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Antigua Guatemala Hotel Guide | Best Hotel With A Pool

The Antigua Guatemala Hotel Guide covers the best 10 hotels in all of Antigua Guatemala by number of Hotel room, services, and tripadvisor number of reviews. Hotel Casa del Parque is situated just steps from the Central Park in Antigua this one of the few Hotels in Antigua with a Pool and Hot Tub.

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The Hotel has one of the best free breakfasts of all hotels in Antigua.

“Hotel Casa del Parque this Hotel has a pool and a hot tub something not so easy to find in Antigua Guatemala.” http://www.tripadvisor.com
 of 5 stars May 27, 2013
“Room by the pool can be alittle noisy at nite, but we were going to bed early..hey when you are visiting paradise don’t complain…bring earplugs! The birds in the morning were perfect. No AC we never needed it..great breeze. All rooms have fans and fresh water is provided/NC” (MaryAnneW88)

 of 5 stars May 8, 2013
“Get a room AWAY from the bars which are (when facing the hotel) on your right. Don’t get a second level room as I don’t think it’s worth the extra money.” (marianh781)

 of 5 stars Mar 3, 2013
“They will show you the vacant room if you ask them to. Street front suites are roomy. Windows have wooden shutters to keep the street noise way down.” (pamelac45)

 of 5 stars Mar 1, 2013
“2nd floor volcano view is spectacular!” (lams45)

 of 5 stars Feb 20, 2013
“Room next to kitchen is noisy. Upper rooms appear more sun but will be hotter (no A/C at location). Check room for bugs — I have bites all over my bod.” (Bugsy54961)

 of 5 stars Feb 13, 2013
“Ask them to give you a room on the left area, don’t pick the right because this would be closer to the hotel next door were the bar is located.” (okumare)

 of 5 stars Oct 29, 2012
“Near the reception!” (cybersusst)

 of 5 stars Oct 6, 2012
“Don’t get a room close to the street during the weekends. Very close to a bar and the noise may keep you up all night.” (TracyandJoeA)

 of 5 stars Jul 16, 2012
“Not ground floor it’s about noisy” (TraceyB381)

 of 5 stars Apr 30, 2012
“The high rooms are very quiet except for the noises from your neighbors.” (EAC002)

 of 5 stars Jan 14, 2012
“Upstairs in back with view of town!” (christelburnerlady)

 of 5 stars Jan 4, 2012
“Each room has its own character. Don’t be afraid to ask them to show you the rooms before you decide.” (yungc_12)

 of 5 stars Jan 4, 2012
“On the front street with the fireplace.” (RichNeel)

 of 5 stars Dec 29, 2011
“The second floor rooms offer the best views” (HelenAnnJimB)

 of 5 stars Dec 8, 2011
“Sunday night to mid week gives you more options” (Susannah53)

 of 5 stars Jul 4, 2011
“Stay upstairs! Much quieter…” (StuartandDenese)

 of 5 stars Apr 23, 2011

Hotel Casa del Parque is a great location in Antigua Guatemala. Our hotel is only a few steps from Antigua’s beautiful central park and Cathedral, close to the most important sites of our beautiful city. We offer a 4-star hotel with 5-star service, all the while staying within your budget.

Hotel Casa del Parque
4th Ave Norte #5
Antigua, Guatemala
(502) 7832-0961/62


Hotel Casa del Parque's Garden


Hotel Casa del Parque's Corridor

  • 24hr front desk assistance in a very secure environment
  • Heated Swimming Pool & Jacuzzi
  • Sauna & Massages offered
  • Travel Agency to help with any tours or ongoing travel. Airport pickup for $37
  • Breakfast is offered for $5 extra per person
  • Room service from the restaurant next door, 11am to 10pm
  • Free city map & bilingual receptionist to answer any travel or site seeing questions
  • Free Wi-Fi & high speed Internet terminals
  • Bar area with a great selection of beers, juices & snacks while lounging around the pool
  • Free Coffee 24hrs / day
  • Free bottled water in your room
  • Free purified drinking water stations in the corridors & pool area
  • Hot water & great water pressure 24hrs per day
  • Daily maid service
  • Laundry service & Bag storage
  • Spanish classes & Translation services
  • Doctor on call 24hrs for any guest that needs one
  • 2 beautiful gardens, both with fountains & sitting areas, surrounded by beautiful flowers
  • Large Corridors with lots of sitting areas
  • Large Bar area with great volcano & pool views
  • Meeting places for large groups
  • Family friendly environment, offering pack-n-play baby bed if needed for your infant

We offer 15 very comfortable and clean hotel rooms. All our hotel rooms have beautiful Guatemalan typical furniture and fabrics. All hotel rooms have cable TV, Wi-Fi and new comfortable anti-stress beds. We offer the service of having a massage in your hotel room or having a pool side massage.

Our hotel swimming pool and jacuzzi are heated by roof mounted solar panels. Through the roof mounted solar panels, our hotel jacuzzi is keep at a good temperature. Then, when a guest request for the jacuzzi, we heat the jacuzzi up to a hot temperature within 10 minutes by a gas heating system. So, please remember to ask hotel reception about 10 minutes before you want to use the hotel jacuzzi.

Hotel Casa del Parque's Sample Room

Also, our hotel offers a very nice dry sauna. The hotel sauna requires about 10 minutes to warm up to sauna temperature. So, please remember to ask hotel reception about 10 minutes before you want to use the hotel sauna.

For your convenience, we offer private airport pickups for $37.

Cancellation policy: 3 days, A reservation should be canceled 72 hrs in advance before the check in time, otherwise, you will be charged for the 1st night.

The hotel accepts US dollars, Quetzales, Travelers checks & credit cards.   If paying with credit card, there is a surcharge.   The online booking service has a 3rd party commission built into the price.

Antigua Guatemala Business for sale cocktail lounge


A unique opportunity to acquire a landmark and profitable cocktail lounge and light dinner venue located in the heart of Antigua Guatemala’s Spanish colonial tourist district.

Antigua Guatemala Business for sale

Antigua Guatemala Business for sale

Located three minutes from the town’s historic Central Park in Antigua Guatemala, this is a well managed and highly popular business. Established for five years, this combination sultan’s tent and Spanish colonial style establishment is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

This 250 sq ft, 20-seat cocktail lounge/restaurant, is easily managed by the strong existing staff complement, available for the ongoing success of the business. The fully fitted and equipped galley kitchen produces a streamlined and successful menu of cocktail and light dinner courses.

The seller can provide training on service and menu items for a reasonable change-over period.

The establishment includes a jewelry design and sales section, adding to the business’ street appeal.  Jewelry store and workroom dominate the front of the establishment, providing customer draw and further revenue.

The jewelry design component has excellent brand recognition through the owner’s internationally recognized label, featuring clothing line, accessories as well as jewelry. The current proprietor’s brand recognition and jewelry line is an option for inclusion in the sales agreement.

For more information on this Antigua Guatemala Business for sale please e-mail us for pictures and other information @ info@whereisantiguaguatemala.com


Antigua Guatemala Cafe La Parada

Antigua Guatemala and area the best coffee

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Guatemala is known around the world as a producer of high mountain shade coffee. Antigua and Lake Atitlan are in the heart of this Guatemala Highlands where in much of the great coffee of Guatemala is grown and harvested.

That said one would expect that Antigua and Lake Atitlan coffee would be available throughout Antigua Guatemala, it is and each coffee shop in Antigua roasts and brews their coffee beans slightly differently.

Me I need strong thick black coffee to start my day. I have tasted most of the highly promoted cafe’s and coffee shops in Antigua and in  Lake Atitlan this story is about my two spots out of all in Antigua that great me each morning with the cup of coffee I desire. Black Coffee.

First choice for my Antigua Guatemala coffee or cafe my pick is Cafe La Parada. Which is located on the 6th avenue north in Antigua. Directly across from La Merced Chuch. If you are facing La Merced Church entrance turn around and look behind you. You will run right into Cafe La Parada. Thus is a small 6 seat coffee house that is all about coffee from Guatemala and nothing else. No fancy signs, no promotions just the best cup of Java I face every morning.

My second choice for coffee or a cafe for coffee in Antigua is Micho’s café pub which is located on the 4th Avenue North just a block east of the Central Park. If you are facing the Cathedral in Central Park the street to your left is the 4th Avenue walk up the 4th and you cannot miss Micho’s café pub is on the right hand side. You will see a small coffee roaster at the entrance. The service is excellent the coffee is great and the prices are very reasonable.

Antigua Guatemala Coffee
Antigua Guatemala has long been recognized for growing the highest quality coffees in the world. It’s climate, high altitude, fertile volcanic soils and traditional farming practices contribute to the making of the world’s finest coffee.

Lake Atitlan
The lake basin supports extensive coffee growth and a variety of farm crops, most notably corn. Other significant agricultural products include onions, beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, chile verde, strawberries, avocados and pitahaya fruit. The lake itself is rich in animal life which provides a significant food source for the largely indigenous population.

I Can Give You Five Reasons to Spend Christmas in Antigua Guatemala

Five Reasons to Spend Christmas in Antigua

Yokobsen’s find many good reasons to spend Christmas in Antigua Guatemala.  Here are five good reasons to spend Christmas in Antigua Guatemala.

Christmas in Antigua Guatemala Reason #1 – Low Crassness Factor

Antigua Guatemala keeps a light hand on the Christmas throttle. It’s not like the in-your-face fake and be merry season, which starts before Halloween and is endured in our more Northern climes.  Yes, there are lights and people shop for holiday food and presents, but its all much more low key than, say, in Toronto for example.  The Central Park‘s trees are garlanded with lights and the La Catedal is draped with national colors.  And yes, for a small cost, you can have your picture taken with one of several Santa Clauses who stand around “Las Sirenas” fountain in the middle of the park. But there’s no sitting on their knees, no matter how forceful your drunken petitions, in case you were wondering.

Overall, there’s less tinsel and more gentle feeling as citizens and visitors alike coast into  the season, which really doesn’t get going until December 7 when there’s a massive turnout to watch the burning of the devil on the eve of the Immaculate Conception.  True, there are constant fire crackers going off day and night, but otherwise people enjoy a low dosage of seasonal crassness.

Christmas in Antigua Guatemala Reason #2 – The Weather

For those of us used to walking through horizontal sleet and crowds of grumpy fellow shoppers and sales people to get our Christmas errands done, Antigua Guatemala is a yuletide paradise. Even during the December days when daylight is at its shortest reign of the year, it’s usually about 75 degrees F (24 C) during the day and about 55 degrees F (13 C) in the evening. Sometimes it gets down to about 50 degrees F (10 C) at night and the fine citizens of Antigua Guatemala can be seen bundled up in extra sweaters, some of them in light parkas, gloves and mufflers wound around their chins.  ”Brrrrrr,” indeed.

Christmas in Antigua Guatemala Reason #3 – No Christmas Cards

It seems that sending Christmas cards is not a tradition here.  I’m sure in some quarters of Guatemala writing personal greetings on Currier and Ives motifs happens.  But Mrs. Y had an epiphany recently when she set out to get some jolly seasonal cards.  After, I’d gone to the third stationary shop (duh) it finally sunk in that this is not the done thing here.  To those who love sending and receiving cards, well, better bring your own before you head down.  For those of us who can take or leave the card thing, well, here you can find your bliss.

Christmas in Antigua Guatemala Reason # 4 – Christmas Festivals

Once December 7 hits the town, there are a series of Christmas festivals that warm up the town.  December 7 kicks off the season with the burning of the devil.  It’s a spectacular event with the old bad guy going up in a blaze of firecrackers and flame. All through the season processions of various kinds walk through the town. Music, torches and fireworks accompany many of the festivals.  Our Lady of Guadeloupe brings solemn as well as merry folk through the calles and avenidas, trailing music and fun wherever they go.  ”Las Posadas,” which reenacts Mary and Joseph looking for a room in the inn, goes on for nine days in different neighborhoods.  December 24 tops it all off with an outpouring of magnificent fireworks and music in the central plaza.

Christmas in Antigua Guatemala Reason #5 – Its Really a Family Time

While there are many displays and events, celebrated by the religious and secular alike, when it comes down to it, December 24 is really family time where church, a great meal and modest gift exchanges happen.  When church lets out on at about 10 p.m. on the 24th, families go back home and eat and party until 3 or 4 in the morning.  Christmas Day is very quiet here with people sleeping off the festivities of the night before. Unlike Canadians and Americans, weary revelers are not thinking about the bonanza of shopping that awaits them during the heavy sales days between December 26 and New Year’s.  It’s quiet, except of course, for the ever ready magnum assault of firecrackers, which generally peter out after the first week of January.

Antigua Guatemala Guards and Security for Travelers

Antigua Guatemala Guards and Security

For the traveler that have come to Central America and in particular Guatemala and the travel hot spot Antigua Guatemala you will see many men with Shot Guns. Guards at Banks, ATM Machines, Jewelry Stores, jade Shops, Silver Shops and even the odd Tienda.

In Antigua Guatemala you will also notice a lot of Police Pickup Trucks on the street, at Central Park in the Market and Bus Station area of Antigua. Again do not panic. This is a normal day of business protecting and being visible to all. Including those bad guys.

Who I have to say I have seen very few in Antigua Guatemala.

Now the picture in this post is of one of those guards armed with a Pump Shot Gun. You can tell by his size and the smile on his face he is a very intimidating young man. Not so. I walk past the shop he watches over almost every day and over time we would talk and make jokes.

This day I wanted a picture this is what I got.

Antigua Guatemala Food Recipes Stuffed Chili Peppers

Guatemala: texture/pattern detail --int@rnetImage by xeni via Flickr

Our blogging life talks mainly about the Yokobsens’s travel and life adventures. We attempt to tell readers without commercialism, the truth about travel to Central America, and in particular, Antigua Guatemala.  We choose who is allowed to advertise on our web sites. Only those companies that we trust are allowed. Also, you will not find spam and back links to those annoying sites we have all found on-line.

We feel you will enjoy your time with us and our goal is to offer honest and prudent advice to aid our visitors in having a full and fine adventure in Central America. If you are traveling on to either the north or south of Antigua or into other countries, we can offer suggestions for the next leg of your travel adventure.

In this series of posts I Mr. Yokobsens will talk about my daily activities as the man to feed, cook, shop and prepare food on a daily basis for friends, family, travelers and guests that share our home over the next six months in Antigua Guatemala.

The goal of these daily Blogs about Antigua Guatemala are to give other travelers a view of how to manage and prepare food  for two or two hundred guests. Guatemala is a little bit tricky about buying, managing, storing and preparing food. I hope to over the next six months of our vacation in Antigua offer travelers coming to this are hints and suggestions how to live and eat like a king using my Antigua Guatemala Food Recipes for less then $50 US a week to feed a family of four.

Understand that I am not a master chef, have not had formal training other then 50 years of cooking for my family. Thus my recipes and food are all easy to make. My focus is on Antigua Guatemala Food Recipes. The reason is that each day I venture out and continue to meet new people every day. Not the normal tourist places found in Antigua the small back street fabulous food places. Which I will share each day with those that choose to follow this adventure.

Today my first recipes is ?

start with 1 / 2 hour before
This recipe makes 12 servings
Ingredients –
12 good-sized peppers
1 1 / 2 pound of ground beef
1 egg
2 ounces of bread crumbs
10 tomatoes
1 onion
1 / 4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Preparation –
A hot peppers a slice is removed where is the trunk and takes out?the seed. Then mix 3 tomatoes, chopped, 1 / 2 onion?chopped, bread crumbs, egg, 1 1 / 2 teaspoon salt and pepper?raw ground beef and all that are filled chiles.
In a pot Boil the remaining 7 tomatoes in a glass of water and?all was settled and water are added 1 teaspoon of salt.?In a skillet, fry the garlic and 1 / 2 onion, finely chopped and was?tomatoes made liquid.
Chiles are then placed with the opening paraditas up inside?the sauce, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
It can be acompanied with mashed potatoes or rice.

start with 1 / 2 hour before
This recipe makes 12 servings
Ingredients –
12 good-sized peppers
1 1 / 2 pound of ground beef
1 egg
2 ounces of bread crumbs
10 tomatoes
1 onion
1 / 4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Preparation –
A hot peppers a slice is removed where is the trunk and takes out?the seed. Then mix 3 tomatoes, chopped, 1 / 2 onion?chopped, bread crumbs, egg, 1 1 / 2 teaspoon salt and pepper?raw ground beef and all that are filled chiles.
In a pot Boil the remaining 7 tomatoes in a glass of water and?all was settled and water are added 1 teaspoon of salt.?In a skillet, fry the garlic and 1 / 2 onion, finely chopped and was?tomatoes made liquid.
Chiles are then placed with the opening paraditas up inside?the sauce, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
It can be acompanied with mashed potatoes or rice.

Shoe shine boys in the Central Park in Antigua Guatemala

Shoe shine boys
Shoe shine boys in the Central Park in Antigua Guatemala

The Central Park in the city of Antigua is a very beautiful spot to come and relax and just watch the world unfold around you. There are people reading books, newspapers, kids hanging out and the odd lover’s smooching on the park benches. When I sat in the park, I found it very peaceful and loved to people watch.
As I sat on the benches I could not help but notice the Shoe Shine Boys. These are young children, some I am guessing to be as young as six years old. These are boys from  families, who are too poor to send their children to school,  or they are children who come straight from school to work in the park. School is provided for children up to grade six, but all supplies etc must be paid for by the parents. In too many poor families this is unaffordable to the parents and they rely on every quetzal (Guatemalan currency) that is earned by these children.

What struck me the most in watching these young boys is that they spend the whole day walking around the park looking for shoes to shine so they can earn a few quetzales? They spend the day looking at peoples feet. They never look up in to the faces of those that are around the park unless they are asking if they can shine the shoes of the owner. Do they ever look up in to the sky and dream about all that life has to offer? Do they ever climb a tree or run and play with laughter in their hearts that little boys are so famous for. Or, do they spend their lives looking at feet as their fathers and grandfathers did???

Do these children ever look at the sky, the sun, the clouds, the trees or the faces of those in the park enjoying all that life has to offer?

Central park
Central Park in Antigua, Guatemala

Shoe shine boy

Shoe shine boy