Few places through out Central America can fall into the category of a B&B. And let me tell you, I’m a huge fan of Bed and Breakfasts. It’s usually my chosen mode of traveling throughout the United States and whenever there is an option in Latin America, I always chose it. Chez Daniel is definitely the first true and traditional style B&B in Antigua, Guatemala that I have visited!
My family and I visited this adorable hotel for breakfast one day. And, I don’t say this often at all, but there is something magical in this place.
Yes the place is truly quaint, large rooms with the biggest bathrooms I have yet to see in Antigua. And yes the property is large and cozy with amazing views of the volcanoes.
But that’s not what did it for me. The reaction my children had to the place. My baby doesn’t like to go with anyone, immediately he went to Maria Elena, the owner, and simply enjoyed being in her company while playing on the swings and watching his older brother climb trees. My husband and I actually had some free time to ourselves, which we didn’t really know what to do with.
My older son isn’t one for staying too long in places, but when we had to bid our farewells he refused to budge! Kept saying ‘can we go after I do this or that.’ Truly the first time that it took us over 30 minutes to leave because of my kids and not because I wanted to stay and chat (which I did).
Another unique trait to Chez Daniel is Daniel, the owner, himself. Daniel is a professional photographer and his photos grace the walls from the breakfast dining area to all the rooms.
During our continental breakfast, we literally stayed way longer than necessary as we studied, admired and looked over the photos that depict Guatemala’s life.
Coming here turned out to be more of an experience for my family rather than just another place to visit. And that in itself makes it all the more worthwhile to stay here!
Chez Daniel – A Traditional Bed and Breakfast in Antigua Guatemala