Posted Aug 4, 2014 on Hotels
We stayed one night at the end of our trip. This is a gracious old home that has been lovingly restored. It's bland facade, which is consistent with the colonial style, belies the beauty that awaits upon stepping through the doorway. The home is truly lovely, peaceful, and comfortable. The owners and staff are welcoming. We stayed in room 1 which faces the street. Once school let out and the bustle of the day had passed, the room was quiet and serene. The only reason for the very good rating as opposed to excellent was the water pressure. It is an old home, so allowances need to be made. However, it took a very long time of running the water to get tepid water for our showers. Water aside, this was a wonderful one night stay and my only regret is that we didn't have time to sample the wonderful breakfast we read about and spend an additional night in this lovely setting.
Note: We had numerous Guatemalans and other travelers warn us against staying in Zone 1 and advising us to switch to Zone 10. If you enjoy historic areas, would like to be close to the major city sites and the mercado central, Casa Carmel is within walking distance to all of these. We felt perfectly comfortable and safe as two women traveling alone and walked the streets without incident until dusk.