We had a very pleasant stay at Posada la Merced in May of 2007 for 4 nights.
The location of the hotel is good. 5th Avenue is the main drag in Antigua, and the hotel is on 7th Avenue. Many high end hotels were not in as good of a proximity to the center of town. 5th Avenue is two blocks east, and the Central square is two or three blocks south from there (about a 5 minute walk).
I travel frequently and usually stay in budget hotels with a good location. This hotel more than satisfied my expectations. The room, while simple, was decorated with care.
The bathroom was quite spacious compared to European bathrooms and was very clean. Housekeeping was up to standards. Purified water was available on each floor (no charge).
I even took advantage of the free wireless Internet at the hotel!
A few recommendations for the traveler:
Guatemala does not have air conditioning. This can make the air very still in your room, as the breeze does not come through the windows quite like you would like. I wish that I had brought a small table fan, as I like to sleep with a fan and the room did not have one.
Bring ear plugs! I think this is good advice anytime you are staying in a city, but it is certainly necessary in Antigua. The hotels are set around courtyards, so there is noise from other guests, in addition to city sounds.
The staff was very helpful and most seemed to speak English. The staff arranged airport transportation for us for 4am the morning of our departure and sure enough, a shuttle rang the door right on time!
I enjoyed Posada la Merced and believe most people would find the accommodations more than adequate.
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