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Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo
Ranked #5 of 75 Hotels in Antigua
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

This hotel is just beautiful...it is located within a restored convent, with lots of historical places inside. It even has museums in it!
The service and food are very good, and the setting is very luxurious.
I just hope to go back again, but nos as a tourist to really enjoy everything this great hotel offers

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

My wife had heard of the Casa Santo Doningo from a member of her local Rotary International club. He said that despite the more expensive rates (average per night around $200), we would definitely enjoy the experience. Checking on line she found that on Sunday nights only the rate for a jacuzzi suite was only $137, so she booked it. When we arrived from the airport the place did not look like anything special from the outside. This I have learned is common in Antigua. On the outside, most places look the same. It's when you go inside that the distinct beauty appears. It's similar to how Dorothy must have felt in the Wizard of Oz when she opened the door after landing in Munchkin land. The gardens are beautiful and everywhere, even covering many of the walkways. If you are a registered guest at the hotel, you get free admission to the museums on the grounds.
We spent hours touring the grounds and museums.
Our suite was very large with a fireplace and a small balcony overlooking the courtyards below (where we enjoyed our complimentary coffee in the morning) The jacuzzi was located in its own separate spacious room with a skylight which added to the romantic atmosphere.
The staff was very attentive.

Room Tip: Sunday night rates were the best bargain we could find at Casa Santo Domingo
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

Excellent hotel, beautifully restored old convent, very good food.
In one word : marvellous !

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

I was part of a medical mission trip and our group stayed a few nights in this hotel located in Antigua, Guatemala. Most of our nights were spent within our hosts school compound. So having never been to Guatemala, I didn't know what to expect! The hotel opened in 1989, and was previously a convent. The architecture is beautiful and the rooms are tastefully decorated. The staff was very informed and we were treated graciously. There is a swimming pool, spa, sauna. You can also arrange to join a tour of the area. The onsite museum is well worth the visit. The Archaeological Museum contains many pieces dating back to Classical Period (200-900 AD), The Colonial Museum permits an exposition dating back to the 17th. century. I found the collections very interesting and gave me more insight into the Mayan culture. Santo Domingo is site for recent Archeological investigations.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

On a recent vacation stay in Antigua we stayed at the Casa Santo Domingo. It is a converted convent (1989) with extensive gardens containing beautiful flora and pet macaws, areas for conventions, artifacts on display, and spacious and well-appointed rooms. It is located East of the Central Plaza at some distance so walking at night from the centre of the city back to the hotel is probably ill-advised because of the overall crime that can be a reality in Antigua. Nonetheless we walked alertly with another adult and did not feel particularly threatened. In the daytime it is a nice distance from the city core so it is a quiet oasis.
Our room was pleasant although the lighting was a bit dark. We had a wood-burning fireplace which added a cozy touch. The bathroom was spacious and very well appointed although their was some aging and perhaps mouldy grout (it is a humid climate) and our particular shower door leaked copiously - all minor. The staff were universally friendly and helpful; well presented and the overall level of cleanliness was good. The spacious hallways were quiet and contemplative gardens were everywhere. We did not use the pool which looked a little tired in terms of overall cleanliness but on a sunnier day it would have been very inviting. There is a nearby parkade with a linking tunnel with small shops, and a very secure service.
Had we more time to stay we believe the historical tours of the site would have been well worth taking. In a country where luxury is harder to find, Casa Santo Domingo was well worth the stay

Room Tip: Ask for second floor towards the back of the site but not on the plaza, or overlooking the pool/gard...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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David B, Manager at Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comments with others about our Hotel - in particular the one regarding our swimming pool. We want to let you know that we will begin its remodellation in the next weeks and hope you can enjoy it next time you visit us.

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Reviewed March 1, 2012

love this place, i stayed here a couple of times and it has awesome rooms, food etc. etc. etc.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

At the end of our walking tour with Elizabeth Bell (a must!), we experienced this restored Dominican Monastery site. The hotel is upscale, with warm decor. We didn't stay there, but the tour included the grounds and the amazing, I mean one of the most delightful I've visited in 45 countries, museum and gallery. Here's the pitch: "Pre–Columbian Art and Modern Glass – Art and beauty in earthenware, stone and glass – It is a comparative sample between an archaeological collection and one of modern glass, where the similarities between the two of them are shown." Quite spectacular.

Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 3a Calle Oriente No 28 A, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Antigua
#2 Family Hotel in Antigua
#3 Spa Hotel in Antigua
#5 Luxury Hotel in Antigua
#9 Romantic Hotel in Antigua
Price Range: $108 - $529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo 4*
Number of rooms: 128
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