Casa Amelia is a stunning Spanish colonial-style Antigua home, with all modern amenities and furnished completely as our second home. The lovely three-year-old house, with indoor garden and covered patio, as well as roof terrace with views of the mountains, volcanoes, and old Spanish church/convent across the street, is cozy and comfortable, yet gives the impression of living in a centuries-old home.
It is literally a hand crafted house with the wood, iron and stone artistry that Antiguans have practiced for centuries. Three wood fireplaces, two in bedrooms, add to the ambiance. Three lovely bedrooms with private baths will sleep six, with a day bed and extra mattress on the sleeping loft overlooking the living room. The "cupula" kitchen and vaulted ceiling dining room are special features that capture the charm of old Antigua.
Each week our housekeeper comes to keep the house in pristine condition. This wonderful "eternal spring" city, at an altitude of 5,000 feet, boosts of the world's best coffee grown on the skirts of its volcanoes. Antigua, a UNESCO monument of humanity since 1984, was preserved after it was abandoned following a 1773 earthquake and is full of ruins of churches, convents, monasteries, and lovely parks and fountains.
The cobble stone streets and old lighting add to the charm. Walk everywhere from our treed street situated within the 10 square block radius of the old city. We are in town, but "away" on the only tree-lined quiet street in town, 1/2 block from a lovely neighborhood park. Antigua has been largely restored in the last 4 decades, and boasts gourmet restaurants, spas, and fancy boutiques.
Spanish language schools abound (including almost next door) and provide amazingly cheap and effective one-on-one Spanish instruction for the aspiring Spanish speaker. Stroll in the Central Plaza, shop in the huge artisan market where representatives of Guatemala's vibrant modern day Mayan population show off their wares, relax at sunset as the looming volcanoes fill with color or take day trips to nearby Mayan towns each featuring its special craft. Experiencing Antigua is a true adventure; it is ready to capture your imagination.
We love Guatemala where we spent six years working in the US Embassy in Guatemala City. Guatemala is the most varied, intriguing, colorful small country we have ever visited. The people are wonderful and the sights, sounds and colors phenomenal. We bought a small piece of land in Central Antigua in 1997 and eventually built our lovely home where we spend several months each year. It is bursting with the crafts and colors of Guatemala, hand dipped candles, and, when we are there, the gorgeous flowers that are sold on the streets. Guatemala is a feast for the senses.
This is our home away from home, and is furnished and outfitted accordingly, from handmade tablecloths and Mexican pewter candlesticks to an extensive English language library scattered throughout the rooms. Having wakened to church bells (or roosters), we eat breakfast (after walking to the French bakery for fresh croissants) in the patio soothed by the sounds of our fountains. Or we eat on the roof patio, with the looming Volcan De Agua as the backdrop. Antigua is full of intrigue. Tour the monasteries, enjoy the comforts of professional spas, or travel to Lake Atitlan and the Indian market at Chichicastenango for unique experiences. Only blemish is from May to October you should bring an umbrella for the afternoon showers.
We enjoyed our 2-week stay at Casa Amelia very much. The neighbors/caretakers gave us helpful tips (including attending a 10 am mass on Sunday at Santa Domingo, just around the corner - one of the most spectacular settings for a church service we have experienced). We enjoyed walking to everything and taking a different route home each time. Our girls (6 and 10) had a terrific experience studying for a week at the Spanish school Don Pedro Alvarado. Internet in the house was reliable/fast enough for me to work on my laptop when needed. Cooking was a pleasure in the fully equipped kitchen - we cooked a full thanksgiving feast. Our only issue during the stay was that during our second night in the house (a Thursday), there was a long series of explosions in the streets just outside. It really put us on edge, until we leaned from the neighbor in the morning that they had just been fireworks, probably related to multiple weddings (although what was odd was that it was completely silent except for the fireworks...). In fact, we heard fireworks on most of the remaining nights we were there - so in the hopes of saving others worry, we wanted to mention it. Once we knew what it was, it just added to the ambiance. Thanks for a terrific vacation!
We were 6 adults and three middle age couples who enjoyed our stay in Casa Amelia. The description of the house was correct and we loved the quiet but central location. we had positive communications with the gracious owners (from the US) We cooked and ate in often, enjoying the well equipped kitchen and lovely dining area. The house had a lot of character and we enjoyed the library as well. Would the broken wicker furniture on the patio upstairs be replaced- it would be perfect. This was a minor problem. We loved the house and liked the guardians (next door) who were helpful. we hope to return for maybe longer next winter. Thank you!!
Located on the most beautiful street in Antigua, and just a stroll to Parque Central. We spent 2 weeks enjoying this beautiful home. We are a group of volunteers working with The God's Child Project, and we loved coming home to this home with everything we could have wished for. The full moon was incredible from the roof top patio, and quiet morning coffee in the fountain courtyard. We ate in more than out because the huge kitchen and dining room were so well equipped and we could enjoy our evenings as a group at home. We loved that each bedroom had it's own bathroom, and there was a large bright loft area as well. When we did go out to eat, it was just a short stroll to Hector's (our favourite place) Also, the day spa and gym was only a few blocks away. We were so delighted when we went through the door into this home, as pictures never do justice to just how truly special it is. Thank you Gerri for the use of your exceptional home! I love Antigua, and expect to be back every year.
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.
Excellent location, in the Northeast corner of Antigua. Can walk to everything, but not too close to the traffic and busy-ness of Central Park.
Excellent facilities -- beautiful bathrooms, clean water, great roof deck! Beautiful furnishings and good living space, convenient details including fans in the bedrooms, hairdryers, enough pillows...etc.
Excellent help -- from booking with the owner, Gerri to checking in with Sra. Pilar -- all a positive and professional experience.
Our family of 5 (three teenage daughters and my husband and I) enjoyed this house and Antigua very much! Highly recommend renting this lovely home in a quiet neighborhood.
Our family of four plus our two elderly parents traveled with us to Antigua to experience the wonder and beauty of Semana Santos. Casa Amelia was perfect in every way for us! The home was beautifully furnished, clean, well equipped and very comfortable for all of us. (Two bedrooms on the ground floor made it easy for our octogenarian mothers to navigate without stairs.) The home is in a quiet area of Antigua that felt very safe to us all. The caretaker of the house lives next door and was very helpful and friendly. She invited us to help her family with the making of the colored sawdust rug for the Holy week processions - this was a real treat! The owner, Geri, went out of her way to provide recommendations and tips for making our stay in Antigua a great one. She is a true pleasure to deal with. We'd stay in Casa Amelia again in heartbeat!! and recommend it to others without reservation!!