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Hostal Guatefriend's
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Friendly and fun.”
Reviewed 17 October 2011

I'm also very late with my review and have been meaning to write it since I got back to London. I've done a lot of travelling all over the world and have probably stayed in at least 150 different hotels/hostels/B&Bs and Guatefriends B&B in Guatemala City is easily one of my favourites. I found them randomly on the internet and only booked for one night as I hadn't heard many positive things about the city but I ended up staying for three nights and kept coming back over the 2 months that I spent travelling around the country. Joe & Ana were such welcoming hosts and I soon felt part of the family. They were the first people I met in Guatemala and were a great introduction to a beautiful country. They're fun and informative and it's obviously important to them that you have a good time whilst you're staying there. I was to sad to leave but I hope to visit again in the future. Joe & Ana - thank you!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

I'm very late with this review but I enjoyed my stay very much. Very friendly atmosphere. Joe & Anna were terrific. At one dinner, Joe treated us to an exotic fruit tasting. It was fabulous. Close to the airport and a 15-minute taxi ride to the center. I became ill on my visit and Joe noticed my distress and took it upon himself to move me to a room with more privacy. Wonderful people!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Orem, Utah
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Reviewed 21 June 2011

I am a resident and citizen of Central America who travels frequently to other countries, including Guatemala.
We stayed at GuateFriends because it is very reasonably priced, has a great location for traveling around the city, it's close to the the airport, has super friendly owners and great food.
We live in the States and I am sure most of our group have come to expect certain standards of quality and cleanliness that we also found here. For sure there were other places called backpackers hotels that were dirt cheap $4 a night, but you can't beat peace of mind and feeling secure while sleeping. Also having breakfast prepared for you with care and also accommodating a rather large group was amazing. Ana also helped in getting good transportation within the city that we could trust. The transportation staff was great and friendly. They were courteous and always on time.

Thanks Ana and Joe for making breakfast early in the morning.

Both Spanish and English are spoken.
It's a place I look forward to visiting.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 May 2011

We stayed at Guatefriend's just for one night before flying out of the country and it was very convenient. It's 1km from the airport and the price included a ride to the airport, which was great.
The people running Guatefriend's were nice and it had a family feel to the place. Especially after all the negative stuff I'd read about Guatemala City, I felt very safe there.
Rooms were clean and bright, and the showers were good and hot.
If you were staying for longer, there is a kitchen and a dining area.
All in all, very good. The only gripe I have is that our bill was surprisingly expensive. It might just be in comparison to other places in Guatemala, but one night and dinner came to the same as three nights elsewhere. Tax isn't included in the price quoted and if you need to pay by credit card another 6% gets added on.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Aarhus, Denmark
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Reviewed 22 April 2011

3 simple words:
-Hospitality
-Relaxed
-Safe

My girlfriend and I stayed at GuateFriends while passing through Guatemala City. Great rooms, good food and a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. We can only advice travellers to visit the family.
All the best from Tanja and Martin, Denmark.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

Showed up late and in the rain because of a airline delay, and Anna was more than helpful in easing my aggravation. Joe had delicious warm drinks that we were not expecting and were not accustomed to waiting for us when we arrived. The beds were clean and smelled fresh. The colors of the rooms and decor really gave me a feeling of the culture that I was to embark upon the next week of business. Anna was able to find ne anything I needed in the area and Joe and Anna were able to furnish everything I needed to stay in contact with Corporate. Excellent understanding of what it takes to make it in the business world. Will definitely visit when in the area again.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 February 2011

Joe and Anna were lovely people. they couldn't do enough to make my stay happy. The food was wonderful and I had many 'menu' conversations with Joe. I will even try to grow a few fruits when I am back home due to his knowledge. Their children were a delight, and my trip to the zoo with Angelo was a beautiful day out. If I ever return to Guatemala I will definitely stay with Joe and Ana.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Hostal Guatefriend's

Property: Hostal Guatefriend's
Address: 16 Calle 7-40 Zona 13, Aurora 1, Guatemala City 01013, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Guatemala Department > Guatemala City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Guatemala City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Guatefriend's 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Hostal Guatefriends Bed&Breakfast esta a 1 minuto del Aeropuerto Internacional la Aurora en automovil. Tranporte esta incluido en la tarifa. Guatefriends es un ejemplo perfecto de ambiente tradicional guatemalteco junto con el estilo de Guatemala moderna, excelentes comidas y servicio al cliente sin igual. Nuestro Bed and Breakfast es propiedad familiar y está situado en una de las zonas más seguras de la ciudad de Guatemala. Nuestras habitaciones son cómodas y acogedoras. Ofrecemos cuatro opciones de acuerdo a sus preferencias personales: habitaciones triples, individuales, dobles compartidas. Mientras que nuestro invitado, su estancia incluirá las comodidades del hogar con agua caliente (siempre tenemos agua caliente !!!), toallas personales y ropa de cama que se cambian cada día. También proporcionamos almuerzos y cenas, que es inaudito en el B & B / hostales en Guatemala. El desayuno está incluido y se proporciona de 7am - las 10AM. café orgánico se sirven durante todo el día. Guatefriends también da consejos de viaje y puede hacer reservas para viajes para nuestros clientes. Contamos con Wifi gratuito. Trabajamos únicamente con INGUAT (Oficina Nacional de Turismo de Guatemala) aprobamos empresas de excursiones privadas que lo recogerá de Guatefriends B & B y traer de vuelta cuando el viaje ha terminado. (Algunos de los tours incluyen excursiones de un día a los volcanes, y las ciudades de Panajachel, San Pedro, La Antigua y Chichicastenango. Tours también están a disposición de las ruinas mayas de Tikal, Petén, Cobán, Quetzaltenango, Monterrico, Retaluleu y muchos otros destinos emocionantes.) Guatefriends Bed&Breakfast al estilo tradicional y la amistad se compromete a hacerte parte de la familia guatemalteca y le invita a quedarse con nosotros en cualquier momento que visite nuestro gran país. Aceptamos Visa, Master Card, American Express, diners club internacional, jcb, dólares americanos, y quetzales (moneda Guatemala). Viajar a Ciudad de Guatemala con nuestros paquetes de B & B: Nuestras tarifas incluyen: Menú completo desayuno WIFI GRATIS Transporte gratuito desde y hacia el Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora Otros servicios: Servicio de lavandería (Interno) El servicio de taxi económico (interno) El servicio de taxi privado (Interno) Servicio de traslado todos los días y Excursiones (Interno) Tours Privados (Interno) Impuestos no incluidos. ... more   less 
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