- Reviews: 1
Casa de Silvia: Best Homestay Experience
Best homestay experience!!
I lived with Silvia for 5 months in 2012 and had an amazing experience. Silvia is the kindest, most sincere person who genuinely cares about everyone who stays with her. She will take care of you and help you improve your Spanish. I have since returned to stay with Silvia for a few days in March 2014 and was just as satisfied with the experience. The best part of staying with her is the individual connection she makes and maintains with each person.
Her home is cozy and in a great location, very close to the main square. Each room is private, fully furnished, and very clean.
She offers stays with or without food. Her food is delicious! And she is more than willing to cater to picky diets/allergies (I was vegetarian for my first stay and gluten-free on my second...long story).
If you have any interest in visiting Antigua, I highly recommend staying with Silvia. Her home is perfect for Spanish learners or anyone else who is looking for a fun, affordable, comfortable place to stay for a long or short period of time.
Check out her Facebook to contact her (in Spanish preferably-a google translate message should suffice) and see how many people love her and enjoyed their stays:
Address: Calle del Hermano Pedro # D1 3050-1607
Open rooftop with views of Cerro de la Cruz and Agua Volcano. Very clean home, hot showers, internet access, purified water, delicious food!
- Reviews: 23
Hotel Soliel Antigua: Lovely Enchanting Gardens and Grounds
I had a suite with a kitchenette through an RCI timeshare exchange, so I paid the timeshare exchange rate. The hotel was maintained in good repair, the grounds were fabulous with hanging orchids above the entire walkway to the living quarters. While I did not take advantage of the pool area due to chilly weather, the area is beautiful, as well as the tennis courts. Each room has a working fireplace, excellent for a honeymoon suite. My only complaint is that the kitchenette cabinets are all locked until you sign to have them unlocked and be responsible for all the kitchenware. This was my first such encounter in a hotel, which concerned me as there had to have been previous thefts for such a rule to have been instituted. My concern was, the entire staff had access to the property, but if anything were missing, "I' would be responsible. Otherwise, the stay was perfect, and I would recommend this hotel to others. The experience with the kitchenette is the only reason I do not rate this 4 stars.
The grounds are gorgeous with seating areas nestled among the flora. From the balcony there are stunning views of one of the many volcanoes. There is an airport shuttle available with reservations, and a free shuttle to the town center.
- Reviews: 1
HOTEL EL MARQUES ANTIGUA GUATEMALA: ABOUT MY LODGING
I booked the place for one week in December 2010. It is very nice !!
Only 9 month old and on the south side of town .Walking to the square no problem except at night , the tuck-tucks stop running at 8 PM , I am a senior lady traveling alone and I did not feel safe walking the dark streets. But one can always take a Taxi.
As you walk in , there is a fountain for each unit , nice kitchen , washer & dryer,
living room with fire place , dining room.Stairway to go upstairs to the bed room and bath room. Very nice open loft bedroom with large TV and trendy bathroom. Maid service once a week , how ever I did not get any service at all.I guess you must ask for it.
The staff was very help full and friendly in the beginning of my stay.
On December 7 , one day before my departure a very unfortunate thing happen to me , at the devil burning I was robed of the content of my purse including my reading glasses..all cash & credit cards .They slid open my purse from the side , glad they did not cut me , I have enclosed a picture. The staff was very helpful helping me call to report a stolen my credit card .They charged me $19 for a toll free call
To our surprise they had already charged items and tried 7 ATM s to withdraw cash with no luck without my pin number.
I am now here without cash & a credit cards. When inquiring about the last charges made by me , I found out the hotel over charged me , however they did return the money to me promptly .They returned the over charge in dollars , at least I was not penniless. Not feeling well I ask the staff to build me a fire in the fire place for 50 Q.....while I was upstairs packing I smelled smoke and running down the stairs I saw a burning piece of wood that had landed on the carpet and was burning , amber's where flying everywhere , there was no screen on the fireplace and the rug was only 2" form the opening .......I called for help , the manager came and the firsts thing they said ...you will have to pay for a new carpet....I had no choice , they charged me $39 !!! I have enclosed photos of the fireplace & damage . The next day I called the shuttle for my airport pick up.
The shuttle arrived with other people going to the airport , When all of a sudden they blocked me from leaving , by the door man of all people.There was yelling ......and I was accused of ruining the sofa ?????? unbeknown to me there must have been a damage from a flying spark .....now they prevent me from leaving and demanding I pay for the alleged sofa damage .....I know this sounds fake , but it is the truth , not having much money or credit cards they finally let me go ...I almost missed my flight , what a horrible experience for a 70 year old .The lodging is very nice I must say , however I would never return for several reasons.It is very loud , with a unit on each side and a big unit in the back , not being insulated well promoting every sound.They are a lot of locals spending long weekends , large families with loud children , across was a person with a barking dog , I thought no dogs where allowed !!
The good thing is you can turn on the fountain , it will dampen the noise , but it is very hard to sleep , as it is also very loud. A word of caution to other senior travelers , there are no railings doing up the steep stair way and if you leave marks on the wall to help keep your balance they will charge you for wall damage .The bathroom is very modern but the bath tub is very hard to climb in and it is slippery and there are no railings to hold on too , so be careful .I am very sorry to write this report
but if it will prevent just one person from a similar experience it will be worth it.I was lucky
if a fire had started , there would have been no escape for me , there is only one door to exit.
After my return I received several emails demanding money for the alleged sofa damages and the manager went as far as accusing me to fake my robbery so I would not have to pay any damages .......????....the fire did not happen until after I was robbed and reported my loss . I am disappointed in this Hotel.I am seeking legal advice for this mater.
If you want more details , you may contact me any time .
- Reviews: 587
Hotel Posada La Merced: Bien in Antigua
My flight got in around 6am on a sunday morning and I had not checked or made any advance arangements for a room so after my first couple of options did not pan out I found this place in the N. end of town. Since I was trying to keep this trip on a budget I did not want to spend more than $30 USD per night but wanted my own bathroom since I would be spending a week on the beach at a sea turtle conservation project. I spent one night here and left on monday morning after they arranged a shared van for me to get to Monterrico on monday morning. The $30 rooms are a bit close to the street so I could hear the street traffic and the bathroom was a bit on the cramped side..I'm 6' 2" and when sitting on the toilet my feet were in the shower pan. The bed one the other hand was comfortable and the room was not cold unlike the evening/morning air outside. The front desk staff spoke english and worked with a local travel agency so they got my ride set up for about $5 more than I should have paid if I had been a bit more patient and made additional arrangments with conservation manager in Guatemala City.
Place is not far from central park and there are plenty of places to eat within a 10 min walk from the hotel. Even though prices were not great the service was fine. They had agua pura ( bottled drinking water out front and coffee in the morning for guests plus local crafts for sale in the lobby...I was able to pick up a neat necklace for Kim rather than fart around town shopping which I was not in the mood to do on the trip. They also take visa so I did not have to pull additional cash out of the ATM during my stay. There is a roof top patio to relax in but did not use it as it was December and a bit cold outside.
- Reviews: 5106
Posada Doña Clara
In the morning when I looked for Posada Doña Clara I did not find it first. I think the doors were shut the first time I passed but after asking several people I finally found it The entrance is through a small souvenir shop and there is no big sign outside. At the posada there are several rooms set around two courtyards and there is a myriad of furniture, plants and small things along the corridors.
I was shown a room upstairs above the second courtyard. The room was 100 quetzales (July 2009) and was bigger than the one at Casa Amarilla and it had a bathroom. There is no breakfast though. When it was clear the view from outside my room was great over the volcanoes.
When I went to bed in the evening I noticed that the sheets were not clean. I told the maid the next morning and she changed them. Coming back later in the afternoon I noticed that one of my granola bars was missing, so the next morning I counted some coffee candies I had before going out for breakfast. When I came back after breakfast the maid had cleaned the room and five candies were missing. Well, there were not any value in those things taken, but it felt very unpleasant. As nothing else disappeared I didn’t tell the owners of the posada.
Posada Doña Clara is very conveniently located, only half a block from Parque Central and near many cafés and restaurants.
- Reviews: 5106
I got a very small room at Casa Amarilla, a room with a bed, a chair, a small bedside table and a TV (the remote control did not work though). All bathrooms are shared. There are four toilets and two showers. Including in the price was a very good breakfast. There was a breakfast buffet with bread, egg, lots of fruits and more. For one night I paid 75 quetzales (July 2009).
At Casa Amarilla there is a kitchen for guests to use and two computers with free Internet. Upstairs there is a nice common area with tables, chairs and hammocks.
After one night at Casa Amarilla I decided to change hotels. Not because Casa Amarilla is a bad place, but because I prefer to have my own bathroom and a little bit more space in the room. Another thing was that everyone staying at the hostel were very young and I was by far the oldest person. And when I arrived late in the evening the previous night I had not found anywhere to buy a meal nearby, only a tiny store across the street where I bought some snacks.
- Reviews: 2
Kafka Bar and Hostel: Hostels and Bars Antigua Guatemala
A fun little hostel close to central park in Antigua. This is one of many hostels in Antigua. Clean and well maintained. Named after the German author Kafka. I think this makes it hard to find Kafka on the Interent. I do not speak spanish and the staff other then the two owners have limited English. However, they made every attempt to communicate and make life work. This is not a big hostel I think only 23 beds. Food was good, a great burger, I love a great burger and compared to the burger chains in Antigua the price was also a winner.
The best part of Kafka the up stairs bar or roof top lounge.
By day you can sit in the sun and look at the mountains and the one Valcano some days you see smoke from it. Kafka has free WIFI even if you just want to come and sit up stairs in the open air bar.
Happy hour starts at noon every day at Kafka which was a bonus. I honestly do not remember when and if it ended. That is bad.
Ladies night at Kafka
- Reviews: 1
Antigua Rentals: vacation rentals in Antigua
I wanted to advise for those of you traveling to Antigua
this new vacation rentals management company, they are
young and very energetic, speak great English and they
provided me and my family with a lovely house they called
casa la moderna, it was much cheaper then any hotel we can
choose and we made a great base there to explore Antigua.
The house we choose was 6 blocks from the park, in a gated community
with security and private parking, the house was new and fully furnished,
we had internet and laundry and that saved es lots of money, also we
cook many meals and breakfast and went only out for dinner.
I advise as they say in their website to try a vacation rental, much better then an hotel
- Reviews: 4
In planning my trip to Antigua, I was referred to these great websites with photos, reviews, etc. of economy and mid range hotels.
- Reviews: 1236
Internacional Mochilero Guesthouse: Internacional Mochilero Guesthouse
Mochilero Guesthouse is a nice and small guesthouse just a few hundred metres away from the city centre of Antigua. It is a pretty cheap place to stay and the price of $ 15,- for a double room is quite worth the money.
The guesthouse looks very nice inside. There is a small inner garden with beautiful plants and flowers and a very cosy area to sit. Around this garden you will find the rooms that are very basic. There is nothing more then two simple bed, a small wooden desk and a wooden chair. The bathrooms are shared. One bathroom in the front of the guesthouse still is pretty ok, another one is in the back, under a stairway and has the record of "the smallest bathroom ever". A toilet, a sink and a shower at a surface of 1,5 square metre.
Over all the guesthouse is very basic, but with a very nice atmosphere. The owner is a nice guy and very willing to help. Only other negative point are the men that hang around in the guesthouse all day long starting with a nice conversation with the guests, but ending with trying to sell their tours.
- Reviews: 1
Los Amigos: Money with legs
Watch out for your wallet if you plan to stay in this hostel. I left part of my money locked in my room and $100 mysteriously disappeared. The owners of the hotel were the only people witht the key to the pad lock, other than us. After making a report to the police, we discovered that this hostel has had several incidents of theft. You are more likely to be a victim in a place like this if you tell them you are only staying one night, so be careful of what you share.
- Reviews: 1
Hotel Santa Clara: See and smell the room before you stay!
Stayed 2 nights. The owner/manager was wonderful...but the room smelled of cat pee! There are lots of dogs in Antigua so I am assuming that the cats all stay indoors...thus the smell. Please check any room in Antigua before you commit to stay there.
Manager was very nice and rooms were clean.
- Reviews: 263
Guesthouse 'Los Amigos': The cheapest option ...
Antigua is the most expensive place in Guatemala, which also includes accomodation. This is the cheapest hostel (Q$ 35) in town... nothing trendy, just some cheap and dark rooms where you leave your stuff and come back at night to have some sleep.
There's a kitchen available, although it's tiny! Some books and magazines... nothing very special, like I said... just to spend the night.
- Reviews: 5
Hotel Los Pasos: Lovley Hotel in Antigua
This is a lovely quiet hotel, located about 10 blocks from the main plaza. We arrived on a cool evening and the tour book said that there were fireplaces located in the rooms, and that was good for us. The hotel rooms are all located around 2 inner courtyards. We booked a room, but as the hotel wasn't busy, they kindly ungraded us to a suite. Our room had 2 beds and great little seating around around a fireplace. The manager came a started a roaring fire for us. It was so nice to take away that damp feel in the room. The next morning we went for a walk near the hotel, some really great old buildings and Churches.
All the rooms were located around 2 inner courtyards. The courtyard were full of lovely plants and very well kept. It was a great private place to see and have coffee. The hotel was almost empty, making the courtyard seem like our own private space. A beautiful restaurant was open only for breakfast. Friendly hotel staff helped with finding restaurants and organizing bus service to our next location.
- Reviews: 499
Posada Juma Ocag: Simple, clean and affordable
This is a fine little hotel near the market, built around a tiny courtyard. It is very quiet. My room was a bit dark but very clean. There was hot water. Although situated in a tourist mecca, it was the same price as the fleabag where I stayed in Sayaxche. 100 Quetzales fo the night ($13).
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