I spent a total of three nights in the Barcelo in Guatemala City which apparently used to be a Marriott property. Prices are very reasonable. The room was large and comfortable with all the necessary amenities. The a/c is a bit noisy but tolerable. Laundry service is good and prompt. Reception desk is a bit chaotic and possibly understaffed. At check-in, they made me wait i for nearly 4 hours until 3:00 PM while they made up the room. Guests form lines at the reception desk then other people break in front and the receptionists are too timid to do anything about it. This can be annoying if you're trying to check out and catch a flight. Seems to me they could have done a much better job at the reception desk.
The restaurant has a lavish breakfast spread but mediocre noon and evening meals (mostly buffet). I ordered "Guatemalan fajitas" which was not nearly as good as I can get in almost any Tex-Mex restaurant in the States. The guacamole seemed to have been doctored with something (corn starch? mayonnaise?) to make it bland and tasteless.
The business center was helpful and well equipped.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barcelo Guatemala City hotel is set right in the heart of the city, in the main business district, and surrounded by restaurants, shops and places of entertainment in Guatemala City. Its elegant 397 rooms offer high-speed Internet connection and numerous facilities to make your stay an enjoyable one, be it for business or pleasure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel Guatemala City
- Guatemala City Barcelo