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“Lunch is a must do” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel and Restaurant Bambu
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tzanchicham 7, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala   |  
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Jurong, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Lunch is a must do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2011

David Yates, the owner of La Casa Colibri Estate in Santa Catarina suggested we do lunch at the Bamboo when we visited Santiago. What a great suggestion.

You can eat inside or out. We ate outside and enjoyed the volcano views, water vistas and parts of the village. Everyone enjoyed their food and had a nice time.

Our boat driver took us right up to the dock. Bamboo is a must do in Santiago.

  • Stayed April 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

Thank you to the staff at Bambu. We spent 3 enjoyable days in Bungalow 1, what a fantastic position. With perfect weather we explored the surrounding bay in the kayaks. The food was plain but a good selection in a restaurant with an amazing view. Beautiful gardens and a large pool just topped off a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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kerem-maharal
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

we stayed at the hotel for 3 nights at the end of the year ,and at the end of our trip to guatemala.as other said-the location is great,and you can use their kayaks to explore the lake.the rooms are big,very clean and very quiet. the big garden is like paradise ,with a lot of birds and squirrels.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

When we pulled up to the hotel along the lake, we were just enchanted by the setting. The property is nestled in a lovely garden cooled by gentle lake breezes. The bungalows are spacious and comfy and the pool is large and a great distraction for kids. That said, I fully agree with what other reviewers who have have identified "a strange vibe." in my experience, this was reflected in a lack of attention or care, and I felt that the place lacked warmth and hospitality. For example, when I asked for assitance booking a van back to Antingua, I was told to do it back at the main town on my own.
It's a shame, because with a little TLC, it could really be a superb property.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Orinda, California
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

We stayed there over New Year's weekend and we had stayed there before. Fantastic view and helpful staff (not all spoke English). Food was the weakest point with some food great and others so-so.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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heathert390
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

We had originally booked Posada de Santiago and ended up walking out after they showed us our room which was beautifully decorated but smelled like mold.

Bambu was such a pleasant surprise! It was the last room available so we really lucked out.

The room was exactly as described and the views were INCREDIBLE. We ended up using their complimentary canoes to go out on the lake and it was so fun. The restaraunt they have on-site is also very good.

I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel if you are staying in Santiago.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alaska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2010

I really enjoyed the Bambu even after some of the local Americans giving it a bad rap. I think there is a bit of competition for the dollar going on here and maybe some bad blood. We first stayed at the Posada de Santiago, but were so unhappy that we moved to the Bambu and were pleasantly surprised. The setting, unlike the Posada, is wonderful. It is quite and clean. The rooms are light and bright. The staff is friendly and helpful. The only downer is that the food isn't all that good. If the owner can get the food up to the standards of the hotel, it will be perfect. I highly recommend staying at this value for money hotel. It's beautiful with wonderful unobstructed views of the Lake. The best place in town to stay.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Hotel and Restaurant Bambu

Address: Tzanchicham 7, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santiago Atitlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Santiago Atitlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel and Restaurant Bambu 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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Also Known As:
Bambu Santiago Atitlan
Bambu Hotel Santiago Atitlan
Hotel And Restaurant Bambu Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala - Lake Atitlan

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