Best hotels and hostels in Central & Eastern Guatemala

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lívingston

    Casa Rosada

    Casa Rosada is a one-stop spot that manages somehow to do it all, and do it well. The owner, Ismael, is a wealth of knowledge about the area and can arrange tours, set up performances and offer advice or suggestions, as well as handle issues that come up. Bungalows (all with clean shared bathrooms) are delightful, as is the food. You need to order up to two hours early to have dinner, but the restaurant is open the rest of the day for walk-ins, and has great coffee, good breakfasts and tasty margaritas. The dock and hammocks make it easy to jump on boats or just lounge the day away. It's Lívingston slow luxury at its best.

  • 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 Lívingston

    Casa Nostra

    A lovely spot right on the water with (on a good day) views of Honduras from the upper floor, the Casa Nostra is a place that feels like home. Owner Stuart makes incredible food, the staff are friendly, and the spot exudes just the right balance of casualness and style. Pick-ups and drop-offs are available from the dock. Even if you're staying elsewhere, don't miss the chance to swing by for one of Casa Nostra's seafood pizzas, a delight even for those who are picky about their seafood.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Alta & Baja Verapaz

    Candelaria Lodge

    The Candelaria Lodge is a refined hotel so lovely it seems bizarrely out of place here in the relative nowhere of central Guatemala. The rooms are beautiful, as are the perfectly manicured grounds, which are bursting with flowers and hummingbirds. The place also has an excellent restaurant, El Bistrot Francés.

  • 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.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Alta & Baja Verapaz

    Ranchitos del Quetzal

    Carved out of the jungle on a hillside 200m away from the Biotopo del Quetzal entrance, this place has good-sized simple rooms with hot showers. Reasonably priced, simple meals (mains from Q30) are served, and there are vegetarian options. The best reason to be here is the wealth of info you'll get from the friendly staff, and the chance to be next door to the biotope. Foxes visit in the evening, as does a host of interesting birds, which the staff will happily identify for you. The other options may be more luxurious, but if you're here for the nature (and who isn't?!), this is a perfect choice. A trail for quetzal viewing leads up into the hills. There's also a path along a gorgeous, lush river to a beautiful waterfall.

  • 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 Lívingston

    Dos Arboles

    A relative newcomer in what was the Vecchia Toscana, Dos Arboles is a fun, hip hostel and more, with live-music shows, a lovely pool with hummingbirds, and experienced owners who know what makes a place tick. Any closer to the water and you'll be wading. Good mosquito nets mean that you'll actually get some sleep here too.

  • Lodging in El Oriente

    Posada de Quiriguá

    The Posada de Quiriguá gets high marks, not only for lovely rooms and a gracious owner, but also for delicious Japanese food that's served there. There are only a few rooms, and when the owner is traveling the posada is closed, so advance reservations are essential.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Finca Tatin

    Experience the forest at this rustic B&B at the confluence of Ríos Dulce and Tatin, 10km from Lívingston. Four-hour guided walks and kayak trips, some visiting local Q'eqchi' villages, are offered. Accommodations are in funky wood-and-thatch cabins scattered through the jungle and spiffy riverfront cabins (double Q350 to Q400, depending on room layout and beds) with balconies overlooking the water. There are trails, waterfalls and endless river tributaries that you can explore with one of the cayucos (indigenous fishing dugouts) available for guest use (per day Q80). Guided night walks through the jungle offer views of elusive nightlife, and cave tours are good for swimming and soaking in a natural sauna. You can walk to Lívingston from here in about four hours or take your kayak. Alternatively, staff from Finca Tatin will come pick you up. A temescal sauna is a new addition for those needing a good purifying sweat.

  • Lodging in Caribbean Coast

    Hotel Kangaroo

    On the Río La Colocha, just across the water from El Castillo de San Felipe, this beautiful, simple Australian–Mexican-run place is built on stilts in the mangroves. Its restaurant's beguiling menu (mains Q50 to Q100) features some Aussie classics and probably the best Mexican food you're likely to find outside of Mexico. The whole place is constructed from wood, with thatched roofs, and windows are mosquito-netted – there's not a pane of glass in sight. Wildlife is particularly abundant around here, with blue warblers, pelicans, a 2-metre iguana and turtles making the surrounds their home. There's also a bar-restaurant. Drinks on the deck overlooking the river are a great way to start, finish or while away the day. Call from Río Dulce or San Felipe, and it'll arrange a free pick up, even if you're just dropping in for lunch.

  • Lodging in Caribbean Coast

    Hacienda Tijax

    This 500-acre hacienda, a two-minute boat ride across the cove from Bruno's, is a special place to stay. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, birdwatching, and walking and canopy tours around the rubber plantation and private nature reserve. Accommodations in lovely little cabins are connected by boardwalks. The pricier ones have kitchens and are well set up for families. Most cabins face the water and there's a very relaxing pool/bar area. Access is by boat or by a road that turns off the highway about 1km north of the village. The folks here speak Spanish, English and French, and they'll pick you up from across the river.

  • Lodging in Alta & Baja Verapaz

    Hotel Cancuén

    The best hotel in town is a family-run affair on the outskirts of town (a two-minute walk from the center). Rooms are clean and well decorated (air-con is an additional Q50, hot water is Q35), and there's a good little comedor (cheap eatery) onsite. It has good information about visiting Cancuén. You can arrange walking/tubing tours (Q150 per person, five to six hours) of the nearby Cueva los Nacimientos, the northernmost point in the Candelaria cave complex. There's also a large peacock cage here.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Hotelito Perdido

    This beautiful, secluded hideout is a five-minute boat ride from Finca Tatin. The ambience is superb – relaxed and friendly. The whole place is solar powered and constructed in such a way as to cause minimal impact on the environment. Wi-fi is slow at times. The two-story bungalows are gorgeous: simple yet well decorated, with a sleeping area upstairs and a small sitting area downstairs. It's a small, intimate place, so it's a good idea to book ahead. You can organize many of the activities available at Finca Tatin from here as well.

  • Lodging in Alta & Baja Verapaz

    Oasis Chiyú

    A few kilometers from the pools, this has a wonderful tropical feel to it. Accommodations are in big, rustic thatched-roof huts. Reservations are absolutely essential. There's plenty to do here: kayaking, 10m-high waterfalls to jump from, caves to explore, jungle trekking and visits to nearby Q'eqchi' communities. See the website for shuttles from Río Dulce or Flores. Local tour prices start at Q125 per person (minimum two people). Most tours are doable in a day and cost Q150 to Q250 per person.

  • Lodging in Caribbean Coast

    Hotel del Norte

    A large, classically tropical wooden building with mosquito-screened corridors, the century-old Hotel del Norte is in a class by itself. Its weathered and warped frame is redolent of history, and the floorboards go off at crazy angles. Pick a room carefully – some are little more than a wooden box; others have great ocean views and catch good breezes. Rooms with air-conditioning are in the newer, less atmospheric building, but are still an excellent deal. There's a swimming pool beside the sea.

  • Lodging in Caribbean Coast

    Bruno's

    A path leads down from the northwest end of the bridge to this riverside hangout for yachties needing to get some land under their feet. The dorms are clean and spacious and the building offers some of the most comfortable rooms in town, with air-con and balconies overlooking the river. It's well set up for families and sleeps up to six. Bruno's also serves good breakfasts and gringo comfort food (mains Q70 to Q100) and has a full bar. The restaurant is open 7am to 10pm daily.

  • Lodging in Lívingston

    Hotel Villa Caribe

    The 45-room Villa Caribe is a luxurious anomaly among Lívingston's laid-back, low-priced Caribbean lodgings. Modern but still Caribbean in style, it has many conveniences and comforts, including extensive tropical gardens, a restaurant, a big swimming pool and two bars, one (appropriately) next to the pool. Rooms are fan-cooled with modern bathrooms; little balconies overlook the gardens and river mouth. The bungalows are air-conditioned.

  • 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 Caribbean Coast

    Brisas del Lago

    A small family-run operation, Brisas is humble and charming, offering clean, simple cabins on the lakefront and good home-cooked meals in the restaurant. It's on the north side of Lago de Izabal, between El Estor and San Felipe. This spot is on the Río Dulce–El Estor bus route, about one hour (Q15) from Río Dulce and 30 minutes (Q10) from El Estor. The last bus in either direction passes at around 4:30pm to 5pm.