Hotel Gobernador (4a Avenida 1-45 Zona 1, tel. 7764-1197, $7–12 d) is a solid family-run budget choice with good-size rooms, some with private bath. Some rooms are better ventilated than others.
Hotel Central (5a Avenida 1-33 Zona 1, tel. 7764-1202, $6 d) is a reasonable budget option with large, if aging, rooms, all with shared bath.
Friendly Todos Santos Inn (2a Calle 7-64 Zona 1, tel. 7764-1241, $10–16 d) has 16 rooms with shared or private bath cheerfully painted in hues of red and orange with passable mattresses and reading lamps, some with cable TV. There’s an upstairs sitting area as well as a third-floor patio. Downstairs rooms are not as well ventilated and tend to feel moldy, a common issue throughout the highlands.
Indifferent Hotel La Sexta (6a Avenida 4-29 Zona 1, tel. 7764-6612, $17 d) has stiff beds and smallish rooms with cable TV and medieval-looking hot-water heaters.
On the south side of the bus terminal, Hotel Guatemex (tel. 7769-0398, $10–20 d) is your best bet for late bus arrivals into town, with rooms in a variety of price categories, all with cable TV and good beds.
Half a block north of the plaza, Hotel Zaculeu (5a Avenida 1-14 Zona 1, tel. 7764-1086, $37 d) has attractive ground-floor rooms with tile floors beside a garden courtyard. The top-floor rooms in a newer section have been upgraded with carpeting, accent lighting on the walls, and other pleasant decorative touches. All rooms have cable TV, great beds, and private hot-water bathroom. There’s a dining room serving breakfast and dinner.
Conveniently situated across from the Los Halcones bus depot, Hotel Casa Blanca (7a Avenida 3-41 Zona 1, tel. 7769-0777, $37 d) has personal sentimental value, as it was once my grandfather’s home and office. All mushiness aside, there’s plenty here to recommend it, including attractive rooms in the original house (with plenty of character) or beside the back patio (more modern and spacious). All 15 rooms have hot-water private bathroom, phone, and cable TV. There are two restaurants, each fronting one of the house’s two patios.
Just up the street, Hotel San Luis de la Sierra (2a Calle 7-00 Zona 1, tel. 7764-9217, hsanluis [at] intelnet [dot] net [dot] gt, $28 d) is lovingly cared for by María Rosa Calderón, a former grade-school teacher who once lived in Guatemala City and taught Spanish to a future Moon Handbooks author. The spotless rooms have fan, attractive furnishings, hot-water private bathroom, cable TV, and reading lamps. There’s a dining room serving breakfast and dinner.
Hotel Premier (2a Calle 5-37 Zona 8, tel. 7764-9200 or 7769-0927, $33 d), on the way out to Zaculeu, has 36 rooms set around a pretty, opaque plastic–covered courtyard graced by a fountain. The rooms have the comfiest beds in town, tile floors, cable TV, wireless Internet, and hot-water private bathroom; some have views of the Cuchumatanes. The attractive lobby has a restaurant/bar serving international dishes.
There are a number of hotels along the entrance into town near the bus terminal, including the Hotel California (3a Avenida 4-25 Zona 5, Colonia Alvarado, tel. 7769-0500, $33 d), with clean, modern rooms with cable TV and private hot-water bathroom. There’s also a dining room and lobby lounge. Don’t let its name scare you; unlike the famous hotel in the Eagles tune, you can check out anytime you like and you can certainly leave.
Also along the entrance into town is Hotel San Francisco (Km. 260, Cantón San José, tel. 7764-9987/88, $30 d), which is not as fancy as the armed guards posted at its doors would have you believe. It has 51 spotless rooms with somewhat bland decor and private hot-water bathroom and cable TV. There are an Internet center, a pool table, and a small gym as well as a restaurant next to the parking lot. The main lobby is housed under a pleasant opaque-ceiling courtyard, allowing for ample ambient light. The hotel’s gardens are also the home of an unfortunate caged spider monkey.