La Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is today one of Guatemala’s most lovely cities. It is home to Spanish schools, art galleries, tasty restaurants, and excellent shopping. The best sites of the city – including museums, old churches, the central park, and Santa Catalina Archway – are all within walking distance of one another. These sites provide a good cultural and historical introduction to Antigua. Outside the city limits, travelers will enjoy hiking volcanoes, riding horses, and peddling bikes.
Set within the center of the city, El Convento is a perfect base for exploring Antigua. After a day touring the city, retreat to the quiet sanctuary of El Convento. With comfortable accommodations, ample amenities and a delightful atmosphere, El Convento is an oasis of elegance and comfort.
The accommodations consist of 25 spacious, exquisitely decorated suites. The design is classy and touches on notable colonial characteristics. No two suites are the same, but all are appointed with natural tones and comfy furniture. Fine art, sculptures, and hand-woven textiles decorate their interior.
Some rooms boast private gardens, fireplaces, cedar-beamed ceilings, and outdoor Jacuzzis. The bathrooms are elegant and accented with marble features—many bathrooms also include rain showerheads, exposed stone walls, and natural skylights. Towel warmers and luxurious bath products complete the experience.
All rooms feature wireless Internet, cable TV, a minibar, and safety deposit box. The beds are comfortable and come equipped with 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows.
The hotel’s Elú Restaurant and Lounge serves Guatemalan cuisine with a modern twist. Start your dinner off with appetizers like octopus carpaccio or artichokes au gratin. Entrée options include lime chicken, gnocchi with Gorgonzola cheese sauce, and spicy rib eye steak. For desert, try the tiramisu or the chocolate volcano with strawberry coulis.
You can accent your meal with a wine from the hotel’s well-stocked cellar or an international beer. The hotel’s rooftop bar has stunning views of the city and surrounding volcanoes.
There are two lounge areas where guests can read or relax, as well as a swimming pool that is a great place to cool off in the afternoon.
El Convento is a nice place to host weddings, business meetings, and other special gatherings. There are several spaces – both indoor and outdoor – that can be used for these events. AV equipment like projectors, microphones and screens can be rented, and the hotel’s restaurant can cater events.