Known for its uniquely Antiguan Baroque architecture, which dates back to its colonial history, the Guatemala city of Antigua earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. In keeping with the style that put it on the UNESCO map, many of the best hotels in Antigua feature history prominently in their design.
You won’t find super sleek, modern luxury hotels in Antigua (like most stays in Central America), but that’s all part of its charm. Instead, exposed wooden ceilings, brightly colored bedding and carpets, and rustic finishes come together to create a warm, inviting atmosphere. While most are close to Antigua’s center, they each offer their own slice of simple serenity amidst the busy city. Whether you’ve come for the food, history, or culture, our editors have selected the best places to stay (especially when it comes to boutique hotels) in this architectural treasure.
1. Pensativo House Hotel
Sustainably focused, adults-only hotels like Pensativo House are exemplary of the best Antigua has to offer. Guest rooms feature Colonial architecture, rich red-dominant patterns, and exposed wooden beams. On the neoclassical terrace, guests can sip mimosas and enjoy authentic Guatemalan cuisine while taking in the views of the volcanoes behind the city skyline. If you love to keep up your gym routine while traveling, head to the Porta Hotel Antigua Fitness Centre just one block away. Pensativo guests receive free access at this Antigua hotel.
Address: 4 Avenida Norte, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $129 per night
2. Porta Hotel
At the Porta Hotel, historic portraits hang above roaring fireplaces while chic loungers line the outdoor heated pool. Plus, you can take it all in with your favorite animal companion, as this hotel is happy to welcome one pet per room for an extra fee. With Antigua’s Central Park (Parque Central) just a few blocks away, dog walks are extra special. While you’re relaxing on your plush bed under handmade quilts, your pet can curl up in their own bed and enjoy their welcome treat. At the hotel’s Ceiba Spa, treat yourself to their signature Tree of Life Ritual, beginning with a soothing foot bath before experiencing a “Temazcal session” — a sweat lodge ceremony originating from ancient Mesoamerica.
Address: 8 Calle Poniente, 1, 03001 Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $179 per night
3. Good Hotel Antigua
Sleek, modern, and stylish, the Good Hotel Antigua welcomes you into rooms flooded with natural light and filled with organic touches. The Dutch-inspired design elements are satisfyingly fresh, featuring potted plants against creamy walls, locally crafted traditional fixtures, and walk-out patios complete with an outdoor rain shower. At the hotel’s partner restaurant, Saúl, enjoy Huevos con Salmon for lunch and sweet panna cotta rolls for dessert. From ingredients to building materials, almost everything is locally sourced at this boutique hotel.
Address: Calle del Hermano Pedro No. 12 Sacatepéquez, Antigua, 03001 Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $97 per night
4. Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo
As you cross the former Convent of Santo Domingo threshold, the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo takes you back in time and into a modern oasis in the heart of Antigua. In the hotel’s spa area, soak up the sun at one of the outdoor pools, relax indoors in the wet or dry sauna, or refresh with a honey and milk massage. The hotel’s six permanent museums and two art galleries will take you through multiple rooms and out into the gardens. On display, you’ll find historic Guatemalan artifacts and modern works of art by local artists.
For the most relaxing stay, book one of their ‘spa living’ rooms, where you can enjoy fresh air from the private terrace, order room service, and wake up steps from the spa. In the evening, try one of the ever-changing fine dining specials in the converted convent ruins at Refectoria or savor fondue and grilled fish while taking in volcano views El Tenedor del Cerro.
Address: 3a Calle Oriente 28 A, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $150 per night
5. Mil Flores Luxury Design Hotel
At Villa Mil Flores, a luxury design hotel by Clio’s, chic, contemporary furnishings create a sophisticated atmosphere. It’s a breath of modern air in a sea of historic hotels in Antigua, with historical touches like archway entrances and brick fireplaces in each of its four exclusive suites. Relax in the outdoor swimming pool or taste Tomahawk Pork and an Old Fashion Clio’s cocktail at the attached Clio’s Restaurant. The Rosas Suite is perfect for couples with its private massage area and patio jacuzzi.
Address: 3a Calle Oriente 16A, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $220 per night
6. El Convento Boutique Hotel
Step into a sanctuary inside the original stone walls of the El Convento Boutique Hotel. While most hotels on this list maintain occasional touches of exposed walls, here you’ll find historic characteristics at every turn, particularly in its pale brown, weatherbeaten stone. Head up to the rooftop of this former convent for breakfast before exploring the city (it’s just a five-minute walk to Central Park). In the evening, experience local flavors like Sautéed shrimp with Pibil sauce and Plátanos en Mole for dessert.
Address: 2a Avenida Norte 11 La Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala 03002, Guatemala
Rooms: From $150 per night
7. Las Cruces Boutique Hotel
Ornate furnishings, gilded frames, and glittering chandeliers bring historic grandeur to the Las Cruces Boutique Hotel. Like many other hotels on this list, it wears its age with pride, seamlessly blending exposed weatherbeaten stone with silver pieces that date back to the 17th century. Sip Antigua coffee on the veranda before heading around the corner to the historic Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de El Carmen.
Address: Casa, 3a Calle Oriente 4, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $170 per night
8. San Rafael Hotel
There’s a touch of fairytale magic to the San Rafael Hotel: cobblestone paths lined by vine-covered walls, hedge gardens leading to a central courtyard, and a stone fountain at the heart of this preserved colonial home. Through archways and metal gates, you’ll encounter historic and modern statues and paintings throughout the hotel. In your room, a bay window lets natural light in while tiled floors and ornate decorations add a classical touch. Let the serene atmosphere sink in, and enjoy the best of elegant luxury Antigua has to offer in the Junior Suite La Merced.
Address: 2a Calle Poniente 7, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $160 per night
9. Mestizo Hotel
The boutique Mestizo Hotel’s traditional mustard-yellow walls and terra cotta roof seamlessly transition into its white-walled modern interior. One block from Central Park, this 300-year-old home was lovingly restored in 2018 and blends its colonial architecture with chic modern furnishings. At the on-site restaurant, string bulbs light up the outdoor area with a gentle glow. Try the house nachos with pickled onions and queso fresco or the smoked chorizo pasta. Alternatively, when you’re on the go, grab some snacks from the hotel’s Bazaar. The hotel features a Tortilla workshop, where guests can learn about the history of corn in Antigua alongside making this traditional staple. When the sun starts to set, head up to the rooftop and watch the city lit up in a rich orange glow.
Address: 6a North Avenue No. 2, Antigua Guatemala
Rooms: From $105 per night
10. Mesón Panza Verde
Each of the Mesón Panza Verde ’s twelve, richly decorated boutique rooms greets guests with antique furnishings and deep shades of red and floral patterns, all reminiscent of a stately historic home. Choose one of the suites for an in-room hot tub, start your morning with a beginner yoga class, view local art at the hotel’s Galería, or enjoy the real star of Antigua — the hotel’s world-class restaurant, awarded Guatemala’s coveted ‘Medal de Oro’. For everyday dining, reserve far in advance. And if you’re celebrating something extra special, reserve the private dining space on the second-level terrace.
Address: 5a Avenida Sur 19, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $165 per night
11. Camino Real Antigua
From the sweet scent of flowers at reception to the Bvlgari toiletries, Camino Real Antigua invites guests into an experience of the senses. Just past the lobby, a small outdoor dining area with mosaic tables is the perfect place to enjoy a breakfast of crêpes, granola, and fresh fruit. After a long day of exploring Antigua, return to the hotel and relax in their famous oversized hot tub (towels are provided). In your Virrey Suite, relax in the lounge area downstairs before walking up the spiral staircase to the lofted King bed.
Address: 7a Calle Poniente 33b Antigua, Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
Rooms: From $189 per night
12. Hotel Soleil La Antigua
From bright yellow napkins at the restaurant to the red fountain at the entrance, the Hotel Soleil La Antigua adds extra color to the already vibrant city. Its sprawling grounds and range of activities make it a village of its own. Explore the diligently manicured gardens, take a dip in the semi-Olympic swimming pool, or volley on the tennis courts. Once you’re ready to relax, make the most of the hotel’s Thai Spa, with treatments like Lomi Lomi massage and tailored facials. Tour the city on a whole new level at their mini-golf course, where playful Antiguan icons including the Santa Catalina Arch, a fountain, and volcanoes interfere with an attempt for a hole-in-one.
Address: 9 calle Poniente, Cuidad Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
Rooms: From $190 per night
13. Los Pasos, A Boutique Hotel
The concept hotel, Hotel Boutique Los Pasos, prides itself in being the benchmark in boutique luxury. Start the morning enjoying a traditional Antiguan breakfast on the patio while taking in the sweeping views of Antigua’s volcanoes. The hotel specializes in arranging tour packages to the most interesting places in Guatemala, including Lake Atitlan and the villages surrounding the city. In room, you’ll find a homey retreat, with bedding in soothing shades of green, yellow, or red.
Address: 9 Calle Oriente, 19 Antigua, Guatemala 01003, Guatemala
Rooms: From $123 per night
14. Posada del Angel
Mayan textiles made using traditional techniques, handmade wooden sculptures, and metal decorations in shades of copper. With an easy, rustic charm, the Posada del Angel is tucked away on a peaceful cobblestone street, steps from the main plaza. If you’re visiting in winter, you can cozy up by the wood-burning fireplace in your room or enjoy a warm bath in the elegantly tiled bathroom. In the Rose Suite, (once used by former U.S President Bill Clinton), relax in a bubbling jacuzzi or take in stunning views of Antigua’s volcanoes from your private patio.
Address: 4a. Avenida Sur, 24A, 03001 Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Rooms: From $165 per night
15. Hotel La Catedral
As you make your way past the vibrant central garden and up the spiral staircase to Hotel La Catedral’s rooftop bar, you’ll be greeted by the impressive facade of the Anitguan Cathedral—the hotel’s namesake. At the bar, sip a martini in a shaded area or take a dip in the rooftop pool. Every room is individually decorated, but with curtain headboards and modern chandeliers, each has a luxurious touch. Room bookings include an á-la-carte breakfast from local ingredients sourced daily.
Address: 4a. Avenida Sur 4 La Antigua Guatemala
Rooms: From $125 per night
16. Hotel Convento Santa Catalina
As the curve of Santa Catalina’s famously bright yellow Arch comes to an end, the Hotel Santa Catalina begins. Housed in a monastery dating back to the early 17th century, this three-star stay is an exceptionally well-preserved historic property next to Antigua’s most notable landmarks. Smooth tiles brighten the interior floors, contrasting the weatherbeaten patina on the walls—an homage to its colonial roots. In the courtyard, enjoy dinner by the hotel’s centerpiece fountain at the steakhouse (aptly named “Del Arco”) featuring Argentinian and Guatemalan cuts.
Address: 5a Avenida Norte 28, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez 03001
Rooms: From $60 per night