Your experience in this hotel depends on your accommodations....the little bungalows looked charming, but my room (solo senior traveler) was basic, even at a relatively low cost, as was another I saw. Going over past reviews, there were negative comments about the owner, but to me she seemed straightforward and helpful as long as I was reasonable. Staying here (as in many hotels at the Lake) you are somewhat isolated (transportation is by boat); this means you will probably want to eat at the hotel. They have a limited although healthy menu. The restaurant seating, right on the shore, is quite romantic in a European way (if a little tattered), and it is peaceful to watch the lights come on across the Lake in the evening. Rosa's kitchen is absolutely charming but you aren't really allowed in there...I think some time ago she served shared meals there and that must have been fun and more authentically Guatemalan. The staff are pleasant, mostly silent, and there when you need them. Nearby is a diving hotel where you can reserve for a shared dinner, but that hotel is mainly a place for the young and buff, who toss off comments like "Namibia...I was stranded there for a month." To get anywhere around the Lake, you need to go back to Panajachel, and I was consistently overcharged by the boat drivers (not connected to the hotel) so be certain you know the right price before you embark.
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- Also Known As:
- La Casa Rosa Hotel Guatemala/Lake Atitlan