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“Oozing charm but a bit remote”

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La Casona de Antigua
Ranked #9 of 76 Hotels in Antigua
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United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 649 helpful votes
“Oozing charm but a bit remote”
Reviewed March 10, 2008

The two previous reviews are, I think, very accurate and observant. Arriving at night and waking at dawn and seeing the incredible charm and beauty of this little place, plus the staggering volcanoes, was quite unforgettable. La Casona is really beautiful, with eleven similar rooms. Ours was No.10 on the upper floor and I really would recommend an upper floor room - and indeed No.7, as a previous reviewer suggested, seemed to be the nicest of all. The rooms have masses of period and ethnic character but there is a trade-off in terms of practicality. There was hardly anywhere to stow your stuff, the bathroom was fairly cramped and, yes, the water was barely tepid.

Breakfast on the terrace was really nice, served and possibly cooked by the man who checked us in and did the gardening. There is a woman, too, who cleans everything. And there was a younger woman who may or may not have been in charge but was seen only briefly. On one night we had the place entirely to ourselves and watched the Oscars in the lovely downstairs lounge. They do not serve food, despite the brochure and website claiming a bar and restaurant.

I wondered why the little packets of sugar carried the Crowne Plaza logo. I asked and it seems the man who owns La Casona also owns the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Guatemala City. My guess is that he uses this as an occasional venue for parties and festivals but otherwise lets it run as a sort of hotel. It is utterly charming and the two staff members, who do not speak English, work incredibly hard . . . but as a hotel it is a sort of failure, a bit like a place we stayed at in Cacchi, Argentina, a year before.

We did not like the location - you do seem remote from the centre of fabulous Antigua and I would not want to walk it at night. Antigua is packed with boutique hotels, so we checked out a few. We had a wonderful lunch at Hotel Panza Verde and discovered a hotel called Mansion di Pensativo which had the prettiest garden, a lovely pool and restaurant area. We never stayed there and never saw a room but this would be our No.1 choice if we ever went back.

  • Liked — The character and beauty
  • Disliked — The location, lack of basic hotel services
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2008

La Casona de Antigua is a destination with so much charm that it is difficult to take it all in. There is a lovely garden and outdoor dining area (breakfast only) and the rooms are decorated really well. Much attention has been given to detail throughout the facility in so far as decoration & charm goes. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the center of town. The hotel feels safe and is in a quiet location, just outside of town.

The cons are that there is no hot water, even though they say there is (I was there several days). There also is very little water pressure - what did come out in room two went all over the floor.

The staff are wonderful, but they are given too many jobs to do at once. Check in and out was difficult and time consuming - this left our taxi waiting for about a half an hour to depart. The wonderful person helping us was also supposed to be serving breakfast etc. at the same time, I didn't meet the owners but its clear they are cutting corners on staff at the expense of customer satisfaction.

Breakfast only is served. They will help you order delivery if you ask.

If you go ask for room 7 - queen bed and fireplace are lovely. The cold water coming out if the shower at least stays in it in this room.

  • Liked — Very, very charming
  • Disliked — no hot water, little water pressure
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2008

very nice rooms, peaceful courtyard setting in a private neighboorhood in antigua, a couple blocks from casa santo domingo in a gated community. 11 rooms, nice beds, but warm water, not hot (they need to fix this). Recommended by word of mouth by a Guatemalan friend. 10 minute walk to the square. free wi-fi. if you have been at noisy central hotels, might want to give this a try. we paid only $80/night on last minute notice.

Stayed February 2008
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Property: La Casona de Antigua
Address: Calle de Los Duelos Residenciales Dona Beatriz, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 76 Hotels in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel are located in a exclusive area in antigua, inside of a residencial complex, is an exclusive hotel destinated to the rest, all our rooms are decorate with the style that characterized the Antigua Guatemala, and our service is personalized to each guest, come and enjoy with your family and friends. ... more   less 
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