Got 3 rooms here to visit Antigua with my family and my girlfriend during the 2012 Holly Week (Semana Santa). It was not our first choice, but almost every other hotel was sold-out.
The Camino Real is nice, safe and worry-free, although for a future visit I would probably stay somewhere else. Food is very expensive, even for luxury hotel standards - and the food is not that great. I don't recommend eating there: there are many great options in Antigua.
They won't put even a single complimentary bottle of water in your room. You have to pay for them. And as in most hotels, they price their water bottles as if they were the rarest of wines. For me this is a sign of a property just wanting to help you get rid of your money. And I don't appreciate such an attitude.
If you are with kids there aren't really many things to do at this hotel.
There is no pool, just what they call a "big" jacuzzi, which is not that big, has very limited hours, and has slippery surroundings.
However, the property is nice enough and beds are quite comfortable.
Unfortunately, the rooms have a very big drawback: you can't (yes, I said you "can't") lock the door in the bathrooms. It's part of the design. Probably some genius thought it was cool. You basically slide the door to close it, and then hope for the best... There's no way to "protect" yourself...
Now, I absolutely hate this. See, when nature calls I want complete privacy. I don't want my beautiful girlfriend to risk walking on me when I am seated in the toilet. And the opposite is very true, too. I think all hotel owners and managers must take extra steps to make very sure their bathrooms are both odor-proof and noise-proof. In this case, you can't even lock the door. Duh.
Now, the Camino Real has an advantage: the abundant parking space available underneath the hotel. Parking space is scarce in Antigua, so this is a big plus. And it's free to guests.
The building is very recent, probably one the newest-built hotel in Antigua. So it is not a historical building, like most of the other hotels there. This might be good or not, depending on your tastes. Personally I would prefer one of the cozy, beautiful boutique hotels you can find in this marvelous colonial city. If I am visiting a 400 year old city, why stay in a "modern" building?
Bottom line: an adequate hotel, nicely furnished. Not bad at all. But because of the bathroom issue I would make sure to stay somewhere else in my next visit to Antigua.
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- We invite you to enjoy of a first class experience in a luxury hotel that offers comfort and elegance in the middle of a legendary city. It is located at only 5 blocks from the Main Plaza of La Antigua, near from the main historical monuments, plazas, artisans workshops and commercial centers as well as another interest sites. ... more less
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