I just returned from a one-night stay at Utopia Eco Hotel. I wish I could have stayed longer! The hotel is simple and rustic, which fits the surrounding environment. My friends and I stayed in rooms #1 & #2 with a view of the river from the outdoor decks. The rooms are small and simple, but you don't come to Lanquin to stay in your room. The staff is so welcoming and friendly that everyone naturally congregated in the restaurant and reception area, where you find beautiful views and a bar with swinging bench seats. The vegetarian food was tasty and a good value. We took advantage of the Q25 ($3) packed lunch for our trip to the main park at Semuc Champey.
Semuc Champey is amazing - not to be missed! - but be aware that the roads are extremely rough and most people are transported to the park in the bumpy back of a pickup truck. The view was worth the hike up the mirador, but it was challenging. The pools at the bottom were beautiful and so refreshing after the hike. We chose to skip the caves and jumping from the bridge, but if we'd had more time I would have gone tubing - lots of other hotel guests returned from tubing with huge smiles.
After a day in the park, the surrounding sounds of nature into the night made Utopia and Semuc Champey a lovely getaway. I plan to return to visit both again!
- 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