All of those in our family of 15, ages 9-85, have traveled extensively to many different parts of the world, but our stay here was one of the best we have ever had. We enjoyed this stunning location for Thanksgiving week and our stay could not have been better. As one of our family said, this raises the bar for our future travels! The pictures don't do the accommodations justice and they don't reveal the personal attention and care given to them by everyone involved in their operation. The houses, though new and with plenty of modern conveniences, are spacious and architecturally beautiful replicas of colonial residences that fit perfectly into the local environment. The greenery, the volcanic scenery, the pool, heated by solar panels, and the hot tub were enjoyed by all.
Located in a quiet gated community, the residences are within an easy 10 minute walk to the center of town, historical sites, a grocery store, a bakery, a barbershop, and many little shops with lots of treasures. Philippa, the owner, could not have been more hospitable, and her staff, including the friendly housekeepers, Magno, the jack-of-all-trades, and Flor, the attentive hostess and administrative assistant responded quickly and warmly to every question. A suggestion made on the website to contract with a local cook was one which we all thoroughly enjoyed, more than we could have imagined. The authentic cuisine prepared nightly by Mayda and her daughters was scrumptious, abundant, and beautifully and lovingly presented. She offered ideas for menus, did all the purchasing, preparing, serving and clean-up. I only wish we could have copied her recipes. Our stay here was literally awesome. We were all sorry to leave, but can't wait to go back. I cannot recommend the residences highly enough. If you get a chance to stay here, don't miss it!
A great place to be for a stay in Antigua especially if your family is big. It is vefy spacious and the swimming pool is a plus. The environment is quiet even if it is situated close to the center of Antigua. From there you can easily reach all Antigua points of interest. The fact it is part of a condominium brings more safety too. We all loved this house.
We just returned from our second visit to Antigua, Guatemala and stay in this beautiful villa! It is WONDERFUL! The accommodations are excellent, and the staff is attentive and readily available. It is the perfect place for our group of 8, with 4 bedrooms, 3 of which have one large bed, and the other with twin beds. Also has 4 bathrooms. Plenty of space in the common areas, and it includes a full sized fridge, washer/dryer unit, and dishwasher.
The location (on the SW side of old Antigua) is great for us as we have a vehicle. Walking to the market, Central Park, and other great sites would be a breeze. Some sites might be a little far to walk, but tuk-tuks and taxis are readily available, and I'm sue the friendly guards at the front gate of the community would be happy to call one for you.
We will be returning next year for sure!!
Great place and a very attentive owner. The check in was smooth and everything in between was very self explanatory. The housekeepers and chefs are amazing! The place was always clean and the food was authentic and delicious. The pictures are accurate and show the place just as it is. I highly recommend this place. The only two improvements I could suggest is have better wifi coverage on the ground floor (if possible) and finally since the water isn't potable, there should always be a couple extra blue water jugs available for the duration of the stay. Again, what a great place and an awesome value for a large family.
It's nice, but somehow they miss on some details to make things easy... you have to buy toilet paper and water.... and the hot water heaters run out of gas, while you are using them and you have to hunt some down to change the gas tank. Seems they could add a little to cover the cost of water and toilet paper, and the staff could monitor the gas level if there was a gauge.....
This little gated community was perfect for our big family to get away from the city even though it's walking distance from everything. We loved the location, the guard outside the gate, the fact that it had parking and spent both nights in the pool and hot tub. The beds were comfortable and even though the internet was a little spotty we very much enjoyed this beautiful, very clean, very safe house in what we thought was the perfect location. We are already talking about coming back! We also LOVE that every room had it's own bathroom and shower- really helps when 8 people are trying to get ready at the same time.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Santa Catarina and Casa Santa Cruz during our recent visit to Antigua, Guatemala. We had two families travelling together during our stay and between us (16 people), we rented three of the four houses that surround the pool and hot tub in the courtyard. The two houses that I rented were spacious, had nice furnishings and were very convenient to the meetings that we were attending at the nearby Cesar Branas complex (only two blocks away).
The decor in each house is rustic, but complements the overall look and feel of the town very well. Casa Santa Catarina is a four bedroom house and Casa Santa Cruz is a three bedroom house. Each house has one bedroom downstairs and either two or three bedrooms upstairs. In addition to the master bedroom downstairs, there is a spacious living/dining area and a nice sized kitchen. There are no closets in any of the bedrooms, just a small wardrobe.
The owner of the houses and the property manager were both very helpful and quick to answer any and all questions that we had about the property or the nearby area. Booking was very simple as was making the deposit and final payment. The kitchen is more than functional to do any necessary cooking while staying at the house.
The houses don't have air conditioning, but it never became too uncomfortable in either house during the day. You can ask to have the skylights opened so that the air will circulate better, if needed. At night the temperature drops to a very comfortable level for sleeping.
There is a grocery store (La Bodegona) about 4 blocks away that has just about anything you would need to purchase. There are also lots of very good restaurants within easy walking distance, 4-6 blocks from the location of the houses. If you have never been to Antigua before, do be aware that all the roads are cobblestone. This makes for uneven walking and slows you down just a bit compared to paved roads.
Maid service is included in the cost of the houses and the ladies were very friendly and helpful. In addition to the standard house cleaning, they also would wash dishes for us and do laundry if needed. There is a washer and dryer in each house.
It isn't recommended to drink or brush your teeth with the tap water if you are not a native Guatemalan. Thankfully, there is a 5 gallon purified water bottle in each house. Once the initial bottle has been used, you have it refilled for a nominal fee, which was very convenient.
The entire complex where the houses are located is inside a gated community. The guards at the gate were always very friendly whenever we passed through, whether walking or by vehicle.
If we have the opportunity to return back to Antigua again in the future, I would not hesitate at all to re-book our stay at either house. The amenities, location and price for the houses we rented during our stay were all excellent.
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