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“Beautiful setting, lovely gardens, not expensive, but tired.”
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La Casa Rosa Hotel
Reviewed August 10, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Recently spent a night at this hotel and wished I could have stayed longer. Room was basic, but clean and comfortable. The real star is the garden and garden lounge. Right on the water, the views are absolutely spectacular. The garden is beautiful. Food was excellent, both dinner and breakfast. Service friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend it as the perfect place to relax and unwind.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

I met the owner Nicol and her daughter Laura on the shuttle from Antigua to Pana and she invited me stay at her hotel. The hotel is located right on the shore of Lake Atilan and is only a 10 minute boat ride from Pana. The hotel has a 100 million dollar view of the lake and volcanos. The room was clean and comfortable with quaility linens and excellent value for the price. The one night I stayed there with door and windows open I slept like a baby.
The hotel has wonderful garden with hammocks and Mayan sauna which I tries and was a unique and excellent experience. The staff, Maria and Estella were very attentive and helpful.
The brand new lounge cafe on the shore offers an a good variety of drinks and food choices from the menu including an excellent Asian dish that I had for dinner.
The dog of the hotel name is Zuna and was very friendly and lovely.
I would highly recommend this hotel to other travelers.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Of the hotels/restaurants in Santa Cruz, the Casa Rosa is the one I frequent the least. My main reason for going is that everywhere else seems to only serve group dinners and if you don';t book a reservation in advance you often cannot eat. The Casa Rosa is the exception. You can go in any time and order whatever you want from the menu. Unfortunately I have not found the food to be as good as the Isla Verde or Iguana Perdida. It is still a nice place with great views and friendly staff.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

I have been again in La Casa Rosa and I enjoyed very much my Semana Santa holidays.
They have improved very much the use of the lovely garden through building the Garden Lounge. This is a nice place for chilling out, listening relaxing music and having great breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Depending on the guests, sometimes the owner's daughter is organising funny latina fiestas.
It is really a great place to rest, have fun, go for dive and know about the Guatemalan and Indigenous culture. The owner Rosa is Guatemalan, this is an added value as she can explain a lot about her country.
Whenever I will be back in Central America I will try to have some relaxing days there - it is so special!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Beautiful green garden and a relaxing cafe right on the lakeside which makes you feel you are on a boat or just floating. Wonderful sunset views and the happy hour is accompanied by great music. It is an ideal place to enjoy a fews days of just sitting back and taking it easy.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

I was a couple of days in the Hotel La Casa Rosa, St. Cruz, managed by a Guatemalan woman. I enjoyed the peaceful and nice garden atmosphare of this hotel. In December 2011, they opened a very lovely Garden Lounge with a perfect view to the lake. This is a wonderful improvement of the Hotel (i was there before) as it offers a nice place to hang around the day, Furthermore it is used as the restaurant and offers to have breakfast, lunch and dinner there, listening chill-out music and enjoying the nature.

The rooms are are very nice, some of them with a lake-view and private bathroom. It is a perfect alternative to the overcrowded places in Panajachel. It is possible to join the yoga-classes in the morning and start the day with 100% relax.
St. Cruz offers to have nice walks, to dive, to swim and do other water-sports.

I recommend the Hotel La Casa Rosa very much and I am looking forward to go back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Address: A orilla del lago, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santa Cruz La Laguna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz La Laguna
Price Range: $62 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Casa Rosa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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