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“Amaizing Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostal El Portal de Champey
Colonia Belen Lanquin, A.V | Semuc Champey, Lanquin, Guatemala   |  
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Haifa, Israel
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Amaizing Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

El Portal have the best location of all the hostels around. It is just two minutes walk from the pools of Semuc. It sits on the river and locate between trees, and it gives a magical feeling. The cabins are very basic, but even the most expenisive, with praivet bathroom costs only 200Q (for two people).
The food is not very good and not very cheap and the water in the shower are cold, but the beauty of the places makes up for it

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

The place is nice, the best benefit is that it's just at the reserve entrance. Though we booked a shuttle to Antigua, and when we got on the car we discovered that other hostels in lanquin offer the same shuttle for third the price. We paid 185Q while others payed 60Q!!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I had a wonderful time in Hostal El Portal. I was there for New Year eve 2013 and stayed 2 nights. The people (service) is so gentle and kind, they help you with your luggage as well as they explain you what to do, where to go or how to get to the may attractions in Semuc Champey. The location is the best one you can find there, it is next to the river and really really really close to the small colorful lagoons. You can get private rooms or community room, both are good. Do not forget to go to Las 3 Marias caves as well

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same but I prefer the first floor since they have bathrooms
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Antigua, Guatemala
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17 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The best place to stay in the Lanquin/Semuc Champey area is the Hostal El Portal in Semuc Champey (not to be confused with the little subsidiary with the same name they have in the town of Lanquin 12 kilometers away). The hotel is quite comfortable, and it's located right at the entrance of the park, less than 500 mts away from the entrance to the national park. The setting of the hotel is quite spectacular. And most importantly: 3 of the 4 main attractions of the area (the Semuc Champey natural pools, the river caves and the hike to the to the panoramic view of the pools) are at walking distance. The only main attraction that is a bit far (the Lanquin caves, near the town of Lanquin) will still be on the way to and back from Champey anyway, so you will always have the chance to stop and visit them. I saw 2 really nice hotels in the town of Lanquin (Zephyr and El Retiro). They are probably slightly more comfortable than the Hostal El Portal, but keep in mind that the road from Lanquin to Semuc Champey is very rough and it takes one hour in the back of a pick up truck through a muddy and bumpy road each way. The only inconvenience of staying at Hostal El Portal is that they only have electricity available in the rooms from 6 till 10 PM, and no hot water.....but the location totally compensates these shortcomings, and the weather is quite warm. The acomodations and the food at El Portal are great and the staff is friendly and helpful. Enjoy the beauty of the place at your own pace, and since the attractions are right there, there is really no need to take the organized excursion offered at the place, which will allow you to stay in the pools for only a couple of hours. It's best to explore and enjoy the area at your own pace, so take your time and spend as much as you want in this magic, remote area of Guatemala.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Great people, atmosphere, friendly and funny employees, beautiful view. They have a great central area to hang out, play giant Jenga, and get to know your fellow backpackers. Unfortunately the food is really not that good, and because of its location you are kind of in a pickle. I would advise trying to bring food, at least for breakfast, so you don't need to pay for any crappy meals.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed only two days and one night and we liked it!
BUT we kept our bags in our room "Maya I" (under roof of a hut) and in the morning with the staff at the reception to enjoy the Semuc Champey water!
At the end, they stole us 1200 Quetzales (so more than 120 USD) well hidden in our bags!
So instead of rating 5 stars, we unadvise you to go there if you don't want to get stolen maybe more than us!!!!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

the road in was 'difficult' as it had rained recently (offseason)but the staff were great, friendly and helpful. The lodgings were clean, spartan and comfortable. The food was simple but good. The views are excellent and the grounds neat and clean. The electricity is only on from 6pm to 10pm, so bring a flashlight. It was quiet and I liked it.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hostal El Portal de Champey

Address: Colonia Belen Lanquin, A.V | Semuc Champey, Lanquin, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Alta Verapaz Department > Lanquin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Lanquin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are an Eco-Hostel located a few meters of the National Park Semuc Champey, the caves of Water (K'amb'a) and the majestic River Cahabon. We offer a variety of options to stay in the midst of nature that offers incomparable peace. We have the best options to take tours with the best prices. ... more   less 
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