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“Romantic & Cozy Casita!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Casa Encantada

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Casa Encantada
Ranked #9 of 79 Hotels in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburg, Texas
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73 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Romantic & Cozy Casita!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We had the "petite" room for $80, and it was quietly tucked away behind the office. The bed was fluffy and comfy, super clean, well lit and romantic. There's not much walking space in the room though. Authentic Guatemalan decor on the walls. After visiting Lake Atitlan for a week, we returned and had a bigger room #7 but it cost more, of course. $135. To get to it, we walked through the lovely living room, over a shallow pond of stepping stones. At night, the path is lit up with candles. Not too good if you expect to drink a lot! ;) The wi-fi worked okay in the first room near the office, spotty in other areas, best in the living room. Each room has TV & cable, robes, plenty of shampoo/conditioner/lotion in the bathrooms, so you don't need to take your own. Even a complimentary toothbrush, toothpaste, and shoe shine stuff.

There's a tiny swimming pool but I think it's too cold to actually get in. Better to sit on the lounge chairs and get some sun.

Breakfast in the rooftop garden was so nice in the mornings and our server was always smiling. One morning we walked up by 8:15 and all the tables were taken, but we sat at the bar, no problem. They offer eggs with chapin salsa (not spicy at all), omeletes, pancakes, fresh fruit and juices, rolls with butter and jam. When our shuttle driver arrived too early one morning, our server quickly boxed up our breakfast for the road. Melvin at the desk is super friendly and helpful with restaurant or tour suggestions.

It's a short walk to the market, plaza and restaurants, but it's a very pleasant walk, and you'll need the exercise after all the excellent food you'll be eating. Always felt safe in this gorgeous city. There's tourist police in many areas to help you out.

There are cheaper places to stay in Antigua, but they don't have all the little touches that make Casa Encantada so special.

Room Tip: #7 is the cool room with the stepping stones over the pond. The "petite" room is in back a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I stayed 2 nights at Casa Encantada during my recent trip to Guatemala. It was such an awesome place. Small, quaint little hotel that has a lot of charm. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. The room had these stone pilars that you walked up to the room on over a little pond. It was like nothing I have seen. The room was not giant but it was super quaint and made me feel right at home. The bed was like a wonderful marshmellow and it had an awesome stone tile shower. The hotel staff were able to arrange trips for us to the various islands to visit and they were able to arrange transportation into the city.
When it was time to leave, I was sad to depart. I felt like I was at home there. Must stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

This beautifully decorated boutique hotel tucked away in the quieter south side of Antigua is perfect for a relaxing stay. Great food with interesting presentation, quaint rooms and pleasant staff - one of the nicer hotels in Antigua definitely!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Devth
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The good:
We arrived before the scheduled check in time, but our room was ready, so they allowed us to check in early. The room was very nice, but also very small (room #5). The bathroom was very clean and the shower water was nice and hot. The bed linens and towels were clean. They had two robes available. Breakfast served on the upstairs patio was the best food we had in Antigua. The grounds were very well maintained. The staff were great! The evening before we were to leave on an early morning excursion we asked if it would be possible to have some coffee at 5:45 AM. At about 5:15 AM we were up and happened to check if there was any coffee available yet. They had a pot of coffee with two cups sitting out waiting for us in the sitting area of the lobby. Almost all of the staff spoke English, which is helpful because my Spanish is awful and very limited.
The bad: The room was REALLY small! There were larger rooms, but we definitely got what we paid for. The street noise (cars driving by) was very loud. The view of the television is obstructed by the poles of the canopy bed. The mice that came out at night were loud and I don't like the idea of mice being in the same room as me. WiFi was only available at the foot of the bed (weak signal). The strongest WiFi signal was in the bathroom. Other than those things, I would definitely recommend this hotel. Also, room #7 looked awesome! It had water in front of it and could only be accessed by walking on large stones that were in the water. It was beautiful! This hotel is a short distance from the main square in a more quiet area of town.

Room Tip: You get what you pay for. We paid the cheapest price and got the smallest room (hard to move around...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Tracy C
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Fernando X, Gerente at Casa Encantada, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Dear Tracy C.

Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review of your recent stay at Casa Encantada Boutique Hotel. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us; especially glad to know that our team provided the service that you expected.

Please know that we truly value your feedback, for it enables us to continuously strive for improvement in the quality of our products and services. I was sorry to read that certain parts of your stay did not live up to your expectations. Especially with the street noise, the room size and the WIFI connection, I have brought your concerns to our maintenance and systems departments for immediate review and we will take action in the issues you’ve mentioned. However, I was really surprised of learning about the mice comments, because I can assure you we have a certified and strict pest control, and there are no mice in the area. As we are a sustainable and eco friendly hotel, we are surrounded by trees and sometimes little chipmunks and cats can be heard at the roof and patio. Now that you mention it, we will be informing our guests as we’d never like them to get confused or scared by the noise of these friendly visitors.

Thank you again for your comments. It is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future. Feel free to contact me directly to arrange your reservation; I would be happy to assist you.

Kind Regards,
Fernando Ximénez, General Manager
fximenez@portahotels.com
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Loved this tiny, intimate hotel. We were able to use the services of the larger Porto Antigua Hotel around the corner, but enjoy the privacy and charm of Casa Encantada.

First rate staff. Very kind, always available, and genuinely invested in making our stay amazing.

I will return and I highly recommend this to fellow travelers.

Room Tip: We stayed in room six, off the main travel path.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

Well appointed boutique hotel just five blocks south of the main square. Both common areas and rooms are decorated with much style and local antiques. The staff is extremely courteous. Breakfast on the pretty upstairs terrace.
I found the room's soundproofing a bit poor. At 4 AM a family with children checked out loudly at the front lobby (close to my room) and I couldn't sleep through it. Also easy to hear other guests coming in and out of neighboring rooms.
Poor shower pressure in my room.
But overall, pleased with my experience and believe it is a fair value.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Delphina45
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Chicago, Illinois
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104 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I was very disappointed in my stay here. My first room was quite nice, although noise from the street was a little loud. After the first night, I was moved to a different room (without explanation). The second room literally opened up into a small courtyard off the kitchen, next to a very loud water pump. (They turn off the pump at night due to the noise, which explains the lack of water pressure when you take your morning shower). The room was VERY small, with the shower located on the other side of the room from the rest of the bathroom. It appears that the charge was the same for the two rooms.
Breakfast at the hotel or it's sister property (Hotel Antigua) is included in the room charge, but I was never advised of this. (Of note, Hotel Antigua has a very nice breakfast buffet, pool and spa)
Good points: The public spaces are beautiful and inviting, and the staff was very pleasant. The hotel didn't collapse with me on the roof during the earthquake.

Room Tip: Avoid #9 at all costs!! Rooms 7 and 8 appeared to be the best.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Property: Casa Encantada
Address: 9a Calle Poniente y 4a Avenida Sur Esquina #1, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Phone Number:
Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Antigua
#5 Luxury Hotel in Antigua
#11 Business Hotel in Antigua
#13 Family Hotel in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Encantada 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Encantada is Antigua's newest boutique hotel and exemplifies a small, elegant, understated hotel with the utmost in comfort and personal service. For the convenience of the international traveler, members of the staff are fluent in English, French and Spanish. Located in the historic city of Antigua, Casa Encantada features nine individually decorated guest rooms and a magnificent terrace suite. The breakfast-terrace and bar overlook the flowering gardens and private pool, which are nestled in a courtyard amidst hanging bougainvillea and towering shade trees. ... more   less 
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