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“Magical place set in beautiful surrounds”
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Utopia Eco Hotel
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

A tranquilo and ideallic place to stay. Set amongst the cacao trees, surrounded by mountains and overlooking the river. John, the owner, was extremely helpful with any of our requests and with organising all tours and onward transport. The dorms were open air ventilated and very comfortable and reasonably clean.
The evening group meal is pretty damn good considering Utopias isolated location. The meal is typically accompanied by the talented musician, Jorge with his awesome chilled out tunes and Panda's wall art and original jewellery on display add something unique and enhance the ambience of this cool setting.
Whilst the road in is a bit rough, its great fun and well worth it (you'll be travelling on it if you want to see Semuc anyway). The location is perfect for walkable and easy access to Semuc which allows you to spend a few days and truly enjoy all Semuc Champey offers or get the chance to experience the beauty with only limited time.
A great bunch of people and just a really awesome vibe/experience - thanks Remi, John, Jorge, Panda and all the ladies in the kitchen.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stayed in the nook, nice and clean, no bugs and comfortable matress. Had a great sleep.
John the owner is genuinely very nice and helpful.

The hostal arranges transport from Lanquin and the trip to the hostel is great fun and a little adventure. Maybe not for everyone as you can be in the back of a pickup driving along mud roads but it is not too far, very scenic and will put a smile on your face.

Food is great and the communal dinners make this a very social place, very easy to meet and chat to people.

We had a great stay and would highly recommend Utopia.

The one bad point is that there was only one shower for the everyone in the main house (large dorm and a few rooms). The second shower is being fixed but I'd imagine would still leave a queue in the morning.

Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank DiarmuidBoyle
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This was a fantasic place to stay, very beautiful location and the deck/bar area has stunning views! The staff went out of their way to ensure you had anything you needed, and the dorms were comfy and partly open air. When full however, it could do with another shower (they only have one, but I think they were building a second). The food is delicious and very generous portion size. I think this is the best option in the area!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Zoe H
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Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Awesome location next to the river and close to semuc champey. John the owner is great and helpful. Really easy to organise tours and buses etc.

Dorms are great, wake up to awesome views! Make sure to take mosquito spray.

Only complaint is the meal pricing! 50Q for a veg dinner is a bit much. But then you gotta think how close the nearest town is!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

This place is just amazing. We stayed in a cabana which was basic, but what else are you looking for in the middle of the Guatemalan countryside? We took the caves and pools tour through the hotel which was a great experience, and I would highly recommend taking the river rapids tubing back which was an experience!
The location is spectacular, right on the edge of the river, which truely can't get any better.The place is extremely chilled out with very friendly staff who are always willing to advise and help. We left our gopro in another area of Guatemala and they gave great suggestions about how to get it sent across country back to us.
It may be difficult to get to (we arrived in the middle of the night, imagine that ride in the dark with constant lightening!) but it was totally worth it.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Don't let the bumpy, 45-minute ride to get here psych you out, Utopia is a true oasis. The owners, Pam and John, are incredibly sweet and helpful and their chocolate making class (not to mention eating our end result) was an experience in itself. The dorm (and "nests") are clean and breezy, but the river-front bungalows are where it's at. Falling asleep to the sound of birds and rain against your tin roof is simply amazing. Utopia can also organize everything from Semuc Champey tours to transportation to Flores, Antigua, or Rio Dulce. The only thing that could have been improved was the food. The meals were a little bland and uninspired given the attention to detail everywhere else.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Kyle M
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Thank you again to the staff and owners who made my stay here so memorable. The care and attention to their guests was outstanding. Having worked in the tourist and hotel business for many years I was impressed. The home cooked meals, the excellent prices, the views from the hotel are beyond excellent. Close enough walk to Semuc Champey and the Park. Customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal here. Not to mention an in house artist who does magical wall murals and jewellery. Did I forget to mention live music? Yes being serenaded while eating in this magnificent environment is hard to beat. Anywhere at any price. Thank you Pam, John, Remi, Lonnie, Panda and Jorge. And of course the ladies in the kitchen. I will return.

Room Tip: Just ask for what you want. The staff will do their best to accommodate.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Utopia St. by the River, Lanquin 16011, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Alta Verapaz Department > Lanquin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Lanquin
Price Range: $3 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Utopia Eco Hotel unique tropical accommodation & eco farm set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical gardens secluded from the hustle and bustle and some of the greatest adventures to be had in Guatemala.Whether you are looking for a hotel, hostel or camping or are just passing through and want to spend a few nights vacation on the hidden gem of Semuc Champey, Utopia Eco Hotel is where you will be able to do as much or as little as you like. Situated on the Rio Cahabon, You will find our established Cabanas nestled in amongst exotic flora and fauna providing unique lodge accommodation in Semuc Champey.At Utopia Eco Hotel we offer a wide range of activities; hiking, bird watching, river tubing, caving, Chocolate making classes, Semuc Champey tours, or why not just relax in one of our many hammocks located on the river shore? Everything is within your reach when you stay at Utopia! psThere are NO ATM Machines in Lanquin or the Sumec Champey area & no Credit Cards are accepted anywhere at this time. Note: here at Utopia Eco Hotel we do accept Pay Pal & USD but only bills in good condition. such as no torn or marked banknotes. Our Exchange rate is 7.5. We can also accept credit cards now but only when the internet is working good. ... more   less 

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