Guatemala City isn’t the most charming of cities, but it does have some redeeming features. There are several first-rate museums here – one devoted to Mayan culture and the other to textile traditions – as well as some interesting older churches. An artistic scene is developing in Cuatro Grados Norte and there are good restaurants, shops, and bars in Zona Viva.
The Grand Tikal Futura Hotel is a modern 11-story hotel. The hotel extends upwards around an elegant lobby. Inside this hotel you’ll find a huge range of services, including a barbershop, beauty salon, gym, and spa.
The rooms here are spacious and simply decorated. There are many different kinds of accommodations to choose from, but all come equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, alarm clock, free wireless Internet, hair dryer, safe deposit box, and a private bathroom with a hot water shower. Some suites are extra spacious and have separate living and dining areas, as well as Jacuzzis and views of the Agua Volcano.
Guests staying in rooms on floors 9 through 11 have access to the Royal Floor Lounge, which provides exclusive access to coffee, premium breakfasts, light ironing, a daily shoeshine, and two alcoholic drinks a day.
The Grand Tikal Futura has several restaurants. La Molienda serves international and Italian-style cuisine and offers a nice variety of meats, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. A daily buffet breakfast is held here from 6:00 AM till 11:00 AM. At the Asian Grill & Wok you choose your own ingredients from a wide selection of meat, seafood, and vegetables, and then hand over your selection to the chef. You’ll choose a sauce and watch your meal being cooked on flaming woks in front of you. It’s a fun and tasty experience.
There are two bars, one in the lobby and one by the pool. You can enjoy live music and the finest national and imported drinks here, as well as a variety of appetizers and snacks.
The Grand Tikal Futura has a large gym with modern fitness equipment. Aerobics classes are offered and personal trainers can be arranged. After working up a sweat, cool off in the indoor swimming pool. This pool is large and set within a solarium that allows in tons of natural light. If further relaxation is needed you can enjoy a soak in the Jacuzzi or head to the sauna for dry heat. The hotel also has a spa that offers a variety of treatments, including massages, manicures, pedicures, and more.
The hotel has several meeting rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art AV equipment. These rooms are great places to host banquets, business meetings, or other special events.
One other interesting perk of the Grand Tikal Futura is that it’s located beside a large shopping mall. There are over 200 stores here, so it’s easy to pick up gifts, clothing, or any other items that you may need.