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Hotel Jinava
San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala   |  
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Cork, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Lovely Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed here for one night in August while travelling around Guatemala. Our water taxi dropped us off at the hotel pier. There is a bit of a climb up to the hotel but not a big deal for us. The room was basic but for 26 dollars per night what can you really expect! The rooms probably could do with being upgraded but we had no problem with no tv etc. The bathroom was pretty dated but it didn't bother us too much. The view from our room was amazing! What a lovely tropical garden! To walk into San Marcos and it took about 20 minutes. There are lots of tuk tuks around if you don't feel like walking. The food in the hotel was fab. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner here. The staff were very helfpul and nothing was too much trouble for them. We took the hotel canoe out on the lake which was also great. A great place to spend a night or two.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perdido Key, Florida
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7 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Stayed one night in August 2012 (had planned to stay longer). The property is located on the side of a *steep* hill that has irregular steps & walks with no handrails, a good 25 minute walk from the San Marcos pier (we asked the water-taxi to take us to the hotel pier, but he refused).

Upon arrival, they presented us with a menu to order food - were not interested in eating, just wanted to check-in & go to our rooms. Finally we paid for the room (no receipt provided) & they showed us a room with zero-view, had to pay more for a room with a view (the hotel was completely empty).

The hotel room consist of a bed, towel, a bathroom with a cold water shower (hot water did not work, even though they worked on it for over an hour) - no radio, no TV, no frig., no soap, NO INTERNET (they advertise they have internet service). The 2nd room had a very nice view, though the balcony had a very steep drop-off with slippery tile flooring & no guardrails.

Finally, because there wasn't one glass in the room, we requested glasses to drink some wine we had purchased & were told to look at the rules on the back of the hotel-room-door, no food or drink is permitted on the premises and they would have to charge us for glasses to drink the wine. Then they brought out the menus again & requested we order our meals for the FOLLOWING day.

Bed was very hard, got up at daybreak, took a cold shower & left.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Hotel Jinava Bay is situated in a beautiful cove on the outskirts of San Marcos and is completely worth the walk. The have beautiful gardens that are matched by their view of the lake. The rooms are very decent but could use better mattresses. The crepes are close to perfect. The staff are especially nice and accommodating. This was the first place we came after landing in Guatamala and truly enjoyed our stay here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I m a tour guide for 3 years in central america, and this is the best spot that i found from guatemala to Nicaragua at affordable prices! And I ve reserched a lot - in San marcos i ve seen all the hotels :)

Great rooms, super nice staff, beautifull garden, over the lake, quite and peacfull. to swim and relax.

It s 5 min walk to San Marcos - on the main road, and some 15 minutes at the shore where you can junp from a 7 metters a platform!

Enjoy

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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New York City
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

This hotel is incorrectly named as Hotel Jinava. The name should be Jinava Bay as this is the name! My husband and I traveled there over two years ago and it was so unbelievably beautiful place that we never forgot it. We thought we stumbled into paradise. They employ 10 gardeners to keep it looking that way. We sipped our cocktails under the most amazing bunches of flowers, leaves and strange branches you can imagine. At night you can experience their discreet ambient lighting which adds yet another dimension of beauty. The staff is extremely helpful and nice. Most bungalows are set apart so you have fantastic privacy among these exotic gardens. There is a hidden restaurant stuck high above the ground among the palm tress tops on bamboo sticks. It offers the best sunset views while eating excellent Thai curry there and drinking the best Guatemalan "liquados" (thick fruit drinks). You access to the most amazing Lago de Atitlan right at the bottom of the hotel grounds. We used the lake, their canoes and the Mayan sauna. I wish i could go right back there!!! The best place in San Marcos as we checked even more expensive hotels.

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  • Stayed March 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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Covilha, Portugal
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012 via mobile

Managed to stay at this place during the first days of January. Wonderful hotel, great views, nice rooms. Staff is the most friendly you can get around San Marcos La Laguna.
I do recommend a stay here!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 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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Puerto Rico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

This hotel doesn't appear in my Guatemala guide, but after seeing other hotels in San Marcos, a child guide me to Jinava at the top of the main street & I was delighted! Is like a secret beautiful place with great view of the lake & decorated with a lot of flowers... Have like a "canoe-kayak" to row in the lake... The room was simple but clean, comfortable and with a beautiful view of the lake and vegetation! Early in the morning, after doing the Kayaking, I took a delicious breakfast, sitting outdoor with the lakeview and taking fresh air!
If you are in good condition to hike & climb a little to get here (also to walk from the room to the restaurant or the lake)... I recommend it!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Address: San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > San Marcos La Laguna
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in San Marcos La Laguna
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