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“utilitarian, very disappointing” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chez Daniel
Ranked #1 of 126 Antigua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Maryland
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“utilitarian, very disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

If you choose to stay at a B&B for ambiance, then Chez Daniel is Not for you. There is essentially no greenery or garden; no place to rest and relax. The one lounge chair there was torn, and there was no place to get comfortable. We stayed, based on previous reviews, despite the location being an extra 15 minute walk from most of the sites. Unfortunately it was noisy-- while there is music all over the city, which is actually a nice flavor of the culture, we were subjected to the pounding bass of someone's music both nights (Like the stereo coming through the walls of an apartment). Of all the hotels and B&Bs we stayed at in Guatemala, Chez Daniel was the only place I had to use earplugs to sleep. I knew beforehand that there was no real breakfast. I think they use the word "authentic" on the website, but the truth is its simply average coffee and bread (not even fresh!) with Smuckers jam. Sorta takes the B out of B&B. By comparison, we had fabulous breakfasts at the other places we stayed at in Antigua. However, if your goal is a place to do your own cooking -- and that includes breakfast-- and a large clean room, you wont be disappointed. This B&B is best suited for those who plan longer stays, who want to do their own cooking, and want affordability. If you want a beautiful, comfortable environment, restfulness and quiet, an ambiance that you look forward to going to after a full day, and a real breakfast in the morning, go elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank mydaywillcome
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ChezDaniel, Owner at Chez Daniel, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
I will have to say that our guest's visit came at a very atypical moment and I understand from the staff that there was cause for the noise complaint. There was a graduation party on friday night, three blocks away that was felt as mostly bass sounds, there was road repair going on during one of the days and the next day there was a fire on our street with all the noise such things entail. With only that 2 days as a window I can understand their frustration. However their inability to distinguish between this constellation of atypical events and to present them as if this was a the general situation when staying Chez Daniel, is a highly unfair criticism.
I just came back from being away for an extended visit outside the country and yes two of our deck chairs during that time were damaged and were not replaced or repaired, fair enough. That is now taken care of with the purchase 4 reclining deck chairs. I will note that there are four tables with chairs, 3 of which are shaded to "rest and relax" at, you can see them on many of the photos other travelers have left on our TA site. As to breakfast and greenery, look at the photographs on our TA site and you will see that nothing was ever misrepresented. I would just add that to a person, the other visiters we have had, who have left a reviews, would disagree vigorously with this particular reviewers assertions.

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Daniel
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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Chez Daniel was our home in Antigua. The best part of it all was the access to the kitchen. We didn't use it as much as we could, but we did enjoy spending a lunch cooking what we gathered from the local market and the tienda across the street that sold eggs and tortillas. We used the blender to make fresh salsa and actually saved ourselves a few time by having access to a quick snack between our busy tourist appointments.

Marleni was who we coordinated with ahead of our trip and was also our host while we were there. She is a warm and professional woman who makes you feel confident under her care. Each morning during breakfast (which was a delicious plate of fruit and a warm croissant) we were able to check-in with her about our upcoming plans and she was able to set us up with a trip to Mt. Pacaya (I had almost booked one with an expensive agency and she said that the $10 one she knew about was totally good - she was right), a coffee tour and she set us on our way many times with solid directions (like the time we wanted to take the chicken bus to a neighboring town). The hotel doesn't have too many guests which makes it cozy. I had scheduled an appointment with Nancy for a massage after our hike and she offered to come to Chez Daniel. I didn't realize that they know Nancy and were welcoming of this. It was pure luxury to have a massage and then fall asleep for a nap.

Regarding the walk to city center - there may be hotels that are closer to everything - but in all reality it was a short walk and the distance from the businesses made it more quiet and relaxing. My boyfriend was certain that it was safe at night and we did walk home around 9pm a few times, but everyone told us to take a cab at night so we followed the local advice. During the day there was no problem.

At the end of our trip we decided to return to Antigua and we were happy to choose Chez Daniel again. The rooms and bathroom were spacious and clean and I loved the little garden. There was an odd cedar small in the room, which I found odd, but aside from that everything was great! It felt very private and we enjoyed the balcony - one night drinking wine on it (the kitchen again saved the day) and another morning I did yoga while looking at the volcano.

I highly recommend Chez Daniel!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Sareye
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Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
229 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Great over sized room and absolutely huge bathroom, plenty of storage space, soft lighting and all tastefully done in lovely natural woods. All very clean and tidy. Great photography adorn the walls. Set in a nice quiet neighborhood, we appreciated the distinct lack of traffic and street noise in the mornings. Speaking of mornings, the breakfasts which are included in rate are wonderful; fresh crunchy and buttery croissants and crusty baguette, real butter, fruit with lovely natural plain yogurt, fresh squeezed orange juice and of course good coffee. As I live in a small, rural town in Honduras, a breakfast like this is like a dream come true!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mochilero22
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

As so many other reviews note, this spacious B&B is ideal for long or shorter visits, and we were fortunate to have found it through the recommendation of a B&B proprietor in Panajachel. Daniel, a world-class photographer, and Maria Elena, who works with kids, are gracious hosts who alerted us to a performance of the National Ballet of Guatemala. And, of course, at about $50 per night, it's a great value, but I'd be glad to pay a little more for a bigger breakfast, although the croissants and juice were always fresh and delicious, and the young woman who served us was most cordial. You can't go wrong at Chez Daniel.

Room Tip: We liked being on the balcony level.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Mike M
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level Contributor
108 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

A great place to be in Antigua.
Advantages: large spacious rooms with large bathrooms. Very clean place with a parking space inside. There is a very nice patio with seating areas and a roof-top with a view of volcanoes around the city.
The place is not in the center but close just a few minutes walk to the city center.
The hotel is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood. Highly recommended to those coming by private car or shuttle.
There is a kitchen for guests to use with a large public room.
Relative disadvantages: a simple continental breakfast and reception services no like ordinary hotel.
In summary - no doubt, this is an excellent B & B!
Quiet, clean, welcoming owners, large and spacious rooms.
Reasonable price, of course relatively expensive to hostels prices in town.

Room Tip: take the rooms on ground floor - their near the garden
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ytzahi
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Nice and quiet B&B just 10 minutes walk from the city center. The rooms are very spacious and clean, the breakfast is good, and the staff is welcoming and friendly. There is also a nice garden and roof terrace with an great view on one of the volcanoes around Antigua.
When making my reservation they informed me the first night was fully booked, however they immediately suggested an alternative location around the corner and arranged all the details for me. Very helpful!
If you're looking for a quiet place to relax after exploring Antigua and its surroundings, I can definitely recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Daan B
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Tucson, Arizona
Level Contributor
29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

The concept of this B&B is the best I've seen; large rooms and enormous baths by most standards, a garden courtyard, off street parking, balcony views of the volcanoes, and a community kitchen and dining area. If you like the option of cooking at home on occasion, you'll appreciate this privilege. Chez Daniel is securely tucked behind a towering wall in a quaint neighborhood within ten minutes of the central park. It also has a tienda across the street (for snacks, water and such) and an incredible holistic center around the corner called Prana.

Daniel had multiple suggestions of outings based on our interests and shared with us his photography that captures not only his affection for the local culture but documents it's history as well. His staff included Roberto, who provided breakfast most days and made the absolute best hot chocolate (Mayan style) and Marleni, jack of all trades including Spanish instructor, who managed our tour and travel arrangements like a pro. What a charming stay away from home.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank RobinByler
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Property: Chez Daniel
Address: Calle de San Luquitas No. 20, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Choosing to stay Chez Daniel ensures that your visit to Antigua will be both a relaxing, economical but most of all, memorable. When you arrive Chez Daniel, you will be greeted by the comfortable, quiet and secure atmosphere of our B&B, with its majestic view of all three volcanoes in our Panchoy valley and numerous photographs that display a more profound and intimate view of the Guatemalan culture. It is the perfect place to start your exploration of Guatemala and Antigua. The rooms are very large, elegant and light filled, with ample bathrooms including a bathtub, and are equipped with flat screen cable television. We provide all the ease and comforts you will need to have an unforgettable experience in your home away from home, Chez Daniel. ... more   less 
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