The best place to stay in the Lanquin/Semuc Champey area is the Hostal El Portal in Semuc Champey (not to be confused with the little subsidiary with the same name they have in the town of Lanquin 12 kilometers away). The hotel is quite comfortable, and it's located right at the entrance of the park, less than 500 mts away from the entrance to the national park. The setting of the hotel is quite spectacular. And most importantly: 3 of the 4 main attractions of the area (the Semuc Champey natural pools, the river caves and the hike to the to the panoramic view of the pools) are at walking distance. The only main attraction that is a bit far (the Lanquin caves, near the town of Lanquin) will still be on the way to and back from Champey anyway, so you will always have the chance to stop and visit them. I saw 2 really nice hotels in the town of Lanquin (Zephyr and El Retiro). They are probably slightly more comfortable than the Hostal El Portal, but keep in mind that the road from Lanquin to Semuc Champey is very rough and it takes one hour in the back of a pick up truck through a muddy and bumpy road each way. The only inconvenience of staying at Hostal El Portal is that they only have electricity available in the rooms from 6 till 10 PM, and no hot water.....but the location totally compensates these shortcomings, and the weather is quite warm. The acomodations and the food at El Portal are great and the staff is friendly and helpful. Enjoy the beauty of the place at your own pace, and since the attractions are right there, there is really no need to take the organized excursion offered at the place, which will allow you to stay in the pools for only a couple of hours. It's best to explore and enjoy the area at your own pace, so take your time and spend as much as you want in this magic, remote area of Guatemala.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are an Eco-Hostel located a few meters of the National Park Semuc Champey, the caves of Water (K'amb'a) and the majestic River Cahabon. We offer a variety of options to stay in the midst of nature that offers incomparable peace. We have the best options to take tours with the best prices. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hostal El Portal De Champey Hotel Lanquin