Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,610 reviews
Excellent
1,198
Very good
316
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Poor
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Marissa A
New York City, NY175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Booked several nights in spa suite #247. Best room in the hotel with direct spa access. Staff was friendly and attentive, hotel was great!
Written December 27, 2023
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Thank you very much for staying at our Hotel and for writing your review. We were the lucky ones of having you here. Hope a return visit is in your future plans.
Written December 30, 2023
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Julie W
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I didn't stay at this hotel but visited to see the grounds, the 5 small museums, the 2 crypts, and the chapels - all available for 1 small fee. The entire place is beautiful - nice seating areas and grounds, lovely open-air chapels. Each museum is small but the displays are very nice and worth seeing. Beautiful wood-carving, metalwork, Mayan artifacts, and artwork.
Written November 9, 2023
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon.
Written December 6, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

USAViajera
U.S.A.169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Very beautiful hotel that used to be a monastery therefore it has a lot of history, relics, museums, and even ruins on the property. The architecture is fantastic. The service was great and the food was very good. My room had a view of 2 volcanoes, one of them active so you would see it spewing gas from time to time, very cool. The room was very spacious and had a sitting area with a fire place. The decor was a bit dated so it could definitely use a remodel. Antigua is absolutely beautiful, cobblestone streets, quaint, safe and clean, loved it. Make sure you go to the "mirador" or lookout, easy short walk from town and nice wide steps to the top. Also, go to the Tenedor del Cerro, a restaurant up on a hill with an amazing view of the city and volcanos, beautiful grounds with sculptures and paintings.
Written August 15, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are happy to know that you had a nice experience and look forward to serving you in the future. Regarding the room decor, please tell us in which room you stayed during your visit so we can see what needs to be done. We pay special attention to the punctual performance of our maintenance and renovation program so this helps a lot.
Written August 23, 2023
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Betsy L
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
These museums are on the grounds of the Santo Domingo Hotel. There is a small entrace fee, but it's well worth it to spend a few hours in the extensive gardens, ruins and the five museums.
Written July 26, 2023
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon.
Written August 9, 2023
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
I really loved this museum/ hotel. The original convent remnants are incorporated with the hotel. The museum pieces were so interesting. I enjoyed seeing the colonial and Guatemalan pieces. Well worth a visit.
Written January 16, 2023
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Thank you for visiting our museums and for sharing your experience with others. We hope a return visit is in your future plans.
Written January 19, 2023
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
So this used to be a large Dominican monastery in 1542. It consisted of numerous buildings. Unfortunately a lot of the buildings were significantly damaged over the subsequent centuries by frequent earthquakes and the ruins were intermittently harvested for stone. In 1970 the ruins were purchased privately and excavated by a North America archeologist.

Following this the site was purchased and a large portion of it converted into the casa Santo Domingo hotel. A significant number of buildings however were preserved and some repurposed. These other buildings beyond the hotel can be viewed by tourists for a cost of 40Q.

Finding this place is a little tricky. You can go through the casa Santo Domingo hotels foyer or alternatively there is another entry on 1a Av Norte. The one on Avenue Norte however will display ‘University de San Carlos’ or something similar.

After entering you follow a fairly typical path visiting about 6 museums (silver, colonial focusing on religious art, archeological, precolombino, popular art, farmacia). It sounds like a lot of museums but in reality they are all quite small. In addition to this you get to view some interesting ruins and well maintained gardens.

It took us about 1.5 hours to get through this place which was a lot quicker than what I was expecting.
I thought it was enjoyable and would recommend it to others.
Written September 20, 2022
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Thank you for visiting the museums & archaeological area and for sharing your experience with others. We hope a return visit is in your future plans.
Written October 7, 2022
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viajar10
Atlanta, GA19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
The hotel grounds are beautiful, and they contain ruins that make it a museum and open to the public for a fee. It is definitely worth visiting the grounds and even having a meal. However, our stay was not memorable in the least. The front desk staff is seemingly untrained. They could not answer basic questions about the hotel property itself. Our rooms were outdated and beds uncomfortable. They decided to change pool hours on the day of simply because the hotel was not very crowded, which was a disappointment to our kids who were planning to swim. Breakfast was included; however the line for the breakfast buffet fue to COVID restrictions was obnoxious. We asked our server to bring tortillas since they were being made fresh and there was a long delay. 30 minutes later, he told us our tortillas had been given to another customer. Small items like this kept adding up and definitely were not worthy of the previous reputation of this hotel. The rates are simply not justified given the level of service and amenities. We were looking forward to this stay and walked away sorely disappointed.
Written May 3, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to share such a detailed review about your recent eperience at Casa Santo Domingo. We are disheartened to hear that many elements of your stay were dissappointing and that your expectations were not met. If there is any way to earn back your business in the future please let me know.
Written June 7, 2022
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ilovelanguage
Escazu, Costa Rica137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Really cool museum to visit. It is more like 6 different museums: one for silver, one for chocolate, one of the ruins of the church and its relics and crypts, one of claywork and candles, one of architecture that had a 'then and now' photograph exhibit to show old and current photos of places in Antigua and in the capitol, and the Vical museum, which had pottery, urns and figurines from ancient times (like 2000 and 3000 years ago!) alongside modern pieces that take inspiration or 'mirror' the ancient works of art. This last museum was a real treat! The space was amazing, the lighting was proper and the pieces were breathtaking. Highly recommend this museum to all Antigua visitors.
Written April 13, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review and for letting us know that you enjoyed visiting the archaeological areas and museum exhibits. We hope a return visit is in your future plans.
Written April 25, 2022
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Abovetheclouds
2,433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Very interesting. Highly recommend. Well laid out and information is easy to understand without being too much. Wasn't too busy.
Written March 29, 2022
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Thank you for visiting the archaeological area and museums. We are glad to know you enjoyed the experience and hope you return soon.
Written April 25, 2022
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Catherine N Wilde
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We spent an hour here and could have spent more! It's inside a hotel space and has so many interesting historical displays. Worth the visit!
Written August 11, 2021
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Thank you very much for your comment about your visit. We like to know that you had the opportunity to visit the archaeological area and its museums. We hope to welcome you back.
Written November 16, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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