Casa Amelia is a stunning Spanish colonial-style Antigua home, with all modern amenities and furnished completely as our second home. The lovely three-year-old house, with indoor garden and covered patio, as well as roof terrace with views of the mountains, volcanoes, and old Spanish church/convent across the street, is cozy and comfortable, yet gives the impression of living in a centuries-old home.
It is literally a hand crafted house with the wood, iron and stone artistry that Antiguans have practiced for centuries. Three wood fireplaces, two in bedrooms, add to the ambiance. Three lovely bedrooms with private baths will sleep six, with a day bed and extra mattress on the sleeping loft overlooking the living room. The "cupula" kitchen and vaulted ceiling dining room are special features that capture the charm of old Antigua.
Each week our housekeeper comes to keep the house in pristine condition. This wonderful "eternal spring" city, at an altitude of 5,000 feet, boosts of the world's best coffee grown on the skirts of its volcanoes. Antigua, a UNESCO monument of humanity since 1984, was preserved after it was abandoned following a 1773 earthquake and is full of ruins of churches, convents, monasteries, and lovely parks and fountains.
The cobble stone streets and old lighting add to the charm. Walk everywhere from our treed street situated within the 10 square block radius of the old city. We are in town, but "away" on the only tree-lined quiet street in town, 1/2 block from a lovely neighborhood park. Antigua has been largely restored in the last 4 decades, and boasts gourmet restaurants, spas, and fancy boutiques.
Spanish language schools abound (including almost next door) and provide amazingly cheap and effective one-on-one Spanish instruction for the aspiring Spanish speaker. Stroll in the Central Plaza, shop in the huge artisan market where representatives of Guatemala's vibrant modern day Mayan population show off their wares, relax at sunset as the looming volcanoes fill with color or take day trips to nearby Mayan towns each featuring its special craft. Experiencing Antigua is a true adventure; it is ready to capture your imagination.
We love Guatemala where we spent six years working in the US Embassy in Guatemala City. Guatemala is the most varied, intriguing, colorful small country we have ever visited. The people are wonderful and the sights, sounds and colors phenomenal. We bought a small piece of land in Central Antigua in 1997 and eventually built our lovely home where we spend several months each year. It is bursting with the crafts and colors of Guatemala, hand dipped candles, and, when we are there, the gorgeous flowers that are sold on the streets. Guatemala is a feast for the senses.
This is our home away from home, and is furnished and outfitted accordingly, from handmade tablecloths and Mexican pewter candlesticks to an extensive English language library scattered throughout the rooms. Having wakened to church bells (or roosters), we eat breakfast (after walking to the French bakery for fresh croissants) in the patio soothed by the sounds of our fountains. Or we eat on the roof patio, with the looming Volcan De Agua as the backdrop. Antigua is full of intrigue. Tour the monasteries, enjoy the comforts of professional spas, or travel to Lake Atitlan and the Indian market at Chichicastenango for unique experiences. Only blemish is from May to October you should bring an umbrella for the afternoon showers.
We spent the last 8 weeks at Casa Amelia and had a lovely time. This home is very nice and has all of the modern conveniences anyone could wish for. We had more than enough room for our family of 4 and the home could very easily accommodate two families. I really liked that my kids were sleeping in the room directly above me and I could hear them if need be. Often colonial houses are spread out making it difficult to hear little ones. We fell in love with the location as it is close to everything. We walked everywhere in the city and only took a tuk tuk home in the evening when it was late. This home is in a very nice part of town with restaurants, tiendas and bakeries nearby (the main grocery is on the other side of town, but still an easy walk). A real highlight for us is that there is a bi-lingual Montessori school (Oxford) just across the street. They have a very flexible enrollment and take pre-school kids through age 10. Additionally very near is a great Gym for working out (La Fabrica) and a wonderful Spanish school ( Sevilla) all within a 5-8 minute walk ( both off of 1st avenida).
While the home is not in a gated community we always felt very safe and comfortable coming and going. The neighbors and the house ladies who live next door and look after the home were super helpful as are the owners of this home who live in the US. They were more than accommodating and helped to make our visit wonderful. Antigua is a lively little city, so there will be some city noise. Buses, people, cars, firecrackers and sirens are a common occurrence. For us it was all a part of the Central American charm. This is a great place to make a home base to explore the region and get a real feel for the culture.
Excellent location, in the Northeast corner of Antigua. Can walk to everything, but not too close to the traffic and busy-ness of Central Park.
Excellent facilities -- beautiful bathrooms, clean water, great roof deck! Beautiful furnishings and good living space, convenient details including fans in the bedrooms, hairdryers, enough pillows...etc.
Excellent help -- from booking with the owner, Gerri to checking in with Sra. Pilar -- all a positive and professional experience.
Our family of 5 (three teenage daughters and my husband and I) enjoyed this house and Antigua very much! Highly recommend renting this lovely home in a quiet neighborhood.
Our family of four plus our two elderly parents traveled with us to Antigua to experience the wonder and beauty of Semana Santos. Casa Amelia was perfect in every way for us! The home was beautifully furnished, clean, well equipped and very comfortable for all of us. (Two bedrooms on the ground floor made it easy for our octogenarian mothers to navigate without stairs.) The home is in a quiet area of Antigua that felt very safe to us all. The caretaker of the house lives next door and was very helpful and friendly. She invited us to help her family with the making of the colored sawdust rug for the Holy week processions - this was a real treat! The owner, Geri, went out of her way to provide recommendations and tips for making our stay in Antigua a great one. She is a true pleasure to deal with. We'd stay in Casa Amelia again in heartbeat!! and recommend it to others without reservation!!
My husband and I came to La Antigua for a month of relaxation and were more than happy to have chosen Casa Amelia for our stay. The city is wonderful of course, with many high quality restaurants within a few blocks, with great food and low prices. The markets and chicken buses were fun and we didn't really want for anything.
We used Casa Amelia as a home base and travelled out from there. After a day of exploring this beautiful country and meeting it's wonderful people, it was so nice to come home to this lovely house. It has so many areas for relaxing and entertaining, all the comforts of home in a quiet, safe neighborhood. The roof garden was lovely for a sunset glass of wine and the courtyard was the best place for relaxing after dinner. We would most definitely recommend this house to anyone visiting La Antigua. Just the place to kick back after a day of adventuring in beautiful Guatemala!
First, it was very easy to set up and deal with owner. I really loved that there was a number for them here in US. I am very grateful on how flexible they were about our arrival time and departure. It made everything much smoother for our travel to our next destination. Thanks for that.
The house was perfectly located; a beautiful walk down tree lined streets to central park for a coffee or dinner. Close to bank and other needs.
To begin it was on the corner of a quiet street with the Ruins of a Santa Rosa right across the street. It was lovely at night because it was lit up and could see it from living room.
The house itself was beautifully appointed. It had two wings and a central court yard that was so serene and relaxing with a beautiful fountain.
The kitchen was equipped with all the comforts of an american home including dishwasher. The bedrooms were very nice as well. It was nice to have multiple bathrooms to share with visitors.
If I go back, I would not stay anywhere else because I was spoiled by this beautiful home.
There are two bakeries within a few yards and it is right by Casa Santo Domningo with the best restaurant in Guatemala for 3 years in a row and a 5 star spa to get your massage.
Casa Amelia provided a unique blend of character, charm and comfort that was so befitting of this captivating city and country. We had all of the comforts of home--fully equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, good showers, TV and Internet--in a setting that we could never find at home. Talk about architectural interest and charm! What could be more wonderful--and unexpected--than eating breakfast in the landscaped central courtyard or climbing up to the loft to curl up for some quiet time alone? (The photos don't do it justice.) Casa Amelia had everything we needed to ease our tired bodies while lifting our spirits with its charm. It was the perfect launching pad for spending hours and dollars at the Indian market, exploring volcanoes, climbing ruins and strolling through unexpected art galleries. The owners clearly know and love Antigua and helped us explore beyond the travel guides, dine at good restaurants and even find a cobbler to fix a broken heel. My time in Antigua was all too short and I hope to return for a longer visit and stay at Casa Amelia.