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“Pension Meza - In the Thick of Things” 4 of 5 stars
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10 calle 10-17 zona 1 | Zona 1, Guatemala City 00502, Guatemala   |  
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“Pension Meza - In the Thick of Things”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

If you plan on staying in Guatemala City and want to experience a pension with a real grassroots flavor situated in the heart of Downtown, the inimitable Pension Meza is the perfect place for you.
From the outside its instantly forgettable, though once you enter, you enter an environment that is part modern art gallery, part grassroots unchic and part steeped in Central American/Caribbean political history.
There are less than 20 rooms, some with private baths, most with shared baths surrounding the open air courtyard. The rooms are extremely basic, finished in dilapidated beds and worn out tables and chairs. But each room, virtually every square inch is covered with detailed drawings and paintings done by artistically inclined residents that have accumulated over the years. They are not graffiti, even though they are painted/drawn directly on the walls - they are more like in situ murals and graffiti.
The historical significance of La Meza harks back to the 1950s when Che Guevara resided there. Allegedly Fidel Castro visited him several times to plan the logistics of the revolution. The room is sort of a shine, still is rented out with the same furnishings it had when Che lived in it. The history buff can sleep in the same bed that Che dreamed of freedom for his Cuban brothers and sisters.
I’ve been staying at La Meza off an on since the 1980s and thoroughly enjoy its multifaceted ambiance. It’s a no star or one star pension, but its great.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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26 hotel reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This place is perfectly located to explore zone 1. If you arrive on Linea Dorada, it's in walking distance from the bus station.
It's not the cleanest or nicest place I've ever stayed, but it serves the purpose of being DT Guatemala City. Very centrally located. Dorms have lockers and there's a hot shower. Super chill place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2009

stayed there a month. The people there were so helpful and nice. I will be moving to Guatemala soon and will visit my escape often.. Walking distance to the pres palace and lots of churches around. If you do get stuck in Guatemala city this is a very safe place. Happy traveling. Now a private room was 50q's or share a 3 person room was 30 q's.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ann arbor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2007

I have not stayed at tne Pension Mesa in a couple years, but I have been a regular visitor there for nearly three decades and I love the place. There are about two dozen rooms arranged around two internal courtyards in a centuries-old building. To either side are a restaurant and a bar with service ports through the walls (which are thick enough to repel cannon balls). You never really need to leave. It is near the corner of 10th avenue and 10th street in Zone 2, and the Zone qualifier is an important one since there are about 17 different 10th & 10th intersections in Guat. City. Private rooms were about US$1.50 the last time i was there. Bathrooms are down the hall. Hot showers are available. The hotel owners have in the past picked me up at the airport on my arrival. Bad thing: It seems to be directly in the flight path of both takeoffs and landings, but then so is everything else in downtown Guatemala City. Good thing: It is about as centrally located as is possible to be. This place is very much for the adventurous. You'll fit in if it interests you to know that Che Guevara reportedly was a guest there during the short-lived reign of Jacobo Arbenz, a freely-elected leftist president overthrown by the CIA and United Fruit in 1954.

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  • Stayed June 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 10 calle 10-17 zona 1 | Zona 1, Guatemala City 00502, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Guatemala Department > Guatemala City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Guatemala City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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Also Known As:
Pension Meza Hotel Guatemala City
Pension Meza Guatemala/Guatemala City

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