Stayed a week at the Westin in Guatemala City and it was really good. A colleague had stayed there years ago when it was hands-down the best hotel in the city. It still is up there, I would say. The lobby is a marble palace, and the service is good. English spoken well. Rooms clean and nicely done, marble bathrooms.
Best hotel workout room in Latin America- really good. Best pool in the city. Food in the bar, restaurants and room service, excellent (although I never ate anything fresh or drank any hotel water or ice and never got sick). Location is the best and safest in the city- close to the airport (great hotel shuttle picked me up), and right next to the best shopping and dining areas and the US Embassy is within a couple of blocks. Anywhere in Guatemala one would face a barrage of street vendors and beggars, and this hotel zone is no exception (all the best hotels are within a few blocks), but it felt very safe and we had no safety issues anywhere around the hotel.
The staff was very helpful with taxis, arrangements, tips, excursions, and pointing out safest places. Laundry was extremely fast and well done. In-room safe and mini bar were great. Robes in the room, very comfy bed.
i would highly recommend the Westin except for the following drawbacks. Construction noise. i asked for a quiet room, so of course, I was right beneath the remodeling on the floor above, and near the construction outside as they expand the hotel, so I had constant pounding, drilling and scraping- 24 HRS A DAY! Yes, another shift started at 11pm and worked through the wee hours! We called a number of times and all but one front desk person said, "No, there is no construction going on in the hotel at all." That being said, it was funnier that annoying, as I was up late working myself. There was very little airport noise despite being so close to it.
There was also very little street noise except for one day when there was a political demonstration aimed at a dignitary staying at the Westin, so I was awakened by that at 7am. But it was over quickly and just an interesting event in another land. Lots of security in the hotel because of him. The hotel is very secure all the time, with lobby attendants who won't let guests in and you have to use your room key to ascend the elevator to your floor- very safe.
Also, the bottled water in the room is $2.75 US per bottle, which is lame. If travelers can't safely drink the hotel water, and no indication given that it was purified (wouldn't believe that anyway), at least 2 bottles of water per person should be complimentary. There are stores within a block of the hotel where you can buy bottled water for much less, even the gift shop downstairs was cheaper.
Also, the cable TV had such a bad signal, it was almost unwatchable, but I felt blessed to have a roof over my head after seeing the shanty towns of the City. Hard to complain living in opulent comfort when 2 miles away, it's all cardboard and corrugated metal.
So it was quite good with great comfort, service, food and location. I would definitely stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Westin Camino Real Hotel Guatemala City
- Westin Hotel Guatemala City
- Westin Guatemala City
- Guatemala City Westin
- The Westin Camino Real Guatemala/Guatemala City