El Convento

Antigua, Guatemala

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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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.

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Insider's View

Enjoy a well deserved glass of wine in the stylish wine bar  after a long day of exploring the colourful cobbled streets of Antigua. 

Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday to El Convento or take a look at our itineraries to Antigua

Description

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

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. Anitigua is often heralded as Guatemala's most beautiful colonial city, and in fact in the whole of Central America, and this is the perfect place form which to explore.

El Convento's 26 rooms and suites feature flat screen 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 cushions providing a splash of colour. As the sun sets, head to the rooftop patio for sublime views of the surrounding volcanoes before feasting at the hotel's wonderful El Convento restaurant, serving exquisitely presented gourmet dishes with subtle twists and infused with spices, flowers and fruits of the region.

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Accommodation

El Convento's 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 El Convento 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 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.

Reviews

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Mark Beken (Staff)

There are plenty of boutique options in Antigua, but El Convento is one of the best. Its location is excellent, just a few blocks from the main square and the service here befits its status as the top place in town. I liked the touches such as choice of pillow and the cool hibiscus teas they offer, and the quality of the finishing in the rooms. It is also one of the few boutique options in town to have a notable restaurant, not perhaps a vital consideration when there are so many good places to eat, but great if you fancy a splurge. El Convento is an absolute steal considering what you get for your money.

Experiences

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

Holiday Ideas

  • Guatemala & Belize for Families

    Antigua, Tikal, Forest Highlands & Placencia

    from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • A perfect introduction to the highlights, natural and man-made, of the Maya world
    • Great itinerary for families wanting a dash of adventure
    • Enjoy the sheer variety on offer in Central America, from colourful market towns and Mayan jungle temples to Indiana Jones-style adventures and beach relaxation

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.

How to get there

14-hour flight to La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City, followed by a 45-minute transfer by road.

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