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Hotel Casa Cristina
Ranked #18 of 82 Hotels in Antigua
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Casa Cristina - great value”
Reviewed 14 January 2009

This is a small, cute, very nicely decorated hotel. It is definitely a great value for the price. We booked via email and got a fast response. We requested a room with a view of the volcano and were supposed to switch to that for our last 2 nights but something must have gone wrong with the reservation because that room was not available. So we moved to another room which was fine. They moved our things to our new room while we were out (and got delayed getting back to the hotel).

The two rooms we stayed in were nicely decorated but quite small. The beds were comfortable. There were no outside facing windows; the windows were out to the hall way so no view and no option for a breeze from the outside. It didn't really bother us though.

There is a little room on the ground floor with a computer with free internet which is very useful. There is also instant coffee and hot and cold (purified) water. Shortbread or some sort of sweet bread is available each morning. We had a lot of early mornings and were happy to have brought oatmeal that we had for breakfast as it was too early to go out.

The patio on the roof has an amazing view. There is a table and chairs, and 2 lounge chairs. It is quite nice to sit up there reading and enjoying the view. Bring some wine or beer and you have a nice spot for an afternoon cocktail. We met many nice, friendly, interesting people up there.

The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the arch. I'm not sure I'd feel completely comfortable walking back on my own at night as it is a bit dark and a bit off. I don't think it is a problem though. We walked back after dinner every night and never had a problem. Normal precautions should be taken.

I'd stay here again, the price is great and it is comfortable. It works if you are out most of the day and don't plan to spend much time at the hotel (as there is not much space).

  • Liked — Price and location
  • Disliked — No breakfast, no view from rooms
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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Northern California
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2008

Antigua is way over-priced but this is a great budget hotel. Buy a beer at a local tienda and enjoy the sunset frrom the terrace. Walk several blocks towards the bus station to find budget restaurants. Later, return to the hotel and check your email on their free computer. Then watch a movie on cable TV in your room.

  • Liked — the roof top terrace
  • Disliked — windowless room
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2008

We made a reservation for the Casa Cristina by email. It did take a while for them to respond to our initial email, but we did eventually receive confirmation.

When we arrived at the hotel, they were expecting us, but told us "your room is next door". "Next door", where we were unceremoniously dumped, turned out to be a really dingy unwelcoming hostal, where we were shown a dark, cavernous room, with little furniture and less light, and a bathroom that was across the hall in the main entrance area. We made our excuses and left.

It's really frustrating to have made a booking, and then find that the hotel simply fobbed us off with a really inferior room at a completely different hotel. Very bad experience.

  • Stayed November 2008
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virginia
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813 reviews
139 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2008

I have been to Antigua eleven times before, but thhis was my first stay at this great little hotel.

It's location is great, located within a short walking distance of the main square and good restaurants. The hotel itself is clean, quiet, artfully decorated, with a knowledgeable and very friendly staff. The owners were there and were so friendly and helpful. staff. Free computer use, nice breakfast rolls, and a phenomenal roof top terrace with incredible views of the city and volcano come with your room. I suggest that you get a room on the top floor for better city views and the volcano.

My only suggestion is for them to offer fresh brewed coffee instead of instant (yuck). Oh well, it's just another excuse to go next door to Fernando's Kaffee for the best coffee in Antigua and breakfasts.

  • Liked — Value and location
  • Disliked — instant coffee!
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
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Thank luke47
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backpack
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2008

writing this review courtesy of Casa Cristina's free wifi.

basically if your starting ur Guatemala holiday this place is a great start. as cheap as a double room in a hostel but clean, great hot showers and without all the noise u get from the hostel and its bars.

set in a quite area of antigua but close to everything even has a roof to view the city and all its churches.

stayed 3 ngihts and was a great start to our guatemalan holiday. the staff are friendly, the rooms are spotless and its even on a quiet street.

really enjoyed our stay here.

  • Liked — hot showers, clean, great location
  • Disliked — nada
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank pack4Ahome
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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64 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2008

Casa Cristina is an excellent value in Antigua. I found the owner to be most helpful. This would be a great place to start a trip in Guatemala. The rooms are small but the third floor rooms have a great view. It is in a good central location. Tomas, USA

  • Liked — The helpful owner
  • Disliked — small rooms
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled solo
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Thank tomas417
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houston
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2008

This place is incredible! It's location is great, located within a short walking distance of the main square and fantastic restaurants. The hotel itself is clean, quiet and friendly, with knowledgeable staff. Free computer use, and a phenomenal roof top terrace with incredible views of the city and volcanoes! Get a room on the top floor for better city views. We stayed here one night and it was just a terrific value for the location, amenities and price. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it is an economy-style hotel. It's not your fancy Marriott or Hilton, in fact you won't find those in Antigua. But you can't beat the price and accomodations were very clean.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Casa Cristina
Address: Callejon Camposeco 3A | between 6 & 7 ave. North, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Antigua
#13 Romantic Hotel in Antigua
#20 Family Hotel in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel Casa Cristina. Cozy Bed and Breakfast. All rooms with private bath and hot water. Safe and central location, only 4 blocks from Antigua's Central Park. Our rooms have comfortable beds with white sheets and towels.We have a computer available free to our guest at any time and wireless access for guests traveling with Laptops in most rooms. On our roof-top terrace our guests can enjoy the view of Antigua and our surrounding 3 volcanoes or read a book in the sun (or shade). ... more   less 
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Casa Cristina Hotel
Casa Cristina Antigua Guatemala

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