This charming hotel/hostel is perfectly situated just outside of Lanquin, right on the riverbank. The hotel is a backpacker's paradise, with small dorm rooms, clean and fresh. The staff are knowledgable, friendly, and very laid back. The food is amazing there as well, and inexpensive. There are daily trips to go caving by candlelight, see Semuc Champey, or visit other local points of interest. One easy such trip is to the Grutas de Lanquin, a set of caves to explore. And when you're done, float down the river, and you pull out right at the hostel site!
It is about US$4 for a dorm bed, US$10 for a double room. And meals are about US$4.50.
I found Coban one of the ugliest places I've ever been to in the country! The only reason I stayed there it was because it was late and there were no more vans to Semuc Champey ...
If that happens to you, this hotel is a cheap option! Nothing very neat ... just a plain bed with a chair and a little window. You can shared the bathroom (Q$ 30), or you can get you own.
This hotel and hostel is simply beautiful. Red walls all around, it has a wonderful inner courtyard that separates the restaurant from the rooms, and is filled with native plants and orchids of all shapes and sizes. The rooms are clean and tidy with shared bathrooms, and there are two sets of dorms for backpackers. There is a laundry service, restaurant, gift shop, and connections with adventuring companies and transportation all available there. The only downside is few of the staff speak much English (and my Spanish is sub-par), so communicating sometimes relies on a delicate blend of misc words and charades. But the place is well worth the effort!
The garden is a great way to enter into your hotel; it makes you feel like you've reached your tranquil destination. The food at the restaurant is delicious as well, definitely take time to start or end your day there for a meal.
Is the best hotel in the city, located in an old colonial house with beautiful gardens and full of antiques. It also has a fine restaurant.
After a night in a much more expensive hotel in town, our guide recommended this place - and it was heaven. Located a few blocks from the main sqaure, you have to ring to enter the Pension. Once inside - there are many courtyards with nice homey rooms located around them.
We got a large room with 2 beds and a nice seating area. Ouside the room was a delightful seating area - just one of many.
The room was clean and decorated with traditional Mayan fabrics. There was a TV with many channels. No A/C, but it was not really needed. The price was great - around $35.00 a night for two. The owners were very helpful with information about things to see and do in Coban.
Nice little restrant that only serves breakfast - a bit slow but good food when it came.
This hotel was listed in my guide book as Coban’s best. It was a lovely colonial-style hotel with a big price. Our room was filled with lovely antiques and was a nice size with a fireplace (that was part of the attraction). Happily we asked to have the fire lit, which was quickly done. And then the smoke started. We were driven into the inner courtyard, and had quite a wait for the smoke to clear before we could go back into the room. It seemed like a good idea for the fire, but just didn’t work out.
There was a fair amount of street noise as the hotel is located in-between two busy streets. We only stayed one night and moved on to a better location and price for the rest of our stay in Coban. Check my other location in Coban.
Our room was a nice size with some lovely period piece furniture in it. The inner courtyard was well tended plants and trees. The bathroom was large, but only a shower. We did chuckle a bit at the small single beds we slept in ( as we were told it was the best room in the hotel).
After roughing it in Sayaxche, I was in the mood for a better place in Coban. La Posada is, reportedly, the best place in town. It is the only place I stayed in where mi mama tambien would have felt comfortable: leafy courtyard, antiques in the room, and of course hot water (very slow coming, but it's there).
La Posada is situated centrally. That makes it convenient, but it is basically located on the median of the busiest road in Coban, and there will be traffic noise.
We could have chosenn better, but we had arrived at night and chose this based upon the advice of a woman with whom we shared time with on the van ride from Raxruja. The old-fashioned hotel has a large restaurant/disco downstairs, and upstairs are most of the rooms. We never ate in the restaurant, so I can't comment on its food, and for better or worst, the disco action didn't happen when we were there. Our room had a balcony that offered good views of the street, if not of the city. The old wall panels walls and balcony doors made the room seem dark. There are certainly are cheaper and more dingy places to stay down by the central bus station, but then there are also a couple of better places to stay in Coban, probably at a higher price. See my recommended restaurant pages.
A scary electrical contraption heats the water for the shower. My nephew shocked himself trying to adjust the temperature. We did have a television and so we watched the results of the Guatemalan Presidential Election. This hotel is well away from the noise of the plaza area. I don't recommend getting a reservation for any of the places in town, except possibly the La Posada. There's enough hotel space to check out what you're getting before paying for it, and I didn't see any hotel that was fully booked.
We had a very nice stay in this little hostal during our time in Cobán. Just slept there one night, as the night before we had chosen something way more expensive.
We had a double room with big bed for ourselves, I think they have about seven rooms en total.
The food they offer in the restaurant is excellent!! The hostel was very limpio ... clean, and the staff friendly. They offer shared bathrooms with warm agua, mentioned restaurant, and una travel agency with shuttle service to destinations throughtout the country. There is also a big board with more accomodation tips all of Guatemala.
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