I chose this location to introduce my girlfriend to a pseudo-hostal style of travel. I say pseudo, because while Earth Lodge definitely has a lot of hostal vibe to it, and includes dorm and hammock accommodations, it is also a bit more than that - with it's full service restaurant and very nice private rooms. As I'm a bit older these days, I do appreciate something that offers a little more comfort to a "not twenty-something" (cough cough) backpack traveler.
The views here are incredible, and you will not tire of them. You can just chill out and enjoy the day, or choose to take a hike - either short or long. We did a bit of both. We stayed in the tree house private, which is really cool. Tiny, but cool, and with the best view ever. On our 3rd and final day it was a bit windy, and they offered us a move to a nicer ground level room, which we accepted. This was a nice move. The tree house was safe, but falling twigs might have made sleeping a little tough in the wind.
The food was wonderful, and very vegetarian friendly. The avocado dishes were fantastic! Nothing like tree ripened avocados straight from the property farm. Getting to Earth Lodge has minor challenges. You will have to pay a small taxi fee, and hike a bit. But road construction should soon be completed and make it easier - at least on the hiking issue. But we didn't mind, and found it all fun.
I'm giving Earth Lodge a 5 rating. That's high, and if I could choose 4.5 I'd probably go that level, just so there's be room to grow. But 4 is too low... so I'm clicking 5. :)
Thanks Earth Lodge! If fate brings us to the area again, we'll stop by for a second visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Earth Lodge is a rustic retreat located about 20 minutes by car from Antigua. We are known for our intimate setting, our amazing home cooked meals and our clean comfortable rooms. Perfect for nature lovers, Earth Lodge has one of the best views in Guatemala with 3 volcanoes visible in the valley below.Earth Lodge has a full restaurant and bar, serving breakfast and lunch from menus and a family style dinner each night. We are a family friendly establishment, with a full playground and field for children to play. There is ample hiking in the surrounding farm fields, plus a wide array of board games, books and movies to keep you entertained. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Earth Hotel Antigua