San Rafael Hotel
Centerd 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.
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
At the sake of sounding repetitive when it comes to Antigua, make sure to check out the roof top at this hotel - the views over this colonial gem of a city are breathtaking. Made all the more beautiful if one goes at sunset to watch the birds fly home and the city transform as the colors change!Sonia Bungaroo
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. Colorful 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 colorful 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 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
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.
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.