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“What a cool hotel!"” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Posada San Sebastian
Ranked #13 of 126 Antigua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“What a cool hotel!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2011

Our room was spacious, comfortable and clean. You can't beat the view from the accessible rooftop. This hotel is conveniently located a block or two from the gorgeous Central Park. The place is filled with Guatemalan crafts and has lots of character.

Staff helped us confirm flights and arrange travel back to the airport.

Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank earljones
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Eugene, Oregon
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2010

This is not just a hotel. It is a home away from home. The owner, Luiz, is very welcoming. The staff made you feel like family. We were fortunate to be able to stay here 5 nights. We had two rooms, one on the first floor, one on e the second. We had no problems with either one. I don't think I ever saw an insect once our whole visit! We were given full use of the kitchen, and used it to cook a few meals. If you want a true Guatemalan experience, stay here! You will love the way it is decorated with many antiques. Luiz has a story for every piece! He helped us getting around & made helpful suggestions of what to see. There is a little restaurant at the corner across the street that has an awesome traditional Guatemalan breakfast. Only a few steps from the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Mrs_Rosales
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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49 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2010

The owner has collected various antiques, and other collectables for 21 years I think it is, and this guest house is filled with all sorts of items - very different and interesting. The service was excellent and location great. Our room was functional.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank WilliNZ
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Georgia
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2010

From the minute we arrived, it felt good. The staff was present and helpful without being intrusive. The hotel was cram-packed with antiques and bric-a-brac. We took nearly the number of pictures inside the halls of the hotel as we did of Antigua. Humongous religious statuary everywhere. Little items of everyday life like rustic furniture, old fashioned irons and coffiee mills and typewriters scattered about. The hotel is located within 3 blocks of Parque Central. The room (a double) was spacious enough. The water was hot and pressure acceptable. The staff safeguarded our belongings during exursions to Lago Atitlan and Tikal. Luis, the proprietor. I would trust him with my money and my kids. There was no view from the room, but the majority of Antigua is built on the 1 to 2 story, square buildings, 4 to a city block plan, with central gardens inside. So anything worthwhile is going on in the garden, not on the outside. The rooftop terrace affords 360 degree views of an amazing city and countryscape even though it is a little unfinished in character. This place was a bargain.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Dechipe
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Madrid, Spain
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24 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2010

Great location, cute hotel with fun decor and every room a different shape and size. Large rooms, free wifi, really nice and helpful owner, and excellent location. My room was huge but the shower water came out as a small stream rather than shower. And because the location is good, there is a fair amount of street noise for some of the rooms.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Dawnzerly
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SantaCruzCA
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53 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2010

You know you are in Guatemala! Authentic, charming, and full of character. Guatemalan antiques and artisan furniture fill the common areas (every inch) and the rooms. Not a large courtyard to roam about like some of the Antigua hotels have .. small & charming. We had room almost in the lobby ... ask for upstairs room. Our room was perhaps configured as a second thought .. not real walls ... the wall that separated us from the lobby was made of window panels w/ curtains or shutters for privacy .. which then meant little light. It also was next to the kitchen so a bit noisy. It was a beautiful room, though. The staff was super nice and helpful .. courteous. You will love your stay here and feel as if you have escaped the hotelesque places. Perfect location.

  • Stayed December 2009
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank quicktrvlr
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Vancouver, Canada
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277 reviews
139 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2009

We were going to be in Antigua for Santa Semana & realised that even months ahead most places were seriously expensive [one lady wanted $750 cash up front in US dollars when we arrived - no credit cards & no nonsense about paying when you leave] and many were already full.
We read the reviews of Posada San Sebastian,thought the antiques sounded interesting & the 2nd floor room sounded good so we emailed & discovered it was available, rates were good [very reasonable even for Santa Semana] and Luiz & his daughter were very helpful.
Turned out to be one of our all time favourite hotels !
The rooms are all furnished with antiques & the hallways are lined with artifacts which Luiz has spent 30 years collecting across Guatemala & he'll be happy to explain to you - if you're into history or antiques its fascinating.
Beds are much newer & very comfortable, showers have great water pressure + there's a well equipped kitchen you can use, a washer & drier or space to hang dry if you prefer. Luiz couldn't be more helpful - parking our car inside at night to keep it safe, telling us the best way to get to Lake Atitlan - gracious, kind & delightful host.
We feel privileged to have stayed there.
Lorenzo the parrot is fun [but the chihuahua sadly seems to have moved on to a better world.]
If you get the chance to go Santa Semana is incredible - book the 2nd floor room with its own little deck & enjoy..

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank sewaterman
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Property: Posada San Sebastian
Address: 3ra. Avenida Norte # 4, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
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Ranked #13 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Antigua
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Number of rooms: 9
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