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“One night is okay....” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Ajau Colonial

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Hotel Ajau Colonial
Ranked #43 of 48 Hotels in Guatemala City
Oakland, California
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99 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“One night is okay....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

I would only stay here one night, on the way to somewhere else. The hotel is in a beautiful old building, but could do with a renovation. The location is not so good ( everyone will tell you to be careful if thieves) but there is a police headquarters around the corner and an armed guard at the pharmacy next door. The hotel room seemed nasty--I didn't want to touch the floor. However, I can't deny the value, the amount billed to our credit card was like $14 and that's with a bathroom!

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Redding, Connecticut
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

The hotel is old and shabby. The bed spreads needed replacing years ago. linens to thin. Blankets old. Feng shway uncomfortable. too much clutter and poor placement of furnishings. Bathroom clean, no pressure in sink took for ever for toilet basin to fill, good shower. Front desk was very helpfull with directions, calling for taxi's etc. I would not stay again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor facing the street looked a little better
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank fallwater
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

I struggled with this review, because we saw 2 other hotels around the area, and this one was the best one...it was late at night, and we weren't interested in walking around anymore. So it's better than what we saw.... but it's definitely not better than what is in Antigua. I wouldn't call this place expensive by any means, but the price does not match the room. I will say the beds were good - a lot of places have very soft spring mattresses, but this one is still soft, but firm enough that my back wasn't put out. The location is reasonable and the downstairs interior is rather cute. Just shame about the room and bathroom!

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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28 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

This place probably had its heyday a few decades back. Today, it is dark, a bit run-down, and like a haunted mansion at night.

The workers were very attentive and had good service, but the facilities... there are water and coffee pitchers out in the halls, so that was nice. There are 3 types of rooms (shower & TV, shower & no TV, no shower & no TV), and I had the middle choice. The TV is small and old, so wouldn't see a reason to pay extra. The communal shower is okay looking, but I preferred to have a private bathroom. The internet works well, but you have to use it in the communal area. They have a restaurant, but I never saw it open.

The toilet was fine, but the shower could only provide "hot" water if it trickled on you (a full force shower came out cold). The two beds were uncomfortable (one stiff like a board and the other squeaky and lumpy) and had a slight smell.

Almost all the visitors were Latin American, so I think that this must be the budget choice for anyone who needs to be in the center of town. It has a perfect location to everything in Zona 1, so that's nice. A yellow taxi to the airport is about Q40 ($5).

I would recommend it as an inexpensive choice for those staying in Zona 1 (el centro), and those who want a step up from a hostel.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Felisuke
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2011

I spent one night here. Although the building had a quaint charm, my room was oppressively dark and lacked hot water. The service seemed virtually nonexistent. It did include access to a single older computer with Internet.

I arrived on a Sunday and took the Trans-Metro to the older part of the city and from there, I went by foot until I stumbled across this place. I payed the cheapest price of about $18. So maybe the $25 rooms are fine. They did offer complementary coffee which wasn't very good.

My biggest complaint is with Guatemala City. A relatively ugly crime ridden metropolis teeming with desperately poor people trying to part you from your money. If you come to Guatemala, head straight for Antigua, unless you must conduct your business in Guatemala City.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank mysticmusic
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Clearwater, Florida
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2009

Guatemala City downtown has many interesting places but if you read most travel guides you might become afraid and think there is nothing here. I am not discounting the crime problems and if you decide to stay here, I do suggest that you don't walk around after dark. The front desk will call a taxi driver they know. The hotel is secure and it is beautiful. The price is right. The staff is nice. I had a large, old fashioned room facing a quiet hallway. My only disappointment concerned the bathroom, which had a bug problem. Contrary to what you might have heard, the central zone of Guatemala has beautiful churches, a lovely arch over a street by the post office and interesting restaurants. I certainly prefer it to the Zona Viva, where I could be sitting in a shopping in Miami.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ZarahL_8
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Los Angeles, CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2007

My father and I stayed at the Hotel Colonial for 5 nights back in July of 2006. The room was clean, the beds were comfortable, and the staff is friendly. The location is very central, right in the heart of Zona 1, close to restaurants and the Mercado Central. The hotel also has parking.
My only complaint would be that for breakfast, the kitchen would run out of fried plantains or cheese. The very nice lady that served breakfast explained that they only make a limited amount of food to prevent waste.
My father is in the process of moving to Guatemala. He's was in Guatemala in October 2006 and again last week. He has stayed at Hotel Colonial both times.
The hotel is housed in a very interesting building, very typical for 1930's Guatemala City style architecture with 2 stories and beautiful central courtyard/patio with seating. The front desk clerk told me that the building was originally an orphanage.
The shops shut down early (7PM), and there's hardly no one on the streets (7a Avenida) after 9PM in fear of the thieves in the area. Dominos Pizza and Pollo Campero does not deliver past 9PM. Take a taxi and go to Zona 4 to Cuatro Grados Norte for late night fun!

  • Liked — Clean and comfortable for a budget hotel in Guatemala City.
  • Disliked — The electric shower heads to heat water
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank LATriton75
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Property: Hotel Ajau Colonial
Address: 7 Avenida 14-19 | Zona 1, Guatemala City 01001, Guatemala (Formerly Hotel Colonial)
Region: Guatemala > Guatemala Department > Guatemala City
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 48 Hotels in Guatemala City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An oasis in the pulsating Historic Center of Guatemala City, 20 minutes from La Aurora International Airport and bus terminals with domestic destinations (Antigua, Tikal, Semuc Champey, Livingston, Quetzaltenango, IRTRA Reu and Atitlán) and international destinations , El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica). Located in a house of "Seville" style of the early twentieth century, you will have the ease of walking around buildings and colonial squares, churches, convents, handicraft markets, palaces, museums and architectural constructions of incalculable cultural and historical value. Within walking distance to a variety of Guatemalan and international restaurants, traditional and modern. We have spacious rooms from 1 to 8 people, pleasant and unique environments. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Colonial Hotel Guatemala City
Hotel Ajau Colonial Guatemala/Guatemala City

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