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Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo
Ranked #5 of 75 Hotels in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 June 2006

Without hesitation, we would return to both Antigua and the Casa Santo Domingo. At 5,100 feet, Antigua is a lovely, cool place to enjoy. We walked for hours past colorful buildings along cobblestone streets, backdropped by enormous volcanos, occasionally peaking inside courtyards for garden views. We were not hassled by street vendors anywhere we went. After visiting Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango, we actually ended up buying our purses, tote bags, place mats and fabrics right in the market in Antigua! And none of us could resist the remarkable mounted jade quetzal art at the Jades S.A. Factory and Archaeology Museum. Exquisite.

Imagine strolling at dusk through numerous courtyards of plants, trees, ruins, grottos, and, newer structures following the architectural theme of the ruins, while listening to choirs and angelic music. This is the essence of the Casa Santo Domingo. The developers realized an incredible vision to combine the ruins of a several-hundred-year-old convent with an elegant hotel. It works. Never before have we seen such an accomplishment anywhere in the world. It is what we expected to experience at the Santa Clara in Cartagena and did not. Our group of three couples stayed in different suites that were large, attractive and comfortable. Our only complaint was that there were no windows or fans for air movement. We only had unscreened balcony doors to open. As well, for more quiet, it would be wise to choose rooms away from main public areas.

With regard to restaurants, Fodor’s 2006 Belize-Guatemala guidebook got it completely wrong. The author panned the Casa Santo Domingo restaurant where we enjoyed excellent dinners three different evenings. When we followed Fodor’s advice, the food at their top restaurant pick for Antigua was mediocre to awful (six of us ordered four different dinners.)

Our excellent and informative Antigua walking tour was conducted by Elizabeth Bell. It is refreshing to meet a tour operator who has “Lived” the country for several decades and is as focused on improving the lives of everyday Guatemalans as she is on making a living. Mario, one of the tour company’s drivers and a wealth of knowledge, escorted us to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan (Not to be missed) and a last minute inclusion to the bustling indigenous town of Chichicastenango.

On our next trip, we will leave more space in our luggage for the rich colored hand-woven fabrics…and, of course, jade.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed 11 February 2006

As you will see in the photos itis lovely. what an amazing artcollection. the city itself is so sweet and gorgeous.
Now, the hotel... Room had no window and noair. Was next to the aviary so we heard birdfights all night as we attempted sleep. They would not serve us a cocktail by the pool. we had to sit in the dark monestary bar to have wine after lunch. Stay away from room 204. They lock the doors at 11pm so you have to stand outside and ring , and ring,and ring if you want to get in.
If the hotel wasnt so lovely it would have been hell.. stay at panza verde!
checkout the photos for great grounds, flowers ,and artwork!!

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Reviewed 16 December 2005

Casa Santo Domingo, in Antigua, Guatemala, was the highlight of my stay in Guatemala. An old Franciscan monastery; it is filled with religious artefacts and paintings, making it quite unique as a hotel because it is a museum as well. The rich collection that Casa Santo Domingo houses is quite important, complete and very old. The rooms are absolutely wonderful, with vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, beautiful chimneys, and patios that open out onto luscious tropical courtyards. Walking around the hotel was a real delight. Because one goes past bubbling fountains, flowered patios, stone-paved courtyards, beautiful arched corridors, and walls of religious paintings and niches crammed with relics, to finally step out onto the cobble-stoned streets of lovely white-washed colonial Antigua. Making it a perfect stay in this charming part of Guatemala. I highly recommend it.

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Reviewed 27 October 2005

We had a room with a jacuzzi. It was massive and gorgeous, one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. The hotel is a stunner.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed 19 August 2005

After more than a week in Guatemala we arrived in Antigua and the Casa. The front desk had the wrong reservation dates -- they issued the confirmation -- and even better they issued keys to a room that was already in use. When we tried to order a coffee maker (twice) in the Jr. Suite we had it never semed to arrive. Our room bill was over charged by $200USD and it took the manager more than an hour to figure it out which he wasn't able to do before we had to catch the shuttle out. I would go for the location and the grounds are really super but the staff was far less than five-star. Antigua we will be back but not at the Casa.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Reviewed 17 August 2005

This is a fine hotel by any measure, but certainly as compared to any other hotel we visited in Guatemala (the Camino Real and the Intercontinental in Guatemala City, La Lancha near Tikal, the Camino Real near Tikal, etc.).

It is a bit expensive for Guatemala, but well worth the splurge. Others have commented on the grounds (e.g. a beautiful old monastery), which really are lovely. The place is an oasis, especially after a day of touring around town or visiting the nearby sites. The rooms are spacious, nicely appointed and comfortable (although you should try to avoid the rooms on the first floor --the "planta baja"-- as they are a bit dark). For families, the hotel does offer some connecting rooms. We had a suite connecting to a double room, and it worked great for a family of five.

The restaurant is lovely, with a very open feel. The breakfast buffet is great, and this was often the best meal of the day. We also had several dinners at the hotel because we loved the setting (we enjoyed the "plato chapin"). The Sunday brunch is particularly good. My only gripe about the restaurant is that the coffee is terrible, even though fine coffee is grown in Antigua.

The property also has a nice pool area, with bar service on weekends (which could be improved).

Famed Antigua tour operator Elizabeth Bell has her offices (Antigua Tours) on the premises, which makes planning activities very easy (you should consult her before making your reservations and plans for your Guatemala trip).

While this hotel is not cheap, and therefore not for everybody, if you can afford the place, you really will enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed: August 2001
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Reviewed 16 August 2005

This was the location of a monastery/convent in the 16th century. This place was fabulous. Absolutely beautiful. Ruins. Museums including pieces found on the premises, general art and modern art. Vespers music. played and added to the serenity. I cannot remember if I have ever seen such a beautiful hotel and such a romantic spot. We vowed to go back every year as a romantic getaway. And It is in Antigua which is faulous in and of itself.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Address: 3a Calle Oriente No 28 A, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Antigua
#2 Spa Hotel in Antigua
#2 Business Hotel in Antigua
#9 Romantic Hotel in Antigua
Price Range: £85 - £1,047 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 128
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