Quetzaltenango is Guatemala’s second largest town, but it has managed to retain a fairly low-key vibe. It’s an attractive city with a neoclassic atmosphere and cobblestone streets; it’s also the main population center for K’iche Mayans. Within the city, there are fairly good dining and drinking options, as well as museums and temples that can be visited. Outside Quetzaltenango travelers can climb volcanoes and go rock climbing.
The Pension Bonifaz Hotel was founded in 1935—perhaps not surprisingly, the hotel has a historic feel and a good amount of character. It’s located across from Quetzaltenango’s central park and is close to most of the commercial and entertainment options in the city.
The rooms here are spacious and clean. They have simple decorations and wooden floors. All rooms have a private bathroom with a hot water shower and bathtub, as well as cable TVs and a telephone. The suites are larger and more luxurious—these include a sitting area and fireplace. Some rooms also have balconies that look out over the streets of Quetzaltenango.
The restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices. It offers a range of meals, most of them based upon Guatemalan cuisine. Guests can dine indoors or in the hotel’s colorful courtyard, or else order room service and eat in the comfort of their own room. Drinks can be ordered from the well-stocked bar and enjoyed in a comfortable lounge area. This is a nice place to chat and wind down the day with a tasty drink.
After a day spent exploring Quetzaltenango, guests can take a dip in the hotel’s indoor swimming pool. The pool is small but still offers a refreshing place to cool off and relax.
The Pension Bonifaz Hotel has a meeting room that can hold up to 400 people, and catering that is available for all events. The hotel has secure parking, laundry service, and fax service, as well as safety deposit boxes that can be used to store valuables.