Mayan Inn is probably not for everyone. It's not a slick 5 star. Not all the rooms have double beds to accommodate couples and the bedding can be a bit tired and scratchy. But it is such a very special place to stay. The rooms provide a cool oasis from the hot dusty streets of Chichicastenango and each one is filled with beautiful antiques and has its own fireplace which is lit for you at night.
The town isn't somewhere to linger for too long unless you have a particular reason but do plan your visit around either the Sunday or Thursday markets which are spectacular. Also visit the main church, if you can, to admire the 16th century altar and Mayan/Catholic crossover ceremonies - on Market days awash with flowers, candles and copal incense.
We didn't try dinner, but the breakfasts at the hotel are exceptionally good - be sure to order the fruit plate and a Guatemalan breakfast.
The atmosphere of the common areas are perhaps the most special thing about this hotel. In traditional Spanish Colonial courtyard style, there are many lush green spaces and cool quiet corridors filled with artefacts which make a pleasant space to sit and read or try to catch the rather weak wifi signal and catch up on emails. During the day you might be accompanied by the occasional squawk from one of the three scarlet macaws and two parrots living in the gardens. They ARE taken away at night, so have no fear of being woken by an early morning cacophony.
We just loved this hotel - a real highlight of our stay in Guatemala.
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- Also Known As:
- Mayan Hotel Chichicastenango