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“Beautiful, quiet setting, dedicated service and very eco-concerned” 4 of 5 stars
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Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tzantizotz, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala   |  
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Santiago
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36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful, quiet setting, dedicated service and very eco-concerned”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

The hotel is very small, rooms are nicely decorated and spacious, in a rustic but elegant style. Veggy but elaborated food, nice dining and living rooms make this place beautifully comfortable with a homy touch. Arrival is by the lake, and the water can be a bit tough specially after lunch, so it is probably better to take the lodge's boat in the morning.
The view of the four volcanoes is unique, and the place is VERY quiet, which can be good or not depending on what you are looking for. For activities, there is not much to do except some trails, swimming and kayaking, for everything else you need to take a boat which can take you to some local villages on the lake's shore.
There is a good place near by (10 mins walk by the water border) to take drinks or have some simple bites in the night, customers are mostly people that have arrived into Atitlan from many places in the world and have stayed, and go meet here.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

My extended family went to Laguna Lodge between Christmas and New Year's in December 2010. There were eleven of us -- ranging in age from 12 to 75 -- and we all had a spectacular time. The lodge is stunningly beautiful in a simple, earthy way, the staff could not have been more helpful and the food was delicious! We spent four days there and I wish it had been a week. We explored many of the lake towns by boat, went cliff jumping with Jeffro (the owner), took sunset kayaks, late night hot tubs, played chess, read books, watched movies in their movie theater. Everything was perfect, perfect, perfect. I would recommend this lodge to anyone and everyone!

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  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

Laguna Lodge,on Lake Attilan is the ideal retreat to recharge oneself , ideally one should stay at least 3-4 days , but even a shorter time will restore oneself . The owners and staff are there to help in anyway possible, the meals are vegetarian and very hardy (you will not miss meat for the time you are there)and you feel good that they are growing most that you are consuming. Oh , I must not forget their margaritas are the very best, accommodations could not be more comfortable. I have now been there twice , it is a destination that I look forward too whenever I am in Guatemala, a country that is fiercely holding on to their beautiful culture.I strongly suggest taking the time to explore Lake Attilan and visit its many highland villages . Then go on to Antigua , a beautiful colonial town with a lot of history , many fine places to stay and very good resta urants. Only 45minutes to the airport. The combination of the 2 locations makes for an ideal vacation.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort, located in Santa Cruz La Laguna, a charming small town at Lake Atitlan , is one of the most beautiful and charming places I have ever been. Every single last detail had been thought through in the designing and planning of this beautiful masterpiece.... I have stayed there a couple of times, is a perfect getaway, as well as an INCREDIBLE choice for a honeymoon spot or perhaps a proposal. :)
The manager's name is Juan Manuel, and he is friendly, helpful and very accessible! His staff which is conformed by locals from the village, made us feel in perfect harmony all the time.
The view is absolutely MAJESTIC. There are different terraces in different levels facing the lake and the volcanoes. The view specially from each single room , as well from the restaurant, is breathtaking which is the perfect place to watch the sunset while having a coffee or a glass of wine with an appetizer. The service is impeccable. Food which is gourmet vegetarian cuisine is very good. The cost of food and drinks is appropriate for a "luxury" hotel. You'll be charmed by every precious element of the hotel- everything created with local elements, details as furniture, lanterns, the chairs, the side tables, the art, the tiles in the bathroom… EVERYTHING is exquisite taste!!


Highly recommend it..

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2011

Laguna Lodge is all that is says and more. A stunning location on the lake, incredible (!!!) food, breathtaking views and impeccable service. The spa is to die for, designed in pebbles in a little alcove of hanging vines. My only wish was that we had stayed longer!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

This hotel was exactly what I was looking for, a breathtakingly beautiful boutique hotel set on a private mountainside on the shores of the famous Lake Atitlan. The owners are the most interesting and kind people I have ever met. Their staff is completely indigenous to the area and are treated with the utmost care and respect. They in turn pass this attention and love to each hotel guest. I can't describe in words how delicious their completely vegetarian cuisine is. For anyone who questions how filling a four course vegetarian meal would be, let's just say I could hardly move from my chair. Every item they serve is grown on the mountainside adjacent to the hotel. One more thing I would like to add is that although this hotel does not advertise itself as catering to families, the owners treated my son like one of their own.

  • Stayed March 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2011

I have just returned from Guatemala - having stayed at the Laguna Lodge for 2 nights with my mother and a friend. The hotel really is deserving of a full 5 stars on all counts - we were treated with such warmth and kindness, and as the hotel is relatively small - only 6 rooms, we had fantastic close attention to our needs during the stay. The hotel staff, other than the owners - who have lived in the area for many years however - are all local, which really added to the pleasure of the stay.
The hotel has obviously worked very hard to curate the right atmosphere too - it's a great mix of beautiful isolation, but with the warmth of a family atmosphere to return to after a day of sightseeing. I would recommend you eat there in the evening at least once, as lounging around the bar, talking to the other guests before dinner was such a pleasure.
The food is good, and different to what you will have if you eat locally in that it's relatively international, and entirely vegetarian - which we found to be a nice change.
The views from the bedrooms are exquisit, and I think I lay on my bed for at least a few hours just watching the changing light across the lake.
Lastly, the owners, Mayah and Jeffro are fantastic, they paid attention to us and very helpful in their advice on where to go in the local area. Being experienced travellers themselves, they encouraged us to take local public boats (a great experience) and explore the surrounding lake-side villages. However for those less comfortable with this, they have also a great private boat service, which although pricey is still good value when you compare it to what you would anticipate paying in the US.
The bedrooms with their private balconies are incredible - spacious and beautifully decorated, with of course a view you just can't believe. Lastly, the environmentally conscious nature of the hotel is really great to see - no pointless plastic shampoo bottles - just simple refillable jars.
Lastly, arriving at the hotel is easy. Although you actually get there by boat (such a joy), the trip to Panajachael is painless from the surrounding cities. Phone ahead and the hotel will send their private launch to get you. Once you're there, make sure you visit the villages of San Juan, San Marcos and Santiago - all very different, and very very special.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Address: Tzantizotz, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santa Cruz La Laguna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Santa Cruz La Laguna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Laguna Lodge is on the lakeshore of the legendary Lake Atitlan and exclusively nestled in its own nature reserve. Entry into this Mayan world begins by boat. In a privileged setting our luxuriously natural 5 star boutique hotel commands sweeping views over azure waters to a trio of dramatic volcanoes. Inspired by nature and created from volcanic stone, adobe and palm our spacious lakeside suites are individually appointed with comfortable hand hewn king beds, fine linens, intricate woven textiles and indigenous antiques. In the evenings our award winning Zotz restaurant is bathed in golden hues from a large stone fireplace and antique candelabras, a romantic ambiance for a fine dining experience. After the days tours and adventures enjoy a dip in the hot river rock spa pool and be pampered with a relaxing body treatment offered at our Hummingbird spa. Relax at the lava bar or lakeside pavilion and watch the surreal sunset turn into a star studded night. The Mayan highlands are rich in culture and the lodge’s indigenous staff look forward to offering you a unique and memorable experience! - Utz Ipetik! Welcome! Come and explore, discover and experience with us and see why Time magazine says – Laguna Lodge is pure Maya magic! ... more   less 
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