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“stay here if you prefer local, elegant, and historic architecture over big, cookie-cutter, chain-hotels...” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Carmel
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   14 Calle 3-38 Zone 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #19 of 39 Guatemala City B&B and Inns
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“stay here if you prefer local, elegant, and historic architecture over big, cookie-cutter, chain-hotels...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We stayed one night after several days in Peten and before moving on to San Salvador, but would like to have stayed much longer, and would gladly stay here again. The house is a truly handsome old home, and the proprietors are welcoming and pleasant. (Also, their English is that of native speakers). Breakfast, also, was delicious and beautifully served.

Casa Carmel is centrally located. Despite warnings in travel guides against Guatemala City at night, we walked the 2 1/2 blocks to one of the city's famous old restaurants (Altuna) and back, without incident. And in the daytime, it proved the perfect location from which to explore the handsome historic center, Zona 1 (Parque Central, Cathedral, central market). Zona 1's touristic areas (on a Saturday morning) were awash with police...a little unnerving because it suggested great needs for protection, but also reassuring...along with religious processions, vendors, and other locals out to enjoy the day.

Casa Carmel is a very short drive to sights in other zones, as well as to/from the airport, accessible by taxi or by the new Metro bus system.

The ONLY negative: they really need to poison the (owners of the) little yappy dog that lives a few doors away. It barked deep into the night. I was so tired that earplugs let me sleep through it, but that didn't work for my travel companions.

Loved Casa Carmel.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2011

As you approach the Casa Carmel, it looks pretty plain with the typical conservative facade of many homes in Guatemala City. But once you are inside, all that changes. It is an old home, beautifully restored and you are greeted by a gracious entry hall, a beautifully furnished and comfortable living room, a soaring ceiling and gorgeous wood everywhere. The house is not that big - it has only four rooms - but you can immerse yourself in the works of art and antiques everywhere. The small back patio has a comfortable seating area complete with fountain. The small kitchen can provide a delicious breakfast for a small extra charge.

Each of the rooms is configured and decorated differently - I stayed in a room at the back of the house that has a queen-size bed and a door to the small patio/rooftop area outside. There was some noise of the city traffic but nothing really distracting or bothersome for sleeping. An oasis in the city, complete with flowering vines.

In contrast to the renovated and restored antiques, the bathroom is a modern gem with glass blocks in the shower and excellent new fixtures -- plenty of hot water.

It's not far from the Central Park of Zone 1 and the National Palace and National Library. One of the pleasant experiences is to walk about 3 blocks and catch the pedestrian mall on 6th avenue. This is a street that has been blocked off for only pedestrian traffic and is lined with shops and restaurants of all kinds and extends all the way to the Central Park. . Within three blocks of the Casa Carmel is an ATM, several restaurants, including a McDonalds, and a small grocery store. Taxis regularly drive down the street in front of the hotel so no problem there.

You could stay in a concrete high-rise hotel - or - choose Casa Carmel for a lovely and unique experience. I will definitely be staying there on my next visit to Guatemala City.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Carmel

Address: 14 Calle 3-38 Zone 1, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Guatemala Department > Guatemala City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Guatemala City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Carmel 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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