I stayed in Posada Don Rafael for 3 weeks and really loved the place. It a small family run hotel and these people really know how to take care about their guests.
The hotel is very conveniently located in the northern part of the town, just three blocks away from the famous La Merced church and four blocks from the Arch. Well, in fact, everything in Antigua will be close and in walking distance, so do not let yourselves be sold on hotels which advertise that they are in the center of Antigua and for which they charge a premium. I personally would not want to leave too close to the central park area just because it is a party zone and you will have noise there days and nights (well, maybe not on Monday night when there is not much happening in the town). I like partying but when I sleep I don’t want to hear music, people laughing on the streets and cars driving over old stone-paved streets of Antigua (and this is loud!). I have seen a comment here that Pasada Don Rafael was loud because of traffic – I really did not notice it.
The hotel has a beautiful courtyard in colonial style with an orange tree in middle and three turtles that live in the flowers around the courtyard and sometimes get out to “race” the place. I really liked sitting there in the evenings. There is WiFi in the hotel. It is works best in the courtyard and the rooms surrounding it. The rooms are clean are nicely decorated in traditional style. Each room has a bath with a shower and there is hitter on each shower so there is always warm water (some of my classmates stayed with families and complained every second day that they warm water was not always available, sometime no water at all). There is also a shared kitchen which can be used by everyone staying in the hotel. I have chosen to have meals with the family who run the hotel, so for me it was a perfect alternative to staying with a family as I was more independent but still did not miss a contact with local people which was really helpful for my Spanish.
The family who runs the hotel speaks some English, enough to get along with day to day matters (I did not speak a word of Spanish when I arrived). If there are complex things to deal with there is Max – a gentleman who permanently leaves in the hotel and who speaks perfect English. I was really glad to have Max around. He showed me some of Antigua and gave hints on where to eat, where a laundry is, and what are the good clubs to visit, etc. And Max has really good stories to tell about Guatemala history.
So, all in all, I liked the place a lot and will definitely stay there if I happen to come to Antigua Guatemala again.