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Posada Belén

At a Glance

    Pros

  • knowledgeable staff, pretty garden, quiet street

    Cons

  • some noise from courtyard, several blocks from the Plaza Mayor

Fodorite Reviews

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Posada Belén Review

This little jewel of an inn on a quiet side street is exceptional, thanks to the couple that runs it. Built in 1873, the family's former home has been renovated just enough to combine quirky Old World charm with basic comforts. Rooms have tile floors, handwoven bedspreads, and walls decorated with Guatemalan paintings and weavings. Turtles roam the tiny garden, and a small but impressive collection of Mayan artifacts graces the dining room, where meals are served family style. The owners are also a great source of information about the city.

    Hotel Details

  • 10 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.

Fodorite Reviews

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    Great place for a solo female traveller to call home while exploring Guatemala

    When booking this hotel from Canada, I was reassured by Rene (the owner) that it was a safe hotel for a female travelling alone. My confidence was assured when I was picked up at the airport by a taxi - sent from the hotel - and brought safely to this little inn.

    Not knowing any Spanish, it was refreshing that both the owners Rene and Francesca know English. They welcomed me, showed me my room, and immediately helped me get on with planning my trip! Meanwhile, Daniel in the kitchen made me a delicious meal of cheese and tomato sandwich with delicious celery soup. I was very happy and felt completely welcomed and most importantly - safe.

    The hotel is gorgeous, full of old mayan artifacts, books, and paintings of guatemalan life. The courtyard is charming - with real turtles! As a person who does not like the familiarity of bed and breakfasts - this inn is an excellent combination of all the comforts of home, and the services of a hotel. From wake-up calls, to taxi service, to food and drink, to trip planning, to internet access, to hot showers, to baggage storage, to laundry service, this hotel has all the amenities that I would look for in a larger chain hotel. I lacked for nothing and was provided with above and beyond service. Luis, Juan, and even the other guests staying at the hotel were great company in my limited time at the hotel - as I was out and about exploring Guatemala for the majority of my 2 weeks in the country. However, every time I came back to Guatemala City - I felt as though I was returning home.

    If you have time, have a look through the Guest Books (in the dining room). It's fascinating to see comments from over 30 years ago! ... especially since it becomes obvious that the Posada Belen Museo Inn has delivered exceptional service, kindness and care, for a very long time.

    by Jas11, 5/27/09
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    What a wonderful experience!

    Thanks to hostess Francesca and her wonderful staff, my 9-day stay at the Posada Belen was one of the most memorable of my many international trips these past few years. All of the excursions that Francesca arranged for me were perfectly arranged and economical. The food at the hotel was excellent and reasonably priced. The intimate atmosphere of this small inn brings guests together for lively, interesting discussions during meals in the historical dining room. I've never encountered a staff so friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic about providing the highest quality of service.

    Dr. Dorothy Brandt

    by drdbrandt, 11/26/07

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