I stayed in this hotel for four nights in January 2013. This was one of the most interesting and fascinating hotels that I stayed in my entire life. Yes, you can find a more luxurious hotel in Las Vegas or NY, but in terms of history and ambiance, this is really a gem. The hotel is a former monastery established in the 16th century. After Antigua was abandoned when the capital was moved to Guatemala City, it essentially lay in ruins until it was restored in 1989 and turned into a hotel and a museum. And what a wonderful job they did! The living quarters are immaculate – the rooms are great, with wonderful fireplaces (with a cross above it), nice baths and even Jacuzzis in some more expensive rooms. The hallways in the hotel are filled with medieval statues, frescos and the entire hotel is lit with candles and lights during the evening and part of the night. The hotel has two churches used for weddings and 3 museums. You can easily spend one full day exploring the hotel and its museums.
I would think that If you travel with somebody you love this may be one of the most romantic places to stay and spend a long weekend , so for those of you who live in Southern CA, instead of going to Las Vegas for a long weekend try to go to Antigua Guatemala. The flight is just 4.5 hours from LAX and everything is less expensive than in the US. This will really take you breath away, and this will be an unforgettable experience of your life. I traveled with a group of friends attending a wedding, and most people in our group were world travelers and yet, everybody acknowledged that this was one of the best hotels they ever stayed in.
I have read some negative comments about the hotel on this site, and I cannot really understand how anybody can have negative comments about this place. The staff is really nice, courteous and helpful. I speak fluent Spanish and I spoke Spanish with them, however, I could hear that they all speak fairly good English. They are very knowledgeable about what places to see in Antigua, they can order you a cab from a safe company, etc. The only true comment is that internet does not work very well there – you have to pay $8 per day for it, and yet, in most rooms it does not work and you have to go out to get a connection, but then again, you are in the mountains of Central America, it is a wonder that internet works at all!
Of course, what adds to an unforgettable experience is the amazing town of Antigua, with its medieval Spanish architecture, tiny streets, exquisite restaurants and nice people. Antigua can be a good base to travel around and see other amazing cites – Lake Atitlan, the volcano overlooking Guatemala City and some local Mayan ruins (albeit rather modest and small compared with Tikal located in the northern part of the country). However, the travel agency located in the hotel does offer a one day trip to Tikal. I can’t find one bad thing about this hotel and strongly recommend it to anybody traveling to Guatemala.
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