To give an idea of context for this review, we were a group of 3 girls (aged 20, 31 & 32)spending 5 weeks travelling through Central America. We didn't fancy roughing it in hostels, but at the same time we were on a budget and couldnt afford to splurge.
We stayed at this hotel/hostel for 2 nights from 19th August 2010.
Staff: The staff were really friendly and although some of them didnt speak a lot of english, they were very encouraging and sweet about our pretty bad attempts at spanish.
Location: You cant really get a better location than this. From the dock, you could walk there in 5 mins (or get a tuk tuk for the standard rate of 5Q per person if you have your bags). The front of Jarachik is their restaurant that seems to be open all day (breakfast, lunch and dinner served). We didnt eat there but the dishes looked nice and were reasonably priced. Across the street is an internet cafe and within 20m are what we thought were the best restaurants and bars in the area (including Buddha restaurant which is a really chilled place that does great cocktails and some really good Thai food). Despite being so central, it isnt loud or too busy.
Room: We stayed in a triple room on the first floor (one double and one single bed). This had a private bathroom with shower. There was no view to speak of, but it was at first glance clean (although we did find some long hair in the shower from the previous guests) and the bedding was all very clean. I had the single bed and my standard mattress inspection (I was really paranoid in Central America! ha ha) revealed a thick, very new looking mattress. It was the best nights sleep I had had in ages, although we did get woken once by the local dogs barking but that seems to be commonplace wherever you are in San Pedro!
They also provided you with clean towels.
The only issue I had was that the shower was one of the electric shower heads that I really dont like (the Lonely Planet warns about how dangerous they are), so we kept our showers brief and didnt touch the shower head!
Price: For this triple room, we only had to pay 40Q pppn (about £3.50 each).
I would definitely stay there again. Another place that might be worth looking at if this was full-booked would be Zoola, some friends stayed there and though we didnt see it, they really liked it.
Ps: I searched these reviews for any info about the weather in August in Guatemala as I knew it was rainy season but that didnt give any idea as to how wet it would be. In case you were interested: we were in Guatemala for 10 days in August. Flores was boiling hot and sunny and we saw one thunderstorm very late at night, but it was dry all day long.
Lanquin was warm but drizzled on and off during the day and each night it would throw it down for a couple of hours anytime between 5pm and 12am.
Around Lake Atitlan it actually got quite cool so we wore cardigans/jumpers in the day, the sun didnt come out much and again it drizzled on and off all day long. Antigua was also like this except that the rain during the day would become quite heavy at times- people wore raincoats to go out. I'd definitely take an umberella if you're travelling at this time of the year. Don't let it put you off though- Brits especially will feel at home!
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