Planning a hiking trip through the volcanic Guatemalan highlands? Quetzaltenango makes the perfect starting point. Explore its cobblestone streets and rich Mayan history from these hotels.
It might feel like a small colonial town, but Quetzaltenango is one of Guatemala’s largest cities. Set against a backdrop of volcanoes in Guatemala’s western highlands, it marks the starting point for popular multi-day hikes to Lake Atitlan and Tajumulco, the highest point in Central America. For your stay in Quetzaltenango (also referred to as ‘Xela’), consider these charming hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Established in 1892, Hotel Modelo is a family-run establishment located just a few blocks from historic landmarks such as the Teatro Municipal. The colonial-style hotel features 19 guest rooms decorated with regional artwork and handicrafts, including paintings by the Guatemalan artist Zipacná de León. Colorfully tiled corridors enclose an open-air courtyard filled with greenery and leads to the hotel’s old-fashioned bar and lobby.
Located steps from Quetzaltenango Central Park in the city’s historic center, Hotel Casa Quetzaltenango offers comfortable family accommodations that fit up to six guests in some guestrooms. Each unit has its own private bathroom with a shower and complimentary toiletries. You’ll also have access to other facilities including a 24-hour front desk and concierge service, plus free private parking. Pets are also allowed upon request.
This hotel offers a polished, modern feel, located inside La Pradera Xela Shopping Center, just 10 minutes from Quetzaltenango’s center. The highlight here is the rooftop pool. There is also a gym, wellness area and private parking available. Choose between Junior Suites with their king-sized beds, or the Deluxe Suites more suited to groups and families.
The apartment-like guestrooms at Hotel Boutique Casa Morasan feature stylish ceramic tile and hardwood accents, as well as private bathrooms (and in some rooms, kitchenettes). The boutique hotel is located in Quetzaltenango’s center, within walking distance from the base of Cerro el Baúl, a forested lava dome that overlooks the valley. A peaceful outdoor courtyard and communal hot tub make this a great place to relax.
The Pensión Bonifaz is conveniently located in front of Quetzaltenango Central Park, which hosts a buzzy artisan handicraft market every Sunday morning. Founded in 1935, the hotel features 75 rooms with hardwood floors and private bathrooms. Some suites also include a cozy sitting area and fireplace, while others have balconies that look out on Quetzaltenango’s cobblestoned streets. An old-fashioned cocktail bar and indoor pool are also there for the taking.
Settle in at the Hotel Villa de Don Andres B&B in the heart of Quetzaltenango’s historic center. Here, you’ll be treated to a courtesy drink upon check-in. Each room offers basic amenities including free wifi and a private bathroom, plus massages can be booked to ease tired legs. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast offered each morning in the central, open-air courtyard.
Casa Las Flores gives off a retro vibe with its antique-covered walls, checkerboard floors, and motel-inspired facade sign. Located just blocks away from Quetzaltenango Central Park, the personality-drenched hotel offers simple guest rooms with private bathrooms, as well as a shared kitchen, rooftop terrace, and communal garden area. There’s also free parking available onsite, and a daily American breakfast is included.
Hotel Posada Catedral is a colonial-style guesthouse with 11 rooms and a spectacular view of the Quetzaltenango Cathedral from its massive outdoor courtyard. The hotel could rely solely on its central setting and scenery to attract guests, but it goes above and beyond with amenities that include 24-hour front-desk service and free daily breakfast served with eggs, beans, plantains, homemade tortillas, and more.