During this trip I stayed at both Isla Verde and Casa del Mundo due to the availability of each. They are about a 15 minute walk from each other, though not visible to each other. The combination was perfect for me as a solo traveler:
Isla Verde is a place I imagine going back to with my brother and sister. Lots of hammock and lounge areas, a very island-chill vibe, wonderful fresh food overlooking the water. I stayed in one of the apartments, and while it was beautifully decorated (fabrics, carved wood, outdoor porch with day bed, hanging orchids and hummingbirds, great view), it was very noisy, being located right on the walkway that everyone took to their tukuls at night.
Casa del Mundo was one of the more unique places I've stayed in all my travels. It caters to an older crowd--average age when I was there was maybe 50 years old. The food was good, especially breakfast, and the family-style dinner made for some interesting conversation. Being even only slightly higher up than Isla Verde in elevation was like being in a whole new world-verdent pine tress, beautiful smells, and supremely incredible views. There was a larger variety of "relaxation spots" to explore here. The drawback for some might be that it is an incredibly steep/long walk from the water. If you are not fit or have mobility problems a different option might be best.
I would happily stay at either place again, though at Isla Verde choosing a slightly removed tukul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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