We stayed one night after several days in Peten and before moving on to San Salvador, but would like to have stayed much longer, and would gladly stay here again. The house is a truly handsome old home, and the proprietors are welcoming and pleasant. (Also, their English is that of native speakers). Breakfast, also, was delicious and beautifully served.
Casa Carmel is centrally located. Despite warnings in travel guides against Guatemala City at night, we walked the 2 1/2 blocks to one of the city's famous old restaurants (Altuna) and back, without incident. And in the daytime, it proved the perfect location from which to explore the handsome historic center, Zona 1 (Parque Central, Cathedral, central market). Zona 1's touristic areas (on a Saturday morning) were awash with police...a little unnerving because it suggested great needs for protection, but also reassuring...along with religious processions, vendors, and other locals out to enjoy the day.
Casa Carmel is a very short drive to sights in other zones, as well as to/from the airport, accessible by taxi or by the new Metro bus system.
The ONLY negative: they really need to poison the (owners of the) little yappy dog that lives a few doors away. It barked deep into the night. I was so tired that earplugs let me sleep through it, but that didn't work for my travel companions.
Loved Casa Carmel.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Carmel Guatemala/Guatemala City