We had been staying in a hostel in Antigua, and we were looking for something out of town and away from the backpacker crowd. La Casa Rosa was perfect! Santa Cruz is a 20 minute lancha ride from Panajachel, and it is a very small lakeside village. La Casa Rosa is right on the lake at the bottom of the hill, very near the boat dock and the small road up the hill and into town. Staying there in the end of October, which is the off season in this part of the world, we were the only guests for three of the four nights we were there, and only one other room was filled for the other night. The hotel consists of two detached bungalows, and a larger building with rooms and a dining area. We stayed in one of the rooms, which was clean, comfortable, and had a nice view of the volcanoes across the lake over the very lush garden between the building and the lakeside. The property also has a kitchen, bar, and dining area right on the lake, with comfortable seats for sitting and watching the water while you eat or have a drink. It is quiet and peaceful, and we enjoyed hours of sitting and soaking up the scenery while we ate, chatted with other travelers, read, and enjoyed a glass of wine.
I have to note that this is a five-star review for what this hotel is...a small, family run, inexpensive B&B. If you are looking for an upscale five-star experience, you will not be satisfied. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but not elegant. The gardens are lush, but a bit overgrown. The food is good, but dinner choices consist of basically different forms of spaghetti or Thai curry and rice, which is a bit odd for the region. The owner has a young daughter, and it is obvious that a child lives on the property. None of this is bad, but it is not an upscale resort experience. Also, being there at the end of the down season, things just needed a little bit of spit and polish, which was in the process of being done while we were there, but the place wasn't yet ready for the onset of the high season. And, it's in Guatemala...you will probably find bugs and spiders around, although I don't remember seeing any...but we live in the jungle in Belize, and tend not to even notice them.
If you arrive with appropriate expectations, you will love this place. We did!
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