Keep any disappointment in check until you arrive. You turn into a quiet cove northwest of Panajachel, and will spot an ugly high-rise building. That isn't this hotel. This Spanish-style inn consists of a main building flanked by two-story wings that surround a pool. The extensive grounds border on a long stretch of shoreline and the Reserva Natural Atitlán, a wooded reserve crossed by footpaths and hanging bridges. The rooms, each with tile floor, carved wooden furniture,
and handwoven bedspreads, have balconies overlooking the gardens or the lake. Even if you don't stay here, stop by for views of the lake at sunset. The restaurant is reliable, if a bit overpriced. The hotel also offers weekly rates, which include all meals if you like.
2 km (1 mi) northwest of Panajachel, Panajachel, 07010, Guatemala
/7762–0048; /2334–0640-in Guatemala City; /7762–1441; /2334–0641-in Guatemala City
Jan 30, 2003
Gorgeous flowering grounds and gardens, beautiful pool, arts and crafts everywhere. The parrots talk in Spanish, peacocks roam, there are lovebirds and parakeets.The room was fine, with a nice balcony and outrageous view of the lake. Bathroom was basic and they didn't leave shampoo or hand towels the second day but it's so relaxing and breathtaking I couldn't bother being annoyed. Restaurant very good for breakfast and lunch. The $11.50 round trip
to Santiago is pricey (c/w $2.50 for public ferry) but after rescuing 30 or so locals crowded into the ferry, stranded in the middle of the lake it changed my perspective. Would return and splurge for the suite!
Apr 29, 2002
Lovely setting and grounds. Wonderful bar with fireplace. Rooms aren't large by Guatemalan high-end standards but have nice balconies. Maintains intimacy and charm despite size and occasional tour buses of groups.