We spent 3 wonderful nights in Antigua at this hotel. At only 2 years old, everything is still relatively new and fresh and well maintained. The hotel has all the amenities of western hotels including wired internet, cable TV, room safe and A/C, which seems rare in Antigua. The hotel is located on a quiet street a few blocks from the Plaza Mayor.
We booked the Don Alvarado Suite which is essentially 2 large bedrooms on top of each other with large bathrooms and a wonderful smallish private patio with hot tub and fountain. If you have trouble with stairs, don't book this room if you'll have the upper bedroom because they are connected by a narrow circular staircase. The bed was very comfortable and there were 2 chaise lounges for relaxing or watching TV. It was too warm to use the fireplace but it looked very inviting. The bathrooms were also large, if a little dark, with 2 vessel sinks, a large tub/shower, towel warmer and a separate walk in shower. Music can be piped into the bathroom and patio if you like.
While new, the hotel is designed in the traditional style with all the rooms surrounding the courtyard areas. One nice touch were the hand carved room doors-each different and relating to the suite name. The grounds are beautiful and perfectly maintained. There are fountains, lots of landscaping and a small pool along with a roof terrace which was being renovated when we were there so we couldn't enjoy it (again accessed by a small circular staircase). They owner has purchased the property next door and will be adding additonal rooms and suites in the near future. Hopefully the construction noise won't affect the quiet solitude of the grounds.
We checked out a couple of other rooms and all seemed very nice.
We did not eat in the restaurant, but did have room service one evening and the food was fine. The bar is tiny but the special house mojito is wonderful!
The staff was very accomodating and helpful and spoke English. I can't imagine a better stay at any of the other upper end hotels in Antigua.
- 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