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 perpetually trying to find its feet and often seems at a loss as to how to get more press and attention. Construction on new hotels is rare outside of Guatamala City—driving by business travel arrivals rather than more tourists. 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 Central America. 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 two best accommodation choices on Lago de Atitlan, one of the most beautiful spots in the region.
The Spanish colonial city of Antigua is where most of the action is otherwise. The traditional upscale choice of Casa Santa Domingo is joined by several attractive boutique hotels that have moved the bar higher. Some are expanding as business picks up. With new visitors streaming in by the planeload these days and heading straight to Antigua, we expect them to get more 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 best options, one in the center and one in a quieter location. As new luxury hotels and resorts pop up in this under-served country, will bring detailed reviews on the best of the best.
Antigua Luxury Hotels
Guatemala City Luxury Hotels
Lake Atitlan Luxury Hotels
Tikal Luxury Hotels
La Lancha — Lake Peten, Tikal