House: 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6 with a Guest House: 1 bedroom, sleeps 4 (see fees)
- english, spanish
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Wonderful place to spend Christmas holidays
The house is a Spanish colonial one story, built in the thirties, in an elegant, well maintained, secure residential compound. It has three double bedrooms, two baths, three living rooms, one outside and one with a fireplace, two dining rooms, kitchen, courtyard/patio with luxuriant planting, and several assorted other spaces. There is a decent size pool in the back, also with wonderful plantings, fit for lap swimming, but tends to be on the cool side temperature wise.
The house is nicely and fully furnished, and includes amenities like good thick towels, fresh flowers, bottled water, etc.
Marta, the housekeeper, is at the house five days a week. She straightens up, will do some laundry and will make meals (reserve in advance, extra cost). She is very cheerful and helpful but speaks no English. There is also a gardener who keeps the outside looking beautiful. A small hotel around the corner will arrange for a driver for excursions.
It is helpful if someone in your party speaks some Spanish. Many taxi drivers, restaurant people, etc. do not.
The owner is American and lives in Virginia. She will help arrange pick-up at the airport and make restaurant suggestions. She is responsive about email messages.
The house is a on the edge of the center of Antigua and it is easy to walk almost anywhere in town. It is not recommended that travelers walk the streets at night. Any restaurant will call a cab.
Antigua is a very picturesque town surrounded by mountains and active volcanoes (it is also very touristy). It is great fun to watch the locals in their bright colors and eat the interesting food. It is, however, noisy and filled with pollution from buses and trucks. What a delight to go back to our house after a day of touring, where is was very quiet and peaceful
A wonderful home--walking distance to downtown Antigua
Elizabeth, the owner, could not have been more helpful with information and tips on the run up to our stay. The house is a home, more graceful and elegant than even the photos show. Marta, the housekeeper, was a friendly, efficient and helpful delight. The house and the small Casita are ideal for two families with kids. The gated neighborhood is safe and lovely and within easy walking distance of downtown Antigua and all the attractions. We hope to return!
Amazing property wow!
We were so impressed with everything about this property .From the first communication with Elizabeth Neff I knew it was going to be a fantastic experience. This type of property is why I use home and away so much . Martha the housekeeper was magic everything was catered for in a lovely manner .
The property is so well maintained especially the garden and pool area . This is a home which is shown a lot of love . Suitable for families and couples lots of space for all
I cannot think of one item that was missed.Will definitely return
Anne Dublin Ireland
Fabulous 4-Day Stay in Antigua
We recently stayed at this great property in Antigua, Guatemala. We were traveling with our whole family - Mom, Dad and three children in their late teens and early 20s. The home was a great family respite with it's very comfortable lounging areas for relaxing and having fun. We also rented the extra house for extended family members. They loved that small and very complete cottage area. During our stay, we also enjoyed the heated pool. We basked in the sunshine surrounded by unbelievably lavish flowers in the garden. We love that part of the home.
The maid in the house was very, very nice and helped with everything. She cooked us a great Guatemalan meal that we all thoroughly enjoyed - Pepian. All in all, I highly recommend this property. It's safe, secure and well worth the price.
Home away from home
Our family of six had a magical two-week sojourn at El Suspiro - this beautifully appointed and well-kept villa had everything we needed and more! Upon arrival, its central courtyard and rose petal-filled fountain took our breath away. The rooms are all spacious, the kitchen is well equipped and the gardens are enchanting. The outdoor sitting room quickly became a family favorite, as did the vaulted-ceiling breakfast room. Within a 15-20 minute walk from the central plaza, the house is located in a safe, gated community - away from all noise, yet close enough to walk everywhere. Although the photos accurately represent the house, they do not convey the sense of peace and serenity that we felt while there. During the first week, we took day trips to Tikal, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala City, Chichicastenango and Pacaya Volcano. During the second week, Holy Week, we visited a coffee plantation and a textile cooperative as well as took part in many of the celebrations and processions in and around Antigua. Having walked many hours in the sun, it was a treat to get back to El Suspiro for a dip in the pool and some R&R in one of its many beautifully decorated rooms. The gardener made sure the pool was always ready for the kids to swim in and the housekeeper was just a charm. She even surprised us by having our laundry done at the end of the day! My parents and sister joined us for a few days, during our second week, and stayed in the Casita by the pool. We appreciated having a large dining room table to be able to enjoy our meals together. On most days, we had two meals at the house. Got lots of freshly baked bread, not far from the house, and a small truck selling fresh fruit and vegetables came by the house, which saved us a long walk back from the grocery store and market! The owner provided lots of helpful information, such as the schedule of Holy Week activities and a map of the city, and was a pleasure to work with. We would love to return to Antigua, in part, to stay again at El Suspiro! We highly recommend this home away from home and its beautiful surroundings.
Even better than the pictures/ Paradise Oasis
My sister and I came with our families for a wedding and stayed at El Suspiro. This place is ridiculously beautiful. Neither my words nor the pictures would do describing its beauty justice. It is close to main town, but in a safe and secluded gated area, which made me feel so secure with our 4 little girls (ages 2,3, 6 and 8) who were with us. Guatemala is amazing and there is so much to do close to this property. On days when the kids were fussy, we would simply stay put and enjoy the incredible gardens or swim in the pool.
The owner was almost like a secondary trip planner for us - she raised her kids there and goes above and beyond with making sure you have any information you need. She even arranged transportation for us - we were spoiled. The housekeeper Marta is perhaps the best perk of the house. She is there often and is willing to help in any way - including cooking delicious food for a small fee. We don't speak any spanish, but we figured out how to communicate with her and she helped us get around.
You won't find a better deal for your money. Our extended family stayed at some of the nicest resorts in antigua, and this place blew them all away. If you are considering, just book it and you can thank yourself later :)