I honestly don't know how mydaywillcome could say this place is 'very disappointing'. Chez Daniel is absolutely gorgeous, right down to the last detail.
We loved our stay at Chez Daniel. There has indeed been an eye for detail in designing and constructing this place. The rooms are huge - very spacious and light - and the bathrooms are as big as some small bedrooms. Both the bed and the shower were the best we had in our whole time in Central America. Luxury! The decor in the rooms and the shared areas alike was understated and very beautiful. The garden is likewise maintained with attention to detail, and was absolutely immaculate. Daniel's incredible photos bring a touch of Guatemala (outside of Antigua) to your stay. It was also great to have access to such a wonderful kitchen, and I was particularly smitten by the great range of teas to choose from!
The only thing I would change is to have slightly more variety in the breakfast menu (especially if people are gluten intolerant). I, however, loved and thrived on the delicious bread, croissant, fresh orange juice, coffee/tea and particularly the local mango butter. YUM!
Location was great. It is only a 10 min walk from the heart of town, and I enjoyed being a little bit removed from all the action, whilst still well within walking distance. If you're feeling lazy, tuktuks or taxis are easy to find at a very reasonable price.
Marleni was absolutely adorable and so helpful. I also really appreciated that even though her English was better than my Spanish, she was happy to communicate with me in Spanish. I really appreciated this, being someone who was keen to put my language learning into practice, as many other places automatically revert to English with tourists. Both Marleni and Daniel and Marilena gave us so many tips on good things to see and great local places to eat. It was indeed like a home away from home and was a wonderful place to come back to at the end of every day. It is even nicer than the website photos make it look - you won't want to leave!
- 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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