I spent three nights here and was very happy. The lake-view rooms (not sure you'd want to bother booking a room without a view) are enormous, with spacious terraces overlooking the lake. (There's just one unfortunate cinderblock building minorly blocking a fully panoramic view, but you've got plenty of lake to look at.) In front of the rooms is a beautifully overgrown garden expertly tended by Nicolas, with a mini-aviary of birds who chirp away in the mornings and a parrot who squawks "Hola" and "Hello, how are you" in the afternoons.
Breakfast is included, though I didn't quite understand that until my last morning. The woman working the front desk brought toast, jam and juice to my room and I could eat it on the terrace. There's not-so-good coffee available at reception starting at 7 a.m. All of the staff were very nice; I don't think they speak English but my beginner Spanish was fine (except for misunderstanding about breakfast!).
The queen bed was very comfortable. There was also a full-size bed in the room. The shower was nice, with hot water every time. I tried out the small pool, which was refreshing for a quick dip on a hot afternoon but not big enough to swim laps or anything.
The hotel is a pleasant 10-minute walk from the main action on Calle Santander, though there are also some lakeside restaurants right out front. Walking back from Santander at night seemed more or less safe to me (at 9-10 p.m.) You could always take a tuk-tuk for 5 quetzales. The hotel is near the dock for lake tours and boats to other villages, so convenient for morning trips.
As I checked out hotels, there was a budget place next door with beautiful lake views and bare-bones rooms for about $12-$15 a night that I considered. But for about $40, the Playa Linda had much more comfort and charm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Playa Linda is a longer lineage hotels in Panajachel, Solola. It opened in April 1973 in order to serve the national and international tourism visiting the beautiful Lake Atitlan. From its inception has been concerned to offer a service with the highest standards of quality guests adapting to the needs of our visitors. Today, after more than thirty-five years of experience, the third generation of this history of service, strives to keep this tradition in the care of our guests by ensuring that your stay with us a pleasant experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Playa Linda Panajachel, Guatemala - Lake Atitlan