus the crazy party games and up all night noise), then we recommend Greengo’s Hotel.

However, if you prefer to be closer to Lanquin town and happy to take a one day tour to Semuc, you could stay at Zephyr Lodge Guatemala.

This hostel is certainly catered for young, boisterous travellers. They encourage good vibes with a Happy Hour, cocktails wood fired pizzas and an awesome outdoor pool overlooking the mountains.

Book Zephyr River Lodge here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

Zephyr River Lodge is one of the best hostels in Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Best Lanquin Guatemala Hostels

Perhaps you’re not too concerned to stay right near the entrance of Semuc Champey? The nearest town to the park is San Agustin Lanquin, commonly known as Lanquin, and here you can find great hostels, too.

It’s around a 15km drive from Lanquin to Semuc Champey.

We’ve included some of the best hostels in the area for you to have a look at.

Hostal Vista Verde Lanquin

Infinity pool, anyone? One that’s set up on top of a hill overlooking Lanquin with views of the sunrise and mountains? Er, yes please!

Hostal Vista Verde Lanquin is a rustic and ecological hostel, ran by local owners with Mayan descent.

Obviously the pool is the absolute highlight, but there’s also a hostel restaurant-bar serving a daily breakfast.

It’s possible to book a bed in a 5-bed mixed dorm, or opt for a private twin room.

Guess what? Dorms have single beds instead of bunks and they all each have a hanging mosquito net.

If you want to visit Semuc Champey from here speak with the staff and they’ll help you book a tour.

Book Hostal Vista Verde here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Zephyr Lodge Guatemala

Set just 6km from Semuc Champey is Zephyr Lodge Guatemala and is certainly a great option for sociable solo travellers.

Just have a look and see why:

  • Outdoor pool overlooking mountains
  • Onsite restaurant and bar
  • Pod-style dorms
  • Private room balconies

As far as hostel restaurants go, this is the best one we found in the entire area.

Get ready for daily Happy Hour, wood fired pizzas, award winning coffee and endless cocktails.

The bar space is inviting, big and an ideal space for DJs and dancing.

You can join tours during the day (including trips to Semuc Champey), and relax in the Jacuzzi when you get home.

Thanks to the high-speed Internet available, this is a great hostel for digital nomads.

Book Zephyr River Lodge here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

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How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Greengo’s Hostel: Hostelworld
  2. Ch’i Bocol Community Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Pachamaya River Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Semuc Champey best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Semuc Champey. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Semuc Champey hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Natural Monument Semuc Champey
  • Utopia Cacao Farms
  • Grutas de Lanquín
  • Rubel Ha – Balneario Natural

Flights to Semuc Champey?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Semuc Champey.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Guatemala and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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FAQs

What is the best way to get from Antigua Guatemala to Semuc Champey?

There’s a daily shuttle bus that leaves in the early morning, around 8am. It will take around 9-10 hours depending on how many people they’re picking up along the way.

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Over to you

With such an amazing collection, we’re eager to hear with hostel Semuc Champey you’ve decided on!

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Semuc Champey hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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