We stayed at the Hotel Aurora, which had a super location only 3-4 minute walk to the plaza. dizens of restaurants and the chocolate musem rigt next doir.There were several families stying while we were there. I could see 3 beds in some of the rooms. It was well under $100 per night and was very charming with pretty gardens.We felt very safe and threr is always someone at the front desk
We liked Hotel Casa Cristina. Close to La Merced, secure, quiet - at least when we there - and nicely decorated. The rooftop terrace was a bonus. Rates were quite good; about $35 t0 $40 for a double, as I recall. Rooms on the top floor were a bit more, and worth it. We were just a couple, but we asked and have some larger rooms that would work for four. Be sure to ask them; they're willing to move beds around.Edited: 12:30 pm, June 28, 2013
I just finished writing my review of Taanah Guest House when I saw your post. Taanah is absolutely terrific as a BnB it provides a great way for kids and adults to get a little bit of interaction with super nice regular Guatemalan folks.
It may not meet your central location objective, it's on the north central part of town but the people make it totally worth the walk. Remember Antigua is only about ~ 9x9 blocks square so everything is pretty close. Taanah is in a super safe, super quite area 4 minutes to La Merced, 6 to the park non of the noise that goes with a central location.
If you are looking for the $30 range then Casa Cristina is clean but very basic. We stayed at D'Leyunda for about $70 and it was beautiful and included breakfast on the rooftop terrace. We found it difficult to find something at $50 so we broke it up between the two. Good luck!
I can't recommend the Black Cat to a family with children. Besides the on going bedbug problem there are other issues. You are getting suggestions across a price range because you don't want to state your budget. In dollars, not adjectives. As to central.. most of the tourist areas are within a 3 or 4 block radius of the central park. You want something that is easy to reach and safe to do so at all hours. Almost all are. Again...budget? Happy trailmix. Beware of touts with links.Edited: 2:38 pm, September 11, 2013
Thanks for the info on the hotel - we will try to get a reservation.
I stayed at La Sin Ventura, right off Parque Central. It cost me $18/night with a private bath. They also have larger rooms. There is no social life connected to the place, and it is above a busy bar. The activity/noise kept it from feeling creepy, being alone, but if your family needs silence to sleep, this is not the place for you.