Guatemala Travel Guide
Guatemala has lodging options for every budget, be it backpackers' digs, reliable international hotels, far-flung ecolodges, classy colonial inns, or rustic retreats with local flair.
By law, all lodgings are no-smoking. This includes your room, all common areas, and all outdoor areas on the property.
Apartment and House Rentals
Short-term furnished rentals aren't common in Guatemala, and colonial-style villas in Antigua and occasionally Atitlán make up the bulk of the options. The biggest selection is at Ah! Guatemala, whereas Great Rentals has more unusual properties. Sublet.com and Vacation Rentals By Owner deal with more modest, run-of-the-mill apartments, often as cheap as $300 a week.
Ah! Guatemala www.ahguatemala.com/travel_and_tourism.
Great Rentals 512/493–0368. www.greatrentals.com.
Villas International. 415/499–9490 or 800/221–2260. www.villasintl.com.
Vacation Rentals By Owner www.vrbo.com.
Home For Exchange. www.homeforexchange.com.
Bed and Breakfasts
The Guatemalan definition of B&B might not coincide with yours. The term is frequently extended to luxury hotels that happen to include breakfast in their price; indeed, these make up most of the pickings at Bed & Breakfast.com and Bed & Breakfast Inns Online. The lists at Ah! Guatemala and A Thousand Inns include many homier midrange establishments. For cheap, family-run places, try Traveller's Point.
A Thousand Inns. www.1000inns.com.
Ah! Guatemala. www.ahguatemala.com/travel_and_tourism/bed_and_breakfast.
Bed & Breakfast.com. 512/322–2710 or 800/462–2632. www.bedandbreakfast.com.
Bed & Breakfast Inns Online. 615/868–1946 or 800/215–7365. www.bbonline.com.
Traveller's Point. www.travellerspoint.com.
Guatemala has no HI-affiliates, but Traveller's Point and Hostel World have ample listings and booking services. Consider sorting out your first few nights in advance, then get recommendations from fellow travelers for your next port of call.
Hostel World.com www.hostelworld.com.
Travellers' Point www.travellerspoint.com.
The International Ecotourism Society has online resources to help you pick someplace really green. The Rainforest Alliance gives you tips online for being a greener tourist and rates Guatemalan lodgings on their sustainability practices. Responsible Travel is an online travel agency for ethical holidays.
International Ecotourism Society. www.ecotourism.org.
Rainforest Alliance. www.ra.org.
Responsible Travel. www.responsibletravel.com.