Discover Antigua Guatemala

Explore the Magic of Our City

Whether you’re interested in Antigua’s architectural treasures, colorful local culture or stunning scenery, our boutique hotel is the perfect locale as you set out to discover the top attractions in the city.

Our Pensativo House Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Antigua Guatemala, or "Ancient Guatemala," which was founded in 1524 as our country’s third capital city. Located 35 kilometers west of Guatemala City, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its beautifully preserved Baroque-style architecture dating back to the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Set out walking down Antigua’s cobblestone streets and uncover 250-year-old churches, historic convents, ancient ruins, a downtown artisan market and picturesque squares all within approximately 10 minutes. Here, you will experience the opportunity to absorb an immense amount of local culture – to taste authentic Guatemalan cuisine; to browse leisurely through boutique shops; to dance along with vibrant nightlife; and to wonder in awe at three majestic volcanoes (Agua, Acatenango and Fuego.) Discover the rich cultural heritage of our city!

Want to explore more of Antigua? Our concierge can help you organize a zip-lining excursion through the forest, local coffee farm tour or hike to the Volcán de Agua (Volcano of Water). Come to Pensativo House Hotel for the true magic of Ancient Guatemala.

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St. Joseph Cathedral

distance: 0.3 miles from hotel
Interior at Pensativo House Hotel

This beautiful church features grand architecture and serves as the Cathedral of the Archdiocese, with daily church, prayer and music services. 

Casa Santo Domingo Museums

distance: 0.65 miles from hotel
Exterior at Pensativo House Hotel

Antigua’s Museums Promenade offers a range of fascinating museums in one complex, including the Colonial Museum, the Archeology Museum, the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Modern Glass, the Marco Augusto Quiroa and the Artist Halls, the Silver Museum and the Pharmacy Museum. 

Jade Factory

distance: 0.6 miles from hotel
Exterior at Pensativo House Hotel

Since 1977, the Jade Factory has been the best place in Antigua to buy certified jade jewelry and accessories. 

Convento y Arco de Santa Catarina

distance: 0.35 miles from hotel
Exterior at Pensativo House Hotel

Located near Central Plaza, Arco de Santa Catalina is an Antigua icon. Built in the 17th century, it originally connected the Santa Catalina convent to a school, allowing the cloistered nuns to pass from one building to the other without venturing out on the street. 

Convento de Capuchinas

distance: 0.65 miles from hotel
Exterior at Pensativo House Hotel

This 18th-century convent is known throughout the world and features stunning historic architecture framing a serene courtyard with a cascading fountain and vibrant bougainvillea trees.

Museo del Libro

distance: 0.3 miles from hotel
Exterior at Pensativo House Hotel

This intimate museum is located in Central Plaza and houses a diverse selection of Colonial era books, landmark city documents, replicas of printing presses from the 1600’s and the first edition of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s influential novel The Indigenous Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha.

Volcan de Pacaya

distance: 28 miles from hotel
Exterior at Pensativo House Hotel

No trip to Antigua is complete without exploring the volcanoes outside the city. Hike the breathtaking landscape of the impressive Pacaya, which is Guatemala’s most active volcano, and enjoy views of three other nearby volcanoes when you reach the 8,000 summit, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango.


distance: 55 miles from hotel
Specials at Pensativo House Hotel

One of the most famous markets in Guatemala, Chichicastenango attracts artisans from surrounding towns to sell their handicrafts, textiles, silver goods, ceramics and wood crafts. Fruits and vegetables are also available. 

Lake Atitlan

distance: 86 miles from hotel
Exterior at Pensativo House Hotel

Nestled in the cradle of lush hillsides and magnificent volcanoes, Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Pensativo House Hotel

Exterior at Pensativo House Hotel

4a Avenida Sur No. 24, La Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, 03001, Guatemala