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“5* Lodge in the middle of the forest” 5 of 5 stars
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Chelemha Cloud Forest Reserve, Guatemala   |  
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“5* Lodge in the middle of the forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2010

I visited the Lodge with 3 friends. I was pleasently surprised to find spatious private bathrooms with shower in the wooden lodge.
The beds are a little bit hard for my taste, but the location and the great food compensates.
The cook is from Switzerland and spoiled us with great meals (using herbs and vegetables from the garden).
We had a local guide to show us the cloud forest, where we luckily have seen a Ghezal bird!
But we did not even have to leave to lodge to see colorful birds, many hummingbirds visit the feed stations at the lodge.
There is no electricity, but we enjoyed the candlelight dinners.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2009

GREAT!: views, rooms, the lodge, the decks, the common rooms, hummingbirds flitting like jewels, our guide Rogelio, the cloud forest, Armands' cooking & gracious hosting, even the birds, which are not that active in Dec.
Granted, this is not a hotel nor is it for most US travelers: rustic, only 4 rooms, no electricity, hot water only in the evening, 3hour 4x4 drive to arrive from Coban (this is WAY out there); but for those looking for something really special, this is the place.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2009

The Chelemha Lodge is located at an elevation of 2000 m on the edge of the cloud forest. The lodge has 4 double rooms (with private bathroom and hot shower), lounge, dining room, and two observation balconies. Electricity is not available, the lodge is lit by candle light at night. Meals are excellent, prepared with fresh ingredients from the lodge's own vegetable garden. The Chelemha reserve has a network of trails in the cloud forest. Resplendent Quetzals are best to observe during the breeding season from March to May. According to the PROEVAL Bird Monitoring Program, more than 70 bird species have been observed from the observation balcony. Hummingbird feeders on the balconies attract 8 species. I am a professional birding guide and have brought groups to Chelemha since 2003. Chelemha is always a favorite site during a birding tour in Guatemala. Details on the Chelemha Reserve are available online on the website of Cayaya Birding and on the website of the Chelemha Reserve.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: Chelemha Cloud Forest Reserve, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Alta Verapaz Department
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Alta Verapaz Department
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4

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