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El Convento Boutique Hotel
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I attended a destination wedding in Antigua and El Convento was recommended by the bride. It's beautifully created within ruins of a convent. The staff was lovely, beds were perfect and the linens were the best. I love the bathtub amid the sculptured ruins. But I did not enjoy the room's musty odor.
The very nice and friendly staff was warm but neglected to tell us about the rooftop weekend buffet or other amenities. I had no idea you could pick a scent and treat as the reservation service never sent an email seeking that information. The rooms are far too dimly lit; in fact they were abysmally dark. My recommendation: ask for a second and third hurricane lamp.
We saw our friend's room and were stunned by the patio and spaciousness. One of our friends had a comparably priced junior suite with a fireplace and it was roomy. Ours was not. One was more expensive; the other was the same price as ours. That was unfair.
Suggestion: Do NOT let them assign you to the San Jeronimo Jr. Suite #229. It has 2 queen beds, a window that has bars as it faces the street and provides no light but lets in too much street noise. There's no room to walk between bed and dresser, no mirror of any size in the room let alone a full length mirror, no coffee pot. Nice toiletries.
We were there for a destination wedding and being able to see ourselves to make adjustments would have been helpful.
Had a delicious breakfast in the dining area. And the hotel is conveniently located. I would recommend it with the caveat I addressed.

Room Tip: Again, don't stay in San Jeromino Room 229. Read the other reviews and tips as well. If the room had been roomier and better located, my ratings would be higher. Knowing what I now know, I would stay there again.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Susan R
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

Beautiful authentic boutique hotel, very quiet. Comfy and nicely decorated rooms with attention to details.

Although it is very nice, the Junior Suite is NOT as mentionned on the website: no seating area with sofa, no tea ir coffee maker, no iron and no ironing machine. The more disappointing was the sofa as there was no space to sit, which is very strange for a Suite! No bath slippers, which is also a basic for this hotel category.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

El Convento is even better than it's website - we arrived late and tired after travelling from Copan, Honduras. The moment we entered the hotel we felt great.
It has been very cleverly designed within the existing ruins.
Our room was a Jr Suite - very spacious - interior design excellent - fabulous linens in both bath and bedroom - a tumbled marble bathroom - very large and with heated towel bars - and a marvelous king bed.
We arrived at their restaurant just before closing - service and food were excellent.
The roof top has views of the town and surrounding volcanoes.
The location is excellent for walking anywhere in town.
We also stayed in Museo Santa Domingo which seems to be the other hotel of choice in this category in Antigua - we much preferred the "boutique" atmosphere of El Convento.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Janet O
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

A nice, conveniently situated hotel, with friendly staff, and good size rooms which are however a bit too dark. A smokeless fire can be lit in the chimney on cold evenings which can occur in view of altitude. Breakfast is fine with fresh fruit, but waiters who are very friendly could possibly be a little more efficient and get less tired if they used trays and took more than one order at a time.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank MichelineMay
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

Stayed for 3 nights between Christmas and New Year at this charming hotel well located about four blocks from the Central Plaza. Rooms (Junior Suite) are ample in size with large en suite bathroom and a small terrace area overlooking a water feature. Service was very attentive and the in house restaurant Elu serves excellent local and international cuisine as well as very good breakfast cooked to order in the morning. The only comment about the restaurant is that it is quite small and you may be asked to climb a spiral staircase to the terrace area if the main dining area is full.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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