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“a little gem”
Review of El Carmen Hotel

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El Carmen Hotel
Ranked #29 of 75 Hotels in Antigua
Reviewed February 15, 2007

What a little treasure!, After searching way too long for a hotel we settled on this hotel (a group of 5) and we were all delighted with the property from the simple but well done breakfasts, to the spacious rooms and the kind service (not always quick by US standards), but we were in latino mode so it was fine.
THe hotel is in a great location and its size is a big plus. It gives you the feel of intimacy even though you are a visitor.
Another reason this hotel is awesome if the roof top with incredible views of the mountains/volcanoes and a hottub also. Watching sunset in the hottub was incredible.
The only downside was one night some other guests came home and did not realize their voices carry into the other rooms as the inner courtyard is enclosed (which amplifies noise).
Other than this, it was a wonderful stay, in a great place, at a great price.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed October 24, 2006

Very noisy hotel with almost no hot water. Rooms perfectly adequate and location is close to the square which is very handy. For the money, I wouldn´t stay here again though.

  • Stayed: September 2006
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3  Thank Melbourne_Female
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Reviewed February 23, 2006

I have stayed at the El Carmen on two different occasions. The hotel is in a great location. I felt very safe in and around the hotel. The rooms are small, but I don't spend much time in my room when I am in Guatemala. I had my laptop with me, so I enjoyed the wifi service. This is not a deluxe hotel, but is generally a good value.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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4  Thank John550
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Reviewed February 17, 2006

I stayed here during as the mudslides hit the nearby lake districts in 2005. We hit a few blackouts during this period, and they'd enclosed the courtyard because of inclement weather issues (with plastic roofing!). Our room didn't actually get any hot water on 2 out of the 3 days spent there (one of the reasons I moved to Hotel Plaza Mayor nearby - smaller, but just as charismatic in terms of old spanish style architechture). We seemed to be alone in our problems on the hot water, but combined with the fact there was no window in the bathroom - a cold shower during the blackout left a lot to be desired.

Breakfast was available - it was cheap, and for the most part very good, but I did have one day where the milk was curdled and the fruit not so fresh. We didn't bother trying other meals in here, as there were many amazing and cheap restaurants nearby. Cable television was a bit of a novelty for me but not essential, the beds were hard, and the courtyard noisy with people coming and going all hours (especially a few tour groups)

I thought it was fine, but there are quite a few similar hotels in the area (lots that don't even appear on this site!) that are equally charming, quieter, and with less problems with basic facilities.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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7  Thank Driftergirl
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Reviewed January 23, 2006

There were some bad things and good things about this hotel, I will start with the bad. When I got there my room did not have a TV and the phone did not work. They move me to another room, but a lot the rooms had very tiny tv’s and they did not work or had terrible reception. They close the doors of the hotel at 10 Pm so when you come after this time you have to bang on the door and hope they hear you. I ask for wake up calls the first one they got right the other time they did not call me, no apology was offer by the crew. They will charge you for the internet service wether you use it or not. The towels are old and need to be replace. Their tourist brochure’s are terrible, and the ones they do have are not that good. For the price of $50 dollars a night this was overprice, for the standards of this hotel it should be about $30.00
Now I will refer to the good things, staff is very nice and they try to help you as much as possible with the limited resources they have. I brought my laptop, and it work using the hotel Wi-Fi. The hotel is only 2 blocks from main plaza, convenient location, you can have a fast and decent breakfast for about $5.00 dollars in the hotel patio. You have access to the roof where you can take some food and eat and watch the view of the Volcano.

  • Stayed: January 2006, traveled on business
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6  Thank obituary
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Reviewed November 5, 2005

The location is good, just a couple of blocks from the park. Rooms are clean, but I found the mattress to be a bit hard. No box spring. The room we stayed in had high ceilings and was nice enough, but could have used lower windows as they were 10 ft. from the floor, felt a bit stuffy. They charge for local calls, I believe it was 1Q per minute, which I found to be a bit much. Had a problem when checking out as they double dipped my credit card, didn't find out until the statement came in the mail. Visa International took care of it, but it took about 6 months. It was probably unintentional, as the people were very nice. Spanish colonial interior courtyeard type setting. Very pretty. Anything over $US50 per night might be a bit much for this hotel, unless it's during the holiday season.

  • Stayed: September 2002, traveled on business
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4  Thank smokemon
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Stayed: February 2018, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about El Carmen Hotel

Address: 3a Avenida Norte 9, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 75 Hotels in Antigua
Price Range: $76 - $411 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — El Carmen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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