Craig Arend

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the nightime view at Panza Verde


sunbathe on the roof top deck with a volcano in the background


or wade in the pool


and admire the decor on the way to your room, no two of which are alike


maybe take a rest on one of the many unique couches in the halls




no two bathrooms are alike


no two desks are alike


Panza Verde is like a luxurious village within a gated fortress. There is a security entrance and this is what you might first see when you enter.


the lobby sitting area

If Lara Stone is the hottest model out there right now, then Panza Verde is the hottest boutique hotel in Antigua Guatemala. Both have unique features, which allow them to stand out from the rest of the commercial crowd. Recently I had the pleasure of partaking of the Panza Verde experience and below recollect some of my thoughts.

No two rooms are the same

Of the 12 rooms in Panza Verde, no two are exactly alike. On a walk through, one room has a custom hammock with it's own private courtyard, another has floor to ceiling colonial window tiles, bedspreads differ in texture and print. Fireplaces are customized, bathtubs range from typical rectangular fashion to unique ovalesque rotunds. Even the key chains are distinct: my suite came with a traditional mini sandal attached to the keys. They say the value of a models beauty lies not in her standard looks, but in what makes her unique and distinct. Like Natasha Poly's instantly recognizable face, Panza Verde's unique attributes make it stand out amidst a sea of commercially available options.

Unique and safe

The staff and service is equally unique. An archeologist works the front desk, an elderly and warm, traditional native Indian serves the continental buffet in the morning. The original chef immigrated from Europe. Everyone here has a story that is unique. The entire estate is locked up at night too, like a medieval fortress to keep safe.

4 star restaurant on estate

That's only the beginning. As Celine may be the current taste maker for clothes and the recent Camel colored frenzy, Panza Verde's restaurant is the tastemaker for food in Antigua. It brings back the basics like Asparagus Milanesa, Carpaccio Pensativo, Steak Dijonaise but reinvigorates them with modern twists, that lure the impulse eater from the heart. Not to mention, the restaurant won the 2008 Tenedor de Oro for best restaurant in Guatemala.

casting for your hotel

While a modern BMW or Mercedes may lurk on the street outside the gates of Panza Verde, it's inside is a like fantasy journey back to colonial times. Everything is unique, the service superb, the attention to ambiance above critique. It's no surprise that Panza Verde attracts in the "beautiful people" from around the world and an elite clientele, for with it's aristocratic attention to detail, Panza Verde offers an intimate boutique experience that will instantly seduce anyone's heart.

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  1. Luca says:


    Start dreaming on

  2. Those pictures are amazing, you look so pretty and stylish, love that skirt!

  3. oh my...what a wonderful place and great pics :D

  4. these pictures are absolutely stunning

  5. Annie says:

    this is an insane place!! I soo wanna go now x

  6. Vasilieva says:

    these pictures are simply stunning, loving the decor

  7. *sunday* says:

    looks great! easter break may be.. :))

  8. Beautiful pictures! I need to go there

  9. Excellent Blog! I really admire your thinking and the way you have put these information in this post. Thanks for sharing an informative post.

  10. Suusje Q. says:

    Wauw, amazing hotel!!

  11. amazing place!
    love your style!

  12. Cecylia says:

    Wow you look gorgeous!!!

  13. wow this place look unbelievably beautiful, and so much inspriration everywhere! x

  14. that hotel is simply gorgeous!!

  15. nice place and wonderful photos!

  16. Your pictures are terrific!

  17. Joanna says:

    Looks great!

  18. wow! incredible.


  19. Robin says:

    I loved loved loved Antigua. Such a gorgeous, charming town. Thanks for posting these pictures. I remember walking by that place and wondering what was inside....

  20. the shoes that she is wearing are as incredible as the hotel itself!


  21. missheidy says:

    I love how rustic and exotic the entire place is. Perfect for a wedding backdrop.


  22. Roberta says:

    wonderful pics!!!!

  23. impresionante Guatemala!!! me encanta tu blog. xx

  24. Mari says:

    Ah, so beautiful!
    I want to go there now. Haha.


    -La Copine


  25. Blackswan says:

    this place is oozing everything exotic and magical! the dress is beyond amazing and suits the surroundings so well!

    thank you for sharing!

    x Your Only Blackswan

  26. Maria Ana says:

    Beautiful place!

  27. The place is beautiful!
    Your red dress is gorgeous too!