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“Great lakefront location, lovely setting” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Sakcari
7a Av 2-12, Zona 2, San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala   |  
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Vancouver Island, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great lakefront location, lovely setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Hotel Sakcari is more expensive than some other options in San Pedro, but at less than $40 for two for a lakefront room, it's a wonderful deal.
The grounds are quiet with lovely gardens, the rooms comfortable and the design makes the most of the lakefront setting. Rooms have big windows and outdoor seating areas, and there are lawns and gardens with chairs and hammocks. The place is incredibly tranquil yet you're in the heart of the San Pedro's traveller's district, with restaurants and bars nearby.
A big plus for us was the kayaks available at no charge (simple sit-on models, mostly). We went out every morning and the lake was beautiful, with local people doing their washing and fishing from the shore.
Pay coffee and beer available, but no breakfast. Wifi worked on the terrace, but signal for our room. Friendly staff.
It's a great option, and San Pedro is a fine place to spend time. (Better than Pana.)

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a good view of the lake. We liked the three rooms on the lower level.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Bronx, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

The place was simple, safe and clean, that's all I ask when traveling... The view was to die for! The place is super safe, I went out on the terrace late at night to see the moon over the late and a las, there was a guard checking to see that all was well. A really nice plus when you are a women traveling alone. Next door, you'll find the Italian's... best coffee and breakfast.
Live Music weekend night's at the BUDA and the Clover. I recommend the Gallo and the Mosa Beer's really great. Enjoy!
Carmen H.

Room Tip: Anything that looks over the Lake.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bronx, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

I wasn't sure what to expect but quickly realized the quaint and simple accommodations are there to provide and not distract from the amazing view of the lake, flora, fauna, and Mayans. I simply loved it and wished I had stayed longer!!!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Above our budget at 305 quetzals (nearly $40) but well worth it. The room and bathroom was stylish and spotlessly clean. Matt, the manager, was incredibly helpful & gave us lots of advice about what to do. The place overlooks the lake and the view is incredible. You can use the kayaks at no extra cost.

Room Tip: Room 4 has a double window with the view of the lake - amazing.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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New York
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Charming landscaping. English spoken. Quiet. Spotty wifi.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Youngstown, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

I have twice brought groups of university students to San Pedro and have stayed at this hotel both times. It is ideal, whether with a large group or on your own. It is inexpensive (generally less than US $20 per person), clean, and nice. It is in a quiet yet convenient location with wonderful views of Lake Atitlan from most rooms. The hotel is secure and the staff helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: Most rooms look out over the lake but be sure to request such a room, just in case.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Liverpool, England
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We stayed at the Sak'cari just for two nights and would love to have stayed longer. Next time we're in Guatemala we will! We had room 15, with a picture window overlooking the lake, and a balcony running along by all the rooms just in front. We sat there from about 5 a.m. one morning to see the sun rise over the lake. Spectacular. The location of the hotel can't be beaten apart from the super view of the lake. It's a little walk from the Pana dock, but once you're there, there are plenty of eating and drinking places within 2 minutes. The rooms are big, with everything you need - more furniture than a lot of mid-range hotels provide. The bathroom was also lovely - pretty big, too, with a more spacious shower than average. There are several attractive garden areas, with seating and hamocks. You could quite happily spend a day at the hotel just chilling out in very pleasant surroundings. The staff were friendly and helpful. We found the pillows very flat, so asked at reception if we might have another pillow each for the second night, and within a few minutes someone came down with them. There is free drinking water, and coffee available on a 'pay as you go' basis from a machine. Oh, and needless to say, the place was very clean. All in all, this is very good value, very restful, and definitely to be recommended.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms have a view of the lake.
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  • Stayed August 2011, 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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Additional Information about Hotel Sakcari

Address: 7a Av 2-12, Zona 2, San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > San Pedro La Laguna
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in San Pedro La Laguna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sak'cari El Amanecer is an Eco-hotel located on the beautiful shores of Lake Atitlan. It has 20 lovely rooms overlooking the lake, the names sak'cari and amanecer mean sunrise in Tz'tujil and Spanish. The hotel is located in the heart of San Pedro La Laguna within walking distance to fine restaurants, bars and spanish schools. ... more   less 
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