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Posada de Santiago
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Reviewed May 15, 2007

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay here and wished we had more than 2 nights. This is run by and American couple that has had this property in their family for many years. All the staff is friendly and helpful. Very reasonable prices, the little rustic casita for $65 was perfect for 2. We got here by taking a public water taxi from Panajachel for about $10 a person, then a tuk-tuk to the hotel. The pool and the hot tub look out onto the lake, and they will bring you food and drinks while you unwind there. Lush grounds and hammocks by the cabins to relax in. Breakfasts and dinners were terrific. The 2 shrimp dishes on the dinner menu are a must try and the prices were very reasonable too. Also, during your stay make sure to take in a 60 minute massage for $20. Only problem we had was the free internet was down which was no fault of the hotel. We did not find a lot to do in the town; you can walk around for a bit, there are a few shops, and we had a kid lead us through alleys to the home that holds Maximo, which apparently every year a different home gets to keep. If you are going to Santiago de Atitlan this is definitely the place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2007

My wife & I stayed here for 3 nights in mid-Feb 2007, the first two in Casa Aguacatal, a lovely stone casita with a king bed and a double in the loft. The room had a fireplace, but despite building the fire at the rear of the firebox the room became smoky. There was purified water plumbed into the bathroom for drinking and teethbrushing. We had to move to a room in Casa Orchidea for the last night because of a prior booking, and it was decidely more downscale - twin beds, no plumbed purified water (it was in a pitcher, though) and the sink had no mirror above it. This cheaper room is fine for "backpacking" younger travelers, but we are retired folks. Next time we'll try to book further in advance to get the nicer room the entire stay. Both rooms had plentiful hot water in the shower. The hot-tub, adjacent to the piscina, has gorgeous views of the Bahia de Santiago. The restaurant was uniformly excellent. The owners, US ex-pats David & Susie, are quite friendly and were helpful in finding the next night's stay in Panajachel. The folks we met at the Posada were very interesting travelers there to learn more about the Maya culture and region. If you go, buy the locally grown coffee -- it is excellent!

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank nmcondit
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Reviewed February 10, 2007

We stayed 4 nights as part of our self-designed tour of Guatemala. Can't say enough good things. The other reviewers have captured it perfectly. The site is so lovely and the rooms very comfortable. So close to the beautiful little town where the shopping was great. We honestly believe they could charge more and it would still be a bargain. The food, staff, accommodations and setting are such a perfect addition to our tour of this lovely country.

Stayed: December 2006
3  Thank KathyBremerton
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Reviewed December 7, 2006

We arrived by private boat from Panajachel (30 minute ride) to the hotel's private dock (you shouldn't pay more than 250Q for the boat) and couldn't wait to see the hotel. I had plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna as I slowly climbed the steps from the dock to the hotel. As I hauled my oversized American body up the steps, I had great sympathy for the slight man carrying my large luggage.

Check-in was easy, with the desk being also the bar, part of the restaurant. The only problem was the lure of the wonderful smells from the kitchen - should we have lunch before or after seeing our rooms? We opted to see the rooms , individual stone "casitas", first. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful, with several places to enjoy reading, dining and the fabulous view of the lake - an outdoor living room, the pool area and the "mirador" - an upstairs area with a spectacular view.

The casitas were very clean and nicely decorated with original art. There was a comfortable queen bed, along with a twin bed. Plenty of blankets for the cool evening air. A box of firewood and starters were ready for the evening. For the warm days, there was a hammock on the porch. One surprise is that you can't put any paper into the toilet, due to septic system problems. We'd experienced this at numerous restaurants in Antigua and is a common, not-very-annoying, issue.

We enjoyed several meals at the hotel. The food was consistently excellent, with great service. The owners are readily available to answer questions and provide assistance. A really great treat is the availability of massages. For about $20 an hour, I got a massage in the specially built small building (complete with glass blocks in the arched ceiling to provide more light), in the "massage garden". The massage therapist is both the hotel's baker and massage therapist (the evening waiter also does massages). Both have received professional training and the combination of Thai/Swedish massage resulted in one of the best massages I've had in years.

The hotel is a bit away from Santiago, which means it's very quiet and tranquil. Transportation to town is easy- tuktuks are quickly available and cost about 75 cents per person for a ride to virtually anywhere in town. Tuk tuks are a good option, too, if you'd rather save money and take the public ferry, rather than hiring a private boat. The ferry docks in town where tuktuks can be quickly hired to take you and your luggage to the hotel.

I only have one complaint about the hotel. The perfect weather, tranquil environment, excellent food and service made it very difficult for me to leave. I can't wait to return to the Posada de Santiago!

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled with friends
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6  Thank NWong
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Reviewed January 8, 2006

I stayed two nights at Posada, with my family, and had a very nice time. This is not five stars, but I wasn't looking for that. Staff is very warm, stone bungallows are very nice and private. The most incredible view from the pool, and even better from the hot jacuzzi. This is just what I needed.

You can borrow books and table games.

On top of that, Santiago Atitlan is a very authentic and quiet town, much more than Panajachel which has become too comercial. On the other hand if you want to party, Panajachel is the place to be.

I can't wait to return, this time my wife and me alone.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed November 16, 2005

Posada de Santiago is a very special place. Instead of opting for a mega hotel in Panajel, we stayed across the lake in the Posada and had a wonderful time First of all, the cottages and main lodge look as if they emerged from the ground by magic as opposed to being a big commercial enterprise imposed on the landsdape. Our stone cottage was clean, well equipped and tastefully decorated with local textiles. The food was way creative and excellent for all our meals and we really enjoyed the relaxed, informal atmosphere. The grounds are quite beautiful and there are many nice spots for reading or just "hanging out." The hot tub overlooks the lake with the volcano directly across from it--it was quite breathtaking to sit there and contemplate this beautiful place. The owners, Susie and David, have made the Posada a real part of Santiago. Susie was busy finding money to replace the looms and weaving materials lost in the recent mudslides and David was spearheading a project to rebuild houses buried under the mudslide, leaving 5000 people homeless. The staff is very friendly and helpful and many of them are cross trained--such as the baker who also does a great massage. The atmosphere is hard to describe verbally but it was so special we know we're going back.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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9  Thank Vicarina
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Reviewed June 15, 2005

My husband and I spent two wonderful nights and three days recently at the Posada de Santiago. We highly recommend this hotel and town to travelers to Lake Atitlan. There is no reason to stay in Panajachel, the bigger tourist town where most hotels are. Santiago is a friendly, real-life town and the Posada is a beautiful place to enjoy it. Set on a quiet part of the lake, the Posada is stone-lodge style hotel with excellent, personalized service and delicious food. One of the waiters served as our guide on a kayaking outing on his day off and the hotel staff will arrange for any other outings you want to make in the area. The location is quiet and peaceful, which is exactly what we were looking for. Spend time exploring the town of Santiago. The Mayan history and culture is fascinating.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Address: Apto. 1, Santiago Atitlan 07019, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santiago Atitlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Santiago Atitlan
Price Range: $35 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For over seventeen years the Posada de Santiago has built a reputation for excellence among travel agencies, tour groups, and countless satisfied guests from across the globe. Nestled between the volcanoes that cradle the indigenous Tzutujil village of Santiago Atitlan, the Posada provides the perfect base from which to experience Guatemala's natural beauty and colorful cultures. With charming stone cottage lodgings, renowned cuisine and luxurious lake front amenities, the Posada is a place where happy guests want to return. ... more   less 
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