To give an idea of context for this review, we were a group of 3 girls (aged 20, 31 & 32)spending 5 weeks travelling through Central America. We didn't fancy roughing it in hostels, but at the same time we were on a budget and couldnt afford to splurge.
We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights from 21st August 2010.
Staff: The staff is really friendly and helpful.
Location: The location is fantastic. Antigua has really small blocks so it takes literally 2 minutes max to walk one block. we were 1 block away from Parque central, 1 block away from a free cinema (great idea- you just have to buy a drink or food from the bar and you can watch movies fro free) and just 3 blocks away from the nightlife area.
Room: Our room was on the 1st floor and was really nicely decorated with lovely furniture. It had 3 beds, TV, desk, towels, soap. We also had sliding doors that lead onto our terrace where there was a hammock-chair. this then opened onto a communat terrace (but no-one seemed to use it). It felt really cosy, safe and clean.
We had a shared bathroom, but this was just across the hall and was always spotlessly clean. The shower was amazing!-really powerful and hot (if I sound over the top, its because after travelling for over 3 weeks and having to put up with mainly cold or salty or dirty or useless showers, you really begin to appreciate a good one!)
There was a big communal kitchen with free purified water, gas hob, microwave, pots, pans, fridge-freezer etc... there was also a communal lounge with TV.
Negatives: There was a notice on the back of the door of the room apologising for the loud music on Friday and saturday nights that would run until 1am and that the hotel wasnt responsible for this and that they were unable to do anything about it. they werent kidding! REALLY loud music came on and then a (dreadful) live band. It was so loud that 2 of us considered just getting up and going out as most people would struggle to sleep through that noise (although my other friend did fall asleep quite happily, but she could sleep standing up). It wouldnt put me off going to the hotel again, but if you were planning an early night or had young children, its definitely something you would have to take into consideration.
Price: On the hotel's website, it says that the charge for a triple room (with shared bathroom) is US$45 per night including taxes and charges. However, when you try to book via the website online booking system, the price is US$60 per night. I emailed the hotel and they said that this is due to the additional charges of the online booking agent. To book at the cheaper rate therefore, the hotel require a credit card # & expiration date either via direct email to them or by telephone.
They dont charge your card, but when you arrive at the hotel you can then pay by cash (in dollars or quetzales) or credit card, but if you pay by credit card there is a 10% surcharge.
Despite the noise at weekends, I would definitely stay here again- its a lovely little hotel whatever your budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1 Block from central park, close to the most important sites of our beautiful city. This also gives you a safe, short walk back home every night. All private rooms with private or shared bathrooms, 24hr hot water, lots of natural light, 3 terraces w/beautiful volcano views, gardens w/fountain, beautiful flowers, sitting areas, hammocks, bright Guatemalan colors, use of a shared kitchen, free fast Wi-Fi, Internet computers, cable TV, pool table, laundry, travel services, cafe & espresso offered. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Rustica Hotel
- Casa Rustica Antigua Guatemala