Explore Guatemala: Guatemala City

Where to stay:

Mariana’s Petit Hotel: Just a hop from International Airport La Aurora in Guatemala City, this charming B&B is a great stop for weary travelers just arriving in Guatemala.  They even offer a convenient airport pickup/drop off.  The old-fashioned, quaint décor and endless collections of Mariana’s Petit will make known how much love and care the owners have put into their B&B.  A filling breakfast, hot shower, and fast WiFi will revive a tired traveler and prepare them to explore Guatemala City.  The friendly owners are more than eager to help their guests with any planning and speak English as well!  Look no further if you’re headed to Guatemala’s capital.  Room fares begin at $38 USD/night. www.marianaspetithotel.com/aboutus.asp

Posada Belen Museo Inn: This small, yet whimsical hotel is located in the Centro Histórico of the city and a short walk to many attractions.  René and his wife Francesca take great pride in their business and are willing to help you book your next venture in Guatemala or cook you dinner.  One of the most unique things about Posada Belen is the collection of ancient Mayan and Olmec artifacts, hence the name museo or museum. Room rates begin at $50 USD/night.  www.posadabelen.com

where to eat: 

Cristina de Barcelona Viva:  Located in Guatemala City, the menu is concise and traditional, but its recipes are so well executed that some have even received accolades as the best in America. Suckling pig Segovia-style is precisely one of the favorite menu choices, but not the only one. Other creative features include grilled Spanish crayfish, Galician-style octopus, rib eye steak-Ávila style, lamb ribs, braised lamb, Asturian fabada, fried squid, and an appetizing offer of Serrano ham, Manchego cheeses and assorted Ibéricos. Rice also is an important component of the restaurant’s cuisine, with a selection of paella valenciana and seafood paella, black rice, and fideuá.  http://www.barcelonaviva.com.gt/ 

Posted on May 25, 2015 .