Serene and private, the El Convento combines the beautiful colonial ambiance of Antigua with state-of-the-art amenities (even an ipod dock so you can play your favorite music in the room). This hotel's 20 guest rooms surround a beautifully landscaped courtyard garden, and each features an in-room fireplace, spacious marble bathroom, and a private patio (the Suites and Grand Suites also offer private Jacuzzis). El Convento is close to the center of town (great restaurants and shopping) but far enough away to avoid the hustle and bustle. Be sure to order a mojito at the rooftop lounge/bar, which has a marvelous view of Agua Volcano. A nice touch: at night the hotel is lit by flickering candles, contributing to its warm and welcoming ambiance.