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“Would stay here again!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Posada La Merced Antigua

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Posada La Merced Antigua
Ranked #26 of 82 Hotels in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Would stay here again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2007

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.

  • Liked — Coziness
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank ksfdancer
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English first
Clearwater, Florida
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2007

First, the reservation system is a pain-they want you to go to Bank of America and deposit money in their USA account. Secondly, since someone e-mailed me in English, I presumed the hotel had staff available who understood the language. During my stay this wasn't the case most of the time. (Not a complaint, but at check- in they ask various questions and my high school Spanish wasn't always up to it. ) My simple,small room faced a nice garden but had bugs and cobwebs galore over the bathroom area.. A disco is nearby with 2 am music. The sign in the kitchen suggesting a set "donation" to use it was tacky. I bought overpriced postcards from the lobby and mailed them there but none ever arrived. But the roof view is beautiful and the hotel has charm. I also found the staff to be polite and helpful. The location near the Merced Church is nice. To sum it up, I would not stay here again but I can see that others might like this hotel.

  • Liked — the garden
  • Disliked — the bugs
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 Thank ZarahL
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Salem OR
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2007

Posada La Merced is easily the most memorable hotel I've stayed in, largely because of the friendly, helpful, cheerful staff. The place is always scrupulously clean and full of flowers and colorful weavings. From the rooftop views to the tranquil back patio to the more lively front patio, Posada La Merced glows with a vibrant beauty.

Gail and her staff are happy to arrange shuttles, tuk-tuks, tours to ruins or volcanoes, give directions to nearby laundries, restaurants and internet cafes, and sell inexpensive snacks and beverages, as well as providing free coffee nearly around the clock.

One bonus is the full kitchen for storing snacks and takeout or cooking full meals. Another is the proximity of Fernando's, voted the best coffee house in Antigua, where the trivia game on Saturday evening draws locals and tourists for a lively competition and light dinner.

The prices are low, the location is great, and I can't imagine a nicer place to stay.

  • Liked — Cleaniliness, security, helpful staff
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank filbert_farmer
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
66 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2006

They have great location: 1 block away from Iglesia de La Merced, 2 blocks away from Calle del Arco (5 Av. Norte) where all the nice restaurants are (Frida's, Sangre, Vinos y Quesos), Great pubs (Reilley's, Casbah...)

The staff is really friendly, the rooms are impecable, really nice garden with wild orchids hanging out, beautiful terrace with columpios to take sun and the nicest pictures.

The coffe is free in the morning and you can use the fully equipped kitchen to cook your own dinner. They sell sanwiches and snacks in the reception area.

They have a proyect that does beautiful earrings!!!

  • Liked — Location, price and the staff
  • Disliked — it's always full... call for reservation
  • Tips/Secrets — If you go to Antigua, you'll fall in love with the town...
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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6 Thank ppereira
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virginia
Level Contributor
802 reviews
140 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2006

We have stayed here for the past five years (at least once or twice during the year) and will return again this summer.

The location is great; friendly staff, and at night, candles light the way to your room. Try to book a room in the back courtyard - a special place - fragrant garden, hammocks, nearby kitchen to brew coffee, rooms decorated with Guatemalan textiles.

The view from the rooftop is awesome - all of Antigua and the volcanos are before you.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank luke47
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Bisbee, Arizona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2006

We've happily stayed at Posada la Merced several times in 2003 and 2005, our home-away-from-home in Antigua Guatemala. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, the rooms are small but immaculate and very cost-effective, the locale is quaint, and the best coffee and breakfast in town are right next door. Be there for Semana Santa (Holy Week) -- you can look down on the processions from the 2nd floor balcony, and you may be invited to help build alfombres (flower carpets) in the road. At any time of year, you're just around the corner from the splendid La Merced Church, and only a short walk from the Parque Central in the heart of town, or from the thriving mercado. We expect to be back there soon!

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank k0k0peli
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Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
83 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2005

Stayed at this hotel for two non-consecutive nights. The hotel owner and her staff were incredibly helpful and booked our trip overnight trip to Tikal. While we were gone, we were able to store our bags at the hotel free of charge.

The atmosphere of the hotel is great as well. The common areas are beautiful and there are several hammocks through the courtyard.

Although the hotel is not in the center of town, the location is great. It's very close to La Merced and it was nice to be a little off the main strip because it was quieter.

I'd definitely recommend staying at the hotel. And be sure to talk to the hotel owner. She's a great source of information.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
9 Thank TravellingHoya
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Property: Posada La Merced Antigua
Address: 7a Avenida Norte # 43, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Antigua
#22 Family Hotel in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 22
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