El Convento, Antigua, Guatemala
El Convento is a colonial-style property with just 26 beautifully decorated air-conditioned suites, with TVs and rainforest showers.
Most ground floor rooms have their own small private terrace and walled fountain making it the perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring this exquisite colonial city. The hotel is located within a short walk of the central plaza and nearby is the 18th Century Capuchin Convent so is a great base from which to independently explore the city.
The hotel also has an excellent restaurant called 'Sitz' which serves contemporary food using local produce based on traditional Guatemalan dishes either in the restaurant itself or up on the hotel's roof terrace in front of the log fire, although service can be slow. There is a small pool in the hotel garden around which the suites are located and they have an excellent masseuse who offers massage in the privacy of your rooms.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Trek through open fields, farmland and pacific cloudforest with spectacular views over the Antigua valley area.
Stroll through the beautiful cobbled streets of Antigua and visit the city's highlights, including the Church of St. Francis, the Central Plaza, the San Jose Cathedral and the Church of La Mercedes.
In the morning, you take a guided tour around Antigua, with the focus on learning about the complex Guatemalan and Mayan textiles and folk art.
This is a great way to explore Guatemala and see how the local people live. You visit tranquil villages and churches, coffee plantations and come into contact with the local Mayans.
This morning you will be met at your hotel by a local NGO rep and driven by local 'chicken' bus to Ciudad Vieja.
Travel through the stunning scenery of the highlands passing local communities farming their land using traditional methods, for about an hour, before reaching San Juan Comalapa.
Hike up the smouldering cone of the active Pacaya volcano to see small eruptions and glowing hot lava flows, all framed by magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and imposing, distant peaks of neighbouring volcanoes.
Visit coffee farmers in the lush plantations surrounding Antigua and see how the families pick, pulp, ferment and roast the fresh beans to produce some of the finest coffee in Guatemala. Your visit will also help support a local charity working to improve the lives and pay of the farming families.
This is the perfect tour for any foodies with a flair for local flavour and an adventurous attitude towards cuisine!