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4.5
Very Good 478 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The location, three blocks from Parque Central, the flowering heart of Antigua
  • Fireplaces in room for cozy warmth on the often cool highland nights
  • A friendly, competent Guatemalan staff
  • Sampling new tastes and Guatemalan culinary delights and enjoying volcano views in the Los Moros restaurant
  • Soaking in the temazcal, Ceiba Porta Spa’s Mayan steambath
  • Kids club and babysitting services make this a good hotel option for families

What To Know

  • The quietest rooms are in the new wing; rooms with the best views are in the original building
  • Not all rooms are air conditioned (note: Antigua is not a place that generally needs AC)
  • WiFi is available for no additional cost in the lobby and costs approximately $15, per day, in the guestrooms
  • If on-site buffet breakfasts seem pricey, step out to a neighborhood café for typical Guatemalan fare
  • All streets are cobblestone — wear walking shoes
  • Parking is free, but the garage is not close; the hotel has garage shuttle service
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Overview

The Review

Less than an hour from chaotic Guatemala City, Antigua was once the capital of the entire Spanish-controlled region of the Americas, which stretched from Mexico to Peru, and remains one of the most charming destinations in Central America today. Porta Hotel Antigua is a natural base for exploring this picturesque colonial town, with a welcoming, experienced staff, modern comforts and stunning volcano views.

The guestrooms come in all shapes, sizes and locations. In the original building, all the rooms are decked out with richly colored walls, wooden floors, decorative crafts and tiles and working fireplaces. Across the street, in the newer colonial-style annex, Deluxe Rooms are furnished with king, queen or double beds, and some are air-conditioned. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2366/prop-57421-1329251059-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The 110-room hotel has views of Antigua’s coffee plant–covered slopes and famous volcanoes.”}Also across the street, but accessed by an under-street tunnel, the lovely Premium Rooms are laid out in colonial courtyard style, built around a long lap pool with a garden.

The oldest part of the hotel is in a colonial-style building that includes a beautiful sitting room where guests gather; the El Conquistador bar, where both drinks and an extensive snack menu are on tap; and the Los Moros restaurant, whose traditional kitchen shows a respect for Guatemalan cuisine. Foodies are wowed by simple Mayan dishes like ka ik (a ceremonial soup from Coban) and jocón, a dish from Quetzaltenango made with chicken or beef covered in pumpkin seed sauce.

After daytrips, volcano climbs and cultural tours in and around Antigua, it’s time to take a plunge in — or just relax beside — the big pool set amid gardens that attract a bevy of brilliantly colored parrots and green macaws. Alternatively, head for the gym or the Ceiba Porta Spa, which is fitted with four treatment cabins, a suite for couples, dry and wet saunas and a traditional Mayan temazcal, where steam is created by tossing herb-infused water over hot volcanic rocks. All relaxed and ready to go back out on the cobblestone town? Have the concierge summon a horse-drawn carriage.

How to Get There

Porta Hotel Antigua
8a. Calle poniente # 1
La Antigua Guatemala, 03001 Guatemala

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 478 Reviews
Cozy & comfortable hotel in the Center of the Town
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I felt very safe and taken care of by the women who work at the hotel. The breakfast on the terrace was delicious and had a great view. The room had great details, like high ceilings, wood paneling, and a comfortable bed. We used the jacuzzi on the terrace and were given robes & slippers.

The only issue is that there is a roof-top bar next door with loud tourists & expats. I could sleep despite the noise. The internet works best in the lobby, which was great for me, because it gave me a break from internet time in the room.

Charming, clean, beautifully decorated
Reviewed 2 months ago

A quaint room, with lovely decor and a comfortable bed, with beautiful linen and a great shower and bathroom. You need to be able to sleep through noise though. I can, so not a problem, but if you can't then I can't recommend D Leyenda due to the club nest door. If you can sleep through noise then do stay.

Loud club next door.
Reviewed 3 months ago

I would avoid this location on the weekend. The club next door is loud. It was loud weekdays but manageable. Then on Saturday night around midnight they turned the bass up and it was impossible to sleep. I went to the front desk and security said it should stop by 1 or so. And you hear people woo hooing as they dance. I also booked a shuttle with the hotel and the shuttle company switched me to a different independent company and the drivers assistant stole my phone. I thought I was being safer booking through the hotel but I recommend asking around And Booking direct with a company who manages and owns their own shuttles. Huge negative on my trip and I spent two days trying to find my phone. And an $800 phone stolen.

Great place to stay in Antigua
Reviewed 3 months ago

This is a small and cozy hotel that is really well located close to the central plaza. The staff is incredibly kind and helpful. The hotel features a great rooftop balcony with beautiful views of Volcan de Agua.

Charming
Reviewed 3 months ago

Thank you for another wonderful stay! Charming Antigua hotel with friendly staff, nice breakfast service and Antiguan details, steps away from park. Always secured and safe, beautiful views from rooftop.