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The Best in Boutique Antigua Hotels

Many travellers want something else when they book their hotels. This may not simply be luxury as found in a five star hotel, but an extra touch, an individuality that has the hotel stand out from all the simply ‘good’ hotels around. There are several such Antigua hotels, which will delight even the most seasoned of travellers with their little quirks and unique way of serving guests. Many of these also offer top quality service and comfort to their guests. Here’s your guide to three of the most interesting hotels to be found on Antigua.

• El Palacio de Dona Beatriz: This hotel offers service as unique as its name. The Palacio has only 8 suites in total, offering privacy and an absolute attention to detail that you simply would not find elsewhere on Antigua. Each room is custom designed, and all have excellent views, including wonderful views of the volcano. The hotel is designed with luxury in mind, but does not charge prices to break the bank. Each guest is treated individually and the staff are more than welcome to help you have the best holiday you can. Definitely a step apart from other Antigua hotels.

• Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo: Another less commercially named hotel, staying here offers a taste of the rich history of Antigua all around you. The hotel itself is nearly three hundred years old, and merely staying in its beautiful surrounding is enough to take you back in time, relaxing you and attuning you to a time when life moved more slowly and gently. Like the Palacio, each room is individual and unique, and the staff are attentive to the needs of their guests – the hotel offers day tours with many exciting activities. Nor does staying in an old hotel mean doing without modern comforts – rooms are fully equipped.

• Un Paseo por la Antigua: This tiny hotel (a mere five rooms!) is one of the most stylish and elegant of all Antigua hotels. It is designed with a cosmopolitan feel in mind, and draws on influences from the Caribbean and all around the world. It is located in the town of Antigua, and has a very different feel to a beach resort. An extremely intimate hotel, guests are invited to eat in a dining room with other guests, sat around an enormous old wooden table. Staying at this ‘Hotel de Charme’ is a fantastic experience that should not be overlooked when planning your trip to Antigua.

Try Something Different With a Stay in a Boutique Hotel

When it comes to a weekend break or even a holiday, a lot of people automatically book into traditional hotels. The thing is though; this is not the only option that is available to people. There are plenty of different places to stay, including the likes of bed & breakfasts, apartments and luxury hotels; but which one is the right one to choose?

For people that are looking for something a bit different, then boutique hotels might be right up their street. Boutique hotels are certainly not the norm, so they cannot be directly compared to the likes of standard hotels that can be seen throughout most cities. Instead, they are high class places to relax in and base yourself from in order to go out and enjoy the local culture.

Generally, these specialist hotels offer individually designed bedrooms, based on a particular theme, ensuring that no two guest experiences are the same. For example, one boutique hotel might opt for a classical look, something that is considered to be traditional and classic. On the other hand, a lot of boutique hotels go for a contemporary and modern look that really does impress the people that visit there. The reality is, whichever theme is chosen, this type of hotel is really far superior in comparison to standard hotels for those people looking for a stay that is a bit different, has a bit of an edge and offers a fantastic overall experience for the visitor.

One thing that can be said about boutique hotels is that they are unique in their own right. Unlike hotel chains that have similar themes and the same furniture, these hotels have plenty of character. Boutique hotels allow people to enjoy the area that they are visiting for what it really is and the people visiting will know that they will always have a comfortable place to stay.

For people that are only going away for the weekend, some of the time the hotel itself is actually the main attraction. The reality is that these buildings offer most individuals the chance to indulge themselves and take advantage of luxuries that they otherwise might not have experienced.

All in all boutique hotels are chic hotels and offer all kinds of people the chance to experience luxury away from home. Whether it’s a full blown holiday, or just a weekend away, country hotels and boutique hotels offer the people the chance to get away and really relax.

I Love Touring Venice Italy – San Polo and Santa Croce District Hotels

The San Polo district is the smallest of Venice’s six districts. It covers only 86 acres (that’s about 35 hectares) in the center of the city. It’s home to Venice’s main market and has been for over 900 years. The main attractions are the Rialto Bridge and several churches including San Giacomo di Rialto, said to be consecrated in the year 421 and perhaps the oldest church in Venice. Santa Croce is north and west of San Polo. You may well stop by here because of the parking lots (cars aren’t allowed in the five other districts of Venice) and bus station. But the eastern part of the district has a medieval air and is home to some tourist attractions such as historic churches and the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna whose collection includes many masters of modern art. For your convenience we have listed district hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.

The Acca Hotel has only one star but may be an option for economy-minded tourists. You’ll be close to many attractions such as the San Pantalon church whose ceiling was painted by Gian Antonio Fiumani, and is said to be the world’s largest painting on canvas. Breakfast is served in the courtyard. Perhaps because the hotel has only 8 rooms and 1 suite there is no night porter. The hotel address is Calle Pezzana, San Polo 2160.

The Hotel al Ponte Mocenigo is our only suggestion in the Santa Croce district. It’s on two floors of a palazzo that once belonged to the local Mocenigo bigwigs. There’s a courtyard for breakfast and a Turkish sauna. Access is via a private bridge with a history that you can read on the hotel website. All 10 rooms and the junior suite are non-smoking, but none of them offer a canal view. The hotel address is Fondamento de Rimpeto a Ca’ Moncenigo, Santa Croce 2063.

The Ca’ Angeli Hotel occupies two floors of a palace on the Grand Canal that belonged to a famous Venetian architect who oversaw its renovation. The fine breakfast is served in a room overlooking the Grand Canal as do some of the guest rooms. There are only 5 rooms, 2 suites and 1 apartment. The hotel address is Calle del Traghetto della Madoneta, San Polo 1434.

The Oltre il Giardino-Casaifrari can be a fine choice if you are looking for peace and quiet. You may even have trouble finding this little hotel hidden behind a brick wall. Alma Mahler lived there in the 1920s after her husband Gustav’s death. The centerpiece is the garden where breakfast is served, weather permitting. All 4 rooms and 2 suites overlook the garden. By the way, you can’t believe everything that you read. Quoting their website, “The house… has now been turned into an exclusive but homely retreat.” This place is anything but homely. The hotel address is Fondamenta Contarini – San Polo 2542.

The three star Locanda Sturion hotel was used by the Doge of Venice to house foreign merchants selling their wares at the Rialto Market more than 700 years ago. The decorations have been updated to the Eighteenth Century. The breakfast room and reading room overlook the Grand Canal. The onsite restaurant offers a historic menu, with dishes and delicacies dating back to the Fourteenth Century, reinterpreted for today’s tastes. Be warned, the stairs are steep to this fourth and fifth floor hotel and there is no elevator. There are 11 rooms. The hotel address is Calle del Sturion, San Polo 679.