Guatemala City, the capital, is a large commercial city with little to detain the visitor. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Guatemala City, Antigua was the capital of Guatemala until an earthquake destroyed it in 1773. Today it is a beautiful city with cobbled streets and colonial houses, a wide range of museums and interesting architecture, all of which is easily explored on foot. There are also good shops, excellent restaurants, and many charming boutique hotels.
Antigua is overshadowed by several volcanoes: Agua dominates the south of the city, and lava flows on Fuego can sometimes be seen at night. A trip to the top of Pacaya volcano can be very worthwhile if you are reasonably fit.
Our preferred accommodation
means that the hotel is one of our Dream Destinations.
Country hotel - AntiguaBeautiful hotel on the site of a former convent (Santo Domingo de Guzmán) much of which is still being unearthed. Lovely gardens, restaurant and pool as well as museums, candle factory and shops in the grounds.
City hotel - AntiguaA small, charming hotel with immaculate colonial décor 2 blocks from the central plaza with rooms set around an intimate courtyard and tiny garden. There is a simple roof terrace and bar towards the back of the hotel overlooking the street.
City hotel - Guatemala CityOn a hilltop with good views over the city about 20 minutes from the airport. Spacious rooms, some of which have views, beautiful grounds and swimming pool.
Inn/Posada - AntiguaA small inn which oozes style and good taste. 4 blocks from the main square. Family atmosphere and guests are provided with a list of things to do in the area. Breakfast only, drinks extra, but many good restaurants within walking distance.
Inn/Posada - AntiguaWith just 7 rooms, this small boutique hotel is set around two beautifully landscaped courtyards. Built in an old colonial house, right in the heart of the city and just seconds away from the main plaza, the San Rafael makes a wonderful base from which to explore Antigua.