Best Internet Cafe - 2000
Unlike some Internet cafes, in which computers seem like an afterthought, at Quetzal they are the centerpiece: 10 new iMacs in a rainbow of colors, with high-speed DSL access at only 16 cents per minute, or $9.95 per hour. But the cafe has much more to offer: coffee drinks served in super-sized cups; a large, serious menu of sandwiches, bagels, breakfast items, salads, soups, pizzas, and beverages; and big-screen TV. It also has the three qualities a serious cafegoer deems most important: good lighting, comfortable seats, and lively background music. Named after the iridescent bird that is the national symbol of Guatemala, Quetzal's tall ceilings, glass walls facing the street, and rotating display of artwork make it an airy, uplifting place; however, when asked if the place ever features live entertainment, the counterman responded, "Just the characters from the neighborhood."