Guatemala City, while sometimes earning a bad reputation, is nonetheless and exciting city full of things to do. Being the capital of Guatemala, and the largest city in Central America, Guatemala City has everything you would expect in a big city. Offering an exciting nightlife scene, an array of quality restaurants and some of the best shopping in the country, you can expect a full range of Guatemala City hotels that cater to incoming travelers. Most flights to Guatemala arrive at Guatemala City, so chances are you might need a Guatemala City hotel at some point during your trip. In general, the upscale hotels in Guatemala City are located in the New City, while the more affordable Guatemala City hotels tend to be found in the Old City.
If you are looking for a nice Guatemala City hotel that has it all, then you might consider booking a room at the Westin Camino real. With hundreds of rooms, this large hotel enjoys a wonderful location. Just next to the Biltmore Plaza, you can enjoy plenty of nearby shopping, and the fact that the hotel is just one mile from the airport means easy access whether you are arriving or leaving. The rooms found at this complete hotel are spacious and feature comfort at every turn. Each room features a desk, a minibar, a safe deposit box, cable television and telephones. With English-speaking members on staff, you can get help with any needs around the clock. Should you rent a car for transportation you will appreciate the free parking. Besides having 3 swimming pools, the Camino Real features tennis courts, and a hot tub that is ideal for relaxing after hitting the fitness center. Savory Guatemalan food and international dishes are served at the hotel's 3 restaurants and you can spend a good amount of time in the bar and lounge. A poolside bar has your drink needs covered so you can stay out in the sun while grabbing refreshments. Business travelers might want to stay on the "Westin Guest Office" floor, where each room features computer hookups, a printer and a photocopy/fax machine. Offering kids programs, a spa and plenty more, this Guatemala City hotel is almost guaranteed to please. All this in the city's vibrant and upscale Zona Viva.
Another 5-star offering you may want to consider while searching for Guatemala City hotels is the Quinta Real Guatemala. Found in a residential area that overlooks the capital, this hotel is still close to the Zona Viva and just minutes from the airport. Offering complimentary round-trip transportation definitely ups the value of this wonderfully decorated establishment. How does the fact that each room is a suite sound? Complimenting the beautiful rooms here are the picturesque gardens with water features. Enjoy a drink in the gardens as you view the volcanoes in the distance. Among the 129 suites, you can select a Grand Class Suite with a hot tub or peruse the other options. While the hotel and room amenities are too much to list, suffice it to mention that you will have all the amenities you could ask for. Internet access is offered, each room has a satellite cable television and DVD player, a private balcony, separate sitting areas and complimentary slippers. Among the ongoing features of this impressive Guatemala City hotel is the fact that the hotel provides complimentary mobile phones for guest use. You can get massages in your room and the onsite swimming pool is ideal for relaxing. For a small fee, you can arrange a trip to nearby Antigua, and as a transportation hub, Guatemala City offers an array of connections to Panajachel, Tikal and Chichicastenango, to name a few spots. Enjoy local and international dishes at the hotel restaurant, grab a cocktail or snack at the hotel bar or take advantage of the 24-hour room service.
If you are looking for hotels in Guatemala City that cost a bit less than the previously mentioned selections, you might look to save a few bucks at the Hotel Spring, which is conveniently located in the exciting Zone 1 in the Old City. While not offering the amenities you will find at the more expensive hotels in Guatemala City, the rooms here are spacious, clean and comfortable enough to more than justify the low price. The Hotel Colonial is an old Colonial-style mansion and a new extension is due to open any time soon. Among the pluses at this charming budget hotel are the good food and the patio center. You can eat outside on the patio or simply enjoy a relaxing moment just sitting and admiring the surrounding flowers. Also, the staff here proves to be helpful with any questions or concerns you might have and can help you arrange transportation should you be looking to head out for a bit. Close to the historic centers of the city and within easy reach of the airport, you have plenty of reasons to consider this wonderful Guatemala City budget hotel.