I travelled to Chichicastenango on a Saturday in order to watch the people set up shop in and around the market place from late evening on to early Sunday morning, which is the main market day in Chichi. The Chalet House is a small hotel (13 rooms) on a number of floors situated on a quiet street not far from the main square (and the market). The owner is a very charming lady who welcomes all her guests personally. I got room #21, which is set apart from the other rooms, guaranteeing peace and quiet. All rooms have a private shower or tub. Nice highland wool blankets decorate the beds and are nice to have as the nights are cool in wintertime.
The hotel has a nice roof-top terrace where you can relax, have a drink and watch the sunset.
An excellent breakfast, which includes home-made whole wheat buns, is served in a lovely, bright dining room decorated with lots of beautiful huipiles. Coffee is excellent! At $25 for a single, this is an excellent deal (breakfast is an extra $3).
The friendliness of the owner. The roof-top terrace. Room #21...
We didn't stay at the Hotel Santo Tomas, but this is ChiChi's finest hotel. We visited the central, colonial-style courtyard and saw the parrots and plants and it's certainly impressive. The location is ideal just seconds from the market and it has a swimming pool and a restaurant. There are 43 rooms, each with a private bathroom. It will cost around $115 night for a single or a double (not a bad deal if you're traveling with two people).
Check out the website below for more info.
We arrived in Chichicastenango in the afternoon and after checking out the main square, we quickly located this hotel and got a room. The room was pretty huge and the beds were reasonably comfortable. Most importantly, the bathrooms were clean and had good showers with hot water. There is a central courtyard that is a bit past its prime, but the place is safe, convenient and cheap, so I highly recommend it.
We paid 200 Q for the night (about $27 or $13.50 each- currency conversion as of 2/5/06).
Click on the picture to see Ryan chilling on the small porch on the patio and click on the link below for additional photos, info and reservations. The site also has information about other ChiChi hotels.
this is an extremely unique place....i had a very small room that fits a bed, somehow..,and a small table and chair, white walls and a small ,obviously...,window with a magnificent view,overlooking the cemetery....,however very quiet and cheap(around 2 euro a night...)
The hostel with this weird name was a great offer.
I got a discount, because I stayed two night instead of just one night as many tourists do. When I stayed at this hostel a little earthquake accured, but nothing happened except the windowglass shaked a litlle.
The hostel had some nice rooms and the toilet and bathroom was located at the hallway.
The price was 35 Q pr. night (2001-prices).
A nice hotel, located in the center of town. Nice bar and good restaurant, always full of tourist (Well on market days). Nice rooms around two colonial style courtyards.
We paid 70 quetzales for a double and this was a bit too much for this city where there are a lots of possibilities.
On the other hand, we had a shower with warm water, a big and spacious room and a very nice terrace.
We didn't stay there but only went in to buy stamps.
Splendid hotel with a magnificent courtyard where the exotic birds welcome you
You won't believe it but even in the Post Office we couldn't buy stamps. You may leave them in the hotel where they post them.
It took the cards 19 days to reach Belgium
The Villa Grande is on the outskirts of ChiChi as you are driving in to town from Guatemala City. It is nice to see a hotel in a rural setting with Banana plants and milpa(corn fields) right next to the hotel. Trees, shrubs, and lawn are everywhere and are carefully maintained. Hibuscus plants are in bloom everywhere. The famous market is about 15 minutes away for an average walker. Even if you have a vehicle you should walk to the market as parking will be impossible and there is no taxi service.
The rooms are terraced up the hillside and many have wonder views of ChiChi.There are two pools, one outdoor and one in. The rooms are spacious and clean but I would consider this as a tourist class accommodation. We had a nice dinner in one of the two restaurants and a wonderful breakfast buffet in the other.. About 4pm the afternoon that we were there, a children's dance group performed Mayan dances in costume. There was also a big marimba instrument in the hotel lobby that was used later in the evening by a local band. The staff was very knowledgeable and efficient.
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