Antigua is a must-see destination in Guatemala - whether you’re into coffee, antiquities, volcanoes or the amazing regional cuisine. You won’t be the first to visit, nor the last, and there will be plenty of your compatriots around when you do. Therefore, you might seek a quieter accommodation slightly apart from the bustling central square. If so, Hotel Cirilo is an excellent choice.
For most, the key charm of Antigua will be its colonial architecture built atop layers of ruin caused by earthquakes in the distant past. The city’s designation as as UNESCO World Heritage site now preserves this character which is on view everywhere, to spectacular effect down the fine details. At Cirilo, you don’t even need to leave your room to see this fetching interplay - the hotel structure itself is entwined with the ruins on the property. Dramatically lit at night, these outdoor features provide a contemplative backdrop for relaxation, conversation and meals.
As with most residential structures in Antigua, Cirilo is situated modestly behind a street-facing stucco-faced wall and massive wooden door. You’re greeted by an open courtyard which gives a clue to the hotel’s small, low-key, airy and welcoming design. There’ll be no crowd here - the seven well-appointed rooms house a modest number of guests who’ll mostly be elsewhere in the city during your stay. A thoughtful combination of room and common-area appointments give the hotel an “old Italy” charm.
Breakfast at Cirilo was, for us, the perfect start to the day. Options available will satisfy nearly all tastes and, as with much of the cuisine in Antigua, the preponderance of fresh, local ingredients is sure to please. While most guests will want to take their mid-day and evening meals in the cosmopolitan center, Cirilo offers an equally excellent menu for those who prefer the charming setting on-site. And that famous Antigua coffee…superb!
Located in the more residential northeast part of the city, Hotel Cirilo nonetheless offers easy access to all that Antigua has to offer in terms of sights, restaurants and bars. Antigua’s gridded street pattern is simple to navigate, even if some might find the ubiquitous cobblestones tiresome. An inexpensive taxi ride is recommended after dark, though we were able to talk throughout the city and neighboring villages safely during the day.
The staff at Cirilo put an exclamation point on an all-around excellent guest experience. Our concierge, Riccardo, and manager, Oscar, personalized our stay, offered excellent recommendations and made the paperwork easy. Housekeeping was excellent with fast turn-around laundry service that had us feeling fresh in the face of hefty humidity. The kitchen crew was wonderful and accommodating.
With many choices for dwelling in Antigua, it might seem like a coin-toss is required to pick the right one. Cirilo, however, distilled the best of Antigua into a quiet, well-presented and personal-scale experience that give us the proper respite from the city’s natural excitement. We give it a high recommendation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst the restored ruins of a colonial chapel, our hotel is a refuge of peace in the quietest area of Antigua. Only seven rooms, gardens, terrace, restaurant and solar-heated lap-pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Hotel Cirilo reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.