Best hotels and hostels in Alta & Baja Verapaz

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Semuc Champey & Around

    Utopia

    Set on a hillside overlooking the small village of Semil, 3km from Semuc Champey, this is the most impressive setup in the area. Every type of accommodations imaginable is available, from nice riverside cabins to campsites. The restaurant/bar (serving vegetarian family-style meals) has fantastic valley views, and the stretch of river that it sits on is truly idyllic. The turnoff to Semil is 2km before Semuc Champey. From there it's about 1km to the hotel. Call from Lanquín (or drop into the office at the crossroads where the bus arrives) for free transport out here.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cobán

    Casa Tenango

    What this place lacks in frills (no pool, no bar) it more than makes up for in warmth, with a large kitchen, several common areas that are good for meeting people, and clean rooms. The dorms have large lockers and some rooms feel more like a boutique hotel than a hostel. Best are the owners, who greet each guest like they're family.

  • Lodging in Lanquín

    Zephyr Lodge

    Lanquín's self-admitted party hostel is all class – great rooms with spectacular views, decent dorms and some good hangout areas, including the big thatched-roof bar/restaurant. The river is a five-minute walk downhill. Wi-fi goes off at 8pm, however, meaning there's all the more reason to party with your new-found friends instead of hanging out with your computer or phone.

  • Lodging in Cobán

    Pensión Monja Blanca

    This place is peaceful despite being on busy 2a Calle. After walking through two courtyards, you come to a lush garden packed with fruit and hibiscus trees around which the spotless rooms are arranged. Each room has an old-time feel to it and is furnished with two good-quality single beds with folksy covers. Also has cable TV. The hotel's central location and tranquil atmosphere make it a good place for solo women travelers.

  • Lodging in Semuc Champey & Around

    El Portal

    About 100m short of the entrance to Semuc Champey, this is the obvious choice for convenient access to Semuc. There's only electricity from 6pm to 11pm, but the well-spaced wooden huts built on the bank sloping down to the river are by far the best accommodations deal in the area. Meals and tours are available. It can arrange transport to/from all over Guatemala if you need it.

  • Lodging in Lanquín

    El Retiro Lodge

    This sublimely located hotel is about 500m along the road just outside town on the main route west. Dorm rooms have 10 or 14 beds. Decor includes some clever use of tiles, shells, strings of beads and local fabrics. Thatched-roof huts look down over the greenest of green fields to a beautiful wide river. It's safe to swim and to use an inner tube if you're a confident swimmer.

  • Lodging in Cobán

    Hotel La Posada

    Just off the plaza, this colonial-style hotel is Cobán's best, though streetside rooms suffer from traffic noise. Its colonnaded porches are dripping with tropical flowers and furnished with easy chairs and hammocks. The rooms are a bit austere, with plenty of religious relics around the place, but they have nice old furniture, fireplaces and wall hangings of local weaving.

  • Lodging in Cobán

    Posada de Don Antonio

    MC Escher's famous Relativity painting could have been inspired by the multiple staircases in the lobby here, but this atmospheric two-story place provides some of the best-value accommodations in town. Rooms are spacious and have double beds, high ceilings and attention to detail. Breakfast (Q30 to Q50) in the patio area is a great way to start the day.

  • Lodging in Lanquín

    Viñas Hotel

    On the outskirts of town, heading toward Semuc Champey, this is the best full-service hotel around. Rooms are by no means fancy (and dorms are available), but they do come with air-con and there's a big pool here, with mountains in the background. It makes great use of its hillside location, with fantastic views from the multiple balconies on offer.

  • Lodging in Cobán

    Casa Duranta

    Some rooms at this carefully restored, eclectically decorated place are excellent value, while others are a bit cramped for the price. Tile floors grace most of the rooms, and there's a lovely courtyard. Have a look around if you can. There's also an on-site restaurant. Some rooms have street noise.

  • Lodging in Lanquín

    El Muro

    By far the best option in the town itself, El Muro is a happy little hostel/bar featuring good-sized dorms and rooms. Most have attached bathrooms and fans, and all have breezy balconies overlooking the hills or garden. Hammocks are a nice way to relax. Also has a bar, a restaurant and games.

  • Lodging in Lanquín

    Rabin Itzam

    A no-frills budget hotel in the center. The beds sag a bit, but rooms upstairs at the front (without bathroom) have good valley views. Good discounts outside Semana Santa.

  • Lodging in Cobán

    Hotel Central

    Reasonably sized rooms and lovely outdoor sitting areas make this a decent choice. Try for a room at the back for better ventilation and views out over the town.

  • Lodging in Cobán

    Hotel La Paz

    This cheerful budget hotel, 1½ blocks north and two blocks west of the plaza, is an excellent deal. It has many flowers to brighten up the otherwise simple decor.

  • Lodging in Cobán

    Campground

    Camping is available at Parque Nacional Las Victorias, right in town. Facilities include water and toilets but no showers.

  • Lodging in Semuc Champey & Around

    Campground

    It's possible to camp at Semuc Champey, but be sure to pitch a tent only in the upper areas, as flash floods are common down below. It's also risky to leave anything unattended, as it might get stolen. The place now has 24-hour security, which may reassure potential campers, but you should keep your valuables with you.