La Villa Serena's warm and elegant atmosphere invites you to experience her peace and tranquility by exploring her tropical flowers and lush greenery, relaxing in a hammock while swaying in a gentle breeze or watching the volcanoes from the terrace. Each room has been carefully styled to allow you to delight in the art and ethos of some of the most mystic and enchanting cultures ever known. Choose among living the African, Ottoman, Australian, or Mexican experience in the privacy of your own room and simultaneously a colonial style with a sophisticated difference.
Wander among the rest of the villa and her exotic orchid collection as you discover your own nook to enjoy and revel in. You will be received by La Villa Serena's owner whose warmth, hospitality and charm will make you feel right at home. Her extensive worldwide travels have allowed her to collect works of art from all over the globe, become adept in various international cuisines and most importantly, to realize the importance of sweet pleasures while traveling.
If you are accustomed to good things in life, come and and stay with us, where your comfort and enjoyment are our first priority.
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La Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its numerous colonial ruins and churches is a charming town found in the central highlands of Guatemala. Ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros de Goathemalan (City of Saint James of the Knights of Guatemala), was founded on March 10, 1543 in the Valley of Panchoy after two previous attempts to establish a capital failed.
In 1566 King Felipe II of Spain gave it the title of"Muy Noble y Muy Leal" ("Very Noble and Very Loyal") and for over 200 years Santiago de los Caballeros served as the seat of the authorities of the Spanish colony of Guatemala, an immense region that extended from present-day southern Mexico and encompassed almost all of modern Central America.
In 1773, a series of earthquakes destroyed most of the town, and the Spanish Crown ordered the capital to be relocated to a safer area, the Valley of the Shrine, where Nueva Guatemala de la Asuncion (New Guatemala of the Ascension), present day Guatemala City, was founded. The badly damaged city of Santiago de los Caballeros was ordered abandoned, although it was not entirely deserted, and was referred to as la Antigua Guatemala.
In the present, Antigua has risen from her ruins and become a delightful town of approximately 35,000 people where her colonial heritage abounds and permeates the very air. The sound of horse drawn carriages among the cobblestones is an every day affair, as is walking among colonial ruins around practically every corner. Surrounded by three volcanoes and rolling green hills Antigua's picturesque nature is undeniable and infinitely captivating.
World Heritage site by UNESCO
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Why do I keep coming back? This was my 4th visit to Antigua. And the 4th at the Villa. What makes each visit fantastic is the accommodations, location, attentiveness and knowledge of the staff. Also the views from the rooftop of the city and the surrounding volcanos.
“Perfect Week in Antigua”
We had the best time in Antigua at Marina's house. She can speak English and Spanish and is a very warm and welcoming person. She'll guide you at your arrival to visit Antigua. The house is in a nice and very calm residential neighborhood. She decorated the different rooms with great tastes: antiques family furnitures, Guatemalan textiles and flowers and plants everywhere. It was very relaxing to stay there as working at the same time. The breakfast is very good and you'll feel like at home. Thank you again Marina! We'll come back !
“True to its name!”
This is a wonderfully serene B&B located only 10min from Parque Central in Antigua. Its location allows you to get the best of both worlds- solitude with view of volcano to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Antigua and yet close enough to pop back to pick up something or after a long day exploring. Marina is a charming host and we loved little Mimosa too. A hearty breakfast outdoors amongst the beautiful lush succulents set us up each morning. We loved the decor which is a mix of Guatemalan pieces and items from all around the world. We would definitely stay here again!
“Thoughtful and warm - the best in Antigua”
La Villa Serena is a charming B&B that keeps a genuine Guatemalan flavour. The details in each room are dreamy - from the Guatemalan bath sinks and pillow cases to furniture pieces that are true pieces of art. Breakfast in the little patio surrounded by the house, plants and decorative details is a mix of serenity and entertainment with all the guests that come from everywhere in the world. Don't miss the view of the volcanoes, surroundings and beautiful colonial rooftops from the terrace. The hosts will always smile and Marina is guaranteed to welcome you, make you feel at home and entertain you with the most wonderful and warm stories of her travels and love for Antigua.
We had such a wonderful stay at Villa Serena. Marina is an amazing host and we were treated like family. It is beautiful and tranquil and has views of the volcano from the terrace. Mimosa, the resident pup, is a darling and we will miss playing with her! Also the breakfasts were delicious! We plan to return next summer.
Dear Marina and Marietta,
Thank you so much for providing a sanctuary to stay whilst in your beautiful Antigua. It was truly "home away from home," something special, and made us feel part of a family. Your home is so beautiful and Barrie and myself wish you luck in all your future endeavours.
Many thanks for your wonderful hospitality and warm welcome. We felt like staying with friends rather than being in a guesthouse. You have created a wonderfully pleasing and peaceful oasis.
We were enchanted at La Villa Serena.
Thanks to Marina and Marietta for their courtesies, the delicious conversations and the hotel full of beautiful details. Much Success!
Marina and Marietta,
Thank you so much for sharing your home and for making me feel like an old friend rather than a visitor from afar. Your B&B is delightful and I look forward to returning here again.
We thank you for your generous and kind hospitality.
We have enjoyed our stay in your wonderful city and surrounding areas. A beautiful, peaceful, place you offer. Our sincere thanks,
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