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“High-End Boutique Hotel in Historic Antigua”

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El Convento Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 76 Hotels in Antigua
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White Rock, Canada
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“High-End Boutique Hotel in Historic Antigua”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

My wife and I spent a long weekend in Antigua - our first time there - and stayed at this quaint, historic boutique hotel built among the ruins of a 300 year old convent, recommended by friends from Guatemala City. We highly recommend this hotel for a quiet weekend getaway... we loved it.

We stayed in the El Capitan (Captain) room, which comes with a jacuzzi tub located on a private outdoor patio. The room had both natural stone and plaster walls, with a high quality, yet rustic feel. The king size bed was very comfortable, the room was spacious and the shower gives you the choice of two shower heads (rain, and directed). The room comes with two TVs and a music sound system (with speakers throughout the rooms). Two ceiling fans and double doors to the outdoor patio more than makes up for the lack of air conditioning (which you really don't need in this climate).

The hotel is located in the northeast section of Antigua. It's an easy 10 minute walk west to the center of town (the town square), many of the church ruins and shopping opportunities. Alternatively, you're only 5-10 minute walk east to the Casa Santa Domingo, a larger hotel also built among the ruins of a convent.

The hotel and restaurant staff were extremely courteous and accommodating. Our Spanish is poor, and the staff was patient with our attempts at Spanish. Most of the staff had at least some command of English.

We did not meet the chef at the restaurant, but we were very impressed with the top shelf quality and presentation of the menu choices. The outdoor lounge on the second floor offers a beautiful view of two volcanoes on a clear day.

We couldn't come up with anything we didn't like about El Convento. If we ever go back to Antigua, we'll stay here again.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

we needed a place for one night, usually stay at casa santo domingo but it was full easter saturday, so we booked El Convento and let me tell you we LOVED it! such a beautiful hotel with very friendly staff.. The grounds are beautiful, such style. and the room was incredible. with a fireplace and a jacuzzi on the patio, not to mention a huge wonderful bathroom with heated towels and a huge tub, huge rain shower, and sky light... the best! and the beds incredibly comfy.. highly recommend a stay here.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Just left Antigua this morning and we absolutely loved El Convento, for a number of reasons:
*Atmosphere / Decor - Very beautiful but also low-key. We stayed in the San Jose Room which has an amazing bathroom and outdoor terrace. Comfortable and clean as well.
*Location - walking proximity to everything - local attractions and great restaurants
*Elu restaurant - was amazing. We ate breakfast there twice and late lunch twice and everything we had was incredible. The staff were equally incredible - beyond nice and accommodating and made us feel so welcome. And they have a great upstairs terrace to eat on and relax.
We would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Antigua.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I are spending a week in Antigua. I stayed in Antigua several years ago as a backpacker and loved the UNESCO heritage listed buildings scattered all around the village. This time I decided to stay in a UNESCO listed hotel. El Convento is not only a stunningly beautiful hotel it has made our holiday, it is an experience in itself not to be missed!

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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Guatemala where we stayed in Antigua, on Lake Atitlan and in Tikal.
In Antigua, we chose the El Convento Hotel which totally lived up to our exacting standards. It is beautifully decorated, the room was ultra comfortable, the bathroom clean and attractive with tumbled marble. On the premises there is an attractive restaurant where one can eat any meal of the day in a cozy, brick vaulted setting with lovely service (thank you German) and a bountiful menu of choices. On the second floor there is wonderful open air relaxation area where one can have a drink, eat breakfast or dinner on the week-ends, and at all times sit on comfortable loungers to admire the fantastic view of the volcano which overlooks the town. If the weather is warm enough to swim ( which it wasn't in late February/ early March), you could use the small lap pool which the staff clean daily. Speaking of the staff, they are very friendly, always smiling and aim to please. The hotel is centrally located within 4 blocks of the Parque Central.
If we were to offer any suggestions we would say that the office staff is very busy and the hotel could benefit from a dedicated concierge to help with travel/restaurant/activity arrangements, or any questions that might pop up rather than bothering the office staff. Although we say this as constructive criticism, it is said in no way as a detraction from the marvelous experience we had from our more than one week stay in the El Convento.
As a P.S. we'd like to add that all visitors should be aware that the streets of Antigua are very quiet at night particularly during the week, and one should be aware of the need for caution and use of a taxi to avoid any problems.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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melbourne
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Beautifully decorated, convenient location, professional staff, excellent standards of food are all reasons to book a stay at this wonderful hotel. Thank you to all for making our experience in Antigua such a delight. We look forward to returning to the El Convento Boutique hotel. Note, do enjoy a nice drink on the roof top with breaktaking views of the volcano

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

I attended a destination wedding in Antigua and El Convento was recommended by the bride. It's beautifully created within ruins of a convent. The staff was lovely, beds were perfect and the linens were the best. I love the bathtub amid the sculptured ruins. But I did not enjoy the room's musty odor.
The very nice and friendly staff was warm but neglected to tell us about the rooftop weekend buffet or other amenities. I had no idea you could pick a scent and treat as the reservation service never sent an email seeking that information. The rooms are far too dimly lit; in fact they were abysmally dark. My recommendation: ask for a second and third hurricane lamp.
We saw our friend's room and were stunned by the patio and spaciousness. One of our friends had a comparably priced junior suite with a fireplace and it was roomy. Ours was not. One was more expensive; the other was the same price as ours. That was unfair.
Suggestion: Do NOT let them assign you to the San Jeronimo Jr. Suite #229. It has 2 queen beds, a window that has bars as it faces the street and provides no light but lets in too much street noise. There's no room to walk between bed and dresser, no mirror of any size in the room let alone a full length mirror, no coffee pot. Nice toiletries.
We were there for a destination wedding and being able to see ourselves to make adjustments would have been helpful.
Had a delicious breakfast in the dining area. And the hotel is conveniently located. I would recommend it with the caveat I addressed.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: El Convento Boutique Hotel
Address: 2a. Avenida Norte # 11, Antigua 03002, Guatemala
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Region: Guatemala > Sacatepequez Department > Antigua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Antigua
#3 Luxury Hotel in Antigua
#5 Romantic Hotel in Antigua
#9 Business Hotel in Antigua
#9 Family Hotel in Antigua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — El Convento Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a cobblestone street across from the legendary Capuchinas Convent, in the heart of Antigua Guatemala, El Convento Boutique Hotel welcomes visitors to an oasis of stunning elegance and unparalleled comfort. Each of our 26 spacious, exquisitely decorated suites draws upon the history and culture of this famous city, creating an intoxicating blend of traditional simplicity and modern convenience. Our staff anticipates your needs without intruding, offering gracious service and thoughtful amenities that will make you feel more at home than in a hotel. Perhaps that's why El Convento Boutique Hotel was awarded the Most Excellent Hotel in Mexico and Central America by Condé Nast Johansens in 2013, in addition to earning TripAdvisor's coveted 2013 Travellers' Choice award. ... more   less 
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