We spent a few days in Antigua which is about 40 minutes outside of Guatemala city. It definitely catered to the fat cats from Guatemala city who came up to hang out on the weekends. All the shops and restaurants were high end and the city had an artificial air to it with none of the usual character (with the exception of the cockroaches) that most of the other places we've visited have.
Nonetheless, it was a very pretty town and it sat in the shadow of Volcan Agua which made the scenery interesting.
There was a fairly large local market on the outskirts of the town which was a great way to kill an afternoon. As with all of the markets we've checked out, you could purchase pretty much anything that your heart desired.
Antigua is a very old city that was built in the 1500's. Unfortunately, it has suffered many earthquakes and volcano eruptions which have led to its destruction and reconstruction several times over the years. Still, some of the original architecture remains which was pretty cool to see. It's amazing that some of these buildings were build over 500 years ago.
Not a bad place to stop over but the main reason to be in Antigua was an hours drive away.....