Location: The Hotel Mil Flores in Antigua
Antigua, Guatemala is the best-preserved, Spanish-colonial town in all The Americas. This is primarily because Antigua was abandoned in 1773 following a devastating earthquake. Now, thanks to very strict laws around restoration activities, Antigua is a living museum of magnificent old churches, mansions and appealing, outdoor public spaces.
Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a very easy and safe place to walk around, with quaint cobblestone streets, magnificent courtyards and no end of attractive hotels, enticing restaurants and fun bars.
Hotel Mil Flores, is conveniently located in Antigua, being only a few blocks away from Plaza Mayor and Antigua’s thriving restaurant and bar scene. It is far enough away, however, to escape the tourist crowds and day-trippers if you are looking for some respite. Once you arrive at the hotel, you can easily manage without a car.
On entering Hotel Mil Flores your eyes are immediately drawn to the beautiful, flower-strewn courtyard directly in front of you and the desire to immediately explore all the nooks and crannies that the hotel might have to offer. The courtyard portrays a sense of calm and a retreat from the slightly busy and sometimes noisy cobblestone streets of Antigua.
We arrived for our family reunion in a large group in the early afternoon. Because of the size of the group we booked the entire hotel. This included 3 generations of our family ranging from young children all the way through to their grandparents.
The children were quite keen to let off some steam by running around and they indeed immediately commenced exploring the hotel, but this didn’t faze the hotel staff one little bit. They took it all in their stride and we and our bags were safely in our assigned rooms within 20 minutes of arrival.
Hotel Mil Flores contains ample and discreet outdoor courtyards for each of the 6 rooms in the hotel. Each little courtyard has its own personality with outdoor seating to enjoy the excellent weather in Antigua. Many contain small water features, which the children loved!
There is also a gorgeous sitting room where you can take in the Spanish-colonial furniture, books, statues and wall hangings. This would become a very popular room to enjoy a before or after dinner drink to review our day. There is also a well-stocked bar and dining room. There was plenty of room for our party with many opportunities to find a quiet spot.
And the separate pool area contains gorgeous gardens, lawns, seating, lounges and a long lap pool with connected spa. There is also a sauna. All of this with Antigua’s volcanoes visible creating a dramatic backdrop. All in all, a pleasant space to while away a few hours.
There is also ample, secure, off-street parking available within the hotel, which can be a real problem in car-space constrained Antigua!
The Guest Rooms
There are 6 guest rooms all named after various flowers. Most of them are quite large and 2 of them can easily accommodate a family of 4. Bed and bath/shower configurations vary by room so check each room if you have special needs.
No bland hotel rooms here. All 6 rooms have character, with different layouts and furniture. We all checked out each others rooms, they were all comfortable and attractive to the eye. The rooms all contain luxury linen, towels, bathroom amenities and a large safe. The complimentary Wi-Fi was good and available in all the rooms.
Breakfast is the typical Guatemalan offering of eggs, re-fried beans, plantains, fresh fruit (lovely), juices, some days pancakes and coffee or tea.
Remember we booked the whole hotel, so we elected a buffet-style breakfast. The hotel normally offers made to order breakfasts.
We planned a New Year’s Eve party at the hotel and the staff did a fantastic job decorating the room in the fun, party decorations we had brought. On that note, all the staff were pleasant, patient and responded to all of our needs.
The highlight is the variety of outdoor areas, from quaint courtyards through to the separate pool area.
The low-light, and a minor one, is the rumble of the traffic on the cobblestones, which is audible from the Iris Room facing the street.
The Hotel Mil Flores Luxury Design Hotel is a great small boutique hotel for your stay in Antigua. With quaint courtyards, rooms with personality, lovely furnishings, a fabulous pool area, spa and very helpful staff make the Hotel Mil Flores all insure a great stay in Antigua. Added to this, the great location to the rest of this stunning, World-Heritage listed town making a stay here an experience you will not soon forget.
Note that the checklist opposite applies to the room we used at Mil Flores. Some rooms did indeed contain walk in showers. One had a beautiful and separate Jacuzzi.
Some rooms have ample furniture for seating inside the rooms but ALL rooms have access to private courtyards, where there was indeed plenty of seating. Fireplaces were in several of the rooms and in the sitting areas for cooler nights.
As we occupied the entire hotel, we did not use room service, so are unable to comment.