By: Katja & Victoria
There are some beautiful hotels in Antigua, most housed within charming colonial buildings and many family-friendly. We tried and tested the following hotels in Antigua.
Victoria: Located in a beautiful restored colonial building, El Convento is just the kind of boutique hotel that we love at globetotting; a grown-up hotel that welcomes kids. We stayed here for several nights and one of our highlights were the little treats left on the kids’ beds each night such as macaroons or M&Ms. There are seven rooms in total, two of which are interconnecting. All rooms can accommodate two children (in a built-in bed and a ‘camp bed’). The three-room Suite can accommodate six people, great for large families. The beds are large with crisp linen, heavy pillows (not those cheapy, flimsy kind) and all rooms open onto a shared sit-out veranda with hammocks and chairs.
Posada de Don Rodrigo
Victoria: After staying in their sister property in Lake Atitlan which we rated as ‘average’, we didn’t have particularly high expectations for their property in Antigua. As it was, we found it to be an excellent mid-range option and would definitely stay here again. Posada de Don Rodrigo is extremely well located in the centre of town and, conveniently for kids, right next door to the Choco Museo! The property wraps itself around three pretty inner courtyards, which are a magnet for children. When we stayed there were several families and all the kids were congregate in these spaces to play hide and seek. Our bathroom also came with an enormous bath, which we took full advantage of after our tiring horseback ride up Pacaya volcano. Although the restaurant looked very good, there are so many excellent options to choose from in town that we didn’t get a chance to eat here.
Katja: Hotel Cirilo is located on the outskirts of town in the old Candelaria neighbourhood. This area was were Antigua’s working class once lived when the city was first established in 1542. 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 at the hotel 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
Neither of us stayed at Casa Santo Domingo when we were in Antigua although Victoria and her family did enjoy Christmas lunch here! Casa Santo Domingo is widely considered to be Antigua’s most luxury hotel and our friend Andrea over at Wanderlust Living has an excellent post about just how amazing this hotel is!
Other Popular Family Hotels in Antigua
For more ideas on where to stay in Antigua with kids, take a look at these reviews on TripAdvisor.
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