My family and I stayed here Winter 2011-2012. It's a nice place in the Gravileas, a few minutes walk north of Antigua. It took us a bit of time to initially find the place because of its location: we walked into a gated area (the Gravileas) where some extremely friendly guards checked our ID's then let us into what can be thought of as a beautiful and expansive gated community with at least two large parks, it's own central area with a nice fountain, and colorful, gorgeous, homes and flowers everywhere.
We stayed in Villa 21, which is a two bedroom villa with a spacious kitchen, dining room for six, washing machines as well as a wand-wash sink, and a large living room with a fireplace. There are two small outside patios - one adjacent to to the dining room/living room and one attached to the master bedroom. The villa was clean and beautifully decorated with rustic artifacts and art work - the colors were just gorgeous!
The master bedroom with what appeared to be a queen-sized bed is downstairs. It comes with a nice walk-in closet, a good bathroom, a desk, and a television. There is no television in the living room, which I think is fantastic. The second floor of the villa is contains another spacious bedroom capable of sleeping at least 4 people, with two full sized beds, a television, its own walk-in closet and full bathroom. The showers had nice water pressure and hot water. The windows looking out from the upper floor let ample light in and you can see beautiful violet bougainvillea flowers from it.
The kitchen had all appliances necessary to make a full dinner including pots, pans, plates, wine glasses, etc. I went shopping at the market on the west part of town to get groceries and we made some feasts at the house - what a life! We just told Larissa, the grounds manager, if there was anything that we didn't have and she promptly had it sent over for us. This is truly a wonderful, homey place to come back to rest your mind and body after a long day of touring Antigua, going shopping in Chichicastenango, or after a day hike up one of the volcanoes.
The villa came with two breakfast vouchers. Since we stayed a few nights and were five people, we asked to have vouchers for two days combined and we had breakfast on the other day in town. This illustrates Larissa's reasonableness and flexibility with us, which really enhanced the comfort and enjoyment of our stay. Breakfast is served in the main building (where you have to go to initially check in - the villas are in a separate area ~30m away from this building) by a cute fountain with flowers dangling from everywhere. Such beautiful colors and style!! The breakfast was good; you have a choice of three different omelets: 1) scrambled eggs 2) vegetable omelet and 3) huevos rancheros all served with fried bananas, cream, refried black beans, and your choice of bread.
I personally enjoyed it being a bit out of the tourist-filled hustle and bustle of Antigua town - nonetheless it's just 10 min walk from city center or a $4 taxi ride. Overall, Hotel Palacio de Dona Beatriz is a comfortable, beautiful and affordable place ideal for a family or group of friends who like to play hard and have a nice homey place to come back to rest and enjoy the evening drinking wine by the fireplace. Larissa and the staff's great attitude and tremendous helpfulness absolutely contributed to our enjoyment. I will definitely stay here again next time I visit Antigua.
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- This Boutique hotel as unique as the people who stay, offers personalized service, luxury accomodations, for business or leisure travel. With rich interiors, volcano views and custom designed furnishings, guests enjoy a comfortable, residential feeling. Once you stay here you may find it hard to leave!! ... more less
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