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“Best of Panajachel”
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Hotel Atitlan
Ranked #2 of 29 Hotels in Panajachel
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Whistler
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“Best of Panajachel”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

The Hotel Atitlan is a very good hotel. It is situated away from the main village away form the hustle of town - you can walk to town and back which we did - a portion is on the main road but all part of the experience.
The hotel itself has a tremendous view of the lake - from every room. We were on the 2nd floor in 202 - near the main lobby but no noise at all - and a direct view down the lake - perfect.
The hotel grounds are very well done and the infinity hot pool overlooking the lake is a joy at sunset.
The outdoor restaurant is very nice - The main indoor dining area was a little large for us and any groups at the hotel were set up there so - outside was more intimate and the service was very good however you do wait for your meal - but - think where you are and stop and enjoy! One night was cool so we sat by the enormous fireplace in the bar and they set a place for us there.
This is a good hotel - there is no air conditioning but it is not needed - just open your balcony doors to the fabulous view. There were a few little bugs at sunset - as there are in all similar climates but they are quickly gone. The front desk staff speak perfect English and are only to happy to help you plan your day. The rooms are spacious and bathroom is good with endless hot water. Internet is free of charge - even in the rooms.

Room Tip: Most 2nd floor rooms will have the best views of the lake.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

The Hotel Atitlan is a resort type property about 1 mile from the hectic downtown area of Panajachel. Its location is both good (away from the noise and along the lake) and bad (you need to get to and from the city). The rooms are very nice and all have balconies/patios facing the lake and volcanoes although many rooms have trees and foliage blocking the view. Our room (201) had a perfect view but was right above the main walkway and next to the public areas. The rooms themselves were adequate but the bedding was bad. Very hard beds and pillows were a definite negative. Service was up and down. One desk clerk was fabulous and helpful, the other was rude and unhelpful. Service in the restaurant was very good. The pool and jacuzzi along the lake was a great place to relax. Some publications may say you can walk to town (less than 1 mile) but that is really not true. It is a hilly and dusty walk and I wouldn't recommend it. The good news - the tuc-tuc ride to town costs only $2.50 (two people) and the rides are always available. I would recommend this hotel because it is away from the hectic noise of downtown Panajachel but it would be better if the bedding was more comfortable and they focused a little more on service. Two emails to the hotel have never been answered. Also, the lack of an included breakfast makes it a little more pricey. One very good thing that we took advantage of - if you stay at this hotel and their sister property in Antigua (Dona Leonor) you get a 15-20% discount on both room costs.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the 2nd or 3rd floor for a better room. You might want to look at the room to see i...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dawsonville, Ga
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

We spent three nights at Hotel Atitlan to give us a base from which to tour Lake Atitlan for two days. The hotel is 5 minutes, or so, by tuc-tuc or taxi to Panajachel, and not staying in "Pana", after seeing it, was fine with us.
We chose a second floor room in the old section so we could leave the balcony door open at night. And NO bugs.The views of the lake and lakeside gardens were perfect, and we were close to the restaurant, bar, pool and reception area. We had all of our breakfasts and dinners at the hotel. Even though the menu was somewhat limited, the food was well prepared, professionally served and enjoyable., especially on the patio over looking the pool and lake.
We had no complaints about our room. It was a decent size, well maintained and clean. The public areas were nicely decorated and well maintained. The gardens were spectacular with many varieties or orchids and other flowers in bloom, peacocks strutting around, and other exotic birds in cages or sitting on their perches. This area, too, was well maintained and worthy a walk or two. The hotel staff was friendly, very helpful, professional, and most spoke English.
We highly recommend Hotel Atitlan if you are planning to spend some time visiting the villages around the lake and if you are looking for a little peace and quiet afterwards.

Jim and Frida Murray

Room Tip: Second floor in the old section will give you a great view of the gardens and lake, privacy and a sh...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, Connecticut
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

The hotel starts out by discounting US dollars by 6.25%. If you cash in a $100 you get 750Q, the equivalent of $93.75. There is no air conditioning or fans in the rooms, and there are little bugs that byte and the bytes itch for about a week. Some of the staff are helpful, but they take their sweet time to get around to anything.

The hotel is about a kilometer outside the town, the last 200 meters over a dirt road. A taxi is recommended for going into town.

The room is clean, the grounds are spectacular as is the view.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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sacto
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Great views and lovely grounds but .... No air conditioning, bug bites . no fan in room, and rip off exchange rates. Pay for a drink in dollars and they will not give change in dollars. Complained to manager who explained they give "hotel exchange rate".

Room Tip: I do not know if some rooms have air conditioning or fans but 107 does not
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We've stayed here once a year for 6 years. I am happy to say they are no longer charging for internet which was an issue for us on our last visit and review. The gardens continue to be spectacular and the views are breath taking as the hotel is located on the lake and even has its own dock. The rooms are in the Spanish colonial style with ethnic touches from Mexico and Guatemala to add colour and interest. Our room was a suite that we paid dearly for and it did not wow us in the least. The standard rooms are similar with the exception of the fireplace that we did not need or use. The metal bed frame in our room, 308, was unattractive and seemed out of place, the pillows were skinny foam ones, the tub grouting had mould and the ancient TV not in a location that you could comfortably watch. We have been huge fans of the hotel in the past but as it starts to become neglected we are looking closer at the overall service. Front desk staff try hard and are fluent in English. The restaurant staff are slow, inattentive and disorganized. We sat by the pool for brunch and were eaten alive by no see-ums. When I asked for some repellant I was told they sell it in the gift shop - this is not the right response. The gift shop has an outstanding collection of clothing, jewelry, hats, housewares - all representing parts of Guatemala. Just know that while the hotel's proximity to Pana has it's pluses, there are many other Posadas and Casas around the lake that are better quality.

Room Tip: Do not waste money on a suite!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Clinton, Washington
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Hotel Atitlan is a nature-lovers paradise. The gardens are magnificent and every room has a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding volcanoes. Bird life abounds on the hotel grounds. The hotel is filled with wonderful antiques and Mayan art. It is like stepping back into a bygone century filled with romance and wonder.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Atitlan
Address: Finca San Buenaventura | Solola Lago de Atitlan, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Panajachel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Panajachel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Atitlan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nominated by Travel + Leisure; "World's Best Awards 2011".This charming hacienda-style hotel is a formerworking coffee farm situated on the shores of Lake Atitlan, with a picture perfect view of volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlan. Highlighting numerous unique Guatemalan traditions with its colorful and vibrant interior, each room is individually decorated with hand-woven fabrics and carpets, handcrafted furniture, paintings and tile floors. All rooms have private balconies and breathtaking views of the lake. The swimming pool and Jacuzzi overlook the entire lake and the hotel's magnificent wedding, tropical and rose gardens. The Botanical Gardens of Hotel Atitlan are a true garden lover's paradise. Bird-watching is a popular pastime within its botanical gardens. Enjoy a cocktail or a refreshing tea from the selection of tea infusions by the fire in the hotel's bar, and dine in an elegant setting where you will savor regional and international cuisine. You can't miss this beautiful Hotel!!! ... more   less 
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Hotel Atitlan Panajachel, Guatemala - Lake Atitlan

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