I stayed at the Hotel San Buenaventura for 4 nights in August. I called and got a rate of $50 for a room including breakfast which was better than internet rates that I saw. The hotel is beautiful with simple rooms with Guatemalan rugs, blankets, etc., and lovely well-kept grounds, a pool, hot tub, children's playground and views of the lake with tables, chairs and palapas down by the water. The only drawback is the ugly high-rise next door, but with the beautiful gardens at this hotel it is possible to forget that it is there. The hotel is outside of Pana, next door to the more expensive Hotel Atitlan, so it is ideal for a quiet, restful stay, but only a short 10 quetzales tuk-tuk ride away. The hotel can call for the tuk-tuk and it is there in 10 minutes. I ate breakfast at the hotel and a couple of lunches (no dinners are served) and the food was delicious. All the staff were polite and helpful.
I took the boat to San Juan LaLaguna which is now mentioned in guidebooks, but still retains its traditional appearance with beautiful murals. I remember first visiting when there were no tourists and the children would come up and touch me and try out their English. . Hopefully the increase in tourists is beneficial to this town that suffered so much from hurricane Stan. There are more stores that sell goods from the weaving cooperatives now, artist studios, and a coffee finca that you can visit. i am glad I purchased a traditional painting from Antonio Mendoza years ago. He is one of the better known artists and you can visit his shop on the left up from the boat dock. Find Juan, a tuk-tuk driver who is usually down by the dock, who will give you a tour and then a ride to San Marcos with beautiful views of the lake for 100 quetzales.
Altogether the Buenaventura is a perfect stay especially if you don't have time to stay at one of the smaller villages around the lake, but still want peace and quiet and beautiful lake views.
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- Hotel San Buenaventura De Atitlan Panajachel, Guatemala - Lake Atitlan