Antigua is one of Guatemala’s top destinations and for good reason. The city itself is pleasant and attractive, and the surrounding area is naturally beautiful. Antigua is a good place to stroll around on foot to get a sense of the culture—you can relax in the Central Park and visit nearby museums, churches, and shops. When hunger strikes head to one of the many cafés or restaurants. The Agua Volcano, which lies just outside town, offers travelers a fun place to hike.
The Hotel Villa Colonial is an attractive hotel on the outskirts of Antigua. The hotel is laid out as a series of 11 houses along a cobblestone street. With its colonial-style houses (each painted in a different color), wrought-iron balconies, and flowering plants, the hotel resembles a traditional Antiguan scene. It’s very quaint and cool.
The property here is well maintained. There are beautiful flowering gardens and a courtyard that’s set with chairs and benches—this area offers guests a nice place to read and relax. There is also a small swimming pool where guests can take a dip and cool off.
The 54 rooms at Hotel Villa Colonial are simply decorated and have attractive bathrooms with hot water showers; some bathrooms even have exposed stone walls as well. All rooms have a cable TV and bedside reading lamps. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the courtyard and gardens.
There is a superb restaurant on the second floor of the hotel. The Sunday breakfast is served buffet-style and is especially good—there are all kinds of fresh fruits and smoothies to sample. The view from the restaurant is beautiful, as it looks out over the hotel’s gardens and to the Fuego Volcano in the distance.
There is free wireless Internet offered in the lobby, restaurant, and garden area. The hotel staff is friendly and speaks English. Other hotel services include laundry, currency exchange, and a safety deposit box at the reception desk.
The hotel has five meeting rooms that can be used for special events, including business meetings, weddings, and private parties.
One thing to note about this hotel is that it is not in the center of Antigua. It takes about 15 minutes to walk downtown. There is ample parking here as well if you have you own car.