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Antigua - safe places to stay in Antigua Guatemala... any ideas?

Antigua - safe places to stay in Antigua Guatemala... any ideas?

Old Apr 29th, 2010, 12:44 PM
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Antigua - safe places to stay in Antigua Guatemala... any ideas?

Hi,

I am visiting Antigua Guatemala with my family this summer and would like to know if Antigua is safe?

We will be staying in Antigua for a couple of weeks, can anybody recommend a good place stay....... we dont mind paying a bit extra for a nice place to stay...

advise welcome!
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Old Apr 29th, 2010, 02:12 PM
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Hi Harry959- I was in Antigua in 2007 and we stayed at the Hotel Aurora. I thought it was very charming and it was right off the main plaza. I found Antigua to be safe, but one of the reasons we chose the Hotel Aurora was that we wouldn't have any long walks outside of town to get to our hotel at night since it is located right off the main square. During the day it seemed quite safe to walk around and take in the sights. I don't know if things have changed since then, but I enjoyed Antigua.
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Old Apr 29th, 2010, 03:04 PM
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We loved Antigua - it's a gorgeous destination. We were there a couple of years ago and we stayed at Casa Florencia, a small hotel a few blocks off the main square. We had no qualms about walking around town in the evening. I'd go back any time.
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Old Apr 29th, 2010, 08:37 PM
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Hi, I was in Guatemala last summer, and while I stayed at a homestay most of the time, I did spend one night at a hotel. It was the Posada La Merced. It wasn't anything fancy, but was nice, clean and close to shops and restaurants.

I was with a group, but did do a lot of walking around by myself at times and always felt safe. I did not walk around at night alone, but was always with one or two other people and felt completely safe.

One of the main sites to see in Antigua is the Cerro de la Cruz. It is a very popular destination and you can walk up there and have a spectacular view of the city. It is advised not to walk up there without an escort. There are tourist police who will escort you to the top.
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Old Apr 29th, 2010, 08:54 PM
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I went with the same group as cgenster (Hi Carla!)and stayed several nights at the Hotel Posada San Pedro. There are two, and I stayed at the one on 7th (Septima Avenida). There is also one on 3rd. It was very nice--a little nicer than Posada La Merced--but certainly not super-luxurious. I thought it was perfect. Another member of our group has stayed several times at Casa Cristina and likes it very much. All three of these places are well located, and unless you're looking for real luxury, any would be fine.

I also felt safe in Antigua. That being said, do use common sense, e.g., don't take any expensive jewelry with you. Avoid looking prosperous, stay in a group at night, and don't go to Cerro de la Cruz without an escort, and you'll be fine. Guatemale is great!
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Old Apr 29th, 2010, 09:00 PM
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Hi, Carla!

Harry - With normal precautions I find Antigua to be safe and it's really lovely. 2 weeks would be a really long time there for me, though. I enjoy Posada La Merced - safe, good location a block west of La Merced church and just a few doors down from Fernando's, a great coffee/breakfast/lunch place - I think the Fernando's guy recently purchased the hotel, in fact. My favorite Antigua hotel is just around the corner, Casa Cristina. Check out the websites below plus my photos and recommendations if you're interested. Have a great trip and tell us all about it!
http://posadalamercedantigua.com
http://www.casa-cristina.com
http://flickr.com/photos/staceyholeman/collections
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Old Apr 29th, 2010, 09:08 PM
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Sorry to hi-jack your thread for a moment Harry.

Hi Maryann and Stacey. I practiced my espanol tonight with one of my student's parents at conferences. I wish I was going to a Latin America country this summer, but it just isn't in the plan.

I hope you two are having a good end of the school year. Have a great summer.


Back to Harry's post now.
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Old Apr 29th, 2010, 09:13 PM
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Hi, Mary Ann -
You and I were typing at the same time!

Harry, here are my safety tips from a previous thread. Happy trails!
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Here are my concessions to safety when I travel in Central America:
:: I avoid the big cities as much as possible
:: I don't "party"
:: Where recommended I take specific transportation (Hedman Alas in Honduras, for example, or avoiding chicken buses on the mountain runs in Guatemala, taxis after dark)
:: I know where I am and where I'm headed
:: I don't wear jewelry (not even my wedding band) and try not to flash camera equipment or money around
:: Some trips I carry a “throw down wallet” with an expired card or 2 and the day’s cash in it
:: I keep important documents and cash under my clothes (except what I need for shopping, buses, etc. for that time period)
:: I ask locals about safety in an area - evenings, hiking, etc.
:: I travel really light so I don't feel vulnerable getting my bag off and on buses, shuttles, etc.
:: I continue to build skills in Spanish
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Old Apr 30th, 2010, 05:38 AM
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I don't take quite the same strict precautions as Hopefulist. I personally like big cities (I'd love to go back to Mexico City!) and I do wear my wedding band. I've never carried a 'throw down wallet' and I also don't keep cash & documents under my clothes. But Stacey makes some valid points. It's really important to know where you are and where you headed. Ask locals about safety and knowing some Spanish is always good. Also agree about travelling light, although that's always relative!

And I totally agree with her about Fernando's - excellent coffee!

I wish I was heading to Antigua right now - it's such a beautiful place.
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Old May 1st, 2010, 10:40 AM
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We loved our short time in Antigua (in 2006). If you're interested in a good guide, I would recommend Pedro Humberto Ramos, Arenera Norte #5; 7832-2338; cell 5698-6257 (sorry I don't know the country prefix). We did a walking tour with him and he knew his city and its history very well. He suggested a place for lunch after the tour. We thought he did an excellent job for a very reasonable price.
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Old May 1st, 2010, 10:56 AM
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Elizabeth Bell also does a great walking tour of Antigua. She's an American who has lived in Antigua for many years and runs a travel agency. We really enjoyed Casa Florencia and the price was wonderful, but for our last night (when we got back from Lake Atitlan), we had Elizabeth book the Santo Domingo for us. The rate was way less than the posted rate, and while it was a real splurge for us (being 'frugal' travellers), it was a wonderful way to end our stay in Guatemala and totally worth it. We also booked our shuttles to Chichicastenango and to/from Lake Atitlan with Elizabeth, as well as our trip to Tikal.
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Old May 1st, 2010, 03:31 PM
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We just returned from Guatemala and have an excellent guide to suggest. His name is Sergio Garcia and his email address is [email protected]. (cell phone 00502-5346-1063) As a Mayan, he was able to give us unique insights into that culture. Hailing from a village near Antigua, Sergio speaks English fluently (as well as 3 other languages), is a fountain of information (his hobby is birdwatching) and currently acquiring his Master's degree. Sergio frequently works with tour companies, but we contacted him after seeing rave reviews on him in a travel magazine and were able to have Sergio take us around independently. He took us to tiny Mayan villages as well as major ruins and we were extremely pleased with his services. PS...he is also a good driver, a critical asset in Guatemala
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Old May 2nd, 2010, 12:30 PM
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When we visited Antigua in 20009 we stayed at Hotel Posada Los Búcaros. I had picked this hotel from our Fodors guide because it was moderately priced and had parking, a feature that is not always available in the less expensive hotels. (We had a car from the other part of our trip--did not use or need it in Anigua)
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. I think the review in the Fodor’s destination section describes it pretty well although I would not consider its location much of a “con.” Everything in Antigua is pretty close, and Los Búcaros is close to the church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced even though it is a longer walk to the central plaza. The hotel does not serve breakfast but it does have coffee, and there is a big kitchen guests can use.
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Old May 3rd, 2010, 04:32 PM
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Ive been visiting Anitigua on and off for almost 7 years now, ive stayed at a range of hotels in my time ranging from luxury boutique to dodgy border town hideouts.

I just wanted to share with you a discovery of mine last time i was in Antigua last november.... i stayed in Palacio de Dona Leonor, which was one of the best experiences that ive ever had in a hotel.

I would encourage you to take a look:

http://www.palaciodeleonor.com


Being a culture vulture i was shocked to learn that the hotel is actually built by the Conquerer and later to become the governer of Guatemala. It is a beautifully restored mansion, centrally located, equisite service and my favourite thing was that each room is named after a colonial nobleman.... it really brought the colonial history alive..... i can fully recommend it..... if you dont believe me see for yourself:
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