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“wonderful oasis” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Santa Clara

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Hotel Santa Clara
Ranked #81 of 126 Antigua B&B and Inns
Mechanicville, New York
Level Contributor
40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“wonderful oasis”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

The formidable old timbered doors mask a very pleasant respite after a days sojourn in the breathtakingly lovely city of Antigua. Our second floor room was compact but lovely with a small balcony looking out over roof tops as the spread at the typical one to two-story height to the city limit, and then had a magnificent backdrop of one of the iconic volcanoes. The room was clean, the common spaces were charming, the hotel was safe, and the location was easily accessible by walking to all areas of the city. There was a great bakery and coffee shop two steps from the front door for a quick breakfast every morning that we didn't walk to one of the full service restaurants in the city square area. We felt it was an amazing value, and definitely provided a non-USA hotel experience that we feel should be part of the traveling experience. In our hotel choices, we look forward to being provided a different experience based on what a local hotelier feels is acceptable for the price charged. These differences, to us, is what helps make the travel experience an opportunity for personal growth. Embracing the nuances of what is offered, rather than enumerating deficiencies compared to some preconceived ideal helps turn every boutique hotel like the Sta. Clara into a true Antiguan joy.

Room Tip: the balcony rooms seem less claustrophobic, but the other rooms may be quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank mcvilleme
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
90 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

Hotel Santa Clara is close to all that you need it to be in Antigua, but quiet and peaceful as well. The rooms are clean and well furnished, and the hot water was plentiful. It is less than a five minute walk to the Parque Central. The staff was helpful, friendly, and accomodating. I will stay there again on my next visit to Antigua!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank light122376
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2012

We initially selected this hotel as a stopover on our trip to Panajachel. We considered it to be a minimal factor in our overall trip. What we found was a wonderfully located, quaint, small hotel run by people who were extremely helpful and friendly. Two of the guests there at the time added immeasurably to the pleasure of the trip. One was a British anthropologist who has been coming to Antigua for 37 years. She was a pleasure to talk with, and provided us with a wealth of information. Another was an artist who was in Antigua doing paintings of Mayan people. The hotel has comfortable rooms with balconies, and a beautiful courtyard. The best coffee I have ever tasted was served at a small bakery two doors down. The price of $51 is a bargain for the value received.

Room Tip: The best room is 19.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank shaberman
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Bedford, PA
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50 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2011

We stayed at Hotel Santa Clara for 6 nights - on our own and then with a GAP Adventure tour. The hotel was nothing fancy but it was perfectly OK and conveniently located. It seemed to be a good value. We had not problems with it. It has Wi Fi, but no computers on site. There are inexpensive internet places not to far away. One could order breakfast the night before but we never did so.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank retiredtraveler6
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USA
Level Contributor
48 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2010

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. It is small and not luxurious, but clean with clean rooms and a nice small outside courtyard where they serve breakfast. The service is excellent and personal. When we arrived, our bathroom curtain was moldy, and within 5 minutes of notifying the staff, we had new bathroom curtains. The room was kind of cold at night because there wasn't heating, but underneath the blankets we were quite comfortable and had plenty of hot water in the shower. Our room did not face the street, so it was quiet at night. When we had to leave before breakfast time, they prepared an excellent breakfast-to-go for us, and always had fresh delicious fruit for breakfast. The location is also excellent and walking distance to the central plaza. Excellent bread at a small bread shop next door.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank ben_from_philly
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Property: Hotel Santa Clara
Address: 2a Ave. sur 20, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Hotel Style:
Ranked #81 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Antigua
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,011 - ₹ 6,414
Number of rooms: 19
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