Antigua in Guatemala lies in a highland valley, and is surrounded by three stunning volcanoes. The city of Antigua has a mild climate year round, but it can get quite cold at night. Until it was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1773, it was the capital city of Guatemala. It remains one of Latin America’s most delightful colonial towns, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua is a real highlight of any vacation to Guatemala, and as it is only 40 minutes by car from Guatemala City airport it is well worth spending your first three of four nights there. An Antigua City tour is good for orientation purposes, after which it is an interesting little city in which to explore on vacation. There are numerous excellent restaurants and hotels in which to stay in Antigua on your trip to Guatemala.
Antigua is full of many wonderful small boutique style hotels. Most ooze charm and Guatemalan character, and on the whole all the hotels in Antigua offer excellent value for money as Guatemala is such a cheap country to travel in.
Casa Santo Domingo - The Casa Santo Domingo is the best known, and one of the best hotels in Antigua. Converted from the ruins of a 17th century baroque monastery, the elegant hotel combines quality with centuries of Guatemalan culture and history. The Casa Santo Domingo hotel has 120 luxuriously furnished rooms.
Casa Encantada - The Casa Encantada is an intimate colonial boutique hotel located four blocks from the main square. The hotel has 10 rooms and one rooftop suite and a rooftop bar with fantastic views of the surrounding volcanoes.
El Meson de Maria - a converted colonial mansion conveniently located just two blocks from the park in centre of Antigua. The hotel is pleasantly furnished and decorated with antiques. El Meson de Maria has 20 rooms.
La Casa De Los Suenos - La Casa de Los Sueños is a beautifully renovated mansion dating from the 17th century, situated four blocks from the main square in the heart of colonial Antigua. The hotel has just eight rooms, furnished with antiques and set around a pretty courtyard garden. There is a small swimming pool and restaurant.
Maison Panza Verde - a charming colonial hotel in Antigua with just 12 rooms, set around a courtyard garden filled with flowers and fountains, the Maison Panza Verde is centrally located just four blocks from the main plaza. This hotel has one of the best restaurants in town - Latin American jazz is often performed in the evening.
Posada de Don Rodrigo - This pleasant hotel is located a few minutes’ walk from Antigua’s main square. There are 40 rooms and a good courtyard restaurant.
Casa Palopo - The restored colonial Casa Polopo has just three simply furnished rooms. The hotel is located about a ten-minute walk from the main square. The Casa Polopo has a lovely garden and small dining room restaurant.
Lion's Inn - an attractive guesthouse located within a working coffee plantation on the edge of the city, ten minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city's main square. The Lions Inn has a large swimming pool and also a spa.
Villa Antigua - The Villa Antigua resort is ten minutes from the main plaza and set in a lush tropical garden dramatically backed by the volcanoes surrounding the town. The Villa Antigua has 140 rooms and offers guest the option of being an all inclusive hotel in Guatemala.