3 budget hotels you’ll love in Antigua, Guatemala
Why suffer in a grim room or a noisy hostel when you don’t have to? The colonial city of La Antigua, Guatemala, is one of those serendipitous places where being surrounded by beauty doesn’t mean you have to pay a fortune for a nice hotel. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, an hour from Guatemala City, offers plenty of lovely hotels for every budget, including a few I’ve found as low as $35 USD a night.
Here are three hotels in Antigua, Guatemala for under $100 a night — all are ideally-located, well-run, clean, have private bathrooms and are full of character. I’ve stayed in each one of them and checked them out throughly.
- located near 7a Avenida North near beautiful La Merced Church
- next door to Fernando’s Kaffee, the best coffee shop (and chocolatier) in Antigua. Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the leafy courtyard or hang out in the afternoon
- a communal kitchen makes it handy to preapre a light dinner or breakfast
- pretty courtyard filled with plants, tropical flowers and butterflies
- free coffee, tea and filtered water
- free WiFi
- Rooms can be noisy with people coming and going in the courtyard
- It’s popular with groups so it can be tough to get your room of choice
I usually choose one of the 7 rooms surrounding the back garden-patio but there are also 16 rooms on a multi-level courtyard in the front patio.
- Room Rates are $45 for the back patio and $35 for the front patio, for one person including tax
- The Hotel will arrange an airport transfer from Guatemala City Airport for $36 USD for 1-3 people.
- Casa Cristina is located on a quiet street near La Merced Church and beside the fabulous Fernando’s Kaffee
- It’s also just a few steps to my Spanish language school of choice, PROBIGUA. Read about my favourite language school in Antigua in the post Study Spanish in Antigua.
- Deluxe rooms ( #11 and #12) offer views of Volcan de Agua
- Rooms come equipped with small fridges, which is handy if you travel solo and want to have a snack in the evening without going out for a full meal
- Free WiFi
- It’s exceptionally clean, bright and well-managed with a friendly owner and helpful staff
- Some rooms face the corridor rather than an outside window
- Lower rooms can be noisy
- low season rates for the room on the lower floors are $25 but it’s worth the splurge to go up to one of the upper floors where you’ll pay $32-$45 USD but get more peace and quiet
- Set within the restored gardens and archeological ruins of a 17th century convent, this art-filled boutique hotel is well worth the splurge even if you’re on a budget. Rooms begin at around $109 USD a night ( plus tax) for a single but do include breakfast. A double room is $119 so if you’re travelling as a pair the per person rate is quite affordable.
- The property offers a swimming pool, a rare luxury in Antigua.
- Breakfast is a hot, full breakfast with several options.
- Free WiFi
- Located in the Candelaria neighbourhood, it’s quite quiet and tranquil offering the sense that you’ve entered a private sanctuary.
- The location Calle de los Duelos No. 11, is a bit out of the way, which can be a good thing if you’re looking for peace and quiet. But it is a 10 minute walk to the heart of Antigua.
- Tiny biting no–see-ums, those gnats that seem to seek me out no matter where I go, can be an issue in the garden area. If you forget and leave your door to your suite open, the pesky insects will find your way into your bedroom and annoy you all night. If this happens, ask the front desk for a package of Raid Laminitas, an electric insect zapper. Plug it into an electric socket and in 30 minutes your room will be free of mosquitos, ants or whatever might be flying around.
- I always travel with Laminitas, you can purchase a package for under $7 USD in most supermarkets in Mexico and Guatemala. Each insert lasts for 24 hours.
- The priciest of my three hotel options, the rate of $109+ a night ( not including tax) is compensated by the fact that a full breakfast is included and you’re enjoying a unique and luxurious stay that would likely cost $500 USD or more anywhere else in the world.
HOW TO GET TO ANTIGUA FROM GUATEMALA CITY
- Antigua is closer than you think. It’s just 25 kilometres from Guatemala City’s La Aurora International Airport (GUA), which means that if there is no traffic, you can be at your hotel in just 45 minutes.
- So, unless you really want to spend time in Guatemala City (and there are lots of reasons to do so) I recommend you travel directly to your hotel in Antigua rather than overnight in Guatemala City.
- Many hotels in Antigua offer 24 hour service so even if you arrive after dark, you can still check-in. I arrived at Posada La Merced at 2:00 am and had no problem checking in , once the bellman woke up. If you arrive late, look for the buzzer and ring it to wake up the night watchman.
- Some hotels offer a private transfer service for their guests and that’s worth definitely considering if you’re travelling in a pair. The cost is usually around $36 USD.
- Another option is to book a shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua with a provider such as Adrenalina Tours. They offer shuttle van throughout Guatemala ( and to Mexico) at reasonable rates and with offices in Antigua, Quetzaltenango and Panajachel, they can take you most anywhere you want to go. The cost per person for a shuttle from Guatemala City to Antigua is $12 USD and you can book online with a minimum of two travellers.
- The shuttles drop you at your hotel, which sounds convenient, but can be less so if you’re in a full van and the last person dropped off. In Antigua, I’ve bounced around for 30 minutes or more in a shuttle while dropping or picking people up. If you’ve had a long international flight, it might be worth your peace of mind and comfort to book a private shuttle.
- Note that in the shuttles you can reserve the exact seat you want for no extra cost. If you can, try to choose a seat near the front of the van. If you’re prone to motion sickness choose the seat directly behind the driver as there will be less motion and the window generally opens. It’s a short ride to Antigua so where you sit likely doesn’t matter but on long haul trips, you’ll want to specify your seat.
- It’s also possible to find low cost shuttle services that will offer transportation for as low as $5. In my experience, this is NOT a wise idea. The most recent time I took a budget shuttle, the tires were bald, the brakes squealed like a pen of pigs and the speedometer on the dashboard didn’t work, but I swear we hit speeds of 140 kilometres. The van was also over packed which meant I sat for 5 hours straddling a gear shift stick between my thighs. Not fun, or safe.
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