Where to stay in Antigua?

Où dormir à Antigua ?

Are you planning a vacation in Guatemala and looking for a place to stay in Antigua? Discover the best neighborhoods to stay in Antigua according to your desires.

Antigua is Guatemala’s former capital and the country’s most visited city. It is known for its beautiful colonial architecture, its proximity to volcanoes and its pleasant weather all year round.

The city of Antigua is not very large, and can easily be crossed on foot from north to south and from west to east in around 40 minutes. However, to take full advantage of the city’s charm and ambience, it is highly recommended to visit Antigua on foot and to stay in the city center.

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Downtown Antigua


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The downtown area stretches from the Merced Cathedral to the central park. The center corresponds roughly to 5th and 6th Avenues North, as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Avenues South. The city is organized in the « American style », with streets numbered in a logical order. It’s around these streets, in the vicinity of the Santa Catalina Arch, that you’ll find the most developed hotel offer, with hotels of varying standing. In Antigua, you’ll find cheap youth hostels with dormitory beds, as well as superb 5-star hotels set in old posadas or period buildings.

It’s also in this central district that you’ll find many restaurants, as well as stores to bring back a few souvenirs from Guatemala. Last but not least, these streets are home to numerous church remains, which are a great place to visit to discover the local heritage. All in all, this is THE place to stay in Antigua.

The quiet lanes around the center

Tanque Union, loger à Antigua

Photo credit: Flickr – K Parks

As Antigua is a very busy place, especially at weekends, it’s not uncommon for the establishments to be a little noisy. If you’re in the mood for a bit of peace and quiet, it’s a good idea to move away from these streets and into the quieter lanes. You’ll find some very nice establishments for different budgets near the Capucines convent, but also in the south of town, past the « Tanque la Union » park.

In any case, you’re bound to find the establishment that best suits your needs. As mentioned above, sleeping in Antigua a little outside the city center is not a problem, as the city is small and you can easily reach the city center on foot.

Main photo credit: Flickr – Ralf Steinberger