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El Convento

Antigua, Guatemala

Set on one of Antigua's famed cobblestone streets, El Convento is a luxury boutique hotel with an intimate atmosphere and beautiful surrounds. El Convento is a haven of peace from which to discover the city’s magnificent heritage.

At a Glance

  • Combining Spanish Colonial architecture, traditional Guatemalan style and modern amenities

  • Situated on one of Antigua’s famed cobblestone streets, in front of the superb 18th century Capuchin convent

  • Very well appointed and spacious guest suites

  • Atmospheric and plenty of areas to relax and unwind such as the rooftop terrace

  • A peaceful oasis from which to discover the city’s magnificent sites

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Chef Arlene Meneses creates tantalising new Guatemalan cuisine at the hotel's restaurant Siitz'.

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Description

Combining a colonial ambience with state-of-the-art facilities and excellent service, El Convento is the most luxurious place to stay in the architecturally and culturally fascinating city of Antigua, ringed by three majestic volcanoes.

El Convento's 20 rooms and suites feature plasma televisions, iPod docks and wireless internet, while fireplaces, multi-directional rain showers and outdoor Jacuzzi tubs on private decks create a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.

Native plants and fountains fill the courtyard and walled gardens and there is a small lap pool, while a terracotta–tiled walkway and shady alcoves offer seating areas with indigenous cushion pillows. As the sun sets, head to the rooftop patio for sublime views of the surrounding volcanoes before feasting at the hotel's wonderful Siiz' restaurant, serving exquisitely presented gourmet dishes with subtle twists and infused with spices, flowers and fruits of the region.

Accommodation

El Convento has eleven Junior Suites, seven Suites and two Grand Suites. The suites are all extremely spacious, ranging in size from 570sq ft upwards, and are individually decorated in an elegant style carefully blending traditional features with contemporary style and comforts. Features vary between the different suites and can include beamed ceilings, comfortable chaise lounges, private gardens, outdoor Jacuzzis and open fireplaces.

Childcare

Children are welcome at El Convento although the child-orientated facilities are limited. There is a separate area of the pool for children accompanied by an adult and babysitting can be arranged on request. The Grand Suites are split-level and therefore a good option for families.

Facilities

El Convento has lovely gardens, a small, heated lap pool, a bar and the gourmet Siiz' restaurant, serving delicious cuisine amongst elegant surroundings.

Activities

El Convento is perfectly located for exploring the town of Antigua. 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 colored buildings, well preserved churches and convents and colorful 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.

Location & Directions

Antigua, Guatemala

Situated on 2a Avenida Norte near 1a Calle Oriente, one of Antigua’s famed cobblestone streets. El Convento is in front of the superb 18th century Capuchin convent, and is a sanctuary from which to discover the city’s magnificent sites.

When to go

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 vacations too – we recommend booking many months in advance. Another high season runs June to August.

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