Hotel Uxlabil Antigua
Welcome to Hotel Museum Uxlabil-Antigua, a special place in a special city. We hope during your staying, you discover the charm of both, the hotel-museum and Antigua City. To help you achieve the objective, the following lines will guide you a little.
Antigua Guatemala is the humanity's cultural patrimony, Cultural Monument of America. During many years it was the capital of the Kingdom of Goathemala, was founded in 1543 after the previous capital (now Old City 'Ciudad Vieja) and it was flooded by currents of water coming from the skirts of the Water volcano.
Antigua is almost as old as Mexico and Lima Peru, the first big cities of America. From this point in history, Spaniards governed Central America. The 1773 earthquake reduced it to dust destroying walls. It was in this moment when government ordered to transfer the City toward the current location the Capital has today, but a group of residents opposed to such a measure; these were lovers of their terruño, refusing to emigrate. From such a group come the old proprietors of the house that now is this hotel.
In the Antigua lived the Bishop Francisco Marroquín; here also lived Brother Bartolomé de las Casas. University of San Carlos of Borromeo was founded here, the fourth by date of being established in America. Now, this city is every day visited by artists, politicians (like Bill Clinton) and lovers of the colonial history and the culture from around the world.
Another illustrious antigüeño that sang to Antigua City from the Mexican exile was Luis Cardoza y Aragon. For him, Antigua is a "blue smile of so much sky"; it is a "slice of time" that makes you stay "hours outside the world". The Antigua is for Cardoza a "monumental ghost", spite of that here "the days are so daily". For everything "the rumor of its night is in my bones". According to Cardoza when the city was founded "it was already old, it was already Antigua" (The River, Novels of Chivalry).
The Antigua is a city of immobile time; Antigua gets life from roses and bugambilias that go climbing walls painting Antigua with beautiful colors for Semana Santa. During this time, Antigua is devout and religious city, a moment in which the churches make special act of presence.
The Antigua of the XXI century continues being only the Antigua with added services: multiple hotels and restaurants, laundries and internet rooms, travel agencies and sales of newspapers and ice-cream, multiple schools to learn Spanish as well. This and much more it is the Antigua of today.
The mansion of a family (now Hotel-Museum Uxlabil)
You are in an elegant house that has a lot of accumulated history. Its style is not exactly colonial but has the republican period style. This mansion dates of principles of the XX century, although many of the treasures and pieces in exhibition here, are from half of XIX century.
In this house, five generations of the Family Pellecer have lived. As it is a family with strong relationships among Nicaraguan and Guatemalan families, here there are historical testimonies of both countries.
The house is located in what was known during the colonial time as "the apple of the inquisition", for that reason, the next avenue (6th street) is still known as Street of the Inquisition. As they tell, those who have worked in the construction of houses in this area, it is not strange to find testimonies of that dark time.
This house is surrounded in no more than 200 meters by important institutions, such as 'Compañia de Jesus', now Agency for Spanish Cooperation, the Central Park, The Cathedral, Merced church, The Palacio of the Captains, The City council, diverse hotels and restaurants. To the west, four blocks away you will find the bus terminal and the handicrafts market. We suggest you to make a tour for these and many other places of interest in Antigua Guatemala, either walking in a trip or by renting an electric automobile (rental office of these vehicles is 50 meters west).
Inside this Hotel-Museum, there are pieces of a great value. One of the most remarkable is the bed of a King of Mosquitia. This was manufactured originally in Jamaica and then was brought to the Lagoon of Pearls by the middle of XIX century. Already in XX century, the same one was taken in boat by the River Branch or hidden in Managua, Nicaragua. Besides this magnificent bed, King of Mosquitia possessed a bathroom tub made of marble that is said it weighed two tons. The destination is ignored. The King of Mosquitia was pleased with these things in that way so that he served to the interests of the Englishmen in his penetration strategy toward Nicaragua from the Atlantic Costa.
In Hotel-museum Uxlabil Antigua, we offer an atmosphere characteristic of a mansion of Antigua Guatemala filled up with Central American, Guatemalan and a five generation family history that have inhabited it.
It is a small hotel (10 rooms) with unique atmosphere inside each one of them. The hotel has originalities such as: a lamp of more than 100 years old, long time ago it was in the Antigua cathedral, a bed of the King of Mosquitia, original paintings of half XIX century, these and much more.
Uxlabil values and thank the consultant-ship of the Hotel Santo Domingo.
In one of the rooms, you will be able to appreciate Mrs. Elvira's bed, also surrounded by history and rumors. It is told that the same one was occupied one day by Governor Don Rodrigo of Maldonado and was visited by the Saint Hermano Pedro.
In the living room of the Hotel-Museum, there are two paintings of great size painted sometime 1850 and 1860 by Toribio Jerez, famous Nicaraguan artist. In one of them he painted the Bishop De León, in fact their brother Rafael Jerez. In this painting there is an inscription that serves as story of the bishop's life. In the other painting the clergyman appears Julio Jerez, also the artist's brother.
Another of the objects of enormous value that you will be able to appreciate is the brass lamp hanging in the center of the room. This lamp used candles previously and not electric bulbs as it is in the current case. The same one lit a part of the Cathedral of Antigua many years ago. Made pieces and ruined, it was acquired by its current owners, taken to Nicaragua and from there transferred again Antigua.
In the superior part of the room you will appreciate a laminate superior of brass of Baroque style, which was acquired in Granada, Nicaragua. The same one probably came from France and it was before in the house of the grandparents of the current proprietors.
Something of significant value are the chasubles, used as much by the bishop as for the priest before mentioned. It can be observed in such chasubles the fineness and great quality of its fabrics, which represent Christian, images.
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- 10 Rooms
- Fax (For Guests)
- Uniformed Security on Site
- Concierge Services
- Currency Exchange
- Surveillance Cameras On Site
- Computer Use Available
- Room Service
- Multi-lingual Staff
- Television (Cable/Satellite)