Mesón Panza Verde has the look of an intimate European inn, with its antique furniture, elaborate chandeliers, and grand staircase up to the second floor. But you'll know you're in Guatemala as soon as you step out into the tropical garden, or peek out a window at the view of the toweringly beautiful (but inactive) Agua Volcano.
Because there are just 12 rooms and suites, the atmosphere is very casual and friendly. The staff provide great service and are happy to give directions to the nearest market or historic site. And you'll most likely chat to your fellow guests too, possibly before a morning yoga class, or maybe in the outdoor restaurant as you sit down to a meal of octopus carpaccio, or lobster with arugula and orange slices.
The rooms and suites at Mesón Panza Verde are quietly luxurious, with pleasant touches like 400 thread count Egyptian cotton linens and fresh flowers awaiting your arrival. Many also have fireplaces or views into the garden, or out to the city.