Its hard to tell if this is a beautiful botanic garden with a great hotel or a great hotel with a beautiful botanic garden! The hotel is off a small landscaped courtyard. After checking in to our wonderfully decorated room, we couldn't wait to go outside and explore the grounds. We were told that the hotel employs 6 full-time gardeners - and their love of what they do is evident on every path and around every turn! The gardens are spectacular, and so is the view from the hotel, restaurant and pool area. Looking out over lake Atitlan, you can see three volcanos. What a setting! Meals were served buffet style and most were typical and average (nothing as memorable as the views). The staff and service were excellent. A cruise across the lake to Santiago for shopping (sharpen your negotiation skills before you go!) was very enjoyable. We have wonderful memories of our stay at Hotel Atitlan.