Recent Antigua reviews
"what a beautiful home! The view of the volcano right outside the gated entry to the home was breathtaking. There is complete, total privacy and because we have two small dogs it is pet friendly. The housekeeper will come daily if you require it, and the gardener arrives once a week. The garden is so beautifully landscaped. The bedrooms are clean and spacious, and the kitchen is well equipped. I would book it again if coming to Antigua."Guest: esearider Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 6, 2014View listing
"My son and I roomed in the Don Pedro apartment for three weeks this last July. We found the location to be excellent; few blocks from the plaza but far enough from the center's noise. The staff, and especially David, the manager, made every effort to make our stay special and comfortable and provided us with extra kitchen gadgets since we did not want to eat out every night. (The kitchen is not fully equipped but you may ask to borrow what you need). They also provide their guests with airport shuttles and have a tour agency they can refer you to for travel around the country. My son's wonderful Spanish academy, Ixchel Spanish School, is located two-and a half blocks away and so are several little shops nearby where you can buy many edibles including fresh made tortillas. The security of the building complex made us feel secure throughout our stay and the apartment has a safe where to store valuables. We will gladly stay again at El Marques de Antigua when we return to Antigua."Guest: jacqueline s. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 4, 2014View listing
"Where to begin....when we arrived, we had a little challenge finding it, but it is in a gated community with guards 24/7. It is a wonderful place and the pictures do not do it justice. Everything was clean and beautiful. The kitchen is well stocked (more pots/pans/utensils than I have in my house of five) and it comes with sheets, towels, water jug, DVD (with recent movies), HDTV, wi-fi, dishwasher, full-sized washer/dryer, a maid (2 days a week), etc....you get the picture. It has everything you could want/need. When you go upstairs in the house, you can see the three volcanoes surrounding Antigua. One keeps puffing out smoke! The views are simply amazing. It is very quiet in the house and easy to relax too. The house is located just outside the main area. It is about two short blocks walk to get to the main road in downtown Antigua. It is very easy to walk to the Market area (with many local vendors), great restaurants, Hermano Pedro (orphanage), Bodagano (grocery store), etc....If you just want to see the city of Antigua, you would not need a car. We had a van as we drove through many of the nearby cities which gives you a better appreciation of Guatemala. Antigua is a wonderful city with cobblestone roads and a lot of speed bumps. If you are driving through the city, you will appreciate when you are off the cobblestone roads. It is a nice walking city and seemed quite safe. We always walked together in groups of at least two, but we never felt threatened. The Guatemalan people were very friendly and helpful. Sam is a very nice owner and was quick to respond to my questions as we prepared to travel. Lorena is very friendly too and oversees the property in country. You can't go wrong renting this wonderful property."Guest: Eric K. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 8, 2014View listing
"We spent the last 8 weeks at Casa Amelia and had a lovely time. This home is very nice and has all of the modern conveniences anyone could wish for. We had more than enough room for our family of 4 and the home could very easily accommodate two families. I really liked that my kids were sleeping in the room directly above me and I could hear them if need be. Often colonial houses are spread out making it difficult to hear little ones. We fell in love with the location as it is close to everything. We walked everywhere in the city and only took a tuk tuk home in the evening when it was late. This home is in a very nice part of town with restaurants, tiendas and bakeries nearby (the main grocery is on the other side of town, but still an easy walk). A real highlight for us is that there is a bi-lingual Montessori school (Oxford) just across the street. They have a very flexible enrollment and take pre-school kids through age 10. Additionally very near is a great Gym for working out (La Fabrica) and a wonderful Spanish school ( Sevilla) all within a 5-8 minute walk ( both off of 1st avenida). While the home is not in a gated community we always felt very safe and comfortable coming and going. The neighbors and the house ladies who live next door and look after the home were super helpful as are the owners of this home who live in the US. They were more than accommodating and helped to make our visit wonderful. Antigua is a lively little city, so there will be some city noise. Buses, people, cars, firecrackers and sirens are a common occurrence. For us it was all a part of the Central American charm. This is a great place to make a home base to explore the region and get a real feel for the culture."Guest: Lorie Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: June 20, 2014View listing
Antigua Travel Tips
Historical Beauty near Antigua Vacation Rentals
Antigua is a city known for its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. In almost every part of city, there are magnificent churches, stately homes, and ancient and ornate facades. Even in the places where the architecture has been reduced to ruins as a result of earthquakes, there is still an air of former elegance. Visitors with an architectural or historical interest will love visiting Antigua where they can meander the streets and marvel at the city sights. Antigua is also a city rich with traditions and culture. When visiting the city, you'll find its cultural charm is captivating. Travelers who enjoy browsing through colorful markets for handcrafts will love the artisan stalls and beautiful, handcrafted items that represent age old Antiguan traditions.
Best Time of Year to Stay at Antigua Vacation Houses
Antigua is located in a highland valley and has a mild and temperate climate. The warmest months are April and May when temperatures average between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. April is also the start of the rainy season which tends to last until November. The dry season is between December and April. The majority of travelers come to Antigua in the dry season as the temperatures are still warm; getting around to sightsee is more pleasant in the dryer months.
Benefits of Renting Homes in Antigua
While Antigua is a beautiful city, it is a place where you need to be a little cautious. Tourists are often targets for theft and pickpocketing. Renting a vacation home in Antigua will give you an opportunity to mix with the locals and blend in. You won’t be hanging around hotel lobbies and advertising that you’re a foreigner. Many rental apartments are located close to the major tourist sites. This means you can get around easily using local transport. Most of the locals are friendly and will assist you in getting fresh produce from the markets or pointing you in the direction of the local grocer. It does help to be able to speak a bit of Spanish as that will make getting around much easier. The vacation homes in Antigua are characterized by the culture of the city and you can expect colorful vibrant décor and warm hospitality. Most are well equipped, providing you with a comfortable haven in a bustling city.
Must-See Attractions in Antigua
The Central Park or Plaza Mayor is at the very heart of the city. Beautiful landscaped gardens have paved walkways that expand in concentric circles and wind their way through tall trees. There are benches for sitting and people watching. The park is a popular leisure spot for the local Antiguans during the day. A fountain is at the center of the park. At night, the trees are often lit up with lights but visitors should exercise caution about hanging around the park after dark on their own. Surrounding the park are several majestic historic buildings which house the city hall and police office, the Inguat Tourist Agency and several smaller tourist-related stores, the city’s main banks and the magnificent cathedral.
If you would like to get a view of the city, follow the trail that runs up from the central park to the Cerro de la Cruz. This is a large cross located on a prominent hill just to the north of the city. The tourist police lead a free walk up to the cross twice daily and this is the best option for visitors. The walk is moderately strenuous and takes approximately 30 minutes each way. Once up on the hill, you can enjoy spectacular views over the city.
Guided cultural walking tours are great ways to learn about the history and culture of Antigua. The city lies in an earthquake zone and because of this, some of the city’s prominent historical sites are tumbled ruins. They are nevertheless still beautiful and if you catch the light just right, you can get some excellent photographs.