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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With experience of 85 years of service to people around the world, and family friendly spaces, tourist information and assistance, Let us pamper you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pension Meza Hotel Guatemala City
- Pension Meza Guatemala/Guatemala City