Meson Panza Verde was established in 1986 as the first Luxury Boutique Hotel and Restaurant (European style) in Antigua. Ideally located at the quiet end of famous Fifth Avenue. It is a pleasant five minute walk from Antigua's main Plaza and Cathedral down cobble stone streets past wonderful ruins and delightful shops. Our hotel has a total or twelve rooms. Nine uniquely decorated suites and three double rooms. Just beyond the entrance, there is an inviting central garden and fountain surrounded by a veranda that is quintessential Antigua. Meson Panza Verde has been selected as a Fodor´s Choice Establishment. Our restaurant has received the coveted Medal de Oro (of Gold) award, which is the best in the country.
Our Restaurant motto is "international cuisine with a twist". People often ask about our name. Panza Verde (green belly) is what generations of Antigüeños have called themselves. No one is quite certain of the true story, but it is said the people who remained here after the Capital was moved to Guatemala City were so poor they had to subsist on avocados. Being a Panza Verde is mentioned with great pride. We also announce the opening of our new property, B'alam Ya, on the shores of Lake Atitlan. You will find a link to its website at the upper left corner of this page.
La Antigua Guatemala was the colonial Spanish capital of Central America. It is a World Heritage site, and is perhaps the most important tourist destination in Guatemala. Learn more about Guatemala.