October 10, 2015
Ever since I arrived in Antigua Guatemala back in 1996, this hotel and restaurant already had a rock solid reputation and was considered an upscale property in a very calm and tranquil area of town. I spent many nights enjoying meals prepared by Swiss Chef Christophe, mainly to satisfy my memories of decent European cooking. Mind you, I’ve nothing against black beans or tortillas but from time to time eating a meal that reminds you of home can lift up your spirits.
Hotels and restaurants come and go in Antigua, mostly because of the fluctuations in the tourism industry and the underestimation of time, effort and dedication you have to put in on behalf of the owners to make your business thrive. Nevertheless Meson Panza Verde keeps going strong. The expansion of the hotel by adding Junior and Master Suites has had a very positive impact on not only the hotel but has also benefited the restaurant.
Hotel and restaurant are watched closely by general manager Ingrid Thomas and her husband Jorge, both do an outstanding job and are largely responsible for the success of the business.
By keeping focus on the details and maintaining a high level of food quality together with incorporating new culinary ideas through monthly specials, Meson Panza Verde is definitely a restaurant you need to check out on your (next…) visit of Antigua Guatemala.
September 11, 2014
Guatemala, within the Central American region, offers a wide array of fascinating destinations that will satisfy even the most difficult to please.
Guatemala’s strongest asset is to be found in the perfect combination of history, culture and nature.
Beginning with the Spanish colonial heritage in towns such as La Antigua Guatemala (declared a World Heritage Monument by Unesco), preserved almost like it was still stuck in the XVIth century.
Located in the northern jungle region of Guatemala, there are an incredible number of Maya sites. Some of these Maya ruins are easily accessible such as Tikal and Yaxha. Visiting other Maya ruins will require a bit more effort and you might need a four wheel drive and or motorboat to reach them.
An authentic Maya population, the majority spread throughout the Western Highlands, that is still very attached to their traditions and way of living from generations back.
The entire Pacific Coast is one black sand beach, almost untouched by development.
The fact that this tourism destination has strong potential is reflected in the statistics related to the tourism industry. The number of visitors for the first 4 months of 2015 is up by almost 4% compared to the same period in 2014.
This trend will no doubt continue for the remainder of the year and should be even stronger in 2016.