Guatemala City is the largest city in Central America. The city, which has a metro population around four million, extends into a large valley surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. The city can feel busy and chaotic, but nonetheless has some places that merit a visit. These include Zona Viva – a modern neighborhood with shops, restaurants and bars – and the historic sights of Centro Histórico.
Hotel San Carlos is a small and fairly affordable hotel in Guatemala City. Its location – close to both Zona Viva and the airport – makes it convenient for both exploring the city and flying into/out of Guatemala.
The hotel is set in an old mansion and is charming from the outside. The interior is nicely decorated with antiques and cozy sitting areas. Hotel San Carlos has helpful services like complimentary breakfast and a free airport shuttle.
Accommodations consist of 16 single/double rooms, 4 suites, and 3 furnished apartments. They are warm, clean and comfortable. Their simple, contemporary decorations give them a classy and elegant feel.
All accommodations come equipped with a private hot water bathroom, cable TV, telephone, hair dryer, coffee maker, desk, and safety deposit box. The suites are larger and include king-size beds, a living room (with a sofa bed), dining room, and kitchenette. The kitchenette has a mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, and dinnerware/utensils. This is a good option for longer stays or for guests who want to cook basic meals.
The apartments at Hotel San Carlos are gorgeous and include one, two, and three bedroom options. The apartments have the same amenities as a suite, but are more spacious and have additional bedrooms and bathrooms. They’re a great option for families or groups.
The complimentary daily breakfast here is a nice touch. The food is tasty and the menu has several options, most of which revolve around Guatemalan fare. The hotel’s restaurant is open throughout the rest of the day and offers room service from 6:00 AM till 9:30 PM. The hotel’s bar is quaint and has a nice selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.
Hotel San Carlos has a small swimming pool and garden area. This is a good place to take a dip in the afternoon or have coffee in the morning.