I had three nights at Panza Verde with my boyfriend. The first night was in room 11, a junior suite on the second floor at the back of the restaurant. My first impressions were that the restaurant seemed over dominating of the space - more of a restaurant with rooms. And it's true, a large percentage of the downstairs space is occupied by different sections of the restaurant. Even the swimming pool, (only wide enough for one) is lined by tables for the restaurant. I would have been very surprised to see anyone swimming in it in the mornings (as soon as lunch begins, the swimming pool is restricted) - but nonetheless, the rooms at the back of the building are ver special. The second room we took, on return from Lake Atitl
an was categorized as a maser suite - room 9 downstairs - and I can't recommend it enough. It has a small outside patio with fountain, with huge bathroom and bedroom- really good value, especially with the low season rate. Breakfast is included which bumps up the value.
The food wasn't as spectacular as it's reputation, the sauces a little too creamy and a little too salty on the few dishes i tried. Mediocre all around for the food (the best food we found in Antigua was at a restaurant Azul 39 - spectacular)
BUT this place is utterly fabulous in many ways, there are numerous private seating areas in the bar and restaurant, it's very cosy - the jazz nights are spectacular in La Cueva - especially Thursdays with Ignacio from the Buena Vista Social Club - worth the stay just for that.
Very accommodating staff - overall probably the best / most interesting place to stay in Antigua (we physically looked at about 10 spots when we first arrived and stayed at Casa Encantada on our first night which was great value for money)
- Also Known As:
- Meson Panza Verde Hotel Antigua
- Meson Panza Verde Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our inn has nine suites and three double rooms. Just beyond the entrance, there is an inviting central garden and fountain surrounded by a veranda that is quintessential Antigua. Our restaurant is considered one of the finest in the country. Its reputation for "international cuisine with a twist" has made it a favorite with Guatemalans and international travelers alike. Many consider Meson Panza Verde to be the preferred destination for their stay in Beautiful Spanish Colonial Antigua, the land of eternal spring. ... more less
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