We arrived in Chicicastenango with no hotel reservations. First, we went to the Mayan Inn and they wanted $100 a night for a room with twin beds. We walked around and found the Santo Tomas Hotel and booked a night with a king bed for $85. For the area I think it was a bit of a rip off - considering that there are people sleeping on the street outside - it is a poor town. But, what are you going to do?
My husband was sick - food poisoning from a previous meal- and they were really nice and brought tea to our room and started a fire so he would be warm.
The location is off the main street and can be loud so we asked for a back room. It was a huge room, with a fireplace and a nice view of the local countryside. The hotel itself is really, really neat. There are Guatemalan and Mayan knick-knacks everywhere. The gardens are really pretty and there are parrots and local birds flying around. There is also a good pool and hot tub - although the hot tub was being cleaned and was empty when we were there.
The hotel restaurant is pricey for the area, Q 105 ($14) for dinner, but was super tasty. We got a basket of fresh bread, soup, broccoli salad, garlic marinated shrimp with mashed potatoes and carrots, a selection of desserts, and tea/coffee.
For lunch and breakfast we went to "Tu Cafe" on the central plaza. The place is owned by a nice Guatemalan who drove cabs in NYC for 10 years. It was clean, cheap, and good local grub.
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- Santo Tomas Chichicastenango
- Hotel Santo Tomas