I stayed at Casa Florencia for three weeks in November/December. It was my second stay there, and this is my second TripAdvisor review of the hotel. (My first stay was a year ago.)
The hotel is just as good as ever. Better, actually, because now they serve breakfast every day, usually in Me Late Café, their little café next to the hotel.
The employees are all friendly and helpful. The rooms are small but comfortable. The rooms and hallways are all impeccably decorated, giving a very cozy feel. The view of Volcán de Agua from the balcony is always a pleasant thing to encounter in the morning when you wake up, or whenever.
For tourists from United States, who may not know what to expect when they visit Guatemala, the Casa Florencia is a good choice for a couple of reasons: The hotel is kept exceptionally clean. When the maids aren’t cleaning rooms, they are cleaning the hallways, etc.. To the point of fanaticism. I wish my own home was that clean! And the hotel is very secure. The front door is always locked, and someone is always nearby to let you in when you arrive, day or night. There are no first floor windows facing out of the hotel, and only a couple of second floor windows like that. All the other windows face out to the balcony or courtyard.
And finally, the Casa Florencia is a great value for the money. You can spend more at other hotels and get more luxury, or you can spend less, and not want to get into the bed.
But I want to emphasize that the Casa Florencia is not for everyone.
Someone who is not in great walking condition may want to stay at a hotel closer to the center of town. But if you enjoy walking, the town center is no more than 10 or 15 minutes away, depending upon how fast you walk. It’s quite easy and very pleasant.
And don’t confuse the 4+ rating in TripAdvisor as meaning that it is a four-star hotel. If you are expecting a luxury hotel, you will be disappointed.
TripAdvisor reviewers occasionally complain about noise. In fact, there were some noisy nights while I was there, but they didn’t bother me. When I’m on a trip like this, the days are so busy that I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, noise or no. But I actually think that noise is a fact of life in Antigua, and quite possibly even more so in hotels closer to the center, where there are more discotheques and more activity. If someone somewhere isn’t banging on a drum, someone else is playing music, or someone else is setting of fireworks, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated seven blocks north of the Central Plaza, our hotel is within short walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, handicraft markets and archeological sites of interest. Our first floor rooms open to a serene verdant garden, while second story rooms provide panoramic views of three distant volcanoes from our open balcony. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Casa Florencia
- Casa Florencia Antigua Guatemala