The setting of La Antigua is beautiful—the city is set in a lush valley and surrounded by three volcanoes. Antigua was once the capital of Guatemala, but all that came crashing down in 1773 when a major earthquake hit the city. These days, Antigua is one of Guatemala’s most lovely destinations. Sites include churches, museums, and the Santa Catalina archway, which is one of the city’s most recognizable sites. If you’re itching to spend time in the outdoors, you can hike the Agua or Acatenango volcanoes or go mountain biking along forested trails.
The Porta Hotel Antigua is a beautiful 110-room hotel. With colonial architecture, lush gardens and convenient amenities, this hotel provides travelers with a pleasant place to stay in the heart of Antigua.
The rooms have hardwood floors and traditional Guatemalan décor—this design pays tribute to the past while also incorporating modern comforts like cable TV and wireless Internet. Some rooms have a wood-burning fireplace and exposed brick walls; others have a Jacuzzi, living room, or a private balcony.
All accommodations come equipped with a private hot water bathroom that features a tub, shower, magnifying mirror, and hair dryer. Additionally, all rooms have a telephone, radio/alarm clock, and safe deposit box. Air conditioning and ceiling fans keep the rooms cool during the colder months, and some accommodations are wheelchair accessible.
There are two solar-heated swimming pools where guests can cool off or swim laps. Tropical gardens surround the pools and offer up a pleasant place to kick back and relax. You might also choose to unwind at the onsite Ceiba Spa, which offers a range of treatments, including manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, hairstyling, and more. Want to exercise? Hit the fitness center, which has cardio and weight-training machines.
Once you’re hungry, head to the hotel’s Los Moros Restaurant. The talented chefs at Los Moros find creative ways to combine local dishes with international fare. The result? Breaded sea bass, lamb brochette, and fettuccine mascarpone. Deserts like tres leches cake and vanilla bourbon crème brûlée will have your mouth watering after finishing your entrée.
Guests who are traveling on business will appreciate the hotel’s business and convention center. The convention center features eight rooms that can accommodate up to 420 attendees, as well as state-of-the-art AV equipment and wireless Internet. It’s ideal for small business meetings or large social gatherings.
The Porta Hotel Antigua also has a small gift shop where guests can purchase travel necessities and souvenirs. Laundry service, babysitting service, currency exchange, and mailing service is also available.