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Barcelo Guatemala City
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   7 Avenida 15-45, Guatemala City 01009, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #2 of 47 hotels in Guatemala City
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“Good value for the money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

I recently spend 4 days in Guatemala city (out of a total of 9 in Guatemala) and while I suggest spending only a couple if your on vacation, if you have to stay in Guatemala city it has it's charms and several things to keep you occupied. The Barcelo Hotel was a very good value for the money and is in a safe secure area very close to the main action in Zona 10 just a 5 minute walk away (though you will cross a couple of very busy streets).

The hotel gym and spa was excellent and there are plenty of food options on site. The breakfast buffet was also one of the best I've experienced in Latin America, a real treat.

The rooms were relatively quiet (full disclosure, I live in noisy Manhattan area) with soundproofed windows and no thumping disco music or noisy neighbors while I was there. The staff was friendly and service was good and I had no negative issues at all. All in all a very positive experience.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2009

I give this hotel 9 out of 10.

First, the good:
- heavenly beds and linens
- fantastic RainForest-type of shower
- courteous staff
- delicious food
- located in a safe area close to entertainment
- all the toiletries you can possibly think of

The not-so-good:
- they provide shoeshine and floss but no lotion? I thought that was the basics in all the hotels
- if you want a good view, you should request it, otherwise you'll be looking at a tin roof
- every morning when I ordered tea instead of coffee, I got iced tea and was charged extra for it. Of course, the staff was very accommodating and remedied the issue, but it's still annoying.

All in all, good hotel, great value!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2009

First, the food in the breakfast buffet (not included in price) was one of the best. Local and traditional breakfast foods. I loved waking up every morning for that. The rooms are very clean and with great water pressure in the showers. The beds are very comfortable with clean sheets.

There are alot of families that stay there so it can be loud at times, especially in the very crowded pool. Walking distance to Zona Viva.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

my girlfriend and i spent 4nights here a few weeks back. We originally booked for 2nights, but opted 2stay for an extra 2!
The hotel is pretty luxurious and is pretty much self-contained. It has a great pool and hot-tub, 3 different restaurants, gift shops, travel/tour operators, even a hairdresser and massage service. The buffet breakfast and dinner options were great, but we also tried the sports bar 1 night and that was great too. The staff were very helpful and all spoke perfect english- helpful if your spanish isn't that great.
The location is in zona 9, just on the edge of zona 10, where all the restaurants and nightlife is.
In fact the only problem we found was the cost of internet access from the business centre. Having travelled in canada and the states, just expected a hotel of this standard to have free wifi at least.
However, this is a minor gripe from what was a fantastic stay. We have since recommended it to my girlfriend's father who often travels to guatemala city on business.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2009

Excellent hotel. Great pool. My wife and I had dinner at the Italian resturant one night. Excellent food and wine at this place. The hotel also has a sports bar with a live band every Thursday nights. Highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2009

After spending a week in San Pedro La Laguna on a missions assignment, the wife and I decided to stay at the Barcelo prior to flying out the next day. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by a wonderful and friendly staff. Our check-in was great! Jaqueline helped us out and even found us a room on a higher floor. The hotel itself is second to none. Great decor,wonderful atmosphere, and amenities of a 5 star hotel. The room itself was by far what the doctor ordered! Soft comfortable beds, clean carpet (one of my pet peaves) and a bathroom you feel comfortable using. In addition, the bathroom has all the little personals such as a vanity kit, shaving kit, etc you may need. We were extremely tired so we decided that would eat in one of the restaurants in the hotel. We decided to try the buffet and let me tell you we weren't disappointed. From fresh breads, vegetables, seafood and fresh juices this was by far one of the best meals we had on the trip. I highly recommend the Barcelo. Being a frequent traveler to Central America,in addition to being a Hospitality and Tourism Major ( I work with the Hyatt brand), I know good service when I get it. Thanks Barcelo for capping off the end of a miraculous trip to Guatemala

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2009

We are residents in Guatemala City and we wanted an out of the usual weekends going out to party. We arrived friday afternoon (holiday) and the Staff was very receptive and highly compliant. We wanted to order pizza for dinner and the reception made all the inquires so we got to eat Domino's at our room. Later at night we went out partying and the parking staff was highly aware and pendant of we coming back so we didn't had problems of the late entrance.

@ Midnight we ordered champagne and strawberrys w/chocolate and the service was incredibly fast. And in the morning, when we needed to attend a graduation, we found in the room all what we needed: iron, shoe polish cloth, sewing kit. We even asked for bath ropes and they were sent right away.

Overall the breakfast was more than a continental one, with many different Guatemala options. And on the checkout we were allowed to do 2 hours late checkout.

This hotel is now my personal recommendation for Guatemala City, for its great staff, installations, comfortable rooms (the biggest bed I've seen for this rate), it's unbeatable location and a very good rate when compared to similar hotels.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ecommerceBarcelo, e-commerce manager at Barcelo Guatemala City, responded to this review, May 11, 2009
Dear Mickey_GT,

Thank you for your time for writing this review.
We appreciate receiving encouraging feedback from our costumers and will do our very best to meet every expectation.
We are also glad that your inquires were met during your stay and are very thankful for your recomendation through this channel.
Our staff is looking forward welcoming you back to Barceló Guatemala City in a near future.

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Additional Information about Barcelo Guatemala City

Address: 7 Avenida 15-45, Guatemala City 01009, Guatemala
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:
#1 Spa Hotel in Guatemala City
#1 Luxury Hotel in Guatemala City
#3 Romantic Hotel in Guatemala City
#4 Family Hotel in Guatemala City
#4 Business Hotel in Guatemala City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Barcelo Guatemala City 4.5*
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
Guatemala City Barcelo

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