We stayed at the Pez de Oro just for two nights last August. The reviews on this site are mixed, so we weren't sure what to expect (the more recent ones are more positive, interestingly). We liked our little cabin, painted in bright blues and yellows, with private bathroom. It had a much-needed fan, but it was more comfotable (heat-wise) to sit outside on our little verandah. There was a mosquito net over the bed, but we both felt trapped and claustrophobic, so sprayed ourselves liberally with mosquito deterrent and slept like that. We were fine. We ate at the restaurant, which we considered to be good but not exceptional. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we had no problems with them. They were very laid-back, as was the whole atmosphere. At the time we were there, there was only one other group staying, so we had the place to ourselves. We loved the pool and considered this to be the best bit. We knew it was clean because we watched them clean it. The shower in the bathroom is described as a cold-water shower, but because it was so hot, the water was hardly cold - just luke-warm, which was quite nice in that temperature. There was a terrific thunder-storm while we were there, which was interesting to watch from the restaurant overlooking the beach, but we woke in the night to find the electricity had gone off, so the fan was't working. I should just mention that the bed was comfortable with good pillows and the whole place was kept very clean.
All in all, we felt we had made a good choice. Usually with heat like that, we prefer an air-conditioned hotel, but in Monterrico it seemed that to get the air-conditioning you had to stay in a rather more grand hotel like a resort, and we prefer a more homey type of place. We liked being right by the beach, and we liked the lay-out of the cabins - it all looked very attractive. We would recommend it, but you do need to be aware that it's pleasant and relaxing, but it's a no-frills hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Pez De Oro Hotel
- Hotel Pez De Oro Guatemala/Monterrico