A friend and I stayed here with a Groupon deal. The lodge itself is an absolute work of art. Everywhere you turn is a nook or a cranny and the architectural detail is stunning. It is all open-air, so yes, you will get large critters in your room. We had 2 rooms while we were here - we wanted the room with two double beds, but it wasn't available the first night. We weren't expecting this, so I wish it was communicated to us prior to our arrival. They were willing to give us 2 separate rooms, but it was our first time there and we didn't want to be apart. (Plus, we were sharing luggage) Each room was different, which I really like. It adds to the charm.
Juan is the manager, and he is really good with answering questions quickly via email. You'll see the same staff rotating throughout your stay, which is nice, as you get to know them a bit. I just wish I knew whether to tip or not. They do include gratuity, but I never knew what to do with the boat or the airport shuttle. We did opt to purchase Laguna's private shuttle. It's very expensive compared with your other options, but it's personal, it's direct, it's fast, and it's probably safer.
The location on the lake is a short boat ride away from Pana and about 45 minutes to San Pedro. It is extremely isolated. It's very quiet. Their little bar closed at 9pm. I did find their restaurant to be pricey compared to others on Pana or San Pedro. The stay included complimentary breakfast, which was nice. Very healthy vegetarian food. Made fresh and they do not rush you at all. Their coffee is soooo yummy, but they use a french press so it gets cold fast.
It was easy to wave down a public boat and all the drivers knew where Laguna Lodge was for return trips. But if you want to stay and experience the nightlife, getting back is really hard. We didn't know that there wouldn't be private boats waiting at every dock, so we were almost stranded in San Pedro at 11:30pm. We managed to find someone to call the hotel for us and Juan picked up the phone and sent our boat over, thankfully! It cost 850Q. That is expensive to me. We had a volcano hike planned for the next morning, otherwise I would have just found a hostel for the night and returned on a public boat the next day.
The pool looks dirty from a distance, but it's just gray concrete. I would have loved to check it out, but it was too cold for me. The weather during our stay was cool.
Laguna Lodge is absolutely posh compared to the "budget" hotels on the lake. It's quiet and their staff are extremely attentive and sweet. The views are gorgeous. Sadly, we were too sore from our volcano hike that we didn't get to explore the nature reserve in the back. I do wish that the room floors were swept a bit better. There were leaves and debris the entire time we stayed. I also found the bathroom vanity area to be too dark. I could barely see to put makeup on or put in my contacts. This was true of both rooms we stayed in. But that's a design feature, not the hotel staff's fault. I highly recommend if you are looking for a place to unwind.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort And Nature Reserve
- Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve Hotel Santa Cruz La Laguna
- Laguna Hotel Eco Nature Reserve
- Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve Guatemala/Lake Atitlan