First of all, this is not the type of place I generally stay. My hotel preference is Marriott. This is not a Marriott. But I also was not traveling in the U.S. I was traveling in Guatemala. Solo. A friend who had stayed here in the past suggested this place because the price was very good: about $25/night including breakfast. She said I would be safe; it was family run. All her advice proved true. The hotel is at the end of a dead end road. My first impression: sparse room, outdated, worn, colorful decor, friendly owners. I thought it was the type of place I would have appreciated as a traveling college student or in my early married years when money was tight. My room had its own bath--some guests had to share. One window in the room--no a.c. One spider--not poisonous. (There are lots of spiders in Guatemala so this was not unusual and I had been warned.) The husband and wife who own this place greet you and want you to feel comfortable. This is their home, their business, their life. I reminded myself several times that I wasn't in the U.S.--I was in Guatemala. After the first impressions, I relaxed. The room was cleaned every day. It was not luxurious by any standards, but it was comfortable. I slept well. Every morning I was offered eggs or pancakes. I chose pancakes. It came with a cut-up banana and tea. It was actually very good. You eat your breakfast in the courtyard--a great way to start the day. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that even though this was not the Marriott, it was an enjoyable experience. So enjoyable in fact, I stayed for three days, left for Lake Atitlan for seven, then returned for another two nights. What can I say? The price was right, the owners were friendly, and the breakfast was good. My evaluation on this property is not comparing it to a franchise. It is comparing it to other places like this one. It was clean. It was safe. I loved having the owners on site. It was conveniently located for me to walk around town, come back to my room, leave again. I returned a month later via cruise ship and took my husband by to meet the owners. This is how much I liked the place. I would definitely go back as long as I had a room with a private bath. And one other great thing about the owners: They spoke broken English and helped me with sightseeing ideas, finding the post office, and suggesting restaurants.
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