I stayed here during my first visit to the lake from my HQ in Guatemala City, and I didn't want to leave all weekend! My friends and I had some grand plans to go hiking and explore the small towns, but once we arrived at La Casa Del Mundo and explored their fantastic little patios, we just setup camp and spent the weekend relaxing.
The buildings are all setup against the side of the hill, so yes, there are MANY stairs to climb. This might not be a place for someone out of shape or with any knee/hip problems. I loved it, as this design added to the magic of the place. It also made each room more private, since all rooms have outdoor entrances and are spread out at different levels throughout the hill.
All rooms DO have a lake view, but some rooms have nicer/larger patios than others. Ours, for exampe (19) only has a side patio with partial lake view. I would try to get #20 or another room that has a patio with a full volcano view.
The place was pretty full while we were there, but you would never know because it doesn't feel crowded at all during the day. Everyone spreads out on day trips or on the separate patios and you have some space to yourselves.
The lake was clean and we enjoyed a (cold, refereshing) swim after laying in the sun for awhile.
Room was clean, with a comfy bed. There are many bugs around, though, and I don't understand why they haven't screened the windows to keep out mosquitos. The room gets a little toasty without the windows open and if they had screens I would have avoided some bites.
All of the food was delicious, but I do wish they had a dinner menu a la carte. I think you get your money's worth for Q90 with the soup / entree / dessert courses but I don't always need or want that much food. It's difficult to leave for dinner because public boats don't run back and forth after dark.
I'll likely be back with my husband, but if they fixed the 2 concerns I list above I would DEFINITELY be a repeat customer with a 5 star review.
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- Guatemala's most magical hotel - Lonely Planet. 19 Rooms built upon a Jaibalito cliffside pleasantly house travelers from all over the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Casa Del Mundo
- La Casa Del Mundo Hotel Guatemala/Jaibalito, Lake Atitlan