I found this to be all in all a very good place to stay in Zona 1, the old, historic part of Guatemala City, which is going through a renaissance of sorts with many older buildings being restored and a number of new and interesting cafes and restaurants. The hotel is really right at the heart of the old city, and as soon as you walk out the door you are immersed in a vibrant and colorful street scene. Then when you return and walk inside the hotel you are struck by what a quiet, calm, oasis it is. Our room was simple but adequate. This is certainly not a luxury establishment, but it's clean and well run, and for less than $50 a night in a central location I think it's great value.
The hotel also features an excellent restaurant, with a very nice buffet lunch of traditional Guatemalan dishes.
I know that many tourists choose the big chain hotels in Zona 10, but after we took a cab to that area to have dinner, we were happy to return to the Pan American, where you really feel like you are staying in a foreign city, and not what could be a little piece of Miami Beach. You will hear lots of warning about Guatemala City being dangerous, but in the area around the Pan American the streets are always full of people, so I never felt unsafe.
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- Also Known As:
- Pan American Hotel Guatemala/Guatemala City