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Porta Hotel Antigua
La Antigua, Guatemala
Why Stay At Porta Hotel Antigua
Like much of Antigua, Guatemala, this hacienda-style hotel reflects the area's Spanish roots; two pools and kids' activities make it a smart choice for families.
Just three blocks from Antigua, Guatemala's main town square, Porta Hotel is a lush oasis in the heart of the city—with arboles del paraíso (trees of paradise) and scarlet macaws right outside the window. Built on the grounds of a former coffee plantation, this 110-room hotel features well-manicured grounds, two solar-heated pools, and a kids' area—abuzz with face-painting, arts and crafts, and piñatas on weekends. For a taste of Guatemalan cuisine, try the hotel's Los Moros restaurant and the traditional pepián de pollo (boiled chicken breast served with pumpkin-seed sauce), or the arbol de la vida massage at on-site Ceiba Porta Spa, which incorporates local maize for exfoliation and jade stones to activate the chakras.
At breakfast, don't miss the smoothie bar, which lets you blend your own mix of berries, yogurt, and orange juice.
If you visit during Holy Week, help local artisans weave an alfombra (rug) using looms at the hotel. The finished, stitched-together carpet will be on display until Easter Sunday.
Arrive at La Aurora Guatemala City Airport (GUA) which is approximately 25 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 45 minutes of travel time.8a Calle Poniente No. 1, La Antigua, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Two Heated Pools
- Kids' Club
- Spa on Property
- Fitness Room
- Beauty Salon
- Reading Room
- Convenience Store
- Concierge Services
- Wooden Floors
- Cable TV
- Radio Alarm Clocks
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- In-Room Safes
- In-room Dining
- 2-person occupancy
- All hotel taxes
Some resorts charge a daily resort fee that is payable directly to the property upon arrival. These fees are not included in the Total paid to Vacationist.
Why We Love La Antigua
Best explored on foot, this UNESCO World Heritage city, surrounded by three volcanoes—Agua, Acatenango, and Volcán de Fuego—is known for cobblestone streets, pastel-colored churches, and handicraft markets.
6 Calle Poniente.
Dinner for two $30.
Where to Shop: It seems that almost every visiting politician stops in at the 63,000-square-foot Jade factory and museum, where jewelry, sculptures, and masks are crafted on-site.
4a Calle Oriente, no. 34
Best Views: Take a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride to the foot of Cerro de la Cruz, where a hike to the summit offers bird's-eye views of the city and Agua volcano.
Best Day Trip: Head out with Alaccarta Tours to visit the crater of Pacaya, which is located one hour from Antigua.
Half-day trips from $40 per person.
Why Go Now
March 24-31, 2013
During Holy Week, religious processions ceremoniously trample intricate alfombras, which are laid down on the streets.
November 1, 2013
Celebrate All Saint's Day with a picnic in the town cemetery. Kites are flown to raise the souls of the dead, to turn away evil spirits, and send good messages to the ancestors.
December 7, 2013
Burning of the Devil Celebrations
Ceremonial burning of giant diablos to rid the country of evil, followed by fireworks and marimba performances.