With many of the fine decorative touches and amenities of its pricier boutique counterparts El Meson de María (3a Calle Poniente #8, tel. 7832-6068 or 7832-0520, www.hotelmesondemaria.com , $75–135 d) is a good value. Its 20 brand-new, well-appointed rooms are attractively decorated with Guatemalan fabrics and beautifully carved wooden headboards. You’ll feel the antique charm as soon as you enter the doorway of your room framed with antique wooden beams. Rooms on the second floor have skylights and some of the spacious tiled bathrooms have whirlpool tubs. There are gorgeous views of the town and volcanoes from the delightful third-floor terrace. Rates include breakfast at the nearby La Fonda de la Calle Real.
Outside the city center on the way to Santa Ana is Hotel Quinta de las Flores (Calle del Hermano Pedro #6, tel. 7832-3721/25, www.quintadelasflores.com , $70–130 d), another excellent value. The lodge was built on the site of what were once public baths and you can still hear the soothing sounds of tinkling fountains throughout the property. The charming rooms, built around a peaceful garden, feature tile floors, chimneys, cable TV, Guatemalan bedspreads, and nice accents and furnishings along with a small porch with sitting area. Larger two-bedroom casitas comfortably sleep five and have living room, dining room, and fully equipped kitchen. There’s a large outdoor swimming pool just next to the hotel’s restaurant, which serves Guatemalan dishes, including delicious chuchitos and tostadas, or salads, steak, and chicken. It’s a good choice for vacationing families.
Hotel Casa Azul (4a Avenida Norte #5, tel. 7832-0961/62, www.casazul.guate.com , $83 d including breakfast) has comfortable rooms with cable TV and minibar, some with carpeting, decorated with an abundance of colorful hues and pretty tiles. There’s a small pool with volcano views and a whirlpool tub.
Posada de Don Rodrigo (5a Avenida Norte #17, tel. 7832-0291, $68 d) is one of Antigua’s classic hotels, well situated near the Arco de Santa Catalina . Housed in a very old house, the inviting rooms have been updated with all the comforts of a modern hotel. The staff wears traditional costumes and marimba music can often be heard in the main courtyard.
Hotel Casa Noble (2a Avenida Sur #29, tel. 7832-0864, www.hotelcasanoble.com ) has 11 beautifully decorated rooms, some with views of Agua Volcano, featuring electronic locks and cable TV starting at $80 d. There’s a pleasant garden courtyard with tables and the management is extremely friendly. You’ll feel right at home.