I'm not giving four stars simply because the shower had no water. Now I can handle cold showers, but I want to pay cold-shower prices for that kind of place. I told the woman at the front desk and she said she'd look into it, but that didn't change the temperature of the shower. I was able to use a glass and the very hot water from the sink to wash myself in the shower...i know, I know...no visuals.. I'm just sayin'.
My room was off the main lobby area, so it was a bit noisy. On night in particular an elderly woman was singing to some children. I wasn't real happy.
The staff was a bit overly cordial. The kitchen staff was a more welcoming, but I only ate breakfasts there, which, by the way, were pretty good. Certainly very filling.
In spite of the bar and restaurant, I didn't get the feeling that I was really settled during my three day stay. There was no one in either the bar or the restaurant most of the time, so rather than go and have a nightcap to look though my photos or talk with a local about what to see in town, I simply retired for the evening.
The room was clean and comfortable. I'm not picky, though. As long as there are no bed bugs, I'm happy. This room was clean. Oh...there was a coffee pot with coffee waiting for me every day. Great! This alone make me give the hotel a four rather than a three.
The staff was very helpful for making sure I could make my taxi to the the bus to get back to Guatemala City. They know the distances and how long it will take to get from A to B.
BEST: A staff member got me a taxi to take me to some local towns for about 200 Q. This taxi driver was a fantastic guide (Brian?). He and I got along well; he showed me some off-the-beaten-path places I never would have seen alone. This was a highlight of my who adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1892, set the heart of Quetzaltenango, Hotel Modelo has proudly kept up with the needs of visitors to Quetzaltenango, conserving its beautiful building intact. All rooms have been decorated with original artwork and regional handicrafts. Hotel Modelo has been a family run establishment since the beginning and four generations of heart put into it have allowed us to understand our costumer's needs and meet them beyond their standards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Modelo Hotel Quetzaltenango