To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 502 (country code for Guatemala) and the local number.
Guatemalan hotel bills include a 22% tax. Most rates below do not include this charge.
Quinta Real, Prolongación Boulevard, Guatemala City; 2-420-7720, http://www.summithotels.com . Luxury hotel in the foothills overlooking the capital. Ten minutes from the international airport; 10 minutes from downtown. Doubles from $175.
Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, 3a Calle Oriente No. 28 A, Antigua; 7820-1222, http://www.casasantodomingo.com.gt/ . Attractively landscaped grounds and facilities at this hotel and museum in Antigua's Old Town. Excellent restaurant. Doubles from $120.
Mesón de María, 3a Calle Poniente, No. 8, Antigua; 783-26069, http://www.hotelmesondemaria.com . New boutique hotel in Old Town is handsomely decorated with typical Guatemalan furnishings. Doubles from $75.
Posada del Angela, 4a Avenida Sur No. 24 A, Antigua; (800) 934-0065, or in Guatemala, 7832-0260, http://www.posadadelangel.com . Five rooms at this nicely furnished B&B inn four blocks from the Main Plaza of Old Town. President Clinton stayed here. Doubles from $150.
Hotel Atitlán, Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel; 2360-8405, http://www.hotelatitlan.com . Landscaped grounds and formal gardens at this lovely colonial-style hotel overlooking Lake Atitlán. Nice restaurant, gift shop, pool. Doubles from about $146, including tax.
Hotel Santo Tomás, 5-32 7th Avenida, Zona Única, Chichicastenango; 7756-1316. http://www.paginasamarillas.com/hotelsantotomas.htm . Filled with a museum-quality collection of Spanish colonial art. Individually decorated rooms have fireplaces. Close to Thursday and Sunday markets. Restaurant, pool. Doubles from $79.
WHERE TO EAT:
Kacao, 2a Avenida 13-44, Zone 10, Guatemala City; 2337-4188. Stylish haute cuisine restaurant near major hotels in Guatemala City. Entrees $9-$16.
La Fonda Calle Real, 3a Calle Poniente, No. 7, Antigua. 7832-0507, http://www.lafondacallereal.com . This restaurant has three locations in Old Town Antigua, including this one, where Clinton ate. Serves typical Guatemalan food; popular with tourists. Entrees $7-$15.
TO LEARN MORE:
Guatemala National Tourist Institute, (502) 2421-2800, http://www.visitguatemala.com .
— Rosemary McClure
Guatemala, out of the shadows
The Central American country of antiquity and wild nature has entered a new era, and visitors are coming.
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