After 20 years away from Guate's Zona 1, I returned last week(2/19 and 2/26/11), this time with my 13 year old daughter, to stay for a night coming and a night leaving the country at Posada Belen. The stay was magical for us both. The hotel is a former home and it truly is homey, filled with antique furniture, paintings and archeological finds from the owner's travels. The rooms are spacious and adorned simply with tipica bed spreads, wall hangings and tiling. My daughter was thrilled to discover several live turtles occupying the courtyard, itself filled with orchid-bearing trees and wrought iron seating. Don Rafael, the manager, was warm and accommodating even though we arrived late and hungry both coming and going from our travels in Antigua and at Atitlan. He readily prepared a delicious Chapin breakfast our first morning, and another remarkable meal was our send-off a week later. He and his son Manuel, along with other staff Nilo, Juan and owner Francesca were unfailingly helpful and available.
Zone 1 has been avoided by many in recent years, and my daughter and I only ventured out briefly (this was her first trip to Central America, and our time was limited), but the 6a Avenida has been transformed into a walking mall by closing it to traffic , and security personnel are omnipresent. We were promptly retrieved from the airport and picked up from Posada Belen each time we sough a taxi/shuttle, We look forward to returning to Posada Belen on our next trip to Guatemala.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Posada Belen is located in a fine colonial style home built in 1873 converted into an intimate Museum Inn, centrally located in a quiet street of the historical center of Guatemala City about 3 miles north from the airport (10-15 Minutes), run by the same family since opened in 1972 to international tourism. Posada Belen was slowly transformed from a colonial style home into a very special inn. Highly recommended in most important travel guides and by former guests/friends, with over 300 authentic registered Mayan artifacts on display as well as unique antique handicrafts plus many primitive paintings makes Posada Belen a true Museum, but most of all we are a clean, safe, centrally located, quiet, moderately priced, with good beds, great food, friendly relaxed atmosphere, and authentic HOME to start, end or organize your journey in Guatemala. We are conveniently located to visit any of the museums in Guatemala city, walk to the relief map, national palace, central market (lowest prices in the country for handcrafts), visit the pre classic Mayan ruins and museum of Kaminal Juyu, dozens of monumental churches , We are blocks away from the bus stations to Tikal, Xela, Antigua, Coban, Chiquimula, Rio Dulce. Etc. Shuttles are also available from the inn door. Guided walking City tour is available, Guatemala city is important if you really want to understand our culture and its history. We will be happy to help you with your itinerary and up to date travel and safety information. The Posada Belen is especially safe for women traveling alone. We have a pick up service available at any hour of day or night to all persons who will like to have a friendly and safe welcome into Guatemala's airport for about the same price as a taxi (depending on the arrival time from $10 to $15), we know we are not for everybody, our clients are usually smart people with lots of travel experience, who are looking for comfortably way to enjoy true Guatemalan culture and also likes to stay in a place with character. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Posada Belen Museo Hotel
- Hotel Posada Belen Museo
- Posada Belen Museo Inn Guatemala/Guatemala City