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“Christmas in Santa Catarina” 4 of 5 stars
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Villa Santa Catarina
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Santa Catarina Palopo, Panajachel, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #10 of 30 Hotels in Panajachel
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“Christmas in Santa Catarina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

The views from this hotel of the volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlan were superb. Sadly, neither the lawns nor gardens ran down to the Lake which were abutted by soccer and basketball facilities. The village is unfettered and Christmas Eve Mass in its Church will always be remembered. The hotel was almost empty during our stay and despite its relatively high charges was deficient in many areas. The hot and cold water supply was indifferent; there was no coffee or tea provision in the room or vending in the hotel; the pool was not wholly clean and the hotel catering prices were twice that of the village eateries. Toiletry provision was limited to two small bars of soap for 3 days occupancy. The Receptionist Natalia, was very helpful and made all our onward bookings for us. A final note: the villages around the Lake are very commercial except for the lesser know ones and the Lake crossing can be bumpy.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Enschede
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

The thruth is: we doubted a little bit about this hotel, because it is in the village of sante caterina, 3.5 km away from panajachel. But we are so glad that we did so, this hotel is absolutely stunning!

Getting there from busy panajachel is no problem, either use the tuktuk ( 20 QTZ, or use a pickup-truck as the locals do for 3 QTZ pro person, or use a lanchero boat). Sante Caterina is actually a tranquil little village with LOTS of kids, so expect a smile everyday....

The view from the hotel onto the lake is absolutely stunning, be sure to ask lakeside view, numbers 23-27. View on the lake, vulcanoes and pool. Rooms are equiped with cable-tv with more American channels than in Mexico, BBC, CNN and even a German channel.
Restaurant absolutely has good food, evening meals and desayunos against reasonable prices. Friendly service, waiters in local dress.

This hotel is to me absolutely amazing, enjoy the sunset and sunrise and get wakened up by tons of birds. Breathtaking!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

10 minutes drive from manic Panachel is this oasis. The village itself is uncommercialised and in truth has little to offer, but the hotel is a gem. Sitting on the lake edge the views are stunning, get up early for great photos it's worth the effort. The grounds are beautiful and the 2 pools one for adults and another for smaller people are well looked after. Our room was very clean and well maintained. The restaurant was more than adequate, we had breakfast and dinner and the food was well served by very friendly staff always immaculately turned out in local costume, nothing was too much trouble. You can tour the lake and other villages from the shore which is only a few metres from the hotel. Enjoy a couple of day's relaxing, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jurong, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2011

Over the past several years I have been blessed to make several trips to Lake Atitlan.  I'm sure every tourist to the region has a favorite city around the lake.  For me, Santa Catarina is the town that touches my soul.
Last year, I was with a group of friends and we rented a villa in Santa Catarina.  La Casa Colibri (not sure what it means in English), was a spectacular place for my friends and family.  This year it was only two of us and La Casa Colibri was booked so I knew I wanted a hotel in Santa Catarina and not Panahachel.  I was sure nothing could live up to my wonderful experience at a private vacation rental.  Villa Santa Catarina was almost as wonderful as staying at a villa.  Okay, perhaps that isn't a fair comparison, but you know what I mean.  If you're not able to charter a private jet then flying international first class ain't bad.
Villa Santa Catarina is located in the heart of the small village with easy access to the lake and town.  
The hotel is a good place to use as a base for hiking, boating, playing tourist, and relaxing.  Villa Santa Catarina is a perfect enclave for a traveler who wants to experience the local taste and feel of an area while getting the creature comforts that make travel enjoyable.
The hotel has a good restaurant for both breakfast and dinner.  I believe it is also open for lunch. There aren't many choices in Santa Catarina for food so this is one of two that I like.  I also enjoy Casa Palapo for eating when in the mood for a more upscale dining experience.
I found a hidden gem of an art gallery up by the local church.  Most of the art around the lake is rudimentary and basic.  The art in this two story gallery is impressive, interesting, creative and different from what you can find in the more mundane store front shops.
Next year, when I'm back I will try a stay at Casa Palopo if Casa Colibri isn't available.  I love this quaint little village.
Villa Santa Catarina is a good choice in the lake area at any time.

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews 88 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

I came here with World Vets in Feb 2011 being told this was the only hotel in Santa Catarina where the food & water was the safest to eat and drink. I was totally blown way by the scenery of this place. You are completely enveloped by the idyllic beauty of the volcanoes and the views of Lake Atitlan. The morning air is filled with bird songs and the afternoon air was filled with the singing of the elementary school children nearby. Nightime air was occaisionally filled by old timer dogs who live by the docks. It was all very charming and idyllic. Everything was beautiful, quiet, and relaxing at Villa Santa Catarina. The staff was incredibly polite, accomodating, and hardworking. The food is the best you're going to get in Santa Catarina. Rooms are very clean, cute, a bit spartan but who cares, you won't spend much time in them anyway. Views of the volcanoes and the lake are everywhere from this place. I loved the employees here. They were fantastic.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

We were delighted with the quality of the rooms, the excellent and friendly service and the friendly people in the village of Santa Catarina. The food was very good and the wait staff was wonderful. We rented a boat at the docks from Senor Magdelano and we had a beautiful day touring the towns around the lake. Thank goodness we did not have to stay in Panajachel proper. It was a different world. We had a suite in the separate building and our friends had a room in the main building and we equally enjoyed the clean a spacious accommodations.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

This hotel is actually in the town of Santa Catarina not in Panajachel. It is right on the edge of Lake Atitlan with lovely views of the surrounding volcanoes. The general manager - Gabriel - speaks excellent English (some of the staff does not and my Spanish is very basic). The menu was great, I especially liked the potato soup. The service was always friendly and any problems we had (our room had no hot water initially) were resolved very quickly. My friends and I enjoyed our stay here very much.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Santa Catarina Palopo, Panajachel, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Panajachel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 30 Hotels in Panajachel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Santa Catarina 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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