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Posada Belen Museo Inn
Ranked #15 of 49 Hotels in Guatemala City
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Reviewed 22 April 2007

The people at the Posada Belen are so lovely - we had a wonderful stay there. There was confusion with our reservation, but Francesca rushed over from her home and fixed us up. The dinner was very tasty, but it's also a little pricey compared to similar Guatemalan restaurants. However, the fact that it was pulled together and served to us when we arrived dead tired was like a miracle.

I heard so much about it being a dangerous area, but during the day it's wonderful walking around the neighborhood. There are lots of interesting churches and the plaza nearby. Also, the Central Market may not have the charm of outdoor markets, but we found it quite interesting... possibly because we were the only tourists there.

The Posada Belen was very nice for my husband and children, but my parents were accustomed to something a bit more mainstream, so only stay there if you want an experience that wouldn't be duplicated in the U.S. Of course, why go to Guatemala for a U.S. experience?

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 March 2007

The Pasado Belen Museo Inn was the nicest hotel that I stayed in during my Central America tour. The hotel is owned and run by a wonderful married couple Francesca and René. Francesca, Rafael and the rest of the staff there, made me feel welcome from the moment that I arrived. The security there is excellent, and I had the feeling that I was staying in somebody’s beautiful home, as opposed to the impersonal feeling that I have often had in many other hotels. The Posada Belen is filled with so many Guatemalan artifacts and antiques, that it resembles a museum. There is also a very nice garden there, and all the rooms are decorated in authentic Guatemalan motifs.

The staff at the Posada Belen prepares excellent home-cooked meals, and they are very flexible about meal times. I felt as though I had the quintessential Guatemalan experience when I stayed there! Last, but not least, the Posada Belen is very reasonably priced (a fraction of what I would have paid if I stayed in a major chain hotel).

When booking the Posada Belen, I mentioned in an email that I wanted to take a tour around Guatemala. Francesca and René responded that they could arrange a week’s tour for me (the Guatemala Classic Tour), which was truly wonderful. It was a comprehensive tour of Lake Atitlan, Antigua and Tikal. The tour was very flexible and was arranged according to my schedule and my needs, and it was always with small groups of people. The hotels on the tour were all excellent. I am very grateful to Francesca and René since they arranged it so that I went on a truly marvelous tour. Additionally, they arranged airport transfers and for a taxi to take me to the 2 best museums in Guatemala City.

I will definitely stay at the Posada Belen again when I return to Guatemala City. I would feel like I was returning to visit good friends or close family there, since the ambiance was so wonderful, and the Francesca and the staff were so gracious and hospitable to me. I would advise anyone to definitely stay there.

Jeff A. from Brooklyn, NY USA

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled solo
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5  Thank Wowvoyager
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Reviewed 10 March 2007

We have just come to the end of our 5th stay in Guatemala, which we have been visiting since November 2001. On our first visit we discovered, via internet, Posada Belen and their fantastic web site. We have made use of their travel services for all our travels in Guatemala and enjoyed staying at Posada Belen in Guatemala City. There, we have met many others who, like ourselves, are doing voluntary work in Guatemala.

The travel service is excellent and we have managed over the years to visit most parts of Guatemala easily – with very reliable transport arrangements between our various destinations and good hotels, at a very reasonable cost. Each of our trips has been custom made to our requests.

The Posada Belen has become like a home from home. Francesca and Rene, the owners, and their staff are most welcoming each time we arrive. The hotel itself is charming, filled with Mayan artifacts and Guatemalan crafts. The bedrooms are comfortable and attractive. The food is good and unpretentious. Most important, we feel very secure there. Guatemala City is notorious for the high level of crime. Apart from some places that are definitely worth visiting in Guatemala City it is a convenient stopover when visiting opposite sides of the country, also if one arrives in Guatemala late in the day or has an early flight departure.

We plan to be returning to stay again and making use of their travel services. For us, the Posada Belen is the only place to stay in Guatemala City. There are still parts of Guatemala left for us to discover and of course those places which we return to time and time again.

Well done Francesca and Rene for providing such an excellent service! We recommend the Posada Belen and their website wholeheartedly.

Stephen & Jacqueline Vassallo from Malta (Europe)

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank steveGozo
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Reviewed 5 March 2007

This hotel is an absolute sanctuary in the heart of the very busy City of Guatemala. It is run by a delightful woman called Francesca and her husband Rene. We were made to feel so welcome and the rooms and beautiful central courtyard gave us a real taste of Guatemala and what was to come. All meals were available and of excellent quality.
Francesca was able to organise the whole of our holiday for us from there and the whole trip went smoothly and efficiently. When we returned there at the end of a 10 day trip, we felt we were coming home - it felt so safe and peaceful, and everyone who was staying there felt part of this lovely family.

Stayed: January 2007
5  Thank vallings
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Reviewed 2 March 2007

I was in Guatemala for a period of 6 weeks from Jan. 5, 2007 until Feb. 17, 2007. I started my trip with the Posada Belen. I felt safe and secure when I got in late the first night and saw a driver holding my name in his hand. I was then greeted at the PB by Rafael.

What a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city! You step into a time machine back into 1871 and the bubbling fountain and 5 turtles around it just add to it. I felt warm and cozy in my room of mayan artifacts and woven linens. I liked the dining room that was set for one table to encourage guests to meet each other.

The owners, Rene and Francesca Belen, are part of my family now. Rene is an engineer but is quite knowledgeable about Mayan history since his father is an archeologist. Rene was born and raised in this colonial home and it eventually became a guest house. Francesca is a like a sister and she is well know around the country as a travel agent. I would pop back into the PB every 10 days for her to plan my next trip. I really want to thank her for getting me the best room in a nice hotel in Flores (which is my fav town in Gua). I had room 303 in Casa Azul with a huge roof top terrace overlooking the lake for only $30.

A note about the hot water; you turn it all the way on and count to 10 and then turn it slowly off. I actually got too hot and had to add cold.

The 4 guys that work at PB are fantastic. I want to thank Rafael, Enil, Juan and Daniel for making me feel welcome. Juan is a great cook and it was nice to have breakfast and dinner inside. I usually at lunch at the market or town square (10 min walk).

love to you all from Karin in Alaska
(estoy mucho frio!)

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 February 2007

I went for a vacation and I had the time of my life.

When I got there, I was amazed at how clean and peaceful the whole place looked. Never had I felt so relaxed, safe and comfortable. The owners were very friendly and made me feel very welcomed. The bedrooms were very spacious, clean, and the beds very comfortable you can be sure to have a good night sleep.

The attention form the staff was great; I had delicious traditional Guatemalan food. Rene and Francesca took care of everything. As a single female, I was afraid since I heard stories. However, everything was perfect, that I did not have to worry. They prepared all form scheduling the plane flight to a tour to one of the most ancient and historic places; Tikal, the experience there was incredible! The views of the places I visit were amazing.

Thank you! :)

Stayed: February 2007
5  Thank Cyberstorm
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Reviewed 14 February 2007

I've stayed at Posada Belen twice, : once in December '04 with my son and once in July '06 with my wife. The staff is helpful and friendly and will work with you if you have any needs, like getting a cab to the airport, wake up calls, taking care of laundry, holding luggage while you go elsewhere for a few days. It is quite a way from the airport (20 minutes by taxi, I think) and the more modern section of the city.

Food is decent , but not exceptional. There is only one dining room table, so you have an opportunity to interact with other guests, which I enjoyed both times. Met a group of linguists last summer who have been getting down one of the Maya languages and helping a women's weaving co-op at the same time. We bought a couple of pieces from them during supper--sent them a check after we got home to NJ.

An open area, a mini-courtyard (maybe 20'X20'), is more of less across the hall from the office and the guest rooms and adjacent to the dining room. It is quite small and has only one small table, as I recall, and a hammock. Not a place to be if the weather is on the cool side, which it was in December. A few turtles call it home.

The hotel's neighborhood is a bit foreboding, but we had no problems, and walked a few blocks to the Cenrtral Market, which was interesting.

This is a good, clean, basic hotel, though the bathroms are a bit cramped. It's a good value overall.

Stayed: July 2006
4  Thank MayaFan
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Address: 13 Calle a 10-30 | Historic Center, Guatemala City 01001, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Guatemala Department > Guatemala City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Guatemala City
#2 Green Hotel in Guatemala City
#4 Business Hotel in Guatemala City
Price Range: £33 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Posada Belen Museo Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Posada Belen is located in a fine colonial style home built in 1873 converted into an intimate Museum Inn, centrally located in a quiet street of the historical center of Guatemala City about 3 miles north from the airport (10-15 Minutes), run by the same family since opened in 1972 to international tourism. Posada Belen was slowly transformed from a colonial style home into a very special inn. Highly recommended in most important travel guides and by former guests/friends, with over 300 authentic registered Mayan artifacts on display as well as unique antique handicrafts plus many primitive paintings makes Posada Belen a true Museum, but most of all we are a clean, safe, centrally located, quiet, moderately priced, with good beds, great food, friendly relaxed atmosphere, and authentic HOME to start, end or organize your journey in Guatemala. We are conveniently located to visit any of the museums in Guatemala city, walk to the relief map, national palace, central market (lowest prices in the country for handcrafts), visit the pre classic Mayan ruins and museum of Kaminal Juyu, dozens of monumental churches , We are blocks away from the bus stations to Tikal, Xela, Antigua, Coban, Chiquimula, Rio Dulce. Etc. Shuttles are also available from the inn door. Guided walking City tour is available, Guatemala city is important if you really want to understand our culture and its history. We will be happy to help you with your itinerary and up to date travel and safety information. The Posada Belen is especially safe for women traveling alone. We have a pick up service available at any hour of day or night to all persons who will like to have a friendly and safe welcome into Guatemala's airport for about the same price as a taxi (depending on the arrival time from $10 to $15), we know we are not for everybody, our clients are usually smart people with lots of travel experience, who are looking for comfortably way to enjoy true Guatemalan culture and also likes to stay in a place with character. ... more   less 
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