Must-see hotels in Guatemala

  • 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…

  • Hotel Quinta Maya

    Flores & Santa Elena

    Newly rebranded, this comfortable hotel offers large rooms arranged around a pleasant courtyard. There's a restaurant, airport transfers and a travel…

  • Rocjá Pomtilá

    Alta & Baja Verapaz

    An excellent, community-run tourism initiative where you stay with local families and family members act as guides, showing you village life and daily…

  • 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…

  • Hotel El Atlántico

    Central & Eastern Guatemala

    The best-looking place in town has plenty of dark-wood fittings and well-spaced bungalows. The pool area is tranquil, with some shady sitting areas.

  • Hotel Casa y Campo

    The Pacific Slope

    This hotel in charming yellow with terracotta floor tiles has comfortable and good-value rooms a couple of blocks north from the main plaza.

  • Mariana's Petit Hotel

    Guatemala City

    One of the better airport hotels, Mariana's features spacious rooms, a good breakfast and a range of hotel services and amenities.

  • Hotel Monte Verde

    Caribbean Coast

    One of the best deals for miles around – generously sized rooms, a huge pool set in a lush garden and an onsite bar-restaurant.

  • Hotel Ensenada

    Caribbean Coast

    Offers tidy little rooms with good bathrooms and OK beds. Get one upstairs to catch a breeze.

  • Free Cerveza

    Santa Cruz La Laguna

    When you go to a hostel that offers free beer, has a sign on its dock reminding guests that locals get upset by nude sunbathing, and operates a strict…

  • Hotel Petén Espléndido

    Flores & Santa Elena

    Standing alongside the causeway with its own marina, the most formal hotel in the region pulls out all the stops, with safes, fridges, bathroom telephones…

  • Hotel Backpackers

    Caribbean Coast

    Across the bridge from Río Dulce town, this is an old backpacker favorite, set in a rickety, waterside building with basic rooms and dorms. The bar kicks…

  • Mi Casa En La Playa

    The Pacific Slope

    This family home turned budget guesthouse had big plans when we visited. The dorms and private rooms with shared bath in the main house are likely to stay…

  • Hotel La Unión

    Flores & Santa Elena

    Considering its location on the waterfront, this family-run property is quite a deal, with cozy decor, quality beds and nicely tiled bathrooms, and there…

  • Restaurante Típico Chaabil

    Caribbean Coast

    Although they go a bit heavy on the log-cabin feel, the rooms at this place, at the west end of the street, are the best deal in town. Get one upstairs…

  • Posada Los Búcaros


    West of La Merced in a quiet zone of pretty cobbled streets, this converted 150-year-old residence tries to find a balance between colonial tradition and…

  • La Casona del Lago

    Flores & Santa Elena

    The horseshoe shape here allows all the rooms of the original building to enjoy the vista of Lago de Petén Itzá and Isla de Flores (a newer building is…

  • Hotel Palomino Ranch

    El Petén

    An incongruous slice of the old west in El Remate, this hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a cowpoke motif. It has a swimming pool and a stable: guests…

  • Finca El Paraíso

    Caribbean Coast

    Simple little cabins along the lakefront on this working ranch. It's between El Estor and San Felipe, on the northern shore of Lago de Izabal.

  • Villa Esthela


    This humble but popular Dutch-run hostel is in a quiet part of town five blocks south of Parque Central. Approached down an alley, the old house contains…

  • Guest House El Puente


    The three bright and modern rooms here, all with bathroom and cheery Guatemalan fabrics, surround a large, well-tended garden that's a gem to relax in…

  • Hotel San Antonio

    San Pedro La Laguna

    Orange trumpet flowers cascade over the balconies of the San Antonio, last of the myriad lodgings east of the Pana dock. Though rooms are on the cramped…

  • Hotel María Elena

    San Pedro La Laguna

    No more than 200m northeast of the Pana dock, this yellow block stands perpendicular to the lakefront – locals bathe and wash their clothing off the rocks…

  • Hotel Don Chico

    Western Highlands

    This pink-and-pastel palace is the most comfortable lodging in town. Rooms are large, with good firm beds and abstract paintings on the clean pink walls…

  • Hotel Don Pedro

    Lago de Atitlán

    Down by the lakeside, this hotel is made entirely of stone and rough-hewn timber beams around a green courtyard. The construction feels a little like a…

  • Mansión del Río

    Caribbean Coast

    For those seeking some downtime and resort-style pampering, this place is the only standard 'resort' in town, with two pools, a Jacuzzi, a restaurant, bar…

  • Hotel Villa Real Plaza


    Beyond the frosted glass doorway, this grand old hotel, just off the main square, is the picture of faded elegance, with stone archways and sweeping…

  • Hotel Girón


    It won't win any prizes for decor, but this motel-style place a block north of the plaza is functional and reliable. It's reached through a shopping alley…

  • Hotel Playa Linda


    The rambling Playa Linda has 17 good-sized rooms with fireplaces and a cute swimming pool. Rooms 1 to 5 have the best lake views, with large balconies…

  • Hotel Ixil


    Overseen by a helpful ladino family, the rooms here are set around a leafy courtyard. The ones on the top level are more spacious, with wood-beamed…

  • Hotel Pinocchio

    San Pedro La Laguna

    This laid-back spot is conveniently placed near the bend in the main thoroughfare between docks. Well-scrubbed rooms with good beds are in a three-story…

  • Hotel Nahual Maya

    San Pedro La Laguna

    Great value in this price range, the Nahual Maya is set back back from the road and has sparkling clean and homey rooms with huge beds and little…

  • Hotel La Sin Ventura


    Just half a block south of Parque Central, this faux-colonial palace is above an entertainment center that includes a disco and the ever-popular Monoloco…

  • Hotel García


    Located on a side street off Calle Santander, this is a sprawling, airy place with numerous rooms of varying shape and size. Rooms are pretty simple …

  • Hotel Jere


    Jere's brick-walled rooms are enlivened with traditional textiles, and some open on to sun-splashed balconies (though you'll want to avoid the ones…

  • Chicano's Hotel

    Western Highlands

    There's no pressing need to to stay in Chiantla, but Chicano's Hotel is a decent enough option. Rooms are compact and a little dark, as they're inward…

  • El Sitio Hotel


    From the outside, this business-class hotel two blocks north of the bus terminal could almost be a modern evangelical church. Though rather sterile with a…

  • Posada del Bosque Encantado

    San Marcos La Laguna

    Set in jungly grounds that could well be an enchanted forest, the posada is a naturally cool adobe brick structure with terraces. Each of the three rustic…

  • Hotel El Camino

    The Pacific Slope

    Hotel El Camino's rooms are almost ridiculously large, with a few sticks of furniture, such as clothes racks and writing tables. You could organize a game…

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