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One of the BEST Hotels in Antigua Guatemala: Mesòn Panza Verde

Chances are, you’re reading this because you’re looking for hotels in Antigua, Guatemala. You likely want to know “where should I stay?!” And boy, oh boy, do I have an answer for you. First, let me share that I was once in the exact same position as you… scouring the internet scrutinizing over what accommodation to book for my time in Antigua. But then, I found the gem of all gems. I present to you Mesòn Panza Verde.

Let me be up front about the fact that I love this hotel. There may be some periodic gushing. But we are going to go over what makes it so good, what you should expect and the things you should consider before booking.

Mesòn Panza Verde is a family owned and operated hotel that celebrated their 30th anniversary in business just shortly after my stay.

Lodging Type: Luxury Stay, Boutique hotel

Book Mesòn Panza Verde: Here

Where is the Hotel Located?

When comparing hotels in Antigua, Guatemala, I’m not sure how it can get much better than this in terms of location. The caveat of a very centrally located accommodation is that it can often be quite noisy. Not this hotel – at night time it’s quiet as can be. Furthermore, that’s even with the live music that is performed in the restaurant!

Green wooden door open to a ornate wall with beautiful details and a shelf with vibrant flowers sitting in a vase
Entrance of the hotel – there are so many beautiful ornate details everywhere

Antigua itself, is a small city. I mean it’s only 775 meters (2,542 feet) from north to south and 635 meters (2,083 feet) east and west. So, no matter where you stay, you’ll likely be able to get around fairly easily on foot.

Meson Panza Verde means

Green Belly Inn

That aside, the beauty of staying at Mesòn Panza Verde versus other hotels in Antigua, Guatemala is that it’s truly a pleasant stroll to an abundance of points of interest and dining.

The entrance of the hotel
The place is lit beautifully at night

Mesòn Panza Verde is located on a quiet cobblestone street. Just a bit up the way is an awesome coffee shoppe that I’d start my day in everyday Artista de Cafe. The coffee is good, the staff is lovely and it’s a nice relaxing atmosphere.

Tip: if you are able and don’t mind walking, you can get to almost anywhere you’d need to go on foot from this hotel. In the event that you have to go a bit further, you can hail a tuk tuk and they are very inexpensive.

What to Expect & Amenities on Site

Depending on when you visit Antigua, you may get some rainy days. But, when staying in a hotel like this – you may not be wishing for the rain to go away. It rained on our first night in Antigua and in this setting… it felt magical.

View from the Yoga Studio
Beautiful greenery everywhere

As the rain gently fell in the courtyard, it made all the plants glisten. It was so nice to listen to while having dinner. The way the hotel is setup, you can enjoy the rainfall while staying dry.

Rooftop view of Antigua surrounded by architecture with distressed paint and greenery
One of the many views from the very large rooftop on Mesòn Panza Verde

The hotel has an:

On site restaurant with great food and service that also has live musical performances Thursday- Saturday evenings

A tiny underground bar that also has live music on select days

Comfy lounge with a roaring fireplace in the evenings

Quaint little Art Gallery

Yoga studio

Wading Pool

Enormous rooftop with lots of seating and panoramic views of Antigua

Room service

The lounge inside the hotel restaurant
The Blue Room is the underground bar with live music

While of course you’ll be busy exploring Antigua, you will love the atmosphere back at your hotel as well. It’s relaxing and welcoming and an all around beautiful property.

Tip: the pool is a small wading pool and it’s located within the hotel’s restaurant. In my opinion, it would be kind of awkward to actually swim in it, BUT it makes for a beautiful ambiance to dine next to.

Beautiful staircases all throughout the property

What’s to Eat?

There is an awesome restaurant located inside of Mesòn Panza Verde that is actually a very popular upscale restaurant in Antigua.

The food and service is wonderful and the atmosphere is dreamy. There’s a glowing fire roaring in the cocktail lounge during dinner and Thursday – Saturday there is live music performances in the restaurant.

Macadamia crusted salmon with squid ink risotto
Macadamia Parfait & Pear Mille Feuille

Breakfast is included in your stay. At the time of my visit, you could select from an à la carte menu and either dine in the main courtyard of the hotel or you could have breakfast in your room or patio. You can also choose a beverage – juice, coffee or tea.

Large white coffee cup filled with morning latte and cappuccino art sitting on a table amongst greenery
Delicious Morning Latte
white plate topped with eggs, plantains, beans and cheese
Guatemalan Breakfast

Most days we had breakfast on our private patio, but did dine in the courtyard one morning. It was so pleasant – surrounded by all the greenery and birds singing.

Tip: It appears as though they might be offering a complimentary breakfast buffet now for Guests instead of the à la carte menu.

The Room


Beautiful fireplace with a roaring fire with a table of desserts in front of it at one of the best hotels in Antigua Guatemala
Room service in front of the fireplace in our room

This suite is one of the best rooms I’ve ever stayed in. And I’ve stayed at the St. Regis on 5th Avenue in New York City. I love that this hotel has managed to accomplish creating that sophisticated and elegant, ‘I’m staying at a friend’s mansion’ feel, yet it feels extremely homey and cozy.

A nice desk to sit at
View of the bedroom from the bathroom

The suite is quite large. It has a large cozy living room area complete with a desk, couch and a couple chairs and coffee table. For me, what makes this living room is the large, wonderful fireplace.

Tip: If you’re not used to making fires in fireplaces with real wood, the staff will happily come up and prepare your fireplace in the evening for you.

The drapes are excellent at keeping the light out in the morning. The room also had a hand woven hammock outside the French doors and we had a large private patio to dine on. It was also on the same level as the art gallery with a large veranda. The stairs just outside our room led up to the rooftop deck.

One of my absolute favorite parts of this suite is the bathroom. There is a coffee and tea station located within it, the tub comes equipped with bath salts and a large candelabra filled with candles. Perhaps the best part is the open air ceiling. This bathroom is a dream!

Know Before You Go

One of the things that initially blew me away about this hotel was how incredibly beautiful it is, the quality of the stay, service and food for the cost of roughly about $150USD per night. Just six months after my stay, it appears the nightly rate of Master Suite 5 has more than doubled per night.

The only hiccup in our entire stay was not to the fault of the hotel. Unfortunately the building next door was under renovation and in the morning there was a horrendous banging and hammering next door and power tools were constantly going. This definitely didn’t happen at night and the hotel went to speak with them about starting later in the day. I doubt this will be the case during your stay, but had to mention it for transparency.

Mesòn Panza Verde accepts children of age fifteen and up, pets are not allowed.

If you want to book this fabulous hotel, you can do so: here.

Have any questions about this stay? Let me know in the comments below!

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