So far, there are only a few luxury hotels in Guatemala that will please picky international travelers used to the best facilities and service. The nascent Guatemalan tourism industry is just finding its feet. The bulk of the places to stay are interesting converted mansions with a strong sense of place, so you'll seldom be slumming it no matter where you go, but it's not so easy to find superlative hotels at any price.
Surprisingly, the tourist magnets of Tikal and Lake Atitlan have not attracted an investor willing to swing for the fences and build an impressive hotel that would stand on a level with those getting all the attention in Mexico and Costa Rica. We have reviewed the best inn close to Tikal, Francis Ford Coppola's La Lancha, on the shore of Lake Peten. We've also reviewed the one and only luxury hotel on Lago de Atitlan, an intimate boutique hotel with just nine rooms.
The Spanish colonial city of Antigua is where most of the action is right now. The traditional upscale choice of Casa Santa Domingo is joined by several smaller hotels that have moved the bar higher: Panza Verde and Posada de Los Leones were recently joined by El Convento. With new visitors streaming in by the planeload these days, we expect them to get some company in the coming years.
The capital of Guatemala City is simply a transit stop for most visitors and most of the routine international chain hotels located there do not do much to rise above the expected. We have reviewed the two best options, one in the center and one in a quieter location.
Antigua Luxury Hotels
El Convento Boutique Hotel — Antigua
Hotel Casa Santo Domingo — Antigua
La Reunion Golf Resort — Antigua
Mesón Panza Verde — Antigua
Posada de los Leones (Lion's Inn) — Antigua
Guatemala City Luxury Hotels
Vista Real Hotel — Guatemala City
Westin Camino Real Hotel — Guatemala City
Lake Atitlan Luxury Hotels
Hotel Casa Palopó — Lake Atitlán
Laguna Lodge — Lake Atitlán
Tikal Luxury Hotels
La Lancha — Lake Peten, Tikal