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“Peaceful location with a view or water and volcano” 4 of 5 stars
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El Jaibalito, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Jaibalito, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jaibalito
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12 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful location with a view or water and volcano”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Set perfectly on lake Atitlan with it's private dock. secluded but within easy access to Pana and San Pedro. You can relax here for days and not get bored of the food, the water, the view and location. So silent and peaceful at night - a great getaway for the mind. Extremely friendly staff and environmentally concerned owner (sustainable materials and water heating system). Great breakfast, caters for all tastes (we stuck to a vegetarian and seafood diet). Of course great coffee and desserts. Though it may be regarded as a little more pricy than other hotels around the lake it is well worth the few dollars more for the service, cleanliness and peace of mind.

Room Tip: Spend the few dollars a night more and have a time to remember, All rooms and cabins have lake and V...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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casamundo, Owner at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for you wonderful comment! We are happy to hear you had a great time relaxing and enjoying Lake Atitlán. We are glad that you enjoyed our vegetarian and sea food options; we will congratulate our staff on your behalf. We hope to see you again, and we wish the best!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed for four nights at La Casa del Mundo and I didn't want to leave at the end. It was perfect! The location is absolutely amazing, with stunning views of Lake Atitlan and the volcanoes from all over the property. The rooms were lovely and all had their individual style, the customer service was faultless, the food amazing (great range and great prices, with the communal candlelit dinners being a highlight for me) and all credit to the garden staff who keep this place looking like the garden of Eden. Sublime!
Aside from taking a kayak out on the lake and having to take a water taxi to go and get cash out, I didn't leave the property during my whole stay, and I could easily have spent four times as long there. It is the absolutely perfect place to relax and switch off from the world, whilst still having wifi access if you want it. Go there - it will be a highlight of your time in Guatemala for sure!
Thank you to all at La Casa del Mundo for such a wonderful stay - it was an absolute pleasure!

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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casamundo, Propietario at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
We are very happy to know you had a great stay in room #10. Thank you for the wonderful review; we are very happy to hear that you liked the gardens, food and our customer service, we will let our staff know about you review so they can know what a wonderful job they do. We hope to see you soon here at La Casa del Mundo in the near future!
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Alexandria., VA
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I have only been in one other hotel in my longish life whose location and accomodations I have liked this much. I could not take my eyes off the view from our window. I loved our not large but rustically and appropriately furnished room, with a stone wall with a large window and portholes as well, showing the lake and mountains. The value, according to Western standards, was excellent. After teaching weeks in mountain Guatemala, I was thrilled to find in the Cafe (lunch and breakfast) many delicious sounding vegetarian options and the ones I ordered lived up to the description. At dinner, there is a fixed menu with options for vegtarians and other special diets determined in advance and this was more pedestrian but still fine. Hot water was lovely and plentiful (not always the case in these mountains). A few caveats and quibbles: this hotel is not for people who have more than minor trouble with stairs; for others the cliffside location is more than worth it. My husband, an avid kayaker, was looking forward to availing himself of the kayaks for rent--but was quite disappointed in their quality (no seat backs, configuration not suitable for steering on the somewhat rough lake). IMHO the hotel would do well to add a few dollars to their overall rate and resist the urge to charge (asking each time for room number) for each refill of coffee (excellent by the way) or tea. None of these minor things will keep me from going back on our next yearly trip to the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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casamundo, Propietario at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
We are happy to hear about you wonderful stay at La Casa del Mundo. Thank you for the wonderful review and suggestions. We will take them into consideration. We are glad you enjoyed our vegetarian food options and we will let our kitchen staff know, so they can see the wonderful job they do. Hope to see you soon hear at La Casa del Mundo!
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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Worth every recommendation that we had received, this place was amazing! Earlier in the year I was on a business trip and started talking to a women on the plane who had traveled all over the world. I had told her that I was possibly going to Guatemala and she was so excited to tell me about this wonderful place she had stayed in the small village of Jaibalito. It was La Casa Del Mundo. It sounded like a magical place and that is just what it is.

Upon arrival on a taxi boat at the private dock of La Casa Del Mundo, we were immediately greeted by staff and asked if we needed help with our luggage and everyone from start to finish went out of their way to make you feel at home.

The hotel sits on a cliff right on Lake Atitlan. We traveled to many of the little villages along the lake but this place seemed to have the cleanest, most beautiful spot on the lake for swimming, relaxing, and just checking out all the beautiful plants and vegetation around the property. There are so many little nooks you find with chairs and tables when wondering throughout the property.

The rooms are very clean and well decorated. We stayed in one of the suites and had our own private balcony with a view of the lake and volcano. There were windows circling the whole room so whether you wanted a view, a breeze, or some sunlight you got it!!!

One of our favorite things about the place was the communal dinner at night. For a relatively low cost you can sign up for the dinner at night. They set a candlelit dinner with all of the tables pushed together and serve a 4 course meal that was delicious. This was such a wonderful way to meat all of the other travelers and talk about our journeys. We ended up meeting a family and playing boardgames (which are also provided at the hotel) after dinner for a few hours.

Anyway, I highly recommend this place for anyone looking to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Atitlan. Whether you want to sit on your balcony with a bottle of wine, refresh with a swim in the lake, or read a book in pure serenity then this is the perfect place.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 13 and it was amazing!
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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casamundo, Propietario at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful comment. We are very happy to hear about you great experience at La Casa del Mundo. We are glad to know you had a wonderful time at our “family style” dinners and that you enjoyed sharing stories and meeting other travelers. Hope to see you here at La Casa del Mundo!
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Orlando
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Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

You cannot go wrong with this property! The setting, scenery, ambience, rooms, meals all met and/or exceeded our expectations. We actually stayed in two different rooms during our four night stay - one near the office and another several steps up the hill. Each was different, but equally perfect in their own way. We enjoyed the familly style meals, sharing the delicious food and getting to know the other guests. The private dock was convient and we had no problems getting around the lake to visit other villages. We also recommend renting the kayaks and taking a spin to see the nearby houses and villages up close from the shoreline. All in all, we strongly recommend La Casa del Mundo.

Room Tip: Really depends on your willingness to climb stairs up to your room.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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casamundo, Propietario at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review. We are happy to know you like the scenery, ambience and our rooms. We are glad to know you had a wonderful time at dinner and that you enjoyed going out and exploring on the Kayaks. We hope to see you soon at La Casa del Mundo in the near future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This place is a great budget travel option.

We stayed spent two nights - due to availability one night in a suite room and one night in an economy room (shared bath).

The entire property is beautiful and clings to the hillside. Be prepared to climb stairs.

Furnishings are comfortable.

Food at the restaurant was superb - excellent value and variety.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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casamundo, Propietario at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
We are happy to hear about your experience at La Casa del Mundo. We are glad you liked the rooms and the furnishing. We will let our staff know, that you thought the restaurant was “superb”, so they can see the wonderful job they do. Hope we can see you again in the near future!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

What an amazing place. The views, the decor and the service were second to none. The trip to the hotel via boat can be interesting (the boat owners do like a very full boat), we hired a private boat on arrival at the lake and it was far the best journey. 150Q for the trip was money well spent, trips on the normal boats were between 15 & 20Q each.

The only downside was Internet access, only available in the bar/dining area.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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casamundo, Propietario at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Thank you for the wonderful review, we are glad to hear you had a great stay. Boat rides at Lake Atitlán are very interesting and unique, we are happy to hear you had a great time traveling by boat. We apologize about the internet connection; we have solved all the problems, and now have connectivity in all the rooms. We hope we can see you again here at La Casa del Mundo soon!
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Address: El Jaibalito, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Jaibalito, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Jaibalito
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jaibalito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guatemala's most magical hotel - Lonely Planet. 17 rooms built upon a Jaibalito cliffside pleasantly house travelers from all over the world. ... more   less 
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Hotel La Casa Del Mundo
La Casa Del Mundo Hotel Guatemala/Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan

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