Where To Stay In Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala is easily the most charming city in Central America and the best starting point for a trip around Guatemala. If you are looking for where to stay in Antigua Guatemala, you will be happy to know that there are some great accommodation options. Not sure what to pick? Continue reading, because I have selected the best places to stay in Antigua Guatemala, for all budgets!

where to stay in Antigua Guatemala

Where To Stay In Antigua Guatemala

Best Luxury Hotels in Antigua Guatemala

You may be surprised to learn that there are actually quite a few luxury hotels in Antigua Guatemala. Mostly, these are situated in the very center of Antigua, making full use of large historic buildings (i.e. convents) and provide guests with the ultimate comfort.

Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo

This is definitely where to stay in Antigua Guatemala if you have the budget to splurge! Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo is a luxurious 5-star option, and so staying here means enjoying the ultimate in comfort during your trip to Antigua Guatemala.

This stylish hotel is effortlessly elegant. Located within a former convent, throughout the property there’s historic architecture combined with colonial style design. In terms of location, you’ll find this beautiful hotel just a 10 minute walk from the center of Antigua.

Guest rooms at this hotel are rustic chic, with restored traditional features mingling with modern conveniences. Amenities here include an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by greenery, a spa and a gym.

But there’s also a collection of museums inside the hotel itself. On-site dining is also available, where you can enjoy cozy evenings with a glass of wine around the fire (but there’s also a terrace bar with a snack menu).

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El Convento Boutique Hotel

Another high-end hotel in Antigua set inside what was once a convent, El Convento Boutique Hotel features atmospheric architecture throughout: think old stone walls, and hardwood floors.

It’s an exquisite step back into the past, but with the glimmer of restoration. Rooms at this hotel continue the theme. They boast large, four-poster beds, crisp white linens and rough plaster walls, with high wood-beamed ceilings to match.

The hotel itself comes complete with the El Convento Restaurant, which serves up deliciously sophisticated meals (and drinks, too). There’s also a small swimming pool surrounded by a serene garden.

But nearby you’ll find top sights such as the Baroque style La Merced church, as well as those famous volcano views.

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Porta Hotel Antigua

For a taste of charm and comfort, Porta Hotel is the place to stay. Centered around a picturesque outdoor swimming pool – complete with gorgeous volcano views – rooms here are a combination of traditional local textiles and easygoing comfort.

The decor features hardwood floors, white-washed walls and exposed brickwork. And for the ultimate cozy feeling, you can even enjoy your own open fireplace in your bedroom.

For those traveling with pets, you’ll be happy to note that Porta Hotel accepts pets as guests too!

As for amenities, this hotel is packed with them. For one thing, guests can enjoy a traditional steam bath at the spa, among other treatments; there’s also the Los Moros restaurant, which serves up authentic Guatemalan cuisine. And, of course, there’s a bar for evening drinks, too.

You’ll find the Porta Hotel in the historic center of Antigua, close to the iconic 17th-century Santa Catalina Arch.

Best Mid-range Hotels in Antigua Guatemala

For those who like the idea of a luxury hotel, but feel like that’s not quite in their budget, the mid-range hotels in Antigua are outstanding. Still situated in historic buildings, and with elegant design to match, they may not always be super central, or have all the amenities, but these often quite small, and boutique style hotels are undeniably charming.

San Rafael Hotel

There’s a fantastic selection of mid-range hotels in Antigua Guatemala, and San Rafael is definitely one of the best places to stay in Antigua Guatemala in this price bracket. Set inside a 19th-century colonial style building, there are just seven rooms on offer at this boutique hotel. That means you can choose from a selection of carefully curated guest suites, each individually decorated, to suit your tastes.

The interiors are traditional but chic, with terracotta tiled floors, high beamed ceilings and designer furnishings throughout. Rooms also come complete with fireplaces and seating areas for cozy nights in.

When you’ve had enough of relaxing in your room (is that even possible?) you can take a cooking class or dance lesson, or simply enjoy a drink or two at the hotel bar. Location-wise, you’ll find San Rafael Hotel situated along a cobblestone street in the historic center, just a minute’s walk to the Santa Catalina Arch.

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Posada del Angel

Posada del Angel is yet another Antigua hotel set inside a historic building. But it is possibly one of the most beautiful hotels in the entire city. It makes full use of a former home (three blocks from the central square), retaining many of the original design details, meaning guests can really experience part of the city’s history.

Rooms here are effortlessly vintage, mixing antique furnishings with touches of contemporary design for added comfort. One of the best things about the rooms are the huge comfy beds, not to mention the high beamed ceilings, or even the fireplaces.

This boutique option also features a handful of rooms (seven). This makes it a quiet, intimate place to stay, but it still boasts an outdoor pool set in a lush garden, with a patio to sip an evening drink. One of the rooms actually has its own private terrace and Jacuzzi.

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Hotel Boutique Los Pasos

As you can probably tell from the name, Los Pasos is another boutique hotel offering in Antigua. This one is set in a former colonial townhouse, with spacious grounds and decadent, traditional interiors.

Guests staying here can opt for one of a range of different rooms and suites, each with slightly different interior design, and in various sizes. This means you can find one that suits your budget and style quite easily. Many rooms here are decorated with colorful tiles, colonial style decor (think wrought-iron bed frames) and boast garden views.

In terms of amenities, guests can dine on international cuisine at the on-site restaurant, Entre Campanas, or enjoy a cocktail at the bar. There’s even a rooftop terrace where you can lap up some volcano views – and where a complimentary breakfast is served to guests each morning.

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Best Budget Hotels in Antigua Guatemala

Traveling to Antigua on a budget doesn’t mean missing out on staying in a beautiful historic building. They may be less polished, but there’s a whole lot of budget hotels here that provide pleasant accommodation and historic decor at a snip of the price.

Selah Hotel & Coffee

Selah Hotel & Coffee is where to stay in Antigua Guatemala if you are traveling on a budget, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less stylish than the mid-range or luxury options in the city. Its modern boho style features colorful interiors and touches of traditional fabrics, while retaining aspects of the historic building itself.

There’s a selection of rooms here, all decorated with white washed walls and color pops of green. You’ll also find interesting artworks and houseplants thrown into the mix, as well. There’s also a handful of communal spaces, where guests can enjoy a cup of coffee and relax.

As the name suggests, coffee plays a big part at Selah, and you can enjoy this at the on-site cafe – this is also the place to get a bite to eat.

Adding extra value for money, this bargain hotel in Antigua is situated in the historic center of the city, around half a kilometer to the Santa Catalina Arch.


Maison Bougainvillea

Maison Bougainvillea is simply bursting with charm, making for some beautiful budget accommodation in Antigua Guatemala. Set inside a historic building, this place has been lovingly decorated and features yellow-washed walls, tiled floors and terraces overflowing with blooming flowers.

Rooms here are very affordable. And though they’re quite simple compared to the communal parts of the hotel, they’re still clean and comfortable, and provide a relaxing place to sleep after a busy day exploring the city.

One of the best things about this hotel is its incredible rooftop terrace. This allows you to get some breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanic peaks. This makes for a stunning backdrop to the complimentary breakfast that is served on the terrace. And those really on a budget, there’s a fully-equipped kitchen for guests to use.

The location might be slightly further than others, but the historic city center can still be reached within a 10-minute walk.

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Hotel Real Plaza

Hotel Real Plaza is a surprising budget option. For one thing, it’s set across a sprawling historic home, complete with large gardens and spacious private rooms. The design throughout features traditional exposed stone walls, wood beamed ceilings and elegant seating areas, making it a unique choice for those looking to save money.

The rooms at Hotel Real Plaza vary, each coming with their own customized interiors. No matter which room you stay in, each one feels homely and personal, and has everything you need for a comfortable stay.

You can start your day by fueling up with a complimentary breakfast, and then unwind after exploring the city with a swim in one of the two swimming pools here, or with a drink at the bar.

The location also makes this place good value for money. You’ll find it situated in the historic center of Antigua Guatemala, a mere 15 minute stroll from some of the most famous sites that the city has to offer.

Best Hostels in Antigua Guatemala

If you really are looking to save money, hostels are where to stay in Antigua Guatemala. These backpacker-oriented accommodation options are clean and modern, and offer private rooms as well as dormitories.

Maya Papaya

Boasting beautiful modern interiors and a fun, friendly atmosphere, Maya Papaya is easily one of the best hostels in Antigua. Here you’ll find a variety of cool places to hang out and kick back in, from an outdoor terrace to a tropical style garden.

Perfect for those on a shoestring budget, guest rooms at Maya Papaya range from contemporary and clean dormitories, to bohemian style private bedrooms. Adding to the value for money factor, there’s a free breakfast served up each morning, as well as a shared kitchen where you can make your own meals.

It’s easy to socialize with other guests, thanks to the onsite bar and array of communal spaces. The hostel also organizes an array of activities, making it easy to meet other travelers if you’re traveling solo.

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Tzunun Hostel

A friendly and welcoming place to stay, Tzunun Hostel is a perfect place to base yourself for exploring the city of Antigua Guatemala. Here, helpful staff will show you around, and give you tips on what to see and do (and where to eat) in the city.

Staying here means having the option of staying in either one of the stylish dormitories, or opting for one of the selection of private rooms on offer. It’s cool and clean throughout, with a traditional local twist on the interior design.

The hostel itself is situated in an attractive building, and is centered around two courtyards, where you’ll find blooming plants and lawns to chill out among. There’s even a rooftop terrace that comes complete with views of the volcanoes.

Not only that, but Tzunun Hostel has its very own bar and restaurant. This is the ideal place to meet and mingle with other travelers, making this a sociable place to stay.

The Purpose Hostel

This community minded hostel is a bright and modern accommodation option in Antigua Guatemala. Combining very affordable prices with unbelievably friendly staff, there’s great atmosphere and great service at The Purpose Hostel.

Rooms here range from spacious dormitories to colorful, contemporary private room options, as well as family suites for those traveling with children. Away from the guest rooms, there are plenty of communal spaces to relax or socialize in throughout the historic building – from the laid-back guest lounge all the way to the rooftop terrace (complete with comfy sofas and amazing city views).

The location of this hostel is also amazing. You’ll find it pretty much in the center of the city, in a safe and quiet area, making it a comfortable place to use as a base for exploring.

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