Posada El Telephone
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Posada El Telephone Chichicastenango Reviews
El Radio, El TV, El Computador... May 21, 2012
Really small boxes maybe 1.5x2.5m are what they call single rooms. What do I know, maybe it is a standard in this area, and my 2m don’t fit anywhere anyway… Or maybe that is the reason why they call it El Telephone (booth)!
This place is 30Q for one person in the single room (if you let someone “bring you” to the hostel, than it is 5Q more because they take fee) and doubles are very negotiable. Family that runs the place will show you only the room that they want you to be in, so you have to keep asking for other rooms if you don’t like the first one. The boy that shows the rooms is extremely pushy for money. He wants it NOW and must have it this moment, and not in 1, 2, 3 minutes from now… Probably well trained by his dad. There are two community bathrooms that double for the shower, one on the second floor (with hot water) and much smaller one on the third floor (no hot water, and sometimes no water at all). Hot water runs through shower add-ons and it is pretty reliable (if you don’t try to mess with it and get electrocuted) depending on water pressure…
Oh, I forgot to tell you about “selling point”, I mean the most interesting thing about this posada. Balconies have a great view of the local cemetery. It is really marvelous due to beautify painted, pastel colored graves and family mausoleums on the hill across the hotel. Of course, I showed how enthusiastic I am about that fact, and I took the room…
Every room has at least couple of windows that are covered with kind of curtains and they don’t really open. Door key is actually the key for the small, pathetic lock that you should place over two rings screwed into the door. It is not over exaggeration to say that by pressing the door with two fingers, you could probably break the whole lock system and enter the room with no problem. To make things more secure, I replaced their lock with my larger locker titanium monster lock… Like it mattered…
Posada is just two blocks from the market and center of the city. On the street you can constantly see people carrying tables on their heads… I know that it sounds strange, but it is the truth… We were sitting on the balcony and counted more than 20 tables passing under us on someone’s head…
Be wary of people in jackets that have Tourist Office printed on and they also have plastic badge with name on it. They approach as a part of tourist information of Guatemala, but they inform you only about places that they have deal with and you will end paying around 15-20% more. This place came to be the most negative city of all in Guatemala. Everyone is trying to trick you, still stuff from you, overcharge you and only rarely you can get some kind of smile. Market that Chichi is famous for is nothing special, super overpriced tourist trap. They count on 600 tourist coming here every Sunday and that is all… If you want to buy good products for good price go to Mercado in Guatemala City or even to Antigua market.
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