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Review – Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala

by on Oct.05, 2010, under Travel

Continuing with my family adventures in Guatemala we wanted to see what all the hype about hotel Casa Santo Domingo was. So one weekend we decided to stay in it. Yes I live really close to Hotel Santo Domingo but I wanted to have the whole experience.

I already knew what the place looked like and what the food was like because we had visited for mother’s day in case you are wondering: The restaurant is in the middle of the ruins if what used to be a church in Antigua’s Colonial days and the food is really good.

They have some different lodging options but I was determined to stay in one of their suites because I had heard so much about them. I’m glad I did, the room was beautiful.

I really didn’t know what to think about the location because normally travelers look for something close to the Central Park, even if everything in Antigua is 15 minutes on foot away from the park. It is half block from the super busy main entrance to this Colonial City and 10 minutes on foot away from the Central Park so it’s not centric. You be the judge!

All over the hotel you can find some weird and some beautiful art pieces but they also have a museum filled with stuff that was found when building this hotel (in colonial times it used to be a convent that got destroyed by earthquakes) which I think is very interesting. From time to time there are also some other art exhibitions. Recently they hosted a classic cars exhibition where they had over 200 of them. It was great! If you want to relax you can also enjoy a walk in the gardens which are beautifully landscaped.

I was there for a wedding once too that took place in the beautiful gardens of El Cerro (the top of a small mountain that surrounds Antigua). It has a great view of la Antigua that looks amazing at night. But if you are going there remember to bring something warm because even with their heaters on the place gets very cold.

My conclusion is that is a beautiful hotel where they do the best they can to make is a 5 star luxury hotel but they dont always accomplish that.

Marina K. Villatoro, the Travel Experta, has been living in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for over 10 years. She has traveled here extensively. Now loves organizing vacations to this amazing part of the world, having first hand experience of all the places with her family. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!

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Picnic With Family And Friends In Antigua Guatemala

by on Sep.06, 2010, under Adventures

I don’t know if you know this but I have been living in Guatemala for the last year. Since then imy husband and I have done as much as we can to get to know it which means a lot of exploring. But this time we didn’t want to go too far so I called some of my Guatemalan friends and for some advice.

They suggested something I had never thought of before yet it was so obvious: A nice picnic in the afternoon in one of Antigua Guatemala’s ruins. It sounded like a great idea so I ended up inviting them to come with us too. Then there was the question, which ruins should we visit? That’s because there are around 6 or 7 and the photos i’ve seen are all beautiful. We ended up picking one called San Jeronimo located on one of Antigua’s corners.

This is how the day went: After a regular Sunday morning we had lunch and I packed up my picnic set and off we went. We got there like 10 minutes after because everything in Antigua is less than15 minutes away in car. We settled up in one of its beautiful gardens and explored the place. This is not a very big monument but it is beautiful. There are lots of gardens and in some places you can still see murals from when it was a school.

My husband, my friends and I had a great time just chilling under a tree’s shadow, enjoying the view of the gardens, eating some snacks and listening to birds that were passing by. On the other hand my son had a blast exploring and climbing everything he saw. Plus he had a little adventure partner with him that was just as excited to be there. I’m glad to say that even staying close to home this turned out to be a relaxing yet exciting family adventure not so far from home.

These ruins belong to what used to be a catholic school in the early 1700’s and in the late 1700’s it was turned into the Real Aduana. Years later it was destroyed by earthquakes and was never restored. It was until 1990’s when the council for the protection of this colonial city started doing maintenance work to it. Oh, and I almost forgot I heard that this place is also rented for weddings and special events, how cool is that?

Marina K. Villatoro, the Travel Experta, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She’s traveled these parts extensively and now loves to organize vacations to these amazing parts of the world. Having first hand experience of all the places with her family, she can recommend the best options for you. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!

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Traveling With The Family In Livingston Guatemala

by on Aug.29, 2010, under Adventures

This time my family and I visited Livingston, a colorful town in the Caribbean side of Guatemala, Department of Izabal. Livingston is a town away from the rest of the world with a unique population. It is a mixture of Garifuna and Mayan people. So you will see a very different and super interesting culture from the rest of the country. These guys are famous for their dancing and food.

For our adventure to this side of the country after a lot of research we decided to stay in a beautiful hotel called Hotel Gil Resort. Now, this isn’t a big luxurious hotel, instead it is a cute, tiny, kid friendly, family owned hotel overlooking the Caribbean Sea. But I loved it, The service was great and the rooms were nice.

The first thing that I loved about it was getting there because after a couple of hours of roads you have to take a small boat in the Puerto Barrios town to get there. That is the only way! The boat ride isn’t too long but it is along the Caribbean Coast so you get some beautiful sights.

I was impressed when I heard that this 14 room hotel was founded 62. We were lucky enough to find one of their ocean view rooms available and I loved it. The sunset was AMAZING!

Some other things this hotel offers area restaurant where they offer trypical Guatemalan dishes, seafood and the most traditional dish of the region “Tapado”. There is also a bar, a private dock, a jacuzzi, semiprivate beach and boat service.

We really enjoyed our stay there and we even took one of the tours they offer to a place called Seven Alters which is a place with a bunch of beautiful waterfalls where you can take a swim or tale a walk to explore around. But that’s not the only attraction of the area. There is also Playa planca, one of the only white sanded beaches of Guatemala, San Felipe Castle (did you know Guatemala was once attacked by pirates?) and Rio Dulce.

I would highly recommend this region of Guatemala to anyone that is planning on visiting this side of Guatemala.

Marina K. Villatoro, lives in Central America – Costa Rica and Guatemala for the past decade. She has traveled all over these areas with her family and now she loves to organize vacations to Costa Rica and Guatemala. Contact her for advice and to plan your perfect trip!

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