All units at Villa Antigua have fireplaces. The kitchens feature a cook top but no oven, mini-fridge (but larger than a dorm fridge), microwave, toaster, coffee maker, filled salt and pepper shakers, cooler-size bottle of water, and the usual pots, pans, and dishes. There is a breakfast bar but no dining table. The resort supplies the first bottle of water, and there’s a sticker on the dispenser saying additional bottles cost 30 Q (7.81 quetzales to the dollar from the ATM at the time of our trip), but we weren’t charged. All the one and two bedrooms with kitchens, which the resort calls Las Cabanas, are in one building . The hotel units are in another, bigger building, on the other side of the resort. The cabanas do not have heat or air conditioning but do have hot water 24 hours a day, which is not the case for many hotels in Guatemala.
Daily housekeeping is included, and the housekeepers even wash, dry, and put away the dishes. Towels and sheets are changed daily. One of the housekeepers told me that all the employees are being required to learn English.
We had a one bedroom, unit 406. We asked to be on the side of the building away from the road (a main highway in and out of Antigua) because I was worried about the noise and fumes from the buses. The living room looked out over an attractive courtyard. The fountain in the courtyard wasn’t running, but the first week it was decorated with flowers. The courtyard has several benches. The grounds are nicely landscaped. From our bedroom we could see the tennis courts and one of the two pools. Our unit was attractive and in good condition.
The hot tubs, along with lockers, saunas, showers, and massage rooms, are in the dressing rooms. It's unfortunate because Antigua's climate is perfect for an outdoor soak. Massages cost about half of what one would cost in the U.S. (175 Q). The two pools are not heated, and since it never gets really hot in Antigua, I would expect the pools to be on the cold side year round. Towels are provided for the pool and the gym. There are also tennis courts.
When we went into the central part of Antigua we often took a local bus (called chicken buses) just for the few blocks in order to avoid the horrible fumes from the trucks and buses. The chicken bus costs only 1 Q. Just walk out of the resort and wave down a bus. A cab to and from the central area costs 20 Q.
My husband took the hotel’s airport shuttle and it cost $6. If you have a family or a small group you might want to arrange to take a private car to the airport, which is what we did when my son and I left. It costs about $25. We made the arrangements with the travel agent in the courtyard of Cafe Riviera.
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December 27, 2005
From journal Antigua, Guatemala
June 3, 2005
From journal Mayan Adventure
January 31, 2005
It is a very nice hotel. The staff was friendly and helped us change money and change our beds from one king-size one to two doubles. The best part about it is that it is in Antigua, which is a great place to start exploring Guatemala from. I wouldn't recommend the all-inclusive deal. There are so many great restaurants in Antigua and we spent so much of the day out of the hotel that it really isn't worth it.
From journal Guatemalan Travel
Penticton, British Columbia
January 3, 2005
From journal Getting to know the Fantastic Guatemaleans
November 6, 2003
I had the 6/4 unit, which is two one-bedroom hotel units side by side. Not the splendor and expanse of other timeshares I've had, but I did not go to sit in the room and watch TV. I saw a bigger unit which is like your typical timeshare. The place was safe and clean and served as a wonderful base to explore Guatemala. It had a small weight room but wonderful whirlpools, saunas, and steamrooms. Quite a large tennis facility.
From journal Guatemala
St Paul, Minnesota
November 4, 2003
I can hardly find a criticism, but it would be better if they did not carpet in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The carpets inevitably look a bit shabby and tile floors would be great. The carpets look like what one finds in a US Radisson hotel.
From journal A Special Week in Antigua, Guatemala
October 30, 2003
Syracuse, New York
July 27, 2003
September 13, 2002
In terms of the accomodation itself, the Skyline Leisure Lodge was rather nice. It was smaller than our room in Christchurch, but the room, and the hotel in general, felt much more comfortable. The Kiwi Gold Pass allowed us to stay in one of their Superior Suites and we were pleased by the accomodations. There was a sliding door in the back of the room that opened up to the landscaped garden area which had a nice view.
Even with the tranquil setting, this hotel is still within walking distance to the city center and the Otago University.
In the main lounge area of the hotel across from the check in desk, there is a good sized restaurant called the McGavin's Restaurant and Bar. The menu is made up of regional cuisine and typical American-style food. We did not dine there since we were looking for something a bit more exotic out and about in the city.
From journal A Jaunt Through Middle Earth