Well, we leave on 8/19, and we have the first 2 nights booked in Antigua, plus a 3-day Tikal trip lined up at the end.
In the meantime, what town would be a better choice for first time visitors who are not fluent in Spanish, not traveling with a group, are seasoned, fit, tolerant, but not late night partyers?
I had figured Hotel San Buenaventura in Pana, but Pana doesn't sound as if it's worth 2 nights (this would be Fri. and Sat., by the way). We want quiet, but we'd like to walk to basics: stores, restaurants, an actual town.
Santiago appeals because you can drive there (we might rent a car. Might), or there are shuttles from Antigua.
The places there (Posada de Santiago, Lomas de Tzununa) look easily as nice as the Buenaventura, and are cheaper. Also, on this board I read about noisy parties at the high-rise next door to the Buena ..