SOURCE: El Convento Hotel

El Convento Hotel

March 31, 2014 10:22 ET

Highlights and Hotels for Holy Week in Antigua, Guatemala

The Ancient UNSECO World Heritage City Rolls Out a Rainbow of Celebrations and Carpets

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA--(Marketwired - Mar 31, 2014) - Thousands of people from around the world will soon congregate along the cobblestoned streets of Antigua, Guatemala to celebrate Semana Santa or Holy Week leading up to Easter. The spiritual and vibrant annual festival celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and features a procession of floats, carpet making and candlelight vigils. Spectators will enjoy a carnival of color displayed in purple-robed men carrying floats depicting Christ and processional route adorned with colorful carpets consisting of flowers, fruits and sawdust dyed in a kaleidoscope of colors.

The celebration, which began on Ash Wednesday, will reach its climax on Good Friday, April 18 when the streets of Antigua will be brimming with processions and spectators. Holy Week has evolved into one of Antigua's most avidly attended and vividly remembered tourism and religious attractions. Americans looking to experience the grandiose religious celebration can enjoy direct flights to Guatemala City, Guatemala from major U.S. cities including NY, LA, Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas.

Hotel rooms are booked months in advance but many still have limited rooms. Here are three diverse hotels to choose from:

El Convento:
Recently awarded TripAdvisors 2014 Travelers' Choice Award in Guatemala for TopTen Hotels in Romance and Small Hotels, El Convento is located on a cobblestone street across from the legendary Capuchinas Convento. The hotel features 26 spacious, exquisitely decorated suites drawing upon the history and culture in one of the most popular destinations in Central America. For more information, visit www.elconventoantigua.com.

Radisson Hotel & Suites Guatemala City:
The Radisson Hotel & Suites Guatemala City is conveniently located ten minutes away from La Aurora International Airport in the heart of Guatemala city´s Zona Viva. Many of the 141 spacious suites offer panoramic views of the city and its myriad bars and restaurants. Dining options at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Guatemala City include two onsite restaurants. For more information, visit www.radissonguatemala.com.

Lo Bernal: Enjoy an intimate and authentic experience
Located in the center of Antigua, Guatemala, Lo Bernal is a lovely intimate boutique bed and breakfast, brimming with Spanish colonial style and charm. Each of the nine guest rooms is warm and cozy paying homage to its Colonial heritage through Spanish-style ceilings, antique furnishings and terra cotta walls. For more information, visit www.lodebernal.com

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