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“Nice complex, a bit away from the centre with friendly but not always effective service”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Villa Colonial

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Villa Colonial
Ranked #35 of 82 Hotels in Antigua
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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122 reviews
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“Nice complex, a bit away from the centre with friendly but not always effective service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

The Hotel Villa Colonial is an odd one: it has a rustic, village lay-out and all rooms are in a kind of cottage. I believe they're all different. The hotel is a bit of a walk from the town centre (around 20 minutes), which makes it better for an event than for tourism, I guess, which seems to be its main purpose anyway. Our event was taken care of very well. Breakfast is fine, as is food in general. Service is generally very friendly.

I would stay again, depending on the circumstances.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2011

This hotel is part of a chain of 5, we stayed in 3 of them, including Lake Atitlan and Flores. It is a walk out of the centre (20+ minutes). It is delightfully maintained and the staff are very friendly. The inner courtyard is beautiful. I would advise that you ask for an inner room, for both size and peace, as the outer ones do suffer from some road noise if you are a light sleeper. The restaurant is more than adequate and breakfast and evening meals were well presented. Meals could have been a little more "exciting" but that is the worst I can find to comment on. There are safety deposit boxes in reception, although the hotel is gated and surrounded by high walls, so is a perfect haven. We stayed there twice during our tour of the country and enjoyed it a lot.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2010

A great layout like a village - cozy charming buildings with a beautiful large garden.
The staff are really great to every one incl.the management ,all helpful and friendly.
the bath rooms need an upgrades.Our room had small openings between walls and ceilings - any sound from the outside came through to the room. They do not have a bar area either a lounge to sit for a chat. At pm: 9:00 the hotel close down.Then you have the room with a stone age small television no space for chairs,just the bed,3 lamps with little lights and a small corner cabinet with 4 hangers.For a 12 days stay it was a less great experince.For a short stay this hotel is OK.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2010

The Villa Colonial is build up like a small village with a small street and two stories houses painted in a guatemalan colour palette and with colourful flowers hanging and growing all over. Beautiful garden and perfect restaurant area with view over the garden. Incredible staff, very attentive in all ways. ( About 50 rooms, but doe not feel like there are many guests).

Rooms are spacious enough, rustic style with furniture in dark wood with nice carvings. Beds are a bit on the hard and short side, and my feet were sticking out of the bed. There is Internet ( may be slightly unstable, but worked almost always), the television is placed in a comfortable height on the desk in front of bed (not in the roof corner as in many hotel rooms), the water in the shower is hot and good and bathroom spacious. A very simple, but ok hairdryer in the room

The weather in August mens sunny or cloudy days with rain in afternoons. Textiles in rooms may feel a little humid. It can get cold, I recommend that you should ask for an extra blanket (or two, as I did). Also, although I like being eco conscious and perhaps use my towels twice, I do not recommend it here as wet textile does not dry well or at all.

The location can be either good or bad depending on what you like. It's perfect for conference as it's located just outside town. Gets people to stay on the premises and get to know each other more, but difficult to take a break in the town center if you only have one hour break. Also, if you like it quiet, and don't have to go out every night, it's a god place. However, after dark, a taxi may be recommended.

Takes only 5-10 min. to walk to the centre, which for me is just a nice walk. But if you carry stuff, have trouble walking, taxi is recommended. (From the center to hotel, you can get a cab for 25/30 quetzals).

I had planned to shift the hotel after the conference to stay on, but when checking other hotels for rooms available (my favorite place did not have rooms available), I felt that many of other hotel rooms too small and expensive, too noisy or too full of backpackers or not so good value. Besides. I had come to like this place, despite the short and hard bed, and staff were so great, so I decided just to stay here.

Family friendly as children will have plenty of place to run around.

And you must have "the antigüeña" for breakfast!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2010

We loved every moment of our stay here. The gardens are beautiful and while the rooms are not large they are clean and tranquil. The pool is small but clean.
The food was excellent as was the service and we finished up eating in the beautiful open-sided restaurant every night.
All the staff are fantastic and looked after us very well. The night staff (we arrived quite late on the first night) spoke little English but could not have been more helpful.
It is a pleasant and safe walk to the town which is beautiful.
The only problem was – we should have stayed a week longer!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2010

Beautiful spanish style with lovely dining area and grounds/courtyards. The front desk people, Guadolupo Hernandez and Eymond Garcia were so very gracious and helpful in everything we asked of them. The rooms were small, but very quaint. Loved it!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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near Geneva
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2010

Fairly new construction in keeping with the architectural style of the old city does not look or feel like a hotel. Clean and quiet, very competently managed and part of a chain of hotels including Tikal and Lake Atitlan. The hotel in Tikal was good enough to host the President of Chile during her state visit two days after we left the site - justifiably so.

  • Stayed March 2010
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Property: Villa Colonial
Address: Alameda Del Calvario 28, Antigua, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 82 Hotels in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Colonial 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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