For a long stretch there were few new hotels in the historic UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua, Guatemala. Plus the ones that were there weren’t trying very hard to improve since the limited number of rooms kept the guests rolling in regardless. In the past few years a few new gems have opened, however, including lovely Mansion de la Luz.
This bed and breakfast hotel is on the same block as the city’s most famous place to stay, Hotel Casa Santo Domingo. But while that one is sprawling and frequently has tour buses picking up or letting out dozens of guests, this intimate hotel has just seven rooms and the owner may well be the one checking you in.
Apart from the traffic noise of vehicles bumping along on the cobblestone street outside, this is a calm place that will make you feel relaxed. On the first floor there are fountains in the main courtyard open to the sky, while on the second floor you have a view of neighboring mountains.
The largest suite, in that photo above right, can sleep four, with a bedroom below and a loft one above. Some of the others have a king or two queens with comfortable mattresses and nice linens. All face a covered hallway and courtyard. On the downside that means they’re not exactly flooded with natural light, but the upside of that is you can make the room really dark at night if you want. When you step out of your room there are multiple sitting areas in hallways, the restaurant, and the lobby.
All the rooms are well-equipped, with included Wi-Fi, satellite TVs mounted on the walls, electronic safes, and ample drinking water. Tile baths are shower-only but are attractive and have quality toiletries.
Both the public areas and rooms have a strong sense of place, with local handicrafts on the walls in your quarters and all kinds of local woven goods gracing wire frame mannequins throughout the hotel.
The restaurant here is excellent and a hearty breakfast of several courses is included in the rates. Naturally you’ll get some Guatemalan coffee as well and everything is beautifully presented.
This bed and breakfast is a ten-minute walk from the historic center of this UNESCO World Heritage city and the friendly staffers can make arrangements for local tours or transportation onward. Parking is available off site for a reasonable fee.
If you read Spanish, you can get more information and make a booking direct at the Mansion de la Luz website. If not, follow this link to Hotels.com or Booking.com, where rates usually run $140 to $350, including a full breakfast.
Review and photos by editor Tim Leffel, who was a guest of Mansion de la Luz while traveling through Guatemala on assignment for another publication.