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
- 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 is a very lovely hotel. The staff are friendly, informative and very helpful. We had a ground floor room which was excellent. A small garden, superb bathroom and lovely room which was well furnished, a fine terrace outside with a small but very attractive pool. My only reservation was the breakfast. The food was excellent however the arrangement is rather strange in that you have to select a main dish and others are then chargeable. It is strange in that the extra dishes or juices may be cheaper or dearer than the main dish selected. This is not made clear and perhaps a better arrangement would be to have a separate menu of inclusive dishes or a budget to spend. However once you get the hang of it the breakfast is very good. I highly recommend El Convento for a very lovely experience.
Maybe we were just unlucky, but our one night at El Convento was one night too many
We arrived around 1:30 but could not check in until 3:00. I know this happens when hotels are busy, but neither were we able to extend our checkout beyond 11:00 - we were only looking for 2pm!
Also, we were told the roof terrace was closed for a private function - of which there was no sign (we went there anyway). As we had an upstairs room (one without a proper window, as others have mentioned) it meant a walk down to the pool terrace to sit outside
Our rate included breakfast, but is was never explained clearly what was included. Apart from the fact that Orange juice was not!
We did take dinner in the restaurant, and the food/service was great
But we were left with the feeling that El Convento needs to be far more flexible, especially for a so-called boutique hotel. This was the second hotel we stayed at in Antigua, and for us it was disappointing compared to our earlier hotel
Stayed just 2 nights, Antigua is well worth a visit, its a small town/city which can easily be accessible on foot. The hotel is very charming, we had a junior suite upstairs which was very spacious with all the amenities you need, including free bottled water (you can't drink the tap water here). We didn't spend a lot of time in the hotel, just slept and had breakfast. I would have to agree with a previous review re breakfast, if you have booked B&B make sure you ask what is included. I order a smoked salmon bagel but my partner ordered cereal before his hot breakfast assuming cereal would be included, but once we had finished breakfast they said it was extra, we refused to pay as we were not advised that only one dish is allowed, even if your choice is just cereal! They took it off the bill but the staff should make it clear to guests. Its not a large hotel so they should know who is on a B&B package (they do ask for your room number after all). I have to say this is a small point but when paying this sort of price, surely they can offer free cereal....
Whilst in Antigua we visited another local luxury hotel (Hotel Casa Santo) with has an amazing Sushi bar, this is a must visit. The other restaurant we visited (recommended by our driver) was Como Como, the food was nice when it arrived but we waited 90mins for 2 main courses, this was not a one off, everyone sitting around us also had to wait approx 90 mins and the service wasn't great, no apology for the extremely long wait - would give this place a miss.
Very good room with enormous King size bed ; shower excellent; delicious breakfast; lovely terrace ..... staff were very helpful throughout . Very quiet area but close to centre and convenient . Thoroughly recommended.
We stayed 3 nights in this beautiful boutique hotel. The location is great too very peaceful but close enough to walk to restaurants and attractions.
I have knocked a star off for the following ‘first world reasons’.
Room - bed comfortable and bathroom spacious. We had room 9 which has a little courtyard with jacuzzi. The negatives were sparse toiletries in bathroom and the weird curtain which is only a quarter long I’ll attach a photo.
Service - staff all lovely. Room service was a bit patchy and we had tea and coffee every morning. Always different sorts of combinations at different prices even though the order was the same.
Hotel - absolutely beautiful. I thought the dining room let it down slightly as it was a bit too bright. Felt like it was constantly in breakfast mode not sure if this was because of the white chairs. The food was fabulous. The pool area is beautiful but it is a boutique hotel so not masses of chairs. I would probably stay elsewhere if I had children with bigger pool area.
Overall fabulous and would stay again.