The Best Boutique Hostels in Central America That Have the WOW Factor

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Because I work remotely while I travel, finding great accommodation makes a huge difference to my travel life. It’s not just a place to lay my head, it’s a place for me to work, relax, socialise and meet like-minded people.

I’ve had a few dodgy hostel experiences in my time where I’ve checked in and checked straight back out the next day so I’ve come to learn a thing or two about the hostels I like.


  • Cool décor and interiors
  • Design-led architecture
  • Rooftop terraces with great views
  • Communal areas to work
  • Spacious kitchens
  • Hanging out with people closer to my age (aka 25 years and above)
  • Intimate feel (I’m generally not great with big groups so prefer this)
  • Staff that are attentive and go above and beyond your expectations
  • Air conditioning
  • The option to join group activities
  • Private rooms with en-suite


  • Party hostels
  • Rooms lacking space resulting in mess everywhere
  • Real hippy vibes – in my experience, hostels like this always translate to “rough and ready”
  • Huge hostels (feelings too impersonal)
  • Private rooms with shared bathrooms (Just. No.)
  • Hostels that don’t look anything like the photos in reality – this can happen a lot.
  • Unhygienic and uncleanliness
  • Hostels without lockers. You’re just leaving yourself open to get your stuff stolen.
  • Crappy service – rude, lazy, unhelpful staff.

Now that I’m in my thirties, I have different a criteria and expectations. It’s fair to say that my travel style has changed as I’ve gotten older, but I can afford a little luxury these days because I’m fortunate enough to earn money whilst I travel. I generally stay in Airbnbs but this can sometimes feel a bit isolating so when I want to socialise, I book myself into a hostel for a night or two over a weekend. It’s the best of both worlds!

It can be heaps of fun hanging out with 18 year old gap year students every now and then but more often than not, I find I’m not exactly on the same wavelength as them and end up feeling like their big sister or agony aunt! Know what I mean?

Oh, to be bright-eyed and young again!

This is where the breed of boutique hostels are an absolute GOD SEND for travellers in their late twenties, thirties and above who are looking for a slice of luxury at a budget-friendly price.

Were you nodding at your screen to my list of “likes” above? If yes, then boutique hostels are your haven.

My first ever experience of a boutique hostel was LetsBunk Poshtel in Delhi and I was hooked. Scandinavian minimalistic design set in the coolest neighbourhood of Delhi – Hauz Khas Village. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone!

Whilst writing this, I’m travelling Central and South America so I thought it would be helpful to create an easy round up of the best boutique hostels in Central America to save you some leg work. These boutique hostels all have HostelWorld ratings of 8.5 or above so prepared to be WOW’ed!

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Casa Pepe

Where? Mexico City, Mexico

What makes it a boutique hostel?

  • Modern decor.
  • Free margarita on arrival. Hell, yes!
  • Super comfortable pod beds with curtains, power outlet and lamp.
  • Rooftop bar with plenty of space to work and chill.
  • Plenty of activities – excursions, game nights, free yoga, Nintendo.
  • Big lockers in the room + a small locker and shelf in each bunk.
  • Private rooms feature a balcony.
  • Onsite restaurant.
  • Fast WIFI
  • Free buffet breakfast: traditional Mexican dishes made to order, fruit, coffee.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.3

Read the reviews & book on Hostelworld here: Casa Pepe

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Casa Pepe, Photo ©


Where? Tulum, Mexico

What makes it a boutique hostel?

  • Built in 2019, cool minimalist decor.
  • Family style environment. 
  • Free bike hire.
  • Bar in courtyard (that closes at 11pm so no crazy parties).
  • Table tennis.
  • Netflix available on communal TV
  • Daily tours to cenotes, Tulum ruins etc.
  • Happy hour – great for meeting people, especially if you’re a solo traveller.
  • Exceptional staff – guests feel welcome.
  • Comfortable beds with charging stations. Partitions in the dorms for extra privacy.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.6

Read the reviews & book on Hostelworld here: Lum Hostel

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Barbara’s Boutique Hostel 

Where? Antigua, Guatemala

What makes it a boutique hostel?

  • Small old colonial style house.
  • Incredible views of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango.
  • Dorms equipped with comfortable beds, privacy curtain, reading light and a plug in each bed.
  • Movie nights with free popcorn
  • Many communal social spaces: terrace, rooftop terrace, dining room, living room (with sofas and Netflix), kitchen, reception terrace.
  • Breakfast included – eggs, pancakes, beans, cereal, toast, coffee. 
  • Unlimited tea and coffee all day.
  • Caring, friendly an welcoming staff

Hostelworld Rating: 9.7

Read the reviews & book on Hostelworld here: Barbara’s Boutique Hostel

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Adra Hostel

Where? Antigua, Guatemala

What makes it a boutique hostel?

  • Classical 18th century colonial house
  • Beautiful architecture.
  • Modern, stylish, comfortable and inviting.
  • Central courtyard patio where you can rest and soak up the sun.
  • Bar in the courtyard with happy hour.
  • 2 connected restaurants: healthy food/juice bar and fancier restaurant with classically trained chef.
  • Hairdryers and straighteners available.
  • Free breakfast and coffee.
  • Super helpful staff.
  • Large sized lockers.
  • Weekend workshops and live music.
  • Fast WIFI.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.3

Read the reviews & book on Hostelworld here: Adra Hostel

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Posada Schumann 

Where? San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

What makes it a boutique hostel?

  • Lakefront property
  • Private beach
  • Rustic architecture – country feel
  • Kayaks for guest use free of charge
  • Free breakfast
  • Hot sauna
  • Live music and bonfires in the evenings

Hostelworld Rating: 8.8

Read the reviews & book here: Posada Schumann

Selina Casco Viejo

Where? Panama City, Panama

What makes it a boutique hostel?

  • Retro, industrial interior décor
  • Daily classes and activities
  • Onsite bar
  • Taco restaurants and café
  • Plenty of communal working and relaxing space
  • Rooftop terrace with pool
  • Offers apartments and private deluxe rooms
  • Comfortable beds
  • Pool table
  • Cinema room

Hostelworld Rating: 8.5

Read the reviews & book on Hostelworld here: Selina Casco Viejo

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Selina Monteverde

Where? Monteverde, Costa Rica

What makes it a boutique hostel?

  • Yoga and wellness studio.
  • Swimming pool and 2 hot tubs.
  • Garden and bonfire nights
  • Free barbecue nights
  • Restaurant and bar.
  • Pool table.
  • Co-working space.
  • All bunks have own light, personal shelf and locker.
  • Located close to the cloud forest.

Hostelworld Rating: 8.9

Read the reviews & book on Hostelworld here: Selina Monteverde

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TIP – Because these boutique hostels in Central America are WOW and all have a HostelWorld rating of 8.5 or above, they usually get booked up fast! I’d recommend booking as soon as you’ve locked down dates.

Do you know of a boutique hostel in Central America that you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments box below!

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