El Convento is a most elegant boutique hotel, well located about five minutes walk from the Parque Central and opposite the former Capuchin Convent (whose partially restored ruins are well worth a visit). The hotel is a careful conversion of a town house - not, despite the name, a convent - and includes a small indoor garden and pool. We stayed four nights in a tastefully equipped ‘junior suite’ which included a private patio with a jacuzzi. Only an oversized TV screen looked out of place. But the lighting was really poor and we needed head torches to read in bed. There is complimentary in-room internet access and a public computer in the comfortable lounge. Laundry service was good but overpriced.
The small restaurant was excellent for breakfast and dinner but it was quite expensive and had some unnecessary affectations e.g. bottled water from Norway!
All the staff were exceptionally helpful but only those at the front desk were comfortable in English.
We rate this hotel five star in the boutique category and recommend it to those who can afford it. But there are many competitors and it is probably worthwhile checking around for the best value.
Tip - the nearby Casa Santo Domingo is a good and less expensive fine dining alternative (and also a magnificent hotel)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a cobblestone street across from the legendary Capuchinas Convent, in the heart of Antigua Guatemala, El Convento Boutique Hotel welcomes visitors to an oasis of stunning elegance and unparalleled comfort. Each of our 26 spacious, exquisitely decorated suites draws upon the history and culture of this famous city, creating an intoxicating blend of traditional simplicity and modern convenience. Our staff anticipates your needs without intruding, offering gracious service and thoughtful amenities that will make you feel more at home than in a hotel. Perhaps that's why El Convento Boutique Hotel was awarded the Most Excellent Hotel in Mexico and Central America by Condé Nast Johansens in 2013, in addition to earning TripAdvisor's coveted 2013 Travellers' Choice award. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Convento Boutique