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“Gateway to Antigua and Excellent For Families!” 5 of 5 stars
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Chez Daniel
Calle de San Luquitas No.20, Antigua 03001, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #2 of 89 Antigua B&B and Inns
Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
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“Gateway to Antigua and Excellent For Families!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

Loaded with character, Chez Daniel is a superb choice for your visit to Antigua. The small staff is eager to please, and you will enjoy the ambience of the elegant architecture and otherworldly views of the volcano (Vulcan de Agua) each time you step out of your room during your days in this tranquil city. Daniel is your gateway to Antigua – he’s a longtime resident and noted photographer who has traveled far and wide in Guatemala. So whether you only want see the primary tourist spots, or would like to get closer to the local culture, Daniel and Maria Elena will give you advice and insight you won’t find in your travel guide. I suggest hitting them up for suggestions at breakfast -- itself one of the highlights of your day. Daniel is part French and serves up authentic and delicious French continental fare. Strong, fortifying cappuccino and fresh squeezed orange juice complement the croissants and baguettes from a local baker. We stayed for a week, and one morning Daniel wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the local oranges (although on a bad day the fruit in Guatemala is superior to what we get in the States), so he plucked a few oranges from his own trees to ensure that that the resulting blend was up to his standard. Quelle obsession! Chez Daniel is also wonderful for families. We have three young energetic boys, and they were able to decompress each evening by playing in the lovely courtyard downstairs. Others have noted the large rooms and spacious bathrooms. You won’t get as good a value anywhere in the city. For traveling families, this is probably the nicest feature. After walking with kids for hours over ancient cobblestone, you’ll appreciate the opportunity for everyone to spread out a bit in the evenings. Parents, take note of the full kitchen and tasteful dining area for firing up some pasta or throwing together peanut butter sandwiches when the kids start feeling homesick. Grocery stores and family-friendly cafes like the Rainbow are only a short walk away.

Chez Daniel has only been open a short time, and it is inevitable that this gem will end up in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, etc, so my advice is to come stay while it is still relatively easy to book a room. One last note about the staff. We circled back to Antigua today after a week and a half in Lake Atitlan and Xela, and in the chaos of trying to get our family of five off a Pullman bus that did not want to linger more than eleven seconds in Chimaltenango (literally), we found we had left one of our bags on the bus. We checked back into Chez Daniel this afternoon and told the staff our story. Within an hour they located the office of the bus company in Guatemala City, called and confirmed that the driver had found our bag, and made arrangements with our shuttle driver to swing by on our way to the airport tomorrow morning in Guatemala City to retrieve it. Wow. Why would we stay anywhere else?

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2011

Great B&B, with BEAUTIFUL rooms, yummy breakfast, access to full and well-equipped kitchen. Terrific hosts, couldn't be more welcoming. They've built it with great care, created a quiet and comfortable spot in a peaceful corner of Antigua. Kid friendly. Free wireless. I'll be back! To make a reservation, search for owner's blogspot.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

we booked this place for the first days in Guatemala, Daniel was very helpfull before and during the visit, and made sure we feel good. the rooms are huge, very very clean, very nice breakfast. its a bit off the center, bt it makes it very relexed and quiet, i dont think you can get it inside the city. anyway, its only five monutes walk and it worth it. you will love it!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

We stayed at Chez Daniel over the week of Semana Santa, and it was an excellent place to be during a busy time of the year. One procession started very early one morning right outside of the hotel, but that' not really the kind of noise you can complain about because it's all part of the celebration! I'll take that any day over the late night loud noises from the bars nearby other hotels. The owners were very accommodating and let us get up on the roof to watch and take photos of the processions. Front row seats! The rooms were huge, very clean, and had all that you need for a comfortable stay: desk, plenty of storage space, TV, large bathroom, etc. Practically brand new, so everything feels especially neat and tidy - it felt like home. Hotel baths are not usually anything I'd take a bath in, but after a long volcano hike (which I don't recommend - another review for that) it was irresistible in the big sparkling bathtub. After walking all over the city every day, it's a great place to come back and unwind, and watch the sunset from the rooftop patio.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

Chez Daniel was recommended to me by the owner of a hotel in Xela because I wanted a clean, quiet place with some character and with light for reading during afternoon breaks. It fit all those criteria. The bathrooms are huge and sparkling clean with granite counter tops and large showers. The beds are of a luxury category. The desk at the window allowed me to do my communications on the computer while looking directly at the volcano to the south. Outside the door was another table with cloth where I could also sit to read, work on the computer, etc. The breads for the continental breakfast were of high quality. The management was friendly and helpful. Only one warning and a couple of small drawbacks: Write down their address, because they have no sign; I was afraid I was ringing the wrong doorbell and disturbing someone when I arrived. The wifi signal was weak in my room working only with the window and door open; the management said they would try to fix that my angling the antennae differently. There is one neighborhood dog which required me to use earplugs at times; otherwise it was quiet.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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York, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

daniel and staff were wonderful in assisting us in every way. the morning breakfast and hospitality were great. i would highly recommend this b and b to friends.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Clemente, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2011

This was one of the best accomodations I have ever experienced (and I do travel a lot). The owners were so gracious and helpful, and our room (as well as the place overall) was GORGEOUS! I can't wait to visit Antigua again to visit the lovely owners, and to stay at this lovely hotel. Thank you for such an enriching experience, and for all of your help while we were there. We hope to be back soon!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Calle de San Luquitas No.20, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 89 B&Bs / Inns in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Choosing to stay Chez Daniel ensures that your visit to Antigua will be both a relaxing, economical but most of all, memorable. When you arrive Chez Daniel, you will be greeted by the comfortable, quiet and secure atmosphere of our B&B, with its majestic view of all three volcanoes in our Panchoy valley and numerous photographs that display a more profound and intimate view of the Guatemalan culture. It is the perfect place to start your exploration of Guatemala and Antigua. The rooms are very large, elegant and light filled, with ample bathrooms including a bathtub, and are equipped with flat screen cable television. We provide all the ease and comforts you will need to have an unforgettable experience in your home away from home, Chez Daniel. ... more   less 
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