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Lodging in Antigua Guatemala...
Lodging in Antigua Guatemala it could be very easy, and you can find Hotels from US 200 to US 5 per night. For buget travellers the best value in this town is LA CASA DE SANTA LUCIA 1 AND 2 Hot water, clean and very friendly athmosphere. For a full listing of hotels in Antigua Guatemala check this site Hotels
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Great natural getaway
El Retiro is a hotel / hostel (you can share bunk beds or get you own room) in Lanquin, Guatemala. The guests are young backpackers and once you are there you mingle often with them all. There is a restaurant on site and dinners, if you choose to join, are communal. The atmosphere is very relaxed and most of the time at the hotel you are hanging out in a hammock over looking the river or having a beer with your new friends. A river runs through the property where you can swim, or rent innertubes and float down. The staff also arranges trips to nearby caves and to Semuc Chempey, a must see in Guatemala!! Great views of Guatemala's mountains. Each room is on stilts on a hill with an amazing view.
$30american Unfortunately it wasn't in use, but they had a pool bar,, something you'd expect to see in the caribbean not northern guatemala. From the back there was always a great sunset, and a great view of the town across the water
Most rooms had cable tv, got to learn a little spanish =)
The cheapest option ...
Antigua is the most expensive place in Guatemala, which also includes accomodation. This is the cheapest hostel (Q$ 35) in town... nothing trendy, just some cheap and dark rooms where you leave your stuff and come back at night to have some sleep.
There's a kitchen available, although it's tiny! Some books and magazines... nothing very special, like I said... just to spend the night.
Ecotourism - Fieldstation Playa Diana, Guatemala
Playa Diana is situated in th old mission town San Jose/Peten Guatemala. The most important Mayamonuments as Tikal, Yaax Ha and El Mirador are quite near. stonebuilt guesthouses and garden are very tidy and very clean, service is professional and friendly. Excursions con be arranged individually on request.
Playa diana offers 4 little guesthouses and a very private atmosphere, allthough it is just 40 minutes to the international airport of flores Playa Diana provides to its guests a private beach on lake Peten, an unique view over lake peten, horses, academic excursions to the tropical forest, perfect service and an outstanding kitchen in the middle of 5 ha botanical garden. The little Mayatown is nearby an provides a decent insight in recent Mayaculture and local traditions.
Hey, I found the place where...
Hey, I found the place where we stayed when we first visited Casa Guatemala. It's on the Rio Dulce, and I think now is mostly condos, but Banana Palms Resort and Marina (ECO) is the one. It is quite nice.
I think it is tres cher! Located near an old fort, which is worth a visit. Castillo San Felipe is the name of it. Quite a few amenities, too.
Best view in Guatemala
This hotel is amazing and I highly recommend a stay if you can afford it.
Some of the rooms are individual bungalows.
There are lots of steps up and down and no other options so make sure you are ready for them. The most outstanding thing about this place is the view over Lake Atitlán. Most of the rooms have a great view and there are hammocks to swing on and relax.
The second best part is the breakfast (not included).
Budget to luxury
Accomodations in Guatemala range, like in any other country of the world, from luxury to budget to hotels to ultrabudget guesthouses called hospedajes, casa de huéspedes or pensiones.
Budget category covers places where you can get a room for two for about $ 25 or less. They should be clean, sizable and airy, with a bathroom, TV, and, in hot parts Doubles cheaper than $ 10 are generally small, dark and not particularly of the country, a fan, clean.
Establishments with doubles between $ 25 and $ 70 cover the category of mid-range. These rooms should always be comfortable: private hot-water bathroom, TV, decent beds, fan and/or air-con are standard.
Attention: My international experience told me that the smaller the establishment, the better the attention to the guests is likely to be.
Anything more expensive than $ 70 is top end, like the big international hotels in Guatemala City. To be true, even if I had the money I would always prefer a tiny little hotel to one of these, because imagine waking up in the morning you have to ask yourself if you’re in Singapore, New York or Berlin as rooms of the same chain look all the same.
In places tourists go to during Semana Santa (Easter Holiday) and Christmas, rates often go up as Semana Santa is the major holiday week throughout Latin America. Then prices can raise up by anything from 30% to 100%! At these times advance reservations could be a good deal. Unfortunately, there are no hostels of the International Youth Hostel Association settled in Guatemala, so it's not worth to bring your youth hostel card with you.
Hostels and Bars Antigua Guatemala
A fun little hostel close to central park in Antigua. This is one of many hostels in Antigua. Clean and well maintained. Named after the German author Kafka. I think this makes it hard to find Kafka on the Interent. I do not speak spanish and the staff other then the two owners have limited English. However, they made every attempt to communicate and make life work. This is not a big hostel I think only 23 beds. Food was good, a great burger, I love a great burger and compared to the burger chains in Antigua the price was also a winner. The best part of Kafka the up stairs bar or roof top lounge.
By day you can sit in the sun and look at the mountains and the one Valcano some days you see smoke from it. Kafka has free WIFI even if you just want to come and sit up stairs in the open air bar.
Happy hour starts at noon every day at Kafka which was a bonus. I honestly do not remember when and if it ended. That is bad.
Ladies night at Kafka
Camino Real Tikal - this hotel...
Camino Real Tikal - this hotel is built on the edge of Lago di Peten Itza about 30 kilometres from the entrance to Tikal - but it is an amazing place. OK its' part of a chain - its' not exactly the cheapest place but it is the most luxurious in the area. It has a pool, and a deck from which you can go swimming in the lake - which was one of the best things I did in Guatemala. The water was 25 degrees and so clear - it was like getting in a bath - and swimming at 7am and having coffee on the dock! You can also use their boat to go out on the lake, take a Mayan style sauna and order pina coladas in the pool! Divine decadence! The view, the mayan sauna, the lake itself!
I am trying to send a package to my host family in Antigua. All I have for their address is the street, home number and city. I feel I am missing some zone code. Is there a zone code for antigua or can I just send the package? Thanks.
I've sent packages to Antigua in the past with just those details. They took some time but did arrive safely
There are no zone codes in Antigua. Cheers!
travelling to Guatemala in February 2005, how ca give me a few usefull information bout public transportation from Guatemala City to the Pacific Cost.
Also, as I am travelling alone, looking also for a kind of travel partner...
Hi! We will be in Guatemala for 5 full days soon. We want to get the most out of it. We'll start and finish in Guatemala City. What is the ideal route / journey?
My friend Alex can help you a lot with this.
He has extensive knowledge in the area and can help you out with anything you need downthere.
Check out his website: www.Casa-Aleman.50megs.com
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Wish you a wonderful trip