The pretty city of Antigua is home to some equally good-looking hotels; most housed in charming colonial buildings with large windows and verandas. Antigua is very walkable and most of the good hotels are within striking distance of the centre. The following are four family-friendly hotels that are perfect if you are visiting Antigua Guatemala with kids.
For more ideas on visiting Guatemala with kids take a look at my family guide to Guatemala. This post details all the fun things there are to do in Antigua with kids and this article shares some of my favourite places to eat in Antigua. If you’re heading to Lake Atitlan make sure you read this first (as well as this post on our amazing cooking class on Lake Atitlan). This guide tells you all you need to know about visiting the magical Mayan kingdom of Tikal with kids.
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Family-friendly hotels in Antigua, Guatemala
I should mention that these hotels aren’t ‘family-friendly’ in the way that hotels can be in the US or in the UK. There are no kids’ clubs or children’s menus but they are hotels that welcome families and will do everything they can to make your stay easy and comfortable. Here are my choice of the best family hotels in Antigua for travellers visiting Guatemala with kids.
Hotel Cirilo is located on the outskirts of town in the old Candelaria neighbourhood. When the city was first established in 1542, this is where Antigua’s working class lived. As the population grew, so did the number of churches and chapels. The Hotel Cirilo is built around the recently restored ruins of a colonial church from the 18th century and is quite beautiful. There are only seven rooms and each one boasts an open fireplace, which was very welcome on a chilly December night! There’s a lovely solar-heated swimming pool (the water was “bracing” when we visited) and a flower-filled garden.
The hotel serves a very good breakfast but lunch and dinner are lacking, head into town instead. One word of warning, the hotel website says that their facilities are not designed for children under 15 years old. However, we visited with a 9-, 7- and nearly 2-year-old and the staff could not have been more accommodating; you will just need to keep an eye on little kids near the pool. From the centre of town, the hotel is positioned a brisk 10-minute walk without kids and a slightly longer stroll with a toddler!
Casa Santo Domingo
I didn’t stay at Casa Santo Domingo when we were in Antigua but we did stop by to take a look. Casa Santo Domingo is widely considered to be Antigua’s most luxury hotel. See what other families have to say about Casa Santo Domingo on Booking.com.
San Rafael Hotel
Located next to the Arco de Santa Catalina is this beautiful hotel that recently underwent a three-year restoration. Located within a grand, traditional colonial home the family-friendly hotel has two courtyards filled with trees, plants and colourful flowers which is a great place to retreat to after a day of sightseeing (the hotel’s delicious breakfast is also served here). The rooms are beautiful, the service is stellar and the location couldn’t be better.
One of the best things about the beautiful Porta Hotel in Antigua Guatemala is the large pool. There are other hotels with pools in Antigua but often they’re small and fine for dipping in and out but not for playing. The Porta Hotel has a large swimming pool, perfect for families, as well as a smaller lap pool with views of the Agua volcano. Rooms are modern and spacious, hotel staff are helpful and welcoming and there is lots of space for kids to rumble. Located on the south side of town and within easy walking distance of Parque Central, the hotel is a great option for families.
For more ideas on where to stay in Antigua with kids, take a look at these reviews on TripAdvisor.