Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its colonial architecture and dozens of old world churches, Antigua is the main tourist destination in Guatemala. Cobblestone streets, local artisans, gastronomical treats, Spanish-language schools and the three landscape-dominating volcanoes are all reasons the town has become a favorite among savvy travelers. Antigua's boutique hotels, characterized as intimate and distinctive properties, have become a mainstay for visitors as they best preserve the town's intimate ambiance, and recreate its Spanish-colonial feel.
El Palacio de Dona Beatriz
Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood outside Antigua's town center, El Palacio de Dona Beatriz is a high-end boutique hotel. The property, a two-story colonial building, provides distinctive suites and villas, each decorated with hand-crafted wood furniture and Guatemalan artwork. The hotel's seven suites offer Jacuzzi baths, mini-fridges, Internet and flat-screen televisions. The five one-, two- and three-bedroom villas each have a dining room, kitchen, living area and Internet. The hotel's courtyard, with dangling bougainvillea, centers on the heated pool and Jacuzzi with plenty of seating. Other amenities include a library, terrace, restaurant, bar and transport to the town's main plaza.
El Meson Panza Verde
A five-minute stroll from El Meson Panza Verde will have you in Antigua's central plaza. The hotel was among one of the first boutique properties in Antigua. Its nine rooms and suites have private gardens, terraces, flat-screen televisions, iPod radios, Wi-Fi, and fireplaces in select rooms. One of the highlights of the property is Main Sala, the hotel's white-tablecloth restaurant that serves international and Guatemalan cuisine. El Meson Panza Verde is also a cultural center, displaying local artwork in its gallery, and hosting local musicians.
Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo
Minutes from Antigua's central plaza, Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo preserves the area's heritage by incorporating colonial architecture and providing guests with their own courtyard plaza. The hotel's 41 rooms have private baths, cable TVs, Wi-Fi and room service, while some rooms have soaking tubs and fireplaces as well. The property has an on-site restaurant that serves Guatemalan and international fare, as well as three gardens. Guests can arrange tours to surrounding areas.
Un Paseo por la Antigua
Translated as "a stroll through Antigua," Un Paseo por la Antigua combines the town's historical roots with its contemporary role, creating a truly unusual boutique property. Each of its five rooms are decorated with Guatemalan hand-crafted furniture, textiles and artwork. The rooms provide guests with fireplaces, flat-screen televisions and Wi-Fi access. Room rates include breakfast served on a terrace overlooking the area's three volcanoes. The hotel provides a relaxing common area with bar for guests to mingle.
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