Having been to Antigua over 20 times for work and vacation, I've stayed in many different places. Casa Florencia was the biggest let-down to date.
To its credit- it is clean and well-maintained. Otherwise it is average at best. Compared to similarly priced locations, however, it is rather far from the park and the rooms are smaller than average. The two huge problems though are the noise (and I'm a sound sleeper) and the fact that it is cash only.
Even $10 a night hostels take credit cards. This is a problem for 2 reasons: first, cash is difficult for reimbursement purposes, and secondly, tourists should not be carrying around large amounts of cash in Guatemala.
The noise was the worst I have experienced in Antigua. At night there was a very loud bar and in the morning the church bells are very loud. No where in Antigua is perfect at this price point, but even I was surprised at just how noisy it was.
I'm not sure if the management had changed or if they were out of town, but I was decidedly underwhelmed with my experience.
Overall I would recommend looking somewhere a little more centrally located that takes credit cards. In the end I had to apologize to the group I took to Casa Florencia because it was a bad choice on my part. I'm not sure what to make of their trip advisor rating, but it didn't match my experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated seven blocks north of the Central Plaza, our hotel is within short walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, handicraft markets and archeological sites of interest. Our first floor rooms open to a serene verdant garden, while second story rooms provide panoramic views of three distant volcanoes. Free parking subject to availability. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Casa Florencia
- Casa Florencia Antigua Guatemala