With its trendy bars, excellent restaurants, bustling markets and volcanic landscape, it’s not hard to see why Antigua has become one of central America’s hottest cities. Its popularity means that there’s no shortage of good hotels here, but if you’re looking for something a bit more special we’ve got you covered. Here are seven of the best boutique hotels in Antigua Guatemala.
El Convento Boutique Hotel Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Just across the street from the ruins of the Capuchinas Convent, abandoned after an earthquake in 1773, is the El Convento Boutique Hotel. Located in a traditional colonial-style building, the hotel has 26 comfortable rooms, a swimming pool and an authentic Guatemalan restaurant. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, and you’re within easy reach of many of Antigua’s most famous landmarks, including the San Jose cathedral and the Santa Catalina Arch. The restaurant, Elù Restaurant and Lounge, serves fresh Guatemalan cuisine with a contemporary twist. Dine under grand vaulted ceilings in the historic dining room or al fresco on the terrace, where you can admire volcanic vistas as you eat.
Standing in the heart of Antigua, just minutes from the town’s oldest attractions, Hotel Palacio de Doña Leonor is a monument in itself, and provides luxurious boutique accommodation. This restored colonial mansion boasts magnificent original features, including tiled flooring, timber beams and antique furnishings, all of which date back hundreds of years. The exterior is just as impressive, with a beautiful courtyard garden, manicured lawns and water fountains. The Palacio Restaurant serves up modern international cuisine and locally sourced produce in an elegant atmosphere.
Ideally located on the more peaceful side of Antigua’s bustling Fifth Avenue, Meson Panza Verde began life as one of the first European-style B&Bs in town, and since then has gone from strength to strength. With only 12 bedrooms and a pretty jasmine-scented veranda, Meson Panza Verde is ideal for travellers who prefer a more intimate hotel experience – but foodies will also be in their element here. The onsite restaurant is considered one of the best in Guatemala, and you can feast upon sumptuous cuisine in a uniquely artistic environment, as the hotel is also an art gallery.
Posada del Angel is a traditional and elegant award-winning boutique hotel. There are only seven rooms, and each is decorated in a unique pattern, inspired by the wall colours across the old town. The difference is in the details: the bedspreads are made from traditionally woven Mayan textiles, the toiletries are designed by a local alchemist and have their own signature scent, and decorations are in the form of carved wooden sculptures and hammered metal pieces. Outside, there’s a small pool, a pretty garden and a roof terrace where you can enjoy incredible sunset views over Volcán Agua.
Located in a restored and modernised colonial mansion in the heart of Antigua, San Rafael Hotel merges traditional charm with striking modern decor. The brick, stone and stucco building boasts two courtyards, original tiled roofs and three impressive water features, as well as a patio where you can enjoy breakfast. The grand dining and sitting areas are perfect for a leisurely glass of wine, and in the colder months you can keep warm in front of the roaring fire. The courtyards and gardens are full of cypress trees and colourful blossoms, and it’s only two blocks to Parque Central.
Casa Santo Domingo is Antigua’s first and most famous five-star hotel, and arguably the most original. Located in the ruins of the Santo Domingo Monastery, which was partially destroyed in the huge earthquake of 1773, this hotel comes with a pool, spa and gym as well as its own art gallery, jade factory, candle factory and several museums. The ancient walls and brick archways beautifully preserve the baroque architecture and treasures of the period, and with a gourmet restaurant, terraced bar and gorgeous gardens (complete with exotic birds), you could spend weeks here and not get bored.
Just a few minutes from Parque Central is another verdant oasis, the Casa Santa Rosa. With two exquisite gardens, it’s perfect for nature lovers, and the indoors is no less impressive. There are nine large suites, all decorated in their own unique way and featuring a fireplace and sofa; several have their own jacuzzis, too. A complimentary à la carte breakfast is served each morning.