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?
- 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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