Antigua Guatemala

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About Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala is a beautiful place; cobbled streets are lined with colourful Baroque-style houses beyond which the peaks of volcanoes can be seen. It is no wonder then that this is a UNESCO-listed city and a must-see for any traveller to Guatemala. Dotted with impressive churches and bustling squares there is plenty to see here. The city was, in fact, the original capital and was founded in 1543 by the Spanish. Unfortunately, an earthquake in the 17th century destroyed much of the city and although it was mostly rebuilt there are a few ruins found strewn across the city. There is a wide selection of good accommodation to be found here however we lean towards the luxe-boutiques as the best places to stay in Antigua Guatemala.

Wandering the streets and enjoying the architecture is obviously the real-draw here. The El Arco de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Arch) is part of the 17th century nunnery and was built in order to allow women to cross the road without being seen is particularly beautiful. For a great vantage of the whole city, it is worth strolling up to the Cerro de la Cruz park which is either a 15-minute walk or a short taxi drive. For something a little more modern the contemporary art sculpture park in Santo Domingo Del Cerro is worthy of a stroll.

Antigua Guatemala is also home to a number of events from the heavily attended Semana Santa celebrations held at Easter to the International Jazz Festival which are both fascinating times to plan a trip and when you can see the whole city spring to life.

What not to miss:

  • Wander through the pretty cobbled streets and admire the colourful Baroque houses.
  • Marvel at the architecture of the 17th century El Arco de Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Arch).
  • Stroll through the Santo Domingo Del Cerro contemporary sculpture park.
  • Enjoy the vistas from the heights of the Cerro de la Cruz park.
  • Plan your trip to coincide with either the Semana Santa celebrations held at Easter or the International Jazz Festival.
  • Learn to salsa in one of the New Sensation Dance Studio.
  • Shop for handicrafts and textiles at Nim Po’t.

A beautiful city to visit with an excellent choice of accommodation. Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Antigua Guatemala to start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Antigua Guatemala

For foodies

  • Meson Panza Verde is a chic boutique hotel boasting the finest restaurant in town. Atmospheric throughout find warm terracotta hues, plush chandeliers, Cuban antiques and porcelain tiles. Feast on gourmet cuisine and gently sway to live music.

Boutique

  • San Rafael Hotel is an atmospheric boutique hotel in the centre of the historic city. Housing just seven beautifully designed rooms, traditional in style, with exposed stonework, antique furniture and beamed ceilings. A tranquil garden is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink after a day's exploring.
  • El Convento Boutique Hotel is a blissful boutique hotel steeped in history and set within tranquil walled gardens. Terracotta rooms feature beamed ceilings, antique style furniture and large glass windows leading onto the gardens. The restaurant is superb and the location ideal for exploring the historic city.
  • Pousada del Angel is a small boutique hotel in an original Spanish colonial Casona. Individually styled rooms feature Mayan textiles, antique furniture, wooden floors and plenty of charm. A chic rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink and a small pool is the icing on the cake. Intimate and authentic.

Luxury

  • Pensativo House Hotel is a luxury hotel packed full of charm. Traditionally styled rooms feature beamed ceilings, antique rugs and wooden floors. Sample Guatemalan cuisine in the neoclassical terrace restaurant complete with mountain views.
  • Hotel Dona Leonor is a gloriously converted palace holding all the glamour of its former years. Enormous rooms feature antique furniture, chandeliers, tiled floors, richly textured rugs and intricately carved ceilings. A leafy central courtyard is an ideal spot to unwind with a good book.

Great Value

  • Casa Encantada is a charming guesthouse in the historic city of Antigua. Traditionally dressed rooms feature white washed walls, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. A pretty garden and small pool is the ideal spot to grab a moment of quiet.

For an apartment or house

  • If you’d prefer something a little more private then we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Antigua Guatemala is a year round destination with consistently warm weather. However, the best months to visit are between November to April which is the dry season but don't be put off visiting in the 'wet season' as rain showers don't tend to last too long.
  • Fly to Guatemala City Airport which is located just 40km from the city. Travel to Antigua Guatemala by taxi or bus.
  • If you would like the freedom of your own car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Antigua Guatemala

  • Meson Panza Verde 12 rooms from £77

    Antigua Guatemala

    A chic boutique hotel boasting the finest restaurant in town. Atmospheric throughout find warm terracotta hues, plush chandeliers, Cuban antiques and porcelain tiles. Feast on gourmet cuisine and gently sway to live music. Walking distance from many of the city's main sights. A real gem.

    Foodies  -  Longstanding Antigua's premier restaurant. A lively concoction of music and superb cooking.
    City Style  -  Languish amongst sumptuously designed rooms and soak up the chic atmosphere.
    Sights nearby  -  Antigua is packed full of cultural gems. Be sure to visit the Cathedral of San José and the Palacio de los Capitanes.
    Great walks  -  Unwind over an in-house yoga class after all that sightseeing.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Casa Encantada 10 rooms from £81

    Antigua Guatemala

    A charming guesthouse in the historic city of Antigua. Traditionally dressed rooms feature white washed walls, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. A pretty garden and small pool is the ideal spot grab a moment of quiet. Find many of the city's attractions within walking distance. Fabulous.

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned within the UNESCO World Heritage Site city of Antigua.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to visit the Cathedral of San José and the Palacio de los Capitanes.
    Local markets  -  Scour the market for traditional artefacts.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • San Rafael Hotel 7 rooms from £88

    Antigua Guatemala

    An atmospheric boutique hotel in the centre of the historic city. Housing just seven beautifully designed rooms, traditional in style, with exposed stone work, antique furniture and beamed ceilings. A tranquil garden is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink after a day's exploring. Superb.

    City Style  -  Find the glamour of colonial design and contemporary luxury in this stylish hotel.
    Great walks  -  A walk up to the Hill of the Cross is well worth the effort to take in the epic views.
    Local markets  -  Explore the lively Antigua Market and search for local arts and crafts.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a walk to the impressive Cathedral in the nearby Parque Central.
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  • El Convento Boutique Hotel 26 rooms from £119

    Antigua Guatemala

    A blissful boutique hotel steeped in history and set within tranquil walled gardens. Terracotta rooms feature beamed ceilings, antique style furniture and large glass windows leading onto the gardens. The restaurant is superb and location ideal for exploring the historic city. Highly recommended.

    Local exploring  -  An atmospheric and historic hotel located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the picture perfect La Merced Church and Antigua Cathedral.
    Local markets  -  Explore the local market for regional artefacts.
    Outstanding location
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Pensativo House Hotel 26 rooms from £120

    La Antigua Guatemala

    A luxury hotel packed full of charm. Traditionally styled rooms feature beamed ceilings, antique rugs and wooden floors. Sample Guatemalan cuisine in the neoclassical terrace restaurant complete with mountain views. Well located for city exploring by foot. Fabulous.

    Local exploring  -  An atmorspheric hotel well located with easy access to local attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a 10-minute walk from San Francisco Church and the Arco de Santa Catalina.
    Great walks  -  Take a relaxing stroll around the nearby Antigua Guatemala’s Central Park.
    Local markets  -  Search the Antigua Market for local handicrafts.
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  • Posada del Angel 7 rooms from £150

    Antigua Guatemala

    A small boutique hotel in an original Spanish colonial casona. Individually styled rooms feature mayan textiles, antique furniture, wooden floors and plenty of charm. A chic rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink and a small pool is the icing on the cake. Intimate and authentic.

    Local exploring  -  An authentic hotel in the heart of the city. Ideal for easy access to the city's main attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Find numerous sights of cultural interest. Be sure to visit the impressive Cathedral.
    Great walks  -  Make the trip up to the Hill of the Cross and marvel at the panoramic views.
    Local markets  -  Scour the Antigua market for local crafts and artefacts.
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  • Hotel Dona Leonor 13 rooms from £165

    Antigua Guatemala

    A glorious converted palace holding all the glamour of its former years. Enormous rooms feature antique furniture, chandeliers, tiled floors, richly textured rugs and intricately carved ceilings. A leafy central courtyard is the ideal spot to unwind with a good book. Fabulous.

    City Style  -  A palatial property ideal for lux city living.
    Sights nearby  -  Find numerous cultural sights to be explored. Be sure not to miss the Santa Catarina Arch and La Merced Church.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll up to the Hill of the Cross for panoramic city views.
    Local markets  -  Search for local arts and crafts at the Antigua market.
    Check prices