San Rafael Hotel
At a Glance
A great value boutique property right in the heart of Antigua
A beautiful courtyard garden with fountain is the perfect setting for a sunny afternoon
Ideally located just a couple of blocks from both the main plaza and Fifth Avenue, one of Antigua's main streets with plenty of dining options, shops and galleries
Just seven guestrooms ensuring an intimate atmosphere
Plenty of seating in the lounge and around the courtyards, ensuring everyone has their own quiet corner
Best time to Visit
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Guatemala is known as, “The land of eternal spring”. Temperatures in the highlands are mild and vary little during the year. Average temperatures are highs of 77F and lows of 55F. May to October is the rainy season but this doesn’t affect all areas and more often means sunny mornings with showers beginning around 4pm. June is the month with the higher average pluvial precipitation peaks. July and August typically offer a week of dry weather known as the “Indian summer”, which can be an ideal time to travel. November to February is the dry-cold season when there is little to no rain but temperatures can be cool, especially in the early morning and evening. These months have the lower peaks of temperature in January, and low average ranges in pluvial precipitation. March to April is the dry-warm season when the weather is hot and dry. The higher temperature peaks are in April and also the lower precipitation averages.
The height of the foreign tourist season is from Christmas to Easter. Things become acute around Christmas, New Year’s and Easter, when Guatemalans take holidays too – we recommend booking many months in advance. Another high season runs June to August.
Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday to San Rafael Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Guatemala
Centred around two lush courtyard gardens in true Guatemalan style, San Rafael Hotel is a charming base from which the explore the colonial city of Antigua. With just seven rooms and suites it is perfect for couples and offers plenty of privacy.
San Rafael Hotel is a grand colonial home which has been transformed into a lovely boutique hotel, whose focal point is its two central courtyards which provide a great space to relax and unwind. Colourful bougainvillea and lush green leaves can be seen in all directions and a trickling fountain adds to the tranquil atmosphere.
The property boasts just seven rooms and suites, making it ideal for couples as it offers plenty of privacy. Each of the rooms is unique, adorned with Guatemalan textiles and interesting antique furniture, with neutral walls, beautiful tiled floors and colourful rugs. Despite its traditional appearance, San Rafael has a host of modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay, including LCD HDTVs, rainfall showers and high speed WiFi.
Although there is no restaurant at San Rafael Hotel, breakfast is served out in the gardens and there are numerous great restaurants just a short walk away to take care of the other meals. The property is well located just two blocks from the city's main plaza and also from Fifth Avenue, where there is a selection of local shops, galleries and further dining options.
There are just seven rooms & suites at San Rafael Hotel, with antique furnishings, Guatemalan textiles, tiled floors and wood-burning fireplaces. Some have a slightly Moroccan influence in the design but all are tasteful and comfortable. WiFi is available throughout, as well as LCD HDTVs, luxurious bedding and rainfall showers.
There is no restaurant at San Rafael but breakfast is included and served out in the courtyard. A communal lounge and seating out in the gardens is the perfect option for relaxation.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful colonial towns in the Americas, Antigua is a highlight of any trip to Guatemala, with its cobblestone streets lined with charming, brightly coloured buildings, well preserved churches and convents and colourful local handicrafts. Excursions can also be arranged out of the city to some of the bustling local markets such as Chichicastenango and Sololá and to hike the Pacaya volcano.
Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)
This beautiful, locally owned home converted mansion, offers a truly boutique experience here in Antigua, with its small size (but spacious rooms!) and personalised, friendly service - this is perfect for those looking for a quiet oasis in the heart of Antigua.
Camilla Greenwood (Staff)
The sound of trickling water, the beautiful blue tiled fountain, and the lush, green courtyard are the first things you'll notice when you arrive at San Rafael - as far as first impressions go it was a winner.
Antigua Avacado Tour & Tasting
Head out to an avocado plantation and learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to creating the perfect guacamole. Tuck in and taste this mouthwatering sauce with fresh tortillas.
Antigua Cookery Class
Learn the art of Guatemalan cuisine with this in depth cookery class, where you will learn to produce some of the local favourites. This is a great way to learn about Guatemalan culture and the unique flavours used to create delicious dishes.
Antigua Mayan Textiles Tour
A full-day private tour, learning about the history, techniques, colours, styles and symbolism of Guatemala's Mayan textiles, visiting markets, museums and specialised shops with a private guide and exploring the villages that surround Antigua.
Antigua Rum Tasting
Travel by tuk tuk to a local Antiguan rum house, where you can taste one of the world's best rums. Sip on Zacapa Centenario which was produced in Guatemala and has been internationally recognised for its pure taste.
Antigua Valley by Bike
Leaving right from your hotel doorstep, this biking tour is a great fun, half day excursion in the scenic Antigua valley, riding through local villages, farms and fields along back roads and trails. A perfect way to see real local life in Guatemala.
Chichicastenango Market by Helicopter
Buzzing with local life, Chichicastenango Market is full of stalls stocking food, random household objects and handmade textiles, and is a wonderful place to go for a spot of people watching. Fly there by helicopter and soak in amazing views on route.
Comalapa Market & Local Painters
An enchanting visit to one of Guatemala's most authentic indigenous markets, San Juan Comalapa, where you can experience the hustle and bustle of authentic Guatemalan life and some wonderful folk art and textiles.
De la Gente Fair Trade Coffee Tour
Learn about the production of coffee in Guatemala, accompanied by a member of the De la Gente (DLG) charity who strive to promote environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala, helping to support smaller independent producers of coffee.
Guatemala Reforestation Project Visit
Learn about the importance of reforestation from local Guatemalan charity Global Visionaries, gaining an understanding of their ongoing work as you get some hands on experience at the project.
Pacaya Volcano Hike with picnic & thermal baths
Enjoy a challenging hike up the smouldering cone of the active Pacaya volcano, just outside of Antigua. Soak in magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and nearby imposing peaks.; you may even witness small eruptions and glowing hot lava flows.
Guatemala & Belize in Style
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Mountain Pine Ridge & Cayo Espanto
from £10100 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- An exhilarating honeymoon through Guatemala & Belize, combining culture with adventure and luxurious accommodation
- Immerse yourselves in the jungle, exploring Mayan ruins, amazing cave systems and nature trails
- Visit volcanic Lake Atitlan and discover the unique villages that dot the shores
Location & directions
San Rafael Hotel is located just a couple of blocks from the main plaza in Antigua, within easy walking distance of the city's main sights, great dining options and fine shops & galleries.
How to get there
15-hour international flight into Guatemala City, followed by a 1-hour drive to San Rafael Hotel.
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