My room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. The double doors opened up to a courtyard. The shower stalls, of which there are three, were right next door. Lucien, the host, couldn't have been more accomodating. He and his wife prepare the morning breakfast--coffee or tea, an egg or two, beans, and bread--all included in the room fee. Fluent in French and Spanish, and to a lesser degree, English, Lucien is very knowledgeable about the city and the sites to visit. Need a taxi to the airport? No problem; Lucien is right there to help out. If you are concerned about safety, you need not worry. The location is definitely safe with a police sub-station located on the same block. As for super cheap transportation, take the buses painted green for one quezal at a stop 3 bocks away next to the pocket park.
Nice old building restored to be a hostel. Walking distance to a shopping street, and best of all, the staff recommended eating at the Mayan Restaurant Señora Pu. A great package. The room with the bathroom was very nice. Well worth being farther away from the airport.
We had an excellent experience at La Coperacha. The room was comfortable, clean, safe and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast was delicious! I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Guatemala City.
I was super happy with my stay at La Coperacha. The room was full of light, spacious, and clean. Lucien and his wife made me feel welcome from the first, inviting me along on their walk to the market during which they oriented me to the area and gave me very clear directions complete with map. I found them both a real pleasure to talk to. Not only did they let me check in early but they also made me feel quite welcome to keep my bag there and even make a little food after I checked out while waiting for my other travel companions. I did not have the least bit concern for safety during my stay. Will definitely stay again. Thanks guys!
This is the best experience that I have had renting a room in my life and with over 2 million miles on airlines I have rented more than a few.
It is correctly advertised as a hostel but way, way nice. I rented a private room with with shared bath facilities. It cost $11 per night. There are a couple private rooms. The current price for them is $18 per night.
The hosts were attentive to my needs in the extreme. Coperacha, local for cooperative, is a small place with rooms for guests. It is quiet, clean, friendly and, at $11 per night, essentially free. I was rather quickly a part of a family. Hosts provided more than advertised. The guests chipped in with things that others might like. E.g. I brought poinsettias back from Mass while another guest, Tony carried home food that the group shared.
Guatemala in general, and Guatemala City in particular, are dangerous. The hosts have trusted taxi drivers whom you can use if you wish to de-risk local travel. Guatemala is also among my favorite places in the world. I will return, and if my travels include the City, I will take a room here.
If you are looking for an incredibly inexpensive, clean, safe room, the ability to work via Internet, hosts who want to please you and who are determined that you have a safe visit this is it. If you want breath-taking amenities, the best wine, staff dressed in fancy suits, and photos from President Obama's stay - book the Bangalore Leela Palace.