Must-see hotels in Guatemala

  • Aldana's Lodge

    El Petén

    To the right off the street leading to Grupos B and A, the Aldana family offers seven clapboard cabins, with thin mattresses on pallets. Father and son…

  • Hotel Mashito


    On the road to the cemetery, the family-run Mashito is built around a plant-filled patio. Though a bit frayed, at least it's colorful, with green paint…

  • Theatre International Hostel

    Guatemala City

    Zona 1 is the key reason (and the only reason) to stay here, but keep expectations low because this place is in need of major TLC. Spotty wi-fi, long…

  • Hotel Ratzán

    Santiago Atitlán

    This budget option, near the center of town, is a family-run establishment with nice wood-beam ceilings and large, modern bathrooms. Only three of the…

  • Campground

    Semuc Champey & Around

    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…

  • Hotel Casa del Viajero


    This low-budget refuge stands at a high-traffic intersection, though things are thankfully calmer beyond the glassed-in reception area. A series of…

  • Hospedaje Panabaj

    San Marcos La Laguna

    The basic Panabaj stands behind the school that's immediately above the main plaza. Elevated rooms get plenty of light and though the wooden beds are…

  • Green World Hotel

    Flores & Santa Elena

    This low-key shoreline property features an interior patio and an upper sundeck overlooking the lake. Compact, low-lit rooms have ceiling fans and good…

  • Hotel Flores de Petén

    Flores & Santa Elena

    The first hotel you reach coming off the causeway has bright and spacious rooms with cut-rate furniture and a terrace for lake-gazing. The steady flow of…

  • Hotel Mary

    Western Highlands

    This echoey older hotel has a cafe on the ground floor. Though drably furnished, rooms do have comfy beds and large tiled bathrooms. At least one – No 310…

  • Descanso Cultural


    The bright blue exterior of this hotel just north of La Merced hides spacious if rather charmless rooms lined up alongside arched hallways with heavy…

  • Hotel El Amigo

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    Large, vaguely clean rooms around an oversized parking lot. Cheap and good for a night, and nothing more.

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