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La Casa del Mundo Hotel
El Jaibalito, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Jaibalito, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jaibalito
St jean sur Richelieu
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Wow !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

What a beautiful place!!! This beauty of a hotel is just spectacular! Our room 17 was facing the 2 volcanoes and sunrises and sunsets are just breathtaking! We found everything here to be just right, not overdone and the staff here was really nice. Dinner is served for everyone at the same extended table so exchanges with other travellers is very interesting. The food is of high quality , always with the guatemalan flavor!! Just great! Breakfast in front of the lake and the volcanoes and a beautiful sunny morning,,,,can you just see it? I will never forget it !

  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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casamundo, Owner at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for this amazing review, we enjoyed reading your comments and we are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful time enjoying the scenery of Lake Atitlán and sharing with fellow guests at our family style dinners. We wish you the best and hope to see you soon!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is such a special hotel. Lake Atitlan is stunning, but this was the best place we stayed around the lakes (in fact the best place in Guatemala). We found San Pedro a bit grubby, and San Marcos way too weird!

We loved: how peaceful it was, the service, the food was some of the best on our trip, value for money, the beautiful clear lake water for jumping in, stunning views of Lake Atitlan, staying in room number 12 with the hammock across the room and views of sunrise and sunset, group dinners, the weather was the best we had in all Guatemala, the gorgeous cats who will lie in a hammock with you, and the jacuzzi / swimming pool bar two doors down from here - Club Ven Aca - where you can spend the afternoon enjoying a few beers and jumping in and out of the pool, no fee just buy a few drinks, it was fantastic.

Just a few things to note:

if you want to explore the rest of the lakes it is a bit far away from everywhere and there didn't seem to be anything in Jaibalito. You can visit the other places on day trips, but it's quite good combining this place with a stay elsewhere so you can do a few more activities and explore some more, although I wouldn't know where to recommend as we didn't love anywhere as much as here.

Budget for 10-15% tip on top of your whole bill at the end, it didn't matter to us and was definitely worth it, but if you were on a tighter budget and this was your 'splurge' place then it would be good to take that into account. It would also be great if they accepted card so you didn't have to worry about it at the end of your stay, so don't forget to go to the cash point at Pana before you get on the boat.

Thanks so much for having us, one day we hope to come back.

Room Tip: Room 12, like everyone else says, is beautiful.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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, Owner at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
We loved reading your review and we are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful time at the hotel and Lake Atitlán, doing a little bit of everything. We are very glad that you had a wonderful time in room #12 and that you enjoyed resting in your hammock enjoying the scenery of Lake Atitlán. Thank you for this wonderful comment and we will take your suggestions into consideration. We wish you the best and hope to see you soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We stayed here for only 1 night as the hotel was booked fully the next day for the wedding. However, even for that 1 night, we were able to appreciate how special that place is. The location and the views are amazing. The design and the layout of this place are sight to behold. We stayed in the room #10 which was very nice with great views of all three volcanoes. The dinner part was a pleasant surprise - I guess it all depends who you end up dining with. We had a great company and spent the evening drinking and having a good time. By the way, the food was pretty good. All in all, this was the best place we stayed in Guatemala and, come to think of it, one of the best we've ever stayed at in general.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, Owner at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful comments! We are very happy to hear that you had a great time in room #10 and that you enjoyed the family style dinners with fellow guests. Thank you for considering us as one of the best places you have stayed in and we hope to see you soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

A friend who has lived in Antigua for 14 years recommended Casa Mundo. We checked it out and it looked fine on the Web. I called and talked with them and found their Spanish and English excellent.

We stayed in one suite and 2 standard rooms - we extended our stay two times. Suites are great for us - a little more spacious room, but standard rooms are also clean and well kept. Would highly recommend it to a friend.

There are a lot of steps, but they will gladly take your luggage from the dock up to your room. Give them a quick call when you arrive and they will be there.

Hugo is very knowledgable of the area and helped many of the guests with questions from hiking to ferry trips to things to do in nearby towns to...... His English is outstanding!

We will definitely stay here on our next visit. I will just book the room well in advance. It is difficult one room for more than 2 or 3 nights unless you book well in advance. We only had two weeks to set it up.

The lack of credit card acceptance is a little hassle, but you can pay some in advance to get it out of your pocket. There are ATM's within 30 minutes or so. We found ourselves there anyway for something about every day.

I asked to use a kayak early one morning to paddle out for a different view of the sun rise. They met me at the dock at 6:15 with all of the gear ready - great service for me.

Good luck with your choice!!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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casamundo, Owner at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
We are very happy to hear from you and to hear that you had a wonderful time at the hotel. We are happy to hear that our staff helped you everything and that you enjoyed our suites and standard rooms. Thank you for visiting us! And we will let Hugo know about your wonderful comments. We wish you the best and hope to see you soon!
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Words cannot even begin to describe the experience of a stay at Casa Del Mundo.
The attention to detail is astounding. Every nook and cranny is filled with something to see or a space to relax. Never mind the endless views!
The food is great, service spectacular.
We spent 4 nights here and definitely could have spent 2 weeks.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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casamundo, Owner at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful comments, we are very happy to hear that you had a great time exploring the property, enjoying the views, the service and the food. It makes us very happy to read reviews like this one; we will let our staff know about your review so they can see the wonderful job they do. We wish you the best and hope to see you soon!
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San Francisco, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

If you are looking for a wonderful spot to stay that is tucked into the side of a mountain with gorgeous vistas everywhere you look, Casa del Mundo is your place. Their staff is incredibly helpful and patient and definitely go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each room is unique, comfortable, and boasts a beautiful view of Lake Atitlan.

We recently had our wedding at Casa del Mundo and cannot rave enough about the wonderful experience we had. They were far more than accomodating, patient, understanding, creative, etc. etc.

Casa del Mundo is truly unlike any other place I've ever stayed. It is gorgeous AND eco-friendly!! They are totally afforable and make it a home away from home. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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, Owner at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
We are very happy to hear from you and we really appreciate you review on TripAdvisor. We are truly happy to hear that you had a great time at the hotel, and that everything was perfect with your wedding. It makes us very happy to know that you would consider us a “home away from home”. Thank you again for the wonderful review; and we wish you the best and hope to see you soon!
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montreal
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I am from Guatemala, so i ve been several times in the area, my first in Jaibalito, and i would not stay somewhere else from now on in Atitlan. All the rooms have amazing view of the volcanos so sunrise, sunset in your window is amazing. The service is perfect, kind, and efficiant. The food is delicious and good price. Casa del mundo encourages the villages, and ecological ways in the area. The breakfast with a view, and has guatemalteco recipes, supper was very good, tasty, but i was reading someone stating will be good guatemalan food, good suggestion.
The only thing was not always as nice is the one table in evening time since you dont feel like chatting all the time with other turists, but then again would not stop me from return at these beautifull hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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, Owner at La Casa del Mundo Hotel, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
We were very happy and it put a smile on our faces when we read the title on your review “simply the best place for Atitlan”; we are very happy to hear that you had a wonderful time at the hotel, enjoying the food, the views, and the scenery around the lake. We are sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the family style dinners every night, but being located far from other villages makes it a little hard to serve dinner in a different way. We will keep your suggestion in mind for the future. We hope to see you soon, take care!
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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
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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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