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Posada Don Valentino
Ranked #65 of 75 Hotels in Antigua
Warsaw
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“A good place in Antigua”
Reviewed 6 February 2012

We got a bit intimidated by Antigua upon our late night arrival - streets were quite empty, windows were ALL barred, and the closed doors of all buildings, including hotels were not inviting. The first two budget places we visited looked awful and we decided to upgrade. We walked into one of the hotels which turned out to be in a some kind of an Antiguan hotel network with Don Valentino - this first place did not have spare rooms but they refered us to Don Valention round the corner.

Don Valentino is nice and clean, though our room was quite tiny. And surprisingly it was also quite pricey as most of the hotels and restaurants in Antigua seem to be.

Staff was friendly, helped us to arrange the trip we wanted, and we could exchange cash in a hotel (a better rate than at the border with Mexico, definitely DO NOT exchange too much money at the border). Antigua is a small town, so you are close to everywhere.
Opossite Don Valentino there is a restaurant - again expensive like every other "American" place in Antigua, but serving nice food + with a live band.

Internet will cost you a small charge.

All in all, I would stay there again, I guess.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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beoutside
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Don Valentino was a good place to stay for our family. Very convenient location, extremely helpful front desk staff (helped with transportation, tours, laundry, and a million little questions). The professional photos make it look more sparkling than it is, but it is very nice and clean. We stayed in a family room for 4 of us which worked well.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Port Orchard, Washington
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Reviewed 14 January 2012

We decided to stay in Antigua rather than in Guatemala City while heading home. Posada Don Valentino is a fine mid-priced hotel 2 blocks from the market, and close to Parque Central. The room was clean and had a large window to the upstairs patio. This was the only hotel during our trip to Guatemala that didn't have WiFi, but it did have an internet cafe downstairs. The staff in the lobby was able to arrange early (at 4AM) transportation to the airport. Security was good, and there were plenty of dining choices nearby.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

There are many FAR better establishments in Antigua with comparable (or cheaper) prices. The best thing about Posada Don Valentino is that for only $5/day, you can use the pool and jacuzzi at Hotel Casa del Parque. Otherwise, the rooms are basic and clean, but nothing near what you would expect for the prices charged. There is no free wireless, which is astounding as nearly every hotel and restaurant in Antigua offers this service. The hotel is noisy and staff seem to have no awareness of their own impact on guests' sleep when they start cleaning and talking at 7 am. Do yourself a favor...stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Feldkirch, Austria
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

I did not plan on staying there but the posada where I was, had been booked before I came, they did recommend the "Posada Don Valentino" and we went there for 2 nights. The price is acceptable the place was clean and quiet, I liked it.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

I stayed with Kristina B, and I did not get any sleep the whole night because of the guest across the hall being drunk and inconsiderate . The rooms hardly have any privacy, you can hear every thing on the floors above. The Door guard went up twice, and it only shut up those guest twice. the People on the floor above us where a hot mess I could hear their heels make a loud sounds as they stumble up and down the stairs, eventually it was 2am and I heard their stereo get turned up. Eventually it died down around 3 or 4, but I was awaken at 6 in the morning by them getting up and leaving the hotel. At that point I had enough, in the morning I complained and was told it just happens on saturday and that they are sorry. That was unacceptable, we asked to speak to the owner however they said he was not around and they just offered to switch rooms. We took the rooms, but we were not given any discount like mentioned by the owner below and never spoke to him at all. If you want you want to rest don't come here, but if you want a place to party with no regards to other guest before heading back to the city come here.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Santa Cruz El Quiche, Guatemala
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

This is not a hotel to go to if you want to sleep. All of the rooms have windows instead of walls, so you can hear every single sound in the hotel. We came here last night and did not sleep at all the entire night. Across the hall there was a group having a hotel party, drinking, listening to music and banging doors and furniture. There was also other hotel guests on the floor above us stomping and moving furniture the entire night. We asked the desk staff several times to resolve the noise problem, but they did nothing. In the morning we asked to speak to the owner of the hotel and get some sort of refund or an upgrade for the next night, but the desk staff did nothing. They charge ahead of time, so we did not want to lose our $40 by going to another hotel.
I would never come back here again, and I would not suggest coming here if you want to sleep.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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mexicohicks1, Owner at Posada Don Valentino, responded to this review, 29 November 2011
I apologize for this guest that say they did not sleep. Our hotel is normally quiet, but on this Saturday night, there was a room accross the hall from them that was making party noise, and our nighttime guard addressed the issue. So, as a reviewer, please be honest, not just vendictive. It did take our guard 3 times of asking the other room to keep any noise down and within their room, but the issue was finally resolved, unlike what the reviewer said. The next morning, they told the receptionist about the issue and ask her for a discount. We gave them a $20 discount on their $40 room (Have the receipt to prove it). So, I am not sure where their mis-statements about us resolving the problems and giving a 50% discount, comes from. It really makes me disappointed with people, when we do our best to do the right thing (solving a problem & giving a discount), and they make mis-statements and stiill give this awful review. With any guest, we do not want problems, but if there are, we always do everything we can to resolve the issue, where both parties are happy. I guess we failed with this one.
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Property: Posada Don Valentino
Address: 5th Calle Poniente # 28, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #65 of 75 Hotels in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Posada Don Valentino 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful mid-range hotel in the heart, of the majestic colonial city of Antigua Guatemala. We offer everything you could need during your stay in Antigua. Our goal is to make your stay as comfortable as possible and get the most out of your visit to our beautiful city. Our hotel is in the perfect spot, only 2 blocks to our beautiful central park, only 2 blocks to our tourist market, close to lots of restaurants and other services. ... more   less 
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