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“Very nice hotel, centrally located, comfortable rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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Barcelo Guatemala City
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   7 Avenida 15-45, Guatemala City 01009, Guatemala   |  
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Atlanta
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112 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Very nice hotel, centrally located, comfortable rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I spent a total of three nights in the Barcelo in Guatemala City which apparently used to be a Marriott property. Prices are very reasonable. The room was large and comfortable with all the necessary amenities. The a/c is a bit noisy but tolerable. Laundry service is good and prompt. Reception desk is a bit chaotic and possibly understaffed. At check-in, they made me wait i for nearly 4 hours until 3:00 PM while they made up the room. Guests form lines at the reception desk then other people break in front and the receptionists are too timid to do anything about it. This can be annoying if you're trying to check out and catch a flight. Seems to me they could have done a much better job at the reception desk.

The restaurant has a lavish breakfast spread but mediocre noon and evening meals (mostly buffet). I ordered "Guatemalan fajitas" which was not nearly as good as I can get in almost any Tex-Mex restaurant in the States. The guacamole seemed to have been doctored with something (corn starch? mayonnaise?) to make it bland and tasteless.

The business center was helpful and well equipped.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Northfield, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

A large hotel comparable to the Grand Tikal Futura. Maybe fifteen minutes from the airport by hotel shuttle. Outdoor pool and the biggest hot tubs - well, one hot tub. Good work-out rooms. Nice views from the balconies. Wi-fi for a fee or with the room sometimes. Helpful staff. Just a couple of blocks from the Metro which will take you to the sights in the city center. Short walk to excellent restaurants in Zona Viva.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Although we only stayed one night on this trip, the Barcelo was a great option and a good value. The room rate included a fabulous buffet breakfast with options for indoor or patio seating—it’s definitely worth including breakfast. The free airport shuttle (leaves every hour) was an easy way to get to the airport (about 10-15 minutes away) and there is an ATM in the hotel lobby. The front desk staff was friendly, helpful and spoke English (for those of us who haven’t mastered much Spanish). The room was quiet, nicely appointed and comfortable and although I didn’t try them, there were a variety of restaurants/bars and some nice shops within the hotel. The location is very convenient for walking to the nearby Zona 10 restaurants, malls or to access the Transmetro bus. It was a bit of a search to locate our room safe—unexpectedly in the bottom of the nightstand--and a bit difficult to see and access the front to use it. Keep your passport and extra credit cards in the safe while you enjoy the city. This is my second stay here and I'd choose it again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

A well run city hotel that has spacious comfortable rooms and a well equiped bathroom. It was the only hotel that had complimentary coffee in the room during our 'tour trip' of Guatemala. There was some aircraft noise, but it is not a busy airport. The pool is very nice and gets the afternoon sun and there is also a bar serving light meals there. The buffet breakfast was well presented and with a good choice although it does get a bit crowed at peak times. There are several restaurants with the main one serving a buffet as well as a la carte menu. If you eat in the Lobby Bar you have the choice of the menus from all the three restaurants.There is a small 24 hour supermarket near the hotel (left outside the hotel, about 200 meters and around the corner passed the petrol station). We stayed 2 nights at the beginning of the tour and one night towards the end and found the hotel to be well run and would stay at the Barcelo Hotel again.

Room Tip: Room facing the airport do have a little noise, but traffic is light, but they do have a balcony tha...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mansfield, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Stayed at the Barcelo twice in the past week and both nights were great. The second was actually terrific because we were upgraded to a 2-floor suite.

The rooms were spotless. The beds comfortable.

The service in the hotel was excellent. Only complaint might be that the front desk will happily exchange dollars for Q's (at an unfavorable exchange rate) but will not exchange Q's for dollars.

The breakfast buffet was very nice as well.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Tel Aviv
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

A great hotel with all the facilities in a good location in Guatemala city.

It is very good that you can book a room with the option of breakfast because we had a flight very early in the morning so we couldn't eat breakfast so we didn't pay for it in advance.

The shuttle to the airport is very nice and free of charge

Room Tip: we stayed in a room with a small balcony to the swiming pool. I think it was on the 8th floor.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I recently took a trip to Guatemala City with 2 friends and stayed at the Barcelo hotel for 3 nights. It is a very well-run hotel with great staff who are very helpful with anything you need. One of my favorite people was Fred, the staff at the business office who made all of our reservations/recommendations for restaurants in Guatemala City. The pool/hot tub area is great, and the bar has great drinks.

My only complain was that the rooms were a little dated and the beds were not as soft as I liked. Nevertheless, the hotel is n a great location and all the best restaurants are no more than a 5-10 minute cab ride. The breakfast there is awesome with both traditional Guatemalan and American food.

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Additional Information about Barcelo Guatemala City

Address: 7 Avenida 15-45, Guatemala City 01009, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Guatemala Department > Guatemala City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Guatemala City
#3 Spa Hotel in Guatemala City
#3 Family Hotel in Guatemala City
#5 Romantic Hotel in Guatemala City
#7 Business Hotel in Guatemala City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Barcelo Guatemala City 4.5*
Number of rooms: 395
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barcelo Guatemala City hotel is set right in the heart of the city, in the main business district, and surrounded by restaurants, shops and places of entertainment in Guatemala City. Its elegant 383 rooms offer high-speed Internet connection and numerous facilities to make your stay an enjoyable one, be it for business or pleasure. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel Guatemala City
Marriott Guatemala City
Guatemala City Marriott
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