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“An amazing stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel IslaVerde
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   zona 0, Santa Cruz La Laguna 7014, Guatemala   |  
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Mexico City, Mexico
2 reviews
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“An amazing stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at IslaVerde. The staff is really helpful and the Yoga class con Alex was very good. And the yoga room is perfect to relax. Our room was clean and had an amazing terrace with view to the lake and the volcanoes. Overall, it was a very relaxing stay and if you go to lake Atitlan, you have to go to IslaVerde!

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Islaverde is a beautiful and addictive place. It is located in Santa Cruz, which I believe is one of the quiet spots around the lake Atitlan. The rooms are actually little cabins built on the hill. There is a beautiful path within the garden that goes up to the cabins. The higher you go the better the lake view. The cabins are ecologically friendly in the most tasteful way possible. The shower is semi-open and you get the feeling that you are taking a shower outside. At the hotel you will also get the most delicious food that you can find in Guatemala. The cooks are excellent and all of their vegetables are grown in their garden. I really enjoyed their smoothies and cocktails while sitting on that porch watching the lake. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They try their best to keep a very positive vipe around so there's always good music playing in the common areas, there are some books that you can borrow for reading and a few games. The lake is nice for swimming and there are also kayaks available for rent. I wish I'll be able to return one day.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florence, Italy
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

We have very much appreciated our stay at Isla Verde. Bungalows are very nice with a great view on the lake, but not suggested for lazy people (many stairs from reception to bungalows) nor for those that are noised by insects (in the middle of a forest, private bathrooms are nicely in the open air).
Restaurant is definitely suggested, both for dinner and breakfast!
Staff was very nice on average, some of them extremely nice!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Antigua, Guatemala
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Lake Atitlan is one of my favorite places on the planet and there isn´t any better place to enjoy it than at Islaverde. The combination between ecologically friendly practices and relaxed atmosphere let you disconnect without feeling guilty about your holiday! The bathrooms are my favorite- open air, solar showers, vine cielings and views of the lake! Bring a good book and you´ll be very content!

Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Isla Verde is truly a beautiful place. From the natural setting of Santa Cruz to the secluded cabins overlooking the lake, Isla Verde delivers in all sense of the word. The staff is extremely kind and helpful. And the food is muy delicioso! I'd return in a heart beat.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Providence, Rhode Island
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

This was my second visit to La Isla Verde, in the beautiful Santa Cruz de la Laguna. The receptionist was extremely friendly and helpful and gave us advice on which towns to visit and how to get there. We had a great time in San Juan and San Pedro, upon their recommendation, and returned for a delicious meal--hummus and falafel, a savory tofu curry, and garden-fresh pesto with homemade pasta. Yum! Our room was clean and well-lit, and the bed was quite comfy. We slept great! We woke up to an amazing view of the lake and volcanoes from the top of the hillside and went kayaking and swimming at the private dock, once again upon the receptionist's recommendation. Breakfast was Spanish omelettes with pineapple and freshly squeezed orange juice. Amazing! We also had a great time playing with Umpa the cat. So friendly!
We were extremely pleased with our visit to La Isla Verde. I would encourage anyone seeking a peaceful and beautiful--not to mention delicious--getaway to stay here!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Isla Verde is a hidden gem on Atilan... from the extremely friendly service, to the beautiful and interesting landscape. Yes, the climb to the cabins is kind of brutal... but TOTALLY worth it when you get up there and see the amazing view of the lake, mountains, and volcanos. The food at Isla Verde was interesting in it's variety... I loved the set meals in the evenings. I found the price of everything very reasonable... Q100 for a three course meal??!! YES PLEASE!!!

Thank you Isla Verde staff for the amazing weekend... I also got the best massage of my life for a much lower price than in the States.

My one vice was my overwhelming fear of spiders... however, after speaking to Karen, I was told that they are harmless and would never be closeby. I also noticed that I didn't get one single mosquito bite... so, yay spiders at Isla Verda. I don't like you (spiders), but I appreciate the lack of other bites that I had to deal with.

Overall... I LOVE ISLA VERDE!! Thank you for the amazing experience.

Room Tip: Ask for an upper cabin... it's a hike, but totally worth it for the peace and beauty that you wi...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel IslaVerde

Address: zona 0, Santa Cruz La Laguna 7014, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santa Cruz La Laguna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Santa Cruz La Laguna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel IslaVerde 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Islaverde is the hotel where you can reconnect with nature, where you will live without the constriction of time, enjoying a simple, organic and eco life-style, knowing every single detail will be carefully arranged for you; gourmet cooking, beautiful decoration, gorgeous surroundings, breathtaking gardens, artwork, and technical comforts…A place to disconnect, laze, and enjoy the beauty of Lake Atitlan. Let us BE your vacation, we will book cultural, adventure or spa services for you…from our own garden you will be able to hop on a boat to explore the rest of the lake, knowing on your return our little paradise will be awaiting you. And if you don´t feel like moving just enjoy our lavish gardens; sunbathe, swim, kayak, take yoga, salsa or Spanish lessons, have a massage, a sauna or an open-air hot tub, enjoy our library and restaurant, bird watch, explore the trails around us or dive with our neighbors…We offer nine independent wooden cabins and two brand new apartments for families or groups. All are set on a hill, which ensures every one of them has a breathtaking view of Lake Atitlan, while being hidden and private from the rest of the hotel. Our rooms are decorated in a simple yet hip style, with Mayan woven materials and naïf paintings.Sunrise, sunset, midday or midnight, our lakeside lounge is the perfect place to sunbathe, go swimming, sip on a cocktail or a fresh fruit smoothie or just take in the majestic beauty of Lake Atitlan. Prefer a more secluded, private spot? You´ll find hammocks and loungers tucked into lush nooks all throughout our beautiful tropical gardens, and a wonderful yoga studio overlooking the lake which is free for our guests to enjoy.The patio below our slow-food restaurant is the ultimate spot to feast your eyes and your senses; come and enjoy what according to many— Rough Guide amongst others—is some of the best food you can find in Guatemala. Dine with the ultimate view, or just chill out and read a book. If you feel like lying around the patio next to the restaurant is stocked with pillows and cushions. Make yourself at home! ... more   less 
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