We just returned from our Antigua trip and I have to say it was the best Bed & Breakfast experience I and my wife have ever had. The experience was so good that after over a decade of using TA, I decided to register and place my first review.
We went with a large group for a wedding. Everyone stayed at different hotels ranging from high end to low. I don't think anyone was happier with their accommodations than us.
I am a very critical traveler. I use TA and other sites and do a lot of research before traveling. I am always concerned about the negative reviews, but, anyone who had a bad experience here, brought it with them.
Our room (India theme, second floor) was clean, charming and more than ample size. Don't let the theme idea fool you. Theme elements are just tasteful flair, you always feel the Old Guatemala in everything. Design overall is tasteful, exotic and rustic. The bed was very, very comfortable and our room was cleaned perfectly everyday while we were out.
We loved our room, but the courtyard, the smells from the kitchen, the chirping of parrots and buzzing of hummingbirds just called to us constantly, bringing us outdoors. Add a pitcher of freshly squeezed lemonade offered by our hostess and you have one of those perfect moments you dream about as a traveler.
As for our hostess Marina, at no time did we feel like anything less than family. She was simply amazing. Always available, happy to help, call a tuk-tuk (taxi/rickshaw hybrid), offer maps, guides, advice and always looking out for our interests. She was genuinely interested in helping us to have what we wanted, never trying to push or sell anything, always letting us know the full range of options.
An example: On our first night a tuk-tuk came and she escorted us to it and negotiated the price down to the right amount, making sure we paid fair rate, not tourist rate.
Just one example of many.
As I said, I am very picky, but it is hard to find faults, but if I had to come up with something, here it is:
1- I am used to higher water pressure, but the view from the shower (yes the shower) was so pleasant that I didn't mind spending a few extra minutes.
2- It is about 1 1/2 blocks away from a main road. It was a little lonely walking it home at night so we always took a tuk-tuk back. Also if we left at night we took a tuk-tuk. But let me add, I never (and I mean never) felt unsafe here.
On the other hand, its probably the best location for shopping, as you are only 2 blocks from the artisan market and the general market. SEE THEM BOTH. The artisan market has all the souvenirs your looking for, but the general marketplace is a unique experience, a tight maze that seems to go on forever with vendors selling everything you can imagine. Hanging meats, bags of nuts and spices, jewelry, animals, t-shirts, electronics...I mean everything..
I don't think we would even consider staying anyplace else when we return to Antigua. Even if it was free. We look forward to seeing Marina and Mimosa again very soon.
As a final note, as others have stated, Marina was very responsive with our questions and request before we left and shes fully bilingual.
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- Nestled in a quiet and secluded neighborhood, we invite you to visit our premises and delight yourself in our lush vegetation and our collection of more than 300 hundred orquids. Have a wonderful and restfull night's sleep in an extremely confortable mattress and cover yourself with a cozy down conforter. In the morning have an amazing complimentary breakfast, including homemade marmaledes, fresh juices and Antigua coffe. ... more less
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