Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Antigua Guatemala (2022 Updated)

In general, Guatemala is not a gay-friendly country, even in larger cities; however, few gay travelers will encounter any issues of discrimination and in the city capital you can find a few gay friendly hotels Antigua Guatemala.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Guatemala may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Guatemala.

Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. It’s renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings, many of them restored following a 1773 earthquake that ended Antigua’s 200-year reign as Guatemala’s colonial capital. Notable architectural examples include baroque La Merced church. It’s an integral part of the city’s famous Semana Santa, a holy week with parades and rituals.

 

Things to do in Antigua, Guatemala

 

 

Day Tours Antigua, Guatemala

 

 

1. Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala

Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo
Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo

This luxurious 5-star hotel is set 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Antigua Guatemala. Set in a former convent, it offers an outdoor pool, spa and gym, as well as several museums and galleries.

Set within pretty gardens, the spacious rooms at Hotel Museo Casa Santo Domingo feature elegant décor, a fireplace and scenic views. Plasma cable TV, a safe, minibar and private bathroom all feature.

The gourmet El Tenedor restaurant serves breakfast and traditional cuisine and guests can enjoy snacks and refreshments on the terrace from the El Cabido bar.

In 1979 UNESCO declared the colonial city of La Antigua Guatemala as a World Cultural Heritage Site turning it to a recognized treasure of exceptional value before the eyes of the world. In the XVII Century, the Convent of Santo Domingo was one of the largest in America and in 1773, the earthquake of Santa Marta almost totally destroyed it.

In 1989, the project known as Casa Santo Domingo was developed with the primary objective of rescuing the vestiges of the Convent and Temple buried under tons of rubble. Hotel Museum Spa Casa Santo Domingo progressively emerged where each corner is a page lost in time that joins others to form a beautiful chapter of the great book of our history.

This was our first stay here, and it is a beautiful property. The grounds are lovely, and our room was well appointed and very very clean (be sure to get one with a window, patio or balcony). Be sure to take advantage of visiting the onsite museums and ruins.

The staff is very very friendly and service oriented. Food was good, but they need some more “casual” options at dinner. The property was expensive by Guatemala standards, but coming from the US, affordable luxury.

We also visited the restaurant and museum at Santo Domingo del Cerro, up the hill from the hotel and had a delicious breakfast and enjoyed wonderful art installations.

Probably not just one of Guatemala’s most beautiful hotels, but from all Central America. Unique mixture of colonial and modern architecture. A lot of stunning gardens and colonial ruins inside the hotel property. Beautiful rooms, good food, great service, incredible spa area… an unforgettable experience in the most beautiful city in Central America.

There is nothing to suggest what magic unfolds inside the walls from the outside. As with all colonial buildings, the fairytale is inside the book. As soon as you walk in, you understand that you are somewhere special, especially when you walk in at night. Almost mysterious, the candles, the sculptures, the patina, the history, a choice of music. It is like a museum where you were allowed to sleep.
Staff is really great and friendly, however some of them did not speak English too well and it is strange given it is a 5 star hotel.

On the same note the restaurant’s staff is also very kind and really trying their best, but we had to wait for some silly things, that in theory shouldn’t happen to a 5 star property. However, given it is Guatemala, we were totally OK with that.

Apart from that food was divine! Some of the dishes to remember was tuna tartare and sea bass fillet. Both came beautifully arranged on the plates with different reductions and sauces. Breakfast is not included in the room rate, so we had an excuse to try many places around Antigua and we actually were happy to do that. Also there are no kettles in the rooms, which would be nice. Our room was very large and comfortable, with antique wooden furniture.

Bathrooms are also nice. I haven’t had a chance to visit the Spa unfortunately, but swimming pool is heated and just as beautiful. Overall it is certainly a unique property one has to visit, even just to walk around without staying. As for the walking, this hotel is located quite nicely, but whole Antigua is covered in uneven cobble stones, so one has to be careful.

The rooms were nice, clean and the beds very comfortable.

The staff was very courteous. The Sunday breakfast buffet is amazing, everything from traditional Guatemalan authentic food to traditional American breakfast. Super yummy!

Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala
Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala

How much does a room costs at Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo ?

Prices start 245 $/night for Deluxe Double Room. The Superior Suite Spa Living (ADULTS ONLY) is  500$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room features a terrace, a spa bath and direct access to the SPA. It has flat-screen TV with cable channels, a minibar. The living room with fireplace and dining room are separated. The bathroom offers bath or shower and free toiletries.

Where to book online – Hotel Museo Spa Casa Santo Domingo  – Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala  you can find the best hotels deals in Antigua Guatemala during Festival de las Flores  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Antigua Guatemala on Booking.com or  Trip.com  or HotelsCombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. Meson de Maria 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala

Meson de Maria
Meson de Maria

Just 200 m from Antigua’s Central Park, Villa Meson in Exclusive Condominium offers city views, free private parking and a charming central courtyard filled with plants. Each stylish room includes free Wi-Fi.

Rooms at the Mesón de María feature elegant colonial-style décor and cable TV. All rooms have a safe, a telephone and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

A free continental breakfast is served daily at Villa Meson in Exclusive Condominium. Room service is available from a local restaurant located opposite the hotel, which international restaurants can be found in the surrounding streets.

Staff at the 24-hour reception can provide information about the city. Antigua Cathedral and a craft market can be found within a 5-minute walk.

Looking for a place to stay in Antigua? Then look no further than Hotel Meson de Maria, a romantic hotel that brings the best of Antigua to your doorstep.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, and you can stay connected during your stay as Hotel Meson de Maria offers guests free wifi.

The hotel features a 24 hour front desk, a rooftop terrace, and a concierge. Plus, Hotel Meson de Maria offers free breakfast, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Antigua, Hotel Meson de Maria is located a short distance from Arco de Santa Catalina (0.2 mi) and Iglesia de La Merced (0.2 mi).

If you like Italian restaurants, Hotel Meson de Maria is conveniently located near El Tenedor del Cerro, Angie Angie CafeArte, and El Cazador Italiano.

If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out Cerro de la Cruz (0.5 mi), Caoba Farms (0.9 mi), or Casa Santo Domingo Museums (0.5 mi), which are popular attractions amongst tourists, and they are all within walking distance.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Hotel Meson de Maria as you experience everything Antigua has to offer.

Absolutely perfect locationCentrally located for walks to the arch, gift shops, the Central Square, local and tourist markets, etc. Breakfast included high-quality coffee, scrambled eggs, beans, plantains, fresh fruit, and the best granola I’ve ever had.

Our deluxe room and plenty of space, safe for valuables, and maybe most importantly, hot water. Great sitting areas and rooftop view of the surrounding mountains and volcano. One important note. The hotel has one parking space, so if you are driving there try to reserve that space early.

Beautifully appointed and decorated hotel in the heart of old Antigua. We had been blessed with an earlier stay in Antigua (in another great hotel!) and were absolutely thrilled with our stay of 2-nights at Hotel Meson de Maria. The room was airy, comfortable and clean.

We enjoyed wonderful sleep and the ability to find a quiet spot to read/relax in the numerous public areas (the rooftop terrace included).
The breakfasts in the central courtyard were very enjoyable and provided a full range of both continental and cooked options. Late afternoon, the hotel placed coffee/tea and a snack in the same courtyard to be enjoyed by the guests.

Our breakfast was included and consisted of pancakes, potatoes, yogurt & fruit. We had booked a double deluxe room and requested a quiet room and were placed on the second level in the back of hotel (room 208), which was perfect for us. Keep in mind there are no elevators here. Wifi was decent and from the rooftop you can spot the three volcanoes surrounding Antigua.

Very nice Boutique Hotel, With comfortable rooms, great decoration, a world class service, excellent traditional Breakfast in the lovely courtyard and last but not least, the best rooftop to enjoy a cold cerveza after a long day sightseeing, overlooking the City and the volcanoes. If you lucky you even see the vulcano working at night.

Great price for what you get. Especially the location, just 1,5 blocks away from the Central Plaza… it can’t get much better.

The hotel itself is beautiful and the attention to detail is spectacular. I loved the décor – the antiques and furniture in the public areas, the comfy sofas and armchairs dotted about the place and little nooks perfect for curling up to read a book or have a cup of coffee.

This and the atmosphere of the hotel just makes you want to be there – even with the whole of Antigua literally on the doorstep. We had no idea how central it was when we booked it. The roof terrace also has excellent views and is perfect at sunset.

However good the hotel looks and feels, what’s really exceptional are the staff. I have never stayed in a hotel with more helpful or friendly staff! We really looked forward to seeing each of them every time we returned to the hotel (which, as it is so central, we did regularly). They offered us great advice on places to eat as well as particular coffee and chocolate to buy

The housekeeping staff were equally lovely and always smiling and welcoming.

We stayed in a standard room and then a deluxe room. The rooms aren’t enormous American style, but they were perfect for us. The bathrooms were both great and very clean.

I think that as its an old building the structure must be more difficult to soundproof. We didn’t have a problem with this but we could hear the people in the standard room next to us. Its definitely not a loud hotel, there were no party animals staying when we were there and even when we had a room on the main courtyard it caused us no problems.

Breakfast was delicious every morning served in a beautiful courtyard or in the hotel if you prefer. There was a choice of hot Guatemalan or more American breakfasts, as well as fruit, yoghurt, toasted honey seeds, bread and jam, juice. In the afternoons hot chocolate, coffee and cakes are left out for you to help yourself.

I would love to stay here again and I would definitely recommend it to anyone I knew.

Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala
Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala

How much does a room costs at Meson de Maria ?

Prices start 70 $/night for Standard Room. The Queen Suite is  106$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room features elegant colonial-style décor and offers free Wi-Fi and cable TV. It has a safe, a telephone and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

Where to book online – Meson de Maria  – Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala  you can find the best hotels deals in Antigua Guatemala during Festival de las Flores  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Antigua Guatemala on Booking.com or  Trip.com  or HotelsCombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Porta Hotel Antigua 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala

Porta Hotel Antigua
Porta Hotel Antigua

Located on the historic town of Antigua Guatemala, this hotel is within walking distance from main churches and colonial buildings. Porta Hotel Antigua offers a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

The rooms at Porta Hotel feature wooden or carpeted floors, and beamed ceilings, while most of them have a fireplace and offer views of the pool or the gardens. There is another room section that can be reached through a tunnel, resembling a cloister.

The spa offers a special indigenous steam bath called Temascal. There is also a beauty parlour and a massage room. Los Moros Restaurant serves traditional Guatemalan cuisine, and the bar offers snacks and drinks.

WELCOME TO PORTA ANTIGUA – LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA Marvel at majestic volcanoes, roam cobblestone streets that twist past historic churches and monument or just embrace the warm culture found only in the enchanting city of La Antigua Guatemala or better known as Antigua This is isn’t just a holiday, wedding or meeting destination – it’s a journey that will enrich your life. Guatemala located in Central America is recognized as the Heart of the Mayan Civilization.

Porta Antigua connects you with the culture, history, tradition, glamour, passion and spirit of Guatemala. Located strategically in the historical district of La Antigua – one of the three main capitals of the new world together with Mexico City, Mexico and Lima, Peru during the Spanish conquest period – our quaint yet sophisticated accommodations offer an unforgettable experience. You’ll be inspired by the energy that permeates every corner of this unique destination. Just relax and take it all in.

Porta Antigua previously known also as Hotel Antigua, the hotel with most tradition in the destination for over 65 years was chosen as one of the Top Five Hotels in Central America by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. You’ll realize why as soon as you step inside. Each of our 110 rooms and suites features traditional-style architecture accented with local Guatemalan crafts and textiles. Enjoy total luxury with our opulent master suite or reserve one of our functional and affordable deluxe rooms.

Porta Antigua Hotel is a gorgeous oasis of a hotel located in the incredible city of La Antigua and is about a three-minute walk to the main square of the city. It is a large hotel with many people working there to make sure you have a wonderful time. All of the staff have excellent manners and are helpful and kind.

The hotel itself features several old-style fancy Antiguan buildings and two swimming pools: one is in a huge lush fantastic garden area, and one is in a courtyard. We used the pool daily, and it made our time there fantastic. There are amazing plants like gigantic birds of paradise, heliconia and philodendron and many others growing on the grounds of the hotel’s extensive garden.

They have a large poolside outdoor area for dining as well as a cafe/bar area that is more enclosed when it is cooler or rains. They have two 35-year-old guacamayas who say “hola” when you walk by: Lola and Pepa. There are also many wild birds who sing loud and strong and all day. There are a few interesting fountains on the grounds and many large wooden benches with cushions. on them where you can read, chat, watch the volcanoes or see the sunset.

All rooms have fireplaces and someone will come to your room and light a fire upon request when it gets cool during the rainy season. Many rooms have private patios. Over our 90 days there, we stayed in 3 different rooms but our favorites were suites 101 and 103; they were large rooms with beautiful dark tile floors, and everything was comfortable and clean and made well. The hotel features a beautiful, long portico and lots of places to walk around. The hotel reception is wonderful too—a large room with a huge fireplace, a fountain next to it, local paintings, a piano, the concierge desk, a model of the hotel, etc.

The grounds are lovely, with a nice pool, beautiful birds, lots of greenery, and volcano views. The rooms are comfortable and even have a terrace or balcony to sit and enjoy your surroundings. The restaurant and bar provide a great atmosphere and quality meals and the massages at the spa are wonderful. Everywhere we wanted to explore in Antigua was in walking distance, too. Antigua is such a great place to visit and Porta made it even better by giving us a relaxing vacation vibe.

Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala
Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala

How much does a room costs at Porta Hotel Antigua ?

Prices start 129 $/night for Deluxe Executive. The Premium Double Room is  150$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This spacious room features 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed. It comes with a seating area with fireplace, a bathroom with bathtub, slippers and bathrobes.

These rooms feature a private entrance through a tunnel across the street and in the main building behind the pool.

Where to book online – Porta Hotel Antigua  – Gay Friendly Hotels Antigua Guatemala  you can find the best hotels deals in Antigua Guatemala during Festival de las Flores  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Antigua Guatemala on Booking.com or  Trip.com  or HotelsCombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.