"A Hotel of One's Own"
- Sophy Roberts
July/August, 2004

 

 


"Guatemalan Getaway
- Quinta Maconda is
Antigua's Latest
Destination"
January, 1999

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

For the discerning traveler in search of an exceptional experience, Quinta Maconda is the word-of-mouth property to rent in Antigua, Guatemala. Once a private home, Quinta Maconda has been transformed into a choice destination.

This superb house of patios, verandas, and tropical gardens is decorated with a blend of colonial antiques, primitive art, and rare textiles: a collection of exotic treasures selected by its owner during his travels around the world. Guest comments


Rooms
The four beautifully appointed bedrooms - three of which have fireplaces - all have private bathrooms.  The master bedroom opens onto a large terrace with views of lush gardens and surrounding hillsides. Reservations

Cuisine
The QM kitchen offers a delicious blend of regional recipes and international flavors. We use only the freshest ingredients, organic greens, free-range fowl, meats and fish. Meals are served in the formal dining room, the garden, or by candlelight in the pagan chapel. Breakfast is in included with your stay; lunch and dinner are upon request. Afternoon tea takes place the garden, or on the upper floor veranda, overlooking the main patio and blossoming bougainvilleas.

Communication
As our guest you will have access to our mobile phone rental option and as a house courtesy, wireless Internet connection… so as to let you wander and remain connected.

Courtesy Wi-Fi (bring your lap top!)

Mobile phone rental $10.00 per/day + air time.

Landline Calls to:USA US$ 1.00 p /min.

UK, France,Italy,Spain,Ireland $1.50 p /min



Private House Rental

US $1,100 - $1,500 per day
Meals upon request.
Preferential Food & Beverage rate.
House courtesies.

Christmas: (peak)
Dec.15 - Jan.5th
10 days minimum

Easter: As per calendar
7 days minimum


Bed & Breakfast
(Upon Request)

Master bedroom over garden:
Double: US$198.00
Single: US$180.00

Rooms on patio (#1 & #2)
Double: US$174.00
Single: US$162.00

Room on patio (#3)
Double: US$155.00
Single: US$145.00

Rates exclude 22% gov. tax.
Tipping: 5 % recommended

Peak season
10% above standard rate

For off season - Long term
Week- End specials.

Please contact us!
info@quintamaconda.com

Travel Design
Quinta Maconda is the ideal highland base from which to explore neighboring points of interest.

Our in-house travel design services coupled with our unmatched country knowledge will help you forge an unforgettable experience in Guatemala.

The Shop
Also located in the colonial inn, QM Décor delivers the same attention to detail that that is found at the Quinta Maconda Antigua Inn.

Our collection of handmade travelwear and Guatemalan hand-woven brocades is our specialty, and our exclusive creation.

If you’re interested in nature, art and history, and enjoy secluded comfort and luxury inside and out, Quinta Maconda is the place to stay in Antigua, Guatemala. It is a one of a kind, exquisite experience.

 

Travel Professionals: please contact us for preferential rates.

Quinta Maconda: The Story of the House

Quinta Maconda is an important colonial property; it is located on the Calle del Arco half a block from the central plaza and is documented in the town's earliest archives. For over 450 years, the house has been renovated, partitioned, restored, and conserved by distinguished Antigueñan families and businesses – whether as a result of change of style or for modifications after earthquakes. Its proximity to the Capitaneria General and the Plaza de Armas, has always kept it part of the city’s historic core.


The wooden colonnades along the main patio end in half columns on both sides – melting into the adjoining wall. That is a common trait of patios in many Antigueña houses, as families have divided their inheritance over the years.
As a result, very few houses retain the original four-sided patios and respective corridors.

 


The Story of the Name & How QM Came to Be
The current owner purchased this property in 1990 and named it Quinta Maconda. Quinta means a large and stately house in Latin America, and Maconda is taken from Macondo (a village in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s famous literary work, One Hundred Years of Solitude.) In Macondo, one could expect the unexpected. Macondo was changed to Maconda to better suit Quinta; hence the name: Quinta Maconda.

The house was mainly used for adventurous friends visiting Guatemala. It was a base camp to explore the cultural outback of Guatemala - 4x4 adventures were then very much the order of the day. Quinta Maconda’s staff was versed in good housekeeping, delicious home recipes and welcoming hospitality: staying there was an experience relished by all. The hospitality later was extended to friends of friends.

Owner John Heaton, passionate traveler and collector, would often return from his local expeditions or world travels with antiques, primitive art, rare fabrics and such - all of which were used to adorn the rooms and walls of Quinta Maconda. After some years, the house was brimming with a vast collection of unique objects and colonial antiques; that is when Quinta Maconda was transformed into a small hotel. The same warm hospitality and adventures once offered to friends became available to guests.

Subsequently, visiting personalities who had been tipped off were curious about Guatemala, and stayed at Quinta Maconda. As a result, the press came to document the personalities, lifestyle, and the ways and charms of the house; publications stimulated further interest.

That is - in a few words - the story of Quinta Maconda and how it came to be.

 

 

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