After leaving the cable cars of La Paz and the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni\ in Bolivia, our next stop was Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Guatemala City. The hotel is a category 2 Marriott hotel (10,000 Marriott Points / night) and is a ~15 minute drive (depending on traffic) from the Guatemala City International Airport (GUA). There is also a complimentary airport shuttle that arrives every hour. The hotel is in a great part of the city and has many restaurants nearby and lots to see within a short distance, including an amazing zoo that we walked to from our hotel (blog post coming later today). I will also share a very good Guatemalan restaurant that was a 2 minute walk away from the hotel.
The airport shuttle was waiting for us when we exited the airport. After a short drive, we arrived at our hotel and then we took the first elevator up to the lobby. The lobby is big, beautiful and well decorated. We checked in quickly and took the second elevator up to our room. I wasn’t planning on writing a hotel review for this hotel, so I didn’t take that many pictures of the hotel, so some of the below photos are from the Marriott website.
There were 2 queen beds in our spacious room. There was a large flat screen TV above the desk.
There was a minibar and safe in the corner of the room. The bathroom was large and the shower had great water pressure and plenty of hot water.
We ate in the hotel restaurant for breakfast. Even though Jim is a Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite Member, free breakfast is not provided at Courtyard Marriott hotels. The breakfast was very good and had lots of breakfast options and local dishes. I’m not sure what the cost was for breakfast.
For lunch, we asked the front desk if there was a good restaurant close by and he recommended the Casa Chapina restaurant which was a 2 minute walk down the street. I don’t remember exactly what I ordered, but the dish was excellent. I also tried the local Gallo Cerveza beer which was light and refreshing. The total cost for our lunch was 201 Guatemalan Quetzals (~$27.39). As of January 23, 2018, $1.00 = 7.33 Guatemalan Quetzals.
Near our hotel, there was a Holiday Inn, Radisson, Westin and Hard Rock Hotel, but I think the Courtyard Marriott is the best hotel deal in that area. If you have any questions about the hotel, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!
P.S. please check out my afternoon post where I share lots of photos from the amazing Guatemala Zoo which is over 93 years old!
Here are all parts of my Central / South America trip:
- Adios Amigos! I’m Traveling Around Central / South America (LPB, UYU, GUA, SAL, MGA & LIR)
- PSA / Tip: Always Bring a Pen When You Travel
- Riding the Cable Cars (Mi Teleférico) Around La Paz, Bolivia for Under $3
- Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia’s Magical, Mirror-like Salt Flat Oasis (2018 Dakar Rally & Crazy Photos)
- PSA: Check Existing Airline Confirmations for Cancelled Flights a Few Days Before Travel
- Hotel Review: Courtyard Marriott Guatemala City & Amazing Guatemalan Restaurant Nearby (Casa Chapina)
- Visit the Amazing (93 Years Young) Guatemala City Zoo for $5
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel (Great Location, Lounge & Breakfast)
- Day Trip: San Salvador Volcano & Restaurant La Pupusa Loka
- PSA: Get Yellow Fever Vaccine Before Visiting Nicaragua (& Some Other Central / South American Countries)
- My Incredible 14 Seat Cessna Flight from San Jose (SJO) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 1: The Resort is Beautiful
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 2: The Room was Great
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 3: The Food is Expensive, but Delicious