Panza Verde

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Not long ago I found myself thinking what would be the perfect birthday gift for my husband.

I decided to treat him with a romantic escape from his papa duties with the mama of his children.

We don’t have extended family living near us, so we can’t leave out kids to go on short trips, but every once in a while we do get time to enjoy a romantic lunch together.

I have heard a lot of people talk about how romantic Mezon Panza Verde Hotel and Restaurant is. As you can imagine I was really curious about it. It was about time we checked out what they have to offer.

One of the reasons why it is considered a romantic place is because kids under 16 are not allowed in. (NOTE: there are exceptional cases where well behaved kids are accepted). I am actually excited about this rule and ended up making a reservation.

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We needed a getaway so much that we even got there early, so early that the restaurant wasn’t even opened. This gave us enough time to explore the hotel. Ingrid, the general manager was happy to give us a tour of the place.

Why Panza Verde Hotel and Restaurant is the Perfect Romantic Getaway For Parents

This hotel was opened in 1986 and was one of the first luxury hotels in Antigua. The owners designed the place themselves. I must say that they have an impeccable taste. The decoration is colonial and European style.

The hotel has a beautiful courtyard and towards the back it has the sleekest pool I’ve ever seen. Live music is available a few nights a week, an art gallery (one of the best in town where of the most talented artists in all of Guatemala have exhibits), a terrace with amazing views of the three volcanoes that surround Antigua and of course the restaurant.

One of my favorite things to do whenever we visit a new restaurant is to ask for their signature dish. Not the ‘special of the day’, but the one they are most proud of. Almost everywhere I go the waiter or the manager suggests something. But in this case when I asked the manager of the restaurant, Gavin responded that everything was equally fabulous. So we went for whatever was calling our name.

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It would be an incredibly difficult task to try to describe our dishes because they were all beyond heavenly. You have to be there to actually get the full burst of flavors and to get feel the atmosphere.

For dessert I had the Macadamia Parfait. It was so sweet and fluffy, one of those things you never want to end. To go with the parfait, being the tea junkie that I am, I ordered organic green tea with an organic rice brew. The selection of tea here was the most unique I have seen in Antigua.

Simply Fun Facts

Panza Verde, is actually a self proclaimed nickname for the families of Antigüeños who have lived in Antigua Guatemala for generations upon generations. Some families got here on the days when Antigua was the capital of Central America. The legend goes that the families that stayed behind when the capital moved to what is now Guatemala City were so poor that they survived off of avocados. With time their bellies turned green from eating it too much. This term is used with a deep pride.

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Information Panza Verde

Address: 5a Av. Sur # 19 Antigua

Phone: (502) 7832 2925

Room rates – The hotel has several different suites and rooms to choose from. The prices, for what is offered, are super reasonable, all with breakfast included.

Restaurant information

To see the full selection here’s the menu

For nights when there is live music it’s highly recommended to make reservations.

Lunch is less calm, but dinner can really pack up, especially because it’s intimate.

This is a must visit, stay and eat at destination in Antigua, Guatemala.

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