Antigua (Antigua and Guatemala City, Guatemala)
With 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.
All of colonial Antigua is there to explore the minute you step out of the San Rafael and onto the pretty cobbled streets. There are fine shops, museums, a main square and cathedral, and many churches and convents in varying states of repair from the colonial era before Antigua was almost entirely destroyed by the 1773 earthquake. A trip to the top of Volcán Pacaya is very worthwhile if you are reasonably fit.
Preserving the traditional colonial brick, stone and stucco construction, each of the uniquely designed rooms feels warm, welcoming and full of character.
Owned and renovated by an American couple who now live in a private wing on the premises, this homely hotel is the epitome of style and good taste.