I can't say enough about the staff at Casa Florencia! Everyone made an effort to be helpful and accomodating. Patrica is the manager and does an excellent job keeping this little gem of a hotel in tip top condition. The accomodations are basic but ample. Very clean and generally quiet. There is some street noise due to a couple of social clubs in the neighborhood but my experience after a two eweek stay was that the parties usually end by 10pm.
Rooms on the upper floor are lighter due to the open view but noisier too. Rooms on the first floor are generally quieter but dark due to the fact that they are enclosed by the very small terrace area. There is a small facility were one may keep use the refrigerator and small kitchen. But generally, you will be going out for breakfast,etc.
Although Patricia speaks perfect english the rest of the staff don't. It's really not a problem because you can always make yourself understood using common sense.
I found that not having wireless available in my room was a problem as I use my computer to communicate. In today's wired world there just isn't a good reason not to offer this very inexpensive service. Many of the other accomocations in town do. You are welcome to hook into the net at the front desk but I find doing so cumbersome and certainly doesn't afford privacy.
Arranging for taxi's airport service, etc. can be done for you at the desk. They also will arrange for laundry service if you choose not to take it out yourself. Plenty of restaurants and places for coffee in the neighborhood. You will be directed to Fernando's for coffee and breakfast. A great place where they understand and speak english if you don't speak spanish. There is a patio at Fernandos, too. You can trust patricias recommendations as she has great taste.
Antigua is a charming freindly and SAFE location. Use common sense and you will not have anything to worry about. If you don't want to walk you can get a jitney "tuk tuk" which will take you one block or across town for a fixed rate of 10 Q (about $1.25).
Tahe the Elizabeth Bell tour from the main square at noon to get oriented. $20/person but well worth it.
PS, if you are going to be Guatemala for a prolonged period buy a local cell phone in the Mercado for $35 it comes with 150 minutes of free talk time and is very cheap beyond that. Alot easier than trying to use cards, etc.
- 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