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“Beautiful Hotel - great location”
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Hotel Modelo
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Quetzaltenango
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Hotel Modelo is a simply gorgeous, elegant hotel (at a very reasonable price) - the artwork and furniture, the accommodations - spectacular. Breakfast is included in the price. The owners are something like 3rd generation and take great pride in their hotel. The sense of family while there is evident, though it's easy to keep a low profile and relax on their many common-area sofas and chairs scattered throughout.
Mention has been made of the "noise" which we found to be evident only on a Saturday when things everywhere seem to be hopping. Until about midnight you could hear a base from a bar down the street and some traffic, but every other night it was quiet.
This place is so special, the owners & staff so friendly and helpful, and the location prime - this hotel is definitely recommended by us. Without a doubt, I'd stay here again.
Karen Bonavita and friend, Roslyn Amaler

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

It is not the Holiday Inn, but if you want a centrally located old world charm of a hotel, here it is. I've known the place for 20 years now. It is not totally soundproof from the street or the staff talking in the morning, but I do love the place. It is more expensive than it was and the parking is a bit of a hassle, but most downtown hotels in Xela have this problem. I recognized staff from my previous stays and I respect their loyalty. I miss Don Julio who was the heart of the hotel, but I was pleased to see that his daughter and grandson are appearing to carry on the tradition. I've tried many places, but if I want a hotel and not a "pension" I I'll be returning to the Modelo. If you have never been to Xela and want to experience its classic charm, this is the place. Hot water, safe and friendly service is high on my list of hotel priorities. Breakfast is a bit thin, but when the extras only cost a buck or two, get whatever you need. Thank you Hotel Modelo. I will be back.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Modelo was one of Xela's most elegant hotels at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, thanks to good management by family ownership it retains much of its classic charm and efficiency. Of course, today there is the noise of traffic to bear. Select a room if possible not facing the front of the hotel. The dining room serves just about the best hotel breakfast we've had on this trip and service is pleasant and efficient. The only glitch was on Saturday morning when everyone showed up at 7 a.m. and the lone waitress was overwhelmed.The hotel could make provision for that however. Most people want their coffee right away, so setting up a coffee station for self serve would have helped. Modelo's owners have a contemporary art collection of Guatemalan artists on exhibit that is worth seeing. The hotel is very well located near the central park, the municipal theatre and several good restaurants. We will definitely be returning.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed in room 7. It has a queen bed. Firm yes, the floor would as soft. Bass from a nearby disco was problematic. It was no problem being by the kitchen we eliminated all the street noise. The problem with the high windo mentioned in another review is exaggerated. Clean and retro would recommend. Test the beds first

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

I have stayed here since 2002. Every time I show up the front desk staff welcome me back. I like rooms 6 and 7 because they do not face the street and are the quietest. Others comment that there are screens on the bathroom, not windows, but no one can see in, they are too high. Beds are firm, free wifi, hot showers and extremely clean. It is a bit run down at the edges, but the floors shine, the sheets are ironed, the patio is full of flowers and the beer is cold. It is like living in the 1940's. And right near the Royal Paris restaurant, which has great salads and live jazz.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

This hotel was very unique and convenient to central Xela, but our room was not one I would want again! The bathroom had a "Window" which was just a screen that didn't latch and it opened into the hallway right outside the kitchen door. So anyone walking by was privy to everything going on in the "privy"!!!! All kitchen smells also permeated the room every morning- sometimes nice, sometimes NOT. Every day I had to ask for toilet paper and our shower didnt drain. After seeing the rooms that the rest of our group had, I would stay here again but definately NOT room 8!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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1  Thank JBtraveler9
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

This is a nice hotel. Includes breakfast but it is just a basic breakfast, extra for more traditional breakfast. Rooms are spacious, clean and furniture is from 1940s but that adds to the energy of the hotel. Rooms are a bit cold but every hotel in xela is the same. Staff is great, restaurant staff wears traditional aboriginal outfits. Prices are good and it is located right in the center of town. Would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Avenida 14 A 2-31 | Zona 1, Quetzaltenango 09001, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Quetzaltenango Department > Quetzaltenango
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Quetzaltenango
Price Range: $59 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Modelo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1892, set in the heart of Quetzaltenango, Hotel Modelo has proudly kept up with the needs of visitors to Quetzaltenango, conserving its beautiful building intact. All rooms have been decorated with original artwork and regional handicrafts. Hotel Modelo has been a family run establishment since the beginning and four generations of heart put into it have allowed us to understand our costumer's needs and meet them beyond their standards. ... more   less 
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