Hotel room at Casa Cristina

Casa Cristina, Antigua’s Best-Value Hotel

In Accommodation, Guatemala, North America by Sheena22 Comments

Casa Cristina is the perfect base for exploring Antigua – with charming rooms, free breakfast, stunning rooftop views & affordable prices, there’s no better deal in town!

Casa Cristina is located in a quiet cobblestone street, just half a block from La Merced church. Parque Central, Santa Catalina & all the attractions of Antigua are within walking distance.

The hotel is in a small red building, with ornate grills on the door & windows and dangling flowerpots – the charm begins before you even set foot inside!

We here at DIY Travel HQ took the first shuttle bus from San Pedro at 4:00 am so it was early when we arrived in Antigua. We were also a little tired so we really appreciated the warm welcome from Jose & early check-in.

Entrance to Casa Cristina

The charming Casa Cristina 🙂

Our Room at Casa Cristina

We were shown to our room on the 3rd floor & we immediately fell in love! The walls very brightly painted in orange & a striking cobalt blue, accentuating all the little decorative touches around the room (see the feature image).

From the linen to the furnishings, the deep colours are all very earthy & warm. The art deco design is also charming, with intricate wooden carvings and a red & white patterned floor.

We were also surprised to find a large plasma tv mounted on the wall opposite the bed – it had cable channels in English too! There was a small fridge in the corner, which is always a bonus as we love keeping drinks cold, even if it’s just water 🙂


The double bed was very comfortable & with such lovely surroundings, we certainly slept well!

Be sure to take a woolen blanket from the cabinet as it gets a bit chilly at night.

Our room was spacious though the bathroom was on the small side. However it was very clean & functional, with 2 large wooden-framed mirrors & flowery pattern on the tiles.

The showers have adjustable hot & cold water taps & excellent water pressure.

Bathroom at Casa Cristina

Super-clean bathroom with hot water showers

We were really impressed with all the other features in the room:

  • Cabinet
  • Desk & chair
  • Lamps
  • Mirror
  • Hooks & hangers
  • Side tables

Our room at Casa Cristina really had everything you need in a hotel room & more – including windows which opened on to an amazing view of Volcan Agua.

That was one of our highlights of traveling in Guatemala!

Volcan Agua from Casa Cristina

View of Volcan Agua from our hotel room window!

Reading Room at Casa Cristina

There is a large, shared lounge room on the 3rd floor, with big windows – it’s a lovely, sunny place to relax

You’ll also find:

  • Comfortable sofas
  • Magazines
  • Book exchange
  • Tour information
  • Table & chairs

There’s also free coffee, tea, purified water & a microwave available to use at all times.

In the morning, fresh Guatemalan sweet bread is also offered.

Reading Room at Casa Cristina

Free coffee, tea & purified water is available in the Reading Room at all times

Rooftop Terrace at Casa Cristina

Check out the 360 degree views of Antigua from the rooftop terrace at Casa Cristina!

You can easily see the distinctive yellow church of La Merced & on a clear day, you can’t miss Volcans Agua, Fuego & Acatenango – that’s 3 volcanoes!

Bring up a coffee & a piece of sweet bread from the reading room downstairs & enjoy breakfast with a view. Or watch the sun go down with a bottle of wine!

There’s a wooden seating area, surrounded by lots of beautiful pot plants & flowers.

La Merced views Casa Cristina

Don’t miss the views of Antigua from the rooftop, including the famous yellow La Merced church!

Services at Casa Cristina

It may be called a Casa but Casa Cristina has all the services of a top hotel.

Daily housekeeping is offered, with a fresh change of soap, shampoo & towels. In fact, towels were aplenty – apart from towels for showering, we also had face towels & bathroom floor towels. All were new, white & fluffy!

Wifi is available, with a separate network & password on each floor – this explains why we always had such a strong & fast connection.

The large reception area is staffed 24/7, where you can also organize tours & shuttle transportation. The prices seemed very reasonable, the same as what we saw other agencies offering around Antigua. There’s also a computer you can use.

Casa Cristin Antigua Hotel

Entrance hallway to Casa Cristina, with reception to the left – Bienvenido!

The front door stays locked for security but just ring the bell, there’s always someone around to let you in quickly.

Check-out is at 12:30 pm – you can request a late check-out & there’s also luggage storage available at no extra charge.

We met Karin, Rosario & Jose during our stay at Casa Cristina – all the staff were friendly & helfpful, always taking the time to chat with us & making sure everything was ok. They speak Spanish, English & German!

We loved the customer service, there was always someone around if you needed anything, but you also had your privacy & space.

It’s a small hotel so it quickly feels like home & family 🙂

Downtown Antigua Casa Cristina

Beautiful views of downtown Antigua from the rooftop terrace

Recommendations for Staying at Casa Cristina

There are 14 rooms in Casa Cristina, each with their own individual character. Take a look at a few, but we’re sure they all very stylish & tastefully decorated.

We would recommend staying in a room on the 3rd level, to be close to the reading room & rooftop terrace 🙂

Out of interest, we checked out a few other hotels around the city, as we are returning to Antigua next week after visiting Guatemala City – in terms of price, location & quality, none compared to Casa Cristina!

Charming room at Casa Cristina

One of the other charming rooms at Casa Cristina

In a Nutshell

Hotel: Casa Cristina

Location: Callejon Camposeco #3-A, Antigua

Price: from Q185 / US$25

Website: Casa Cristina

We recommend for the best rates & selection of accommodation in Antigua. Make a booking with our link for 10% off your stay.

Casa Cristina Budget Hotel

Casa Cristina is located on a lovely, quiet cobblestone street 🙂

*** The Final Word – Look no further than Casa Cristina for the best-value hotel in the center of Antigua! ***

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Visited in October 2016


  1. Antigua is on the list 🙂 This place looks charming! In a hotel I’m always looking for safety and hospitality. Being a nice person goes a long way!

  2. This post gives me multiple travel goals. I’m marking this hotel for my next stay here. Definitely. Xx

  3. Such a charming looking hotel. I love the location & the view it offers. Sometimes, I get bored of the usual hotel room with white all over and go for something colourful too … something that gives me a “local” feel.

    1. Author

      I loved the blue & orange walls too, they made me feel happy just being in the room – Antigua is an amazing city but it was still hard to leave the room on some days 🙂

  4. love the colours so bright and alive. Our bedroom is the similar colour with the blue at our house. Looks like a great place to stay. I would love to relax and have a beer on the roof top terrace.

    1. Author

      We enjoyed coffee on the rooftop terrace in the morning & wine in the evenings – we missed afternoon beers, so i think that’s a good reason to go back for someday soon

  5. WOW. Adding this to my bucket list for sure!! Thanks for mentioning the shower pressure…it sounds silly but it’s so important when I’m staying somewhere for a few days! Also WiFi on each floor! Obviously the hotel is gorgeous but it’s nice to know it has a bunch of things important on my list.

  6. Thanks for the tip on Casa Cristina – the stunnign views are worth staying there alone!! I can’t get over how beautiful it is overlooking the volcano 🙂

  7. The room looks so nice and colorfully painted, and I am suprised they even have TV in your room. It is not just a hostel, it looks like a mini-hotel. Tweeted this for my future visit to Antigua!

  8. It looks more like a guest house rather than hotel and that makes it even better. It has a lovely cozy feeling that reflects the destination and its culture. I love the entrance hallway and the colors!

  9. The place really looks elegant and has a strange old world charm. I am sure it is a great place to camp and explore the charms of Antigua.

  10. I would so want to be close to the reading room and rooftop terrace too! Not sure when I’ll make it that way, but I’ll keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This hotel looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous and so charming! I have already booked all of my accommodations for Antigua for my upcoming trip but I will be sure to add this hotel to my list of places to stay during my next trip out there!

    It sounds like the type of place that I would love. Thanks for sharing your review!

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