San Rafael, Antigua

Step off the street and in through the dark wooden doors to enter the grand colonial surrounds of San Rafael. Centred around a lush courtyard of Italian cypresses, colourful native plants and gently babbling fountains, it offers a tranquil oasis in the heart of Antigua’s historic centre. Easily one of Antigua (and our) best-kept secrets, San Rafael is the boutique hideaway you’ve been looking for, just seconds away from the Santa Catalina Arch.


San Rafael is located in the city of Antigua, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. The hotel is located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the old streets of Antigua, about an hour’s drive from La Aurora Airport.


San Rafael oozes intimacy with only 7 rooms, each with its own unique blend of colonial charm and contemporary elegance. Each room is uniquely designed with colourful Guatemalan fabrics, hand-carved wood furniture, stone fireplaces and antique crystal chandeliers. Eclectic artwork and sleek bathrooms with granite surfaces and walk-in rain showers are just some of the modern features found here, with the natural light flooding into each room via the skylights another refreshing twist for this period property.


You really can’t beat the location. The hotel is just steps away from Fifth Avenue, where you’ll find numerous artisan shops, restaurants and galleries. The lush courtyard is the perfect spot to eat your breakfast, and for those who enjoy a hot beverage as soon as you wake up, you’ll be able to help yourself to complimentary tea and coffee from the courtyard each morning.