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“everything you need to take it easy”
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Johnny's Place
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Monterrico
Antigua, Guatemala
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“everything you need to take it easy”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Johnny's Place is a very nice hotel located right on the beach front of Monterico. For the small budgets you can sleep in a dorm for quite a fair price, and it includes you breakast. The propriety also has causy private rooms, with shared or private bathroom, and private bungalows for more privacy. What I enjoy is that I can relax a whole weekend and at the same place since you have the my beach front, the access to the pool, the hotel and the restaurant and bar. The menu has a good variety, from salads to panini sandwichs, from pasta to (very good) ceviches. You can also get great cocktails, with or without alcool.
The fridays and saturdays can be busy with the Playa Club bar. You can enjoy a beach volley ball game around 3 or 4 right in front of the hotels. It's my spot when I go to Monterico. Definetly.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Johnnysplacehotel, Public Relations Manager at Johnny's Place, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel.
We are happy to hear that you enjoy your stays with us and have come back regularly.

Johnny's Place is one of the original hotels in Monterrico and we are fortunate to have a good number of guests (backpackers, couples, families...) that visit us regularly, for a weekend stay or even just a drink at the bar, watch the sunset or join in on a fun game of volleyball.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back at Johnny's Place soon.

Best,
Johnny's Place
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The restaurant the bar and lounge area is very nice, the food is decent . Johnny's place is right on beach in Monterrico and it is a beautiful setting.

Unfortunately. The rooms are very ugly, dirty, dark, AC was loud and did not work very well, even using the fan barely made the room comfortable. What the loudness of the AC helped muffled the loud music from Johnny's bar and bars close by. The bed were uncomfortable and I'm not sure they were clean. We stayed there as we knew it was only for the night.

I would not recommend this place

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Johnnysplacehotel, Manager at Johnny's Place, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Dear guest,

thank you for reviewing your stay with us.

We are happy you enjoyed our beachfront restaurant and bar area. Our rooms are currently being renovated and we constantly try to make our accomodations more comfortable for our guests and cleanliness is definitely #1 for us and our staff.
Please let us know if you have any other suggestions.

Best
Johnnys
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Johnny's place is right on the beach in Monterrico, & about 5 mins walk to the main strip in town. The beach bar/restaurant area is lovely. Fantastic views, good seating areas, hammocks, a pool table, tv....staff are friendly & the food & drinks are really yummy.

The main thing that let's this place down is the rooms. I had a private room with shared bathroom near the bar area. The room was dark & dingy, it did not feel particularly clean or comfortable & was rather cell-like. There was no storage space whatsoever, just a table & chair. There was a bunkbed, the lower part was a double, the upper a single. This was far from suitable for sleeping 3 people, as a single traveller it was ok but anymore would have been crowded! A fan was provided but was so noisy it was not worth using most the time. There was much noise from the bar- in the evenings it did not bother me but the loud talking & music starting at 7am was frustrating. The outside shower & toilets seemed clean & were perfectly good to use.

Finally, the small swimming pools at first looked inviting but after seeing more dogs than people in them decided I'd prefer not to bother, this did not seem hygenic to me.

I would advise people to stay elsewhere but visit the beautiful bar for dinner & drinks.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Johnnysplacehotel, Guest Relations Manager at Johnny's Place, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel. We are certainly disappointed that your stay was not all that it could have been and I would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel and its team for any inconveniences or unpleasant experiences you encountered during your visit with us.

We are happy that you enjoyed our beachfront Bar- and Restaurant area that invites travelers and local tourists for a smoothie, hanging out in one of our hammocks or a fun game of Beachvolleyball.
We regret that you did not enjoy your room. It is true that on weekends our hotel fills up, however, we try to keep noise and music down after 10pm so all our guests can enjoy their stay.
We definitely do not permit dogs in our swimming pools so I am surprised and disapponted that you were unable to use them.

We have currently begun renovations on the hotel so perhaps you might stop in and checkout some of our new options on your next visit.
Once again please do accept my apologies and I do hope that the remainder of your trip to Guatemala was most enjoyable.

Best,
Johnnys Place
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Easter week was like Spring Break at Daytona: mind numbing music 24 hours a day, drunken people everywhere.

Our room was akin to a Turkish Prison Cell. The air conditioner smelled like feces, even after we cleaned the filter.

Opt to pay more for the Pez de Oro: no air conditioning, but oh so much more peaceful and with a lovely Italian Restaurant attached.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Johnnysplacehotel, Guest Relations Manager at Johnny's Place, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel. We are certainly disappointed that your stay was not all that it could have been and I would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel and its team for any inconveniences or unpleasant experiences you encountered during your visit with us.

I understand that you visisted us during Easter Week, which is, honestly, almost our busiest week of the year. Locals enjoy a week of vacation and oftentimes come to the beach to relax and celebrate.
I do admit that during those dates our hotel gets a little crowded, however, we try to be as organized as possible and keep noises and music down so all of our guests can enjoy their stay.

We are currently improving our menu and quality of customer service so perhaps you might stop in and checkout some of our new options on your next visit.
Once again please do accept my apologies and I do hope that the remainder of your trip to Guatemala was most enjoyable.

Best,
Johnny's Place
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is the place in Montericco for the beach party scene. Many Euro backpackers and Guatemala city weekend party goers. Fun bar scene and decent food. Don't stay here if you want a quiet weekend. If you can read the yellow box in the attached picture you'll know that this is a party bar.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Johnnysplacehotel, Guest Relations Manager at Johnny's Place, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel. We are certainly disappointed that your stay was not all that it could have been and I would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel and its team for any inconveniences or unpleasant experiences you encountered during your visit with us.

Our hotel does surely fill up on weekends but we insist on keeping noises and music down after 10pm and have therefore hired overnight staff so that all our clients can fully enjoy their stay.

A special thanks for complimenting our restaurant, bar and its staff. We make constant efforts in order to improve the quality of food and services.

Once again please do accept my apologies and I do hope that the remainder of your trip to Guatemala was most enjoyable.

Best,
Johnny's Place
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Pilsen, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

Hotel and position is not bad, but its one of the parti hotels... 3guys at bar at 2am and music behind the window (network window) so loud!
So no quiet... in this way I could not recommend.

Toilets and bath clean and nice styled. Staff friendly.

For party visitors is good place, for travellers that likes quiet night is not comfortable.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Thank Václav T
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Johnnysplacehotel, Guest Relations Manager at Johnny's Place, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel. We are certainly disappointed that your stay was not all that it could have been and I would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel and its team for any inconveniences or unpleasant experiences you encountered during your visit with us.

I understand that you were unable to fully enjoy your stay with us because of music and noises at night and I am very disappointed.
However, we try to keep noise down after 10pm and do not permit loud music anymore, like we used to during weekends.

Thank you for complimenting the cleanliness of the shared bathrooms and the friendliness of our staff. We make constant efforts to improve quality of food and services.

Once again please do accept my apologies and I do hope that the remainder of your trip to Guatemala was most enjoyable.

Best,
Johnny's Place
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Spent two week in the mountains of Guate and needed some beach! Head to Johnny's place 45Q for dorms w breakfast! Stayed 5 days got a tan. The Ocean here will beat you up and take your name. So cool off in one of the 3 pools, lay in a hammock and watch baby turtles go out to sea.

  • Stayed January 2013
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2 Thank Snowbirdadventures
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Johnnysplacehotel, Guest Relations Manager at Johnny's Place, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding our hotel. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.

A special thanks for complimenting our rooms and affordable prices. Johnny's Place is one of the original hotels in Monterrico and we are fortunate to have a good number of guests (backpackers, couples, families...) that visit us regularly, for a weekend stay or even just a drink at the bar, watch the sunset or join in on a fun game of volleyball.

We hope to be able to welcome you back very soon!

Best,
Johnny's Place
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Property: Johnny's Place
Address: Avenida de Los Hotelles, Playa Este, Monterrico 06024, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Santa Rosa Department > Monterrico
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Monterrico
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On one of the nicest beach in Guatemala, between the Chiquimulila lagoon and the Pacific ocean, you'll find Johnny's Place. The charm and laid back atmosphere is what made Johnny's Place the most popular spot on the beach. Ideal for family retreats or partys with friends! We have diverse housing choices for all tastes and budgets. All our rooms and suites has been recently renovated (2014) with new beds, a/c and new furniture. An excellent choice for backpackers ($6 with breakfast included!), for couples (rooms with a/c, suites, master suites with outside baths and sea views and also for families or groups (private bungalows with swimming pool). the hotel has a large brand new pool and 3 smaller pools for the bungalows. Our restaurant and sports bar is on the beach facing the ocean. You will find hammocks, ping pong table, pool table and cable tv. In the afternoon, you can play beach volleyball or beach soccer or simply watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean; fabulous! Our menu is varied with choices of appetizers, pastas, pizzas, seafoods, tacos, burgers, paninis, salads, streaks, grilled fish and desserts. Quality of food, cocktails and atmosphere make Johnny's Place the most popular spot on the Pacific coast in Guatemala. Happy Sunset Hour every day from 3pm to 6pm (Q10 beer, Q5 tequila and Q10 Cuba libre!). First and foremost, we want to offer a personalized quality service and create a perticularly relaxing atmosphere which makes you feel home by the ocean. We speak spanish, english and french. It is with great pleasure that we will guide you for your holidays in Monterrico and Guatemala. Our goal: an unforgettable experience! ... more   less 
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