Must-see hotels in Guatemala

  • Irtra Hostales

    The Pacific Slope

    Set on lush, tropical grounds that feature swimming pools, a spa bath, various sports fields and probably the most impressive minigolf course in the…

  • El Sombrero Eco-Lodge

    El Petén

    In a fabulous setting on the Laguna Yaxhá, El Sombrero features solar-powered, mosquito-netted bungalows with wraparound screened windows, most with lake…

  • La Casa de Don David

    El Petén

    Just west of the junction, this full-service outfit has spotless, modern rooms decorated with Maya textiles. All feature verandas and hammocks facing the…

  • Hotel Las Cumbres

    Western Highlands

    Located 1km south of Zunil, Las Cumbres seems like a colonial village amid a volcanic landscape where great plumes of steam emanate from the earth. The…

  • Hotel Isla Verde

    Santa Cruz La Laguna

    This stylish, environmentally friendly lodging makes the most of its spectacular setting. A mosaic stone path winds through exuberant vegetation to the…

  • Posada Vetz K'aol

    Quiché

    On the edge of the village with forested views, this posada is a former stable, built in the local style with carved wood columns along an arcade. Most of…

  • Hobbitenango

    Guatemala

    The steep ascent to Hobbitenango might make you think you're climbing Mt Doom, but this Middle Earth–styled lodge is a great place to get away from it all…

  • Dragon Hotel

    San Marcos La Laguna

    This lakefront spread created by a North American artist could be the wackiest of San Marcos lodgings. Signs of artistic exuberance pop up everywhere,…

  • Posada de Santiago

    Santiago Atitlán

    Somewhere between rustic and luxurious, this North American–owned posada makes a great retreat. Seven cottages (some sleeping six) and five suites, all…

  • Uxlabil Eco Hotel

    San Juan La Laguna

    The Uxlabil stands on a small coffee plantation on the southern edge of San Juan's bay. Made by local artisans from natural materials, the four-level…

  • Posada Caribe

    El Petén

    Located on a lazy stretch of the river about halfway between Sayaxché and Laguna Petexbatún is this appealingly remote encampment managed by the ebullient…

  • Laguna Lodge

    Santa Cruz La Laguna

    This eco-lodge is in Paxanax, on the east end of the bay from Santa Cruz. Of adobe construction, the lodge comprises seven luxurious suites with lake-view…

  • Hotel Bahía Taitzá

    El Petén

    West of San José, this is an elaborate spread where you can truly unwind. Twenty-four well-designed rooms with tropical hardwood furnishings and lovely…

  • Hotel Bambú

    Santiago Atitlán

    The Bambú is an ecologically harmonious hotel on the outskirts of Santiago. Scattered around wild yet manicured grounds, the 10 spacious rooms are in…

  • Posada San Sebastián

    Antigua

    What do you show for a lifetime of collecting? San Sebastián's auteur-owner has the answer – a guesthouse packed to the gunwales with curios and museum…

  • Jenna's River B&B

    Panajachel

    You'll feel right at home at Jenna's place, just outside Pana proper, with seven uniquely decked-out hard-standing 'yurts' (all with bathrooms) that are…

  • Gringo Perdido Ecological Inn

    El Petén

    Ensconced in a paradisaical lakefront setting within the Cerro Cahuí biosphere reserve, this jungle-style lodge offers a bank of rooms with full-wall roll…

  • Zoola Antigua

    Antigua

    The Antigua branch of the Israeli-run hostel on Lago de Atitlán translates well to Antigua's colonial setting: sparsely furnished dorms surround an open…

  • Posada San Miguel

    El Petén

    This amiably managed little lakefront hotel is on the incredibly idyllic Peninsula San Miguel, just a five-minute passage over from Flores by lancha (Q15,…

  • Jungle Lodge

    Tikal

    Nearest of the hotels to the site entrance, this was originally built to house archaeologists working at Tikal. Self-contained bungalows, plus a bank of…

  • Hotel Isla de Flores

    Flores & Santa Elena

    This island hotel sports an understated tropical style that's highly appealing. Hardwood beams frame bone-white walls with floral motifs that are echoed…

  • Lomas de Tzununá

    Lago de Atitlán

    Perched high on a cliff at the east end of the bay with astounding views, this semi-luxurious property features conventional cypress cabins and a…

  • Driftwood Surfer

    The Pacific Slope

    El Paredón's undisputed party hostel, the Driftwood was quick to arrive in the town and set the pace with its beachfront location and swim-up pool bar…

  • La Posada de Don José

    Flores & Santa Elena

    Near the northern tip of the island, this is an old-fashioned establishment (check the lobby for a portrait of the founder) with rocking chairs scattered…

  • Hotel Royal Palace

    Guatemala City

    A little island of glamor amid the rough and tumble of 6a Av, this place offers most comforts. The style is modern-reconstruction, with plenty of dark…

  • Casa Seibel

    Quetzaltenango

    Incorporated into a late-19th-century Xela house, Casa Seibel is cozy and comfortable. Set around two plant-filled courtyards, its dorms and private rooms…

  • Swell

    The Pacific Slope

    This 'surf and lifestyle' hotel was on the cusp of opening when we visited, and it looked a treat. Designed by the architect owner, it has a selection of…

  • Maya Moon Lodge

    Lago de Atitlán

    This retreat a bit west of the main dock consists of large, simply furnished cabins at various levels of a florally abundant hillside, all with hammock…

  • Mayan Inn

    Chichicastenango

    Founded in 1932, the inn today encompasses several restored colonial houses on either side of 8a Calle. The courtyards are planted with tropical flora and…

  • Pirámide Paraiso

    El Petén

    Built in time for the dawn of the new baktún (a baktún equals about four centuries) of the Maya calendar (in 2012) is this glitzy addition to the Gringo…

  • Hotel Villa Nebaj

    Quiché

    Behind the elaborate facade is a neat, modern hotel with fountains in the courtyard and elaborate paintings of nebajenses in fiesta wear. Rooms on three…

  • El Hostal

    Antigua

    Within stumbling distance of plenty of cafes and restaurants, El Hostal is a super-relaxed budget option with a hint of colonial style. Set around a…

  • Casa Cristina

    Antigua

    There are just a dozen rooms at this hotel on a pretty backstreet near La Merced. Though compact, all are quaintly appointed with típico (traditional)…

  • Posada El Arco

    Chichicastenango

    Near the Arco Gucumatz, this homey, solar-powered spread is one of Chichi's more original accommodations. All nine rooms are idiosyncratically appointed,…

  • Zephyr Lodge

    Lanquín

    Lanquín's self-admitted party hostel is all class – great rooms with spectacular views, decent dorms and some good hangout areas, including the big…

  • Hotel El Mesón de María

    Antigua

    Bask in antique splendor at this impressively restored colonial mansion in the center of town, replete with lushly planted courtyards and various…

  • Hostal Doña Magdalena

    Quiché

    A rustic wooden home with garden on the edge of Acul village that has a couple of rooms turned into six-bed dorms with bunks and bathrooms with hot water…

  • Hostal 7 Orejas

    Quetzaltenango

    The 'Seven Ears' (named after a nearby mountain range) is a scrupulously maintained hostel on a quiet street northwest of the center. The pseudocolonial…

  • Soul Food Kitchen & Guesthouse

    The Pacific Slope

    This simple guesthouse has a selection of airy whitewashed rooms with mosquito nets. It's a relaxed and quiet place, but just as much of a draw is the…

  • Hotel Don Gabriel

    Quiché

    Rooms at this excellent-value lodging, just around the corner from the Parque Central, have plenty of thick blankets for the evening chill. If possible,…

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