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Framed against the three towering Volcanoes Fuego, Acatenango and Agua,  Antigua is among the prettiest colonial cities in the Americas and a crumbling relic of Hispanic glory. Founded in 1543 as Spain’s regional capital, Antigua has done well to survive until present day, the victim of devasting earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that led the capital being moved to Guatamala City in 1776. Today, Antigua exudes an old-world sleepy charm that gained UNESCO protection in 1979 and which draws visitors in from far and wide. Its winding, cobbled streets are lined with crumbling pastel facades, pretty white-washed churches and the rubble of former monuments while elegant wooden balconies drip with bougainvillea and afford glimpses of shaded courtyards and patios beyond. And whichever direction you turn, a smoking volcano looming high above you! The Mayan influence remains equally strong from the street-food and traditionally dressed locals to the colourful markets and exquisite handicraft. Better still, Antigua boasts some of the finest boutique hotels in all Central America - what better way to experience Antigua than from the from the roof-top terrace of a former monastery or colonial mansion? 

Antigua Hotels

$$$$$ El Convento Boutique Hotel Antigua

Perched opposite the impressive ruins of the Capuchin Convent, one of the city’s key attractions, El Convento is among Antigua’s latest and most impressive boutique hotels, a modern contemporary re-...

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$$$$ Posada del Angel Antigua

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Just a few blocks from the historic UNESCO centre, Posada del Angel is a charming boutique hotel and colonial mansion that perfectly captures the old-world elegance of Antigua.   Behind an unassuming...

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$$$$ Casa Santo Domingo Antigua

Sleep amidst the ruins of the former Santo Domingo Convent, a colonial treasure reduced to rubble following the devastating earthquake of 1773! The Casa Santo Domingo is a landmark hotel and living...

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$$$$$ Meson Panza Verde Antigua

A short walk from the town’s central plaza, the Meson Panza Verde is picture-postcard Antigua, a stunning boutique hotel that exudes period charm and sophistication. As you enter off the street, you...

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