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Hotel Ajau
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

We stayed here for one night and had the worst night sleep ever. There was no soundproofing between our room and the rooms next to us (or even the toilet down the corridor!) and as a result we spent the entire night trying to drown out the noise from someone talking on the phone next door. When someone flushed the toilet we could hear it even though it was 3 rooms away! Housekeeping started their rounds noisily at 6am so we probably only got a couple of hours sleep all night. The bus to Coban does not leave nearby as we thought from our guidebook, instead we had to get a taxi to the terminal Norte for Q70. For Q120/night worth staying elsewhere, especially if you plan to go on to Coban.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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6  Thank Lucas985
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

My friend and I arrived at the Hotel Ajau after a few days in Antigua and Panajachel...we were just making a two-day stop in Guatemala City on our way to El Salvador. Compared to what we experienced in the other cities in Guatemala (in hotels of the same price), this hotel was a seriously bad surprise. The room was small and cramped, dark, of cheap materials, and very exposed to all the noise of the lobby and entrance. It's an old building, and all the fitting are very old. We opened the little safe on the wall of our room, and it was filled with dead cockroaches. We decided we could not spend the night here and paid for our room and left for another hotel in the neighborhood. Please understand that the neighborhood of this hotel is not safe at night. I have lived in Bogota, Colombia and Guadalajara, Mexico, so am not new to developing world cities, but this is simply an unsafe and totally unattractive area. You have to walk a long distance to find anything really of any interest and it's difficult to find decent food. Guatemala City is not a tourist destination, and does not offer much, but pay a bit more and stay in a nicer part of town, where at least you will be safe and able to find decent restaurants. We finally ended up spending a lot more to stay in the Barcelo...because of its cleanliness and location.

Room Tip: if you are a backpacker who doesn't care about noise and atmosphere and are willing to stay in a desolate and unsafe part of town, this 'hotel' might be acceptable
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Mark B
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Hotel_Ajau, Owner at Hotel Ajau, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2013

We deeply regret any inconvenience you had during your short stay with us, we would like to inform you that we are undergoing renovations to offer our costumers the best experience possible so some of our rooms are not available. We have taken into account your review and will be given the appropriate monitoring so that this unpleasant situation does not happen in the future.
We would like to mention that there is the Casa Mima museum a block away from the hotel, the 6th avenue walk two blocks away and the Central Park in a 6 block distance from the hotel.

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Reviewed 9 May 2010

I spent a week at Hotel Ajau recently and couldn't recommend it more highly. I chose it because it's economical and comfortable; I stayed because the internet signal reached my room, the folks were friendly and I discovered that the owners are doing everything they can to be a truly sustainable business. Read about it and see photos here:
http://theesperanzaproject.org/es/2010/05/hospitalidad-verde-en-guatemala-hotel-ajau/
You have to know the neighborhood is sketchy, as with the rest of Guatemala City's historic zone, but watch your things in the street and don't go out at night without a taxi, and you'll be fine. In fact, that's another good reason to stay at Ajau: There's a good cafe, so you don't have to go out at night.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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9  Thank thirstyboots07
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Luis R, Propietario at Hotel Ajau, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2012

Thanks for your comment Thirstyboots07, since your last stay we have upgraded the internet speed so the guests have faster access to the internet. We have installed solar panels to eliminate electric water heaters and are working together with the municipality to make the streets around us safer. We hope to see you soon. Best regards.

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Reviewed 25 June 2007

i stay et the hotel ajau every time i came to guatemala city even just to hang up be cos the imployes they are very frendly, i hily recomendid. and let my friend teem of 45 piple ore missionery, i am a mayan, so excuse my inglish.

Stayed: June 2007
8  Thank fidolima
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2018, travelled solo
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