Long regarded as Chichicastenango's "second hotel" (after the Santo Tomás), the Mayan Inn was actually the first lodging to set up shop here. (It dates from the 1930s, and is one of the country's best-known hotels.) Rooms have corner fireplaces, and surround a series of beautifully maintained garden courtyards. Most have wide windows overlooking the pine-covered hills. The service is as impeccable as always—an attendant in traditional costume is assigned to each room.
3 Av. at 8 Calle, , behind El Calvario church, Chichicastenango, 14006, Guatemala
/7756–1176; /2412–4753-in Guatemala City
Jan 19, 2003
Does the fact that the CLARK family who runs CLARK tours in Guatemala have anything to do with all the misleading reviews? All the guidebooks rant and rave but this was the low point of our trip! Luxurious? Chic? Maybe Mayan rustic ... but that's generous. Yes the "right hand man" thing is cute but.... -the shower was a dribble -there are no locks on the doors (OK I'm from NY!) -the rooms are small with tiny Mayan furniture (like the little chair
in Goldilocks) the single bed squeeked -the fire was lit for us at night and when it went out we FROOZE...so did everyone else. -The roosters need their clocks reset, started up at 2AM? Canons and firecrackers all night. OK not the hotel's fault. -Sorry...skip it. And save your money for the stalls in Santiago off of Lake Atilan where everything was cheaper although there was less variety. Gotta stay in Chichi? Consider Hotel Santo Tomas with it's nice pool, double beds and televisions.
Mar 11, 2001
If you are going to Guatemala, then a visit to Chichicastenango and a stay at the Mayan Inn are a must. The rooms are charming, the gardens are beautiful, and the staff is gracious. If you visit, be sure to go on a market day. Take note of the massive cathedral in the town square, and then follow worshippers up a nearby hill as they pray and offer incense to an ancient Mayan idol. Chichi is an unspoiled place with remarkable insights into rural
Central American culture. Remarkable!