El Convento Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Locally sourced squash in the ravioli with loroco-flower sauce, courtesy of the on-site restaurant
- Romantic room touches like fireplaces and private decks with Jacuzzi tubs
- Location down a cobblestone street across from a historic convent
What To Know
- On-site parking is available
- The drive/cab ride from the airport can take an hour in traffic
- In-room wireless Internet access is available
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Tucked down a cobblestone street, El Convento steps back into Guatemala’s colonial past with exposed wooden beams, large roaring fireplaces and textured walls. The on-site restaurant and its breezy outdoor seating offer traditional Guatemalan dishes, house-made tea infusions and an impressive wine cellar. Rooms split the difference between old-world charm and modern comforts with stone walls, muted Guatemalan textiles, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Romantic touches include fireplaces, rain showers and outdoor hot tubs.
In the Area
Antigua is nestled at the foot of Guatemala’s volcanoes with a cobblestone downtown area melding both native and European cultures. Admire a Hispanic-period, glass-and-ceramic collection at Museo Vigua de Arte Precolombino, or stop by the gallery-restaurant Sobremesa for dinner and one of 40 exotic house-made ice cream flavors (try the Jasmine Blackberry). An open-air bar at Café Sky and 360-degree, rooftop mountain views is an ideal scenic spot to enjoy over cocktails. For those itching to get out and explore firsthand, Old Town Outfitters has a range of afternoon itineraries, including bike and kayak excursions.
How to Get There
This hotel is perfect: beautiful architecture and restoration of a historic convent, fantastic concierge, fantastic towels and linens, elegant restaurant with delicious food and romantic grounds. This is one of the top five hotels I have visited. The price was very good for the quality of hotel. It is a treat to yourself to stay here. I am only sorry to leave so soon.
This is a very high-quality hotel. We were able to get two inter-connecting rooms (a grand suite and a junior suite) which was perfect with two small children. Just brilliant to put them in their own room, be able to close the door, but still be connected. And a wonderful big bath for the kids. The rooms are very dark which is great for naps but tricky for finding things in your suitcase. We had some very good service (e.g. Lucrezia on reception, German in the restaurant, Armando at the front door - all splendid in their own way). The location was good too - a short walk to everything but far enough away to be quiet at night. There were a couple of misunderstandings which could have been problems (e.g. regarding our pick-up time). And despite the great service from individuals, it sometimes felt a little lacking in warmth as an overall impression. I debated whether to give it 4 stars of 5, and gave it 4 stars simply because of the high expectations for a high class establishment. However, I would still highly recommend it, especially if you have kids and can afford the interconnecting room option.
Due to the hotel website glitch during my 2 attempts to make a reservation I decided to use our travel agent. After bringing this to the attention of the hotel, I received an email from them upgrading me to a suite. My husband and I arrived and no upgrade, but we got room #1, a junior suite which we had reserved, next to the main door which all guest staying in the hotel used, so it was a loud room. Service was terrible from the general manager on down to the servers. We asked to speak to the general manager and he refused to do so. After a long day we arrived back at hotel and maid service was cleaning our room at 4:45 PM. I had prepaid breakfast but decided not to have breakfast one morning so my husband asked for a to go coffee while he was having his breakfast and had to argue about having to pay for a coffee to take back to room. Really unfortunate situations! This establishment really should not have the rating it has. We had such a wonderful 2 days at Santo Domingo hotel. Our only regret was the fact they were booked for a wedding and we had to find another option. Regardless of how lovely the venue, customer service trumps venue in the case of this hotel.
This hotel is beautiful and unique, I highly recommend! The restaurant is gorgeous and the ambiance throughout is beautiful and relaxing. Very clean and comfortable. Fireplace in our room, staff was friendly and accommodating. One of the most beautiful hotels I’ve been in. Rustic but nice details. Would stay again! Great location as well.
This hotel is in what seems to be an old Convent, its an ideal place to stay and appreciate all that Antigua has to offer. The thoughtful details such as individual door carvings represent various Antigua sites and stone walls add to the sense of timelessness that you experience in Antigua. The reception staff are very helpful and considerate. The food is excellent. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Ours had a hot tub on the patio. We did have a bit of trouble with the air conditioner but it was promptly attended to. Our neighbors used their hot tub rather late in the evening, which was quite noisy and our floor was also noisy/creaky so when one of us got up in the night to use the bathroom it was disruptive. The bed is comfortable and plenty of clean drinking water was provided. The pool is a bit cold, and small, with just one chaise. The common areas are beautifully decorated, adding an elegant atmosphere to the hotel. We especially enjoyed the cocktail menu with a variety of rum cocktails. The breakfast included in our room rate was anything al a carte from the menu and was very good.