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La Fortuna at Atitlan
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

then I can't even imagine how great the Suite must be! My wife, who is stationed in Guatemala with the Foreign Service, and I spent a wonderful weekend at La Fortuna in October. Every detail was absolutely first rate; from the lakeside wood fired hot tub (!), to the amazing meals, to our luxurious one-of-a-kind bathroom complete with beautiful recycled bottle wall. La Fortuna is a very short five minute boat ride from Panajachel and another five minutes to Santa Cruz, where we set out on a picturesque three hour lakeside hike to San Marcos. Steve and Kat were the perfect hosts! We are planning on returning soon and will recommend this wonderful retreat to all of our friends visiting Lake Atitlan.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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KatharineKmack, Owner at La Fortuna at Atitlan, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

Thank you so much for the amazing review. We really enjoyed having both you and Shannon at our little slice of paradise. We look forward to seeing you both again, and wish you the best! Thank you again for the positive feed back!

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I had booked 6 nights in Antigua for our 7 year anniversary. We have 20 years of Starbucks experience between the two of us, and we were desperate to see coffee grow. After some research, we convinced ourselves to break up our stay in town with a jaunt to Lake Atitlan. When I found La Fortuna, I was unsure that my husband would be interested in outdoor restrooms. We booked it for an adventure, and the experience is unparalleled. When we rode up from Panajachel on the boat, I saw the property on the right, looked at my husband, and declared "Now those people over there have it made!" After a moment, I realized it was La Fortuna. "Oh my gosh! That's us! We have it made!"
Back story aside, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Fortuna. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced. The scenery is lush. The food was fantastic. Steve and Kat are gracious. The beds are comfy. AND the coffee we enjoyed was harvested from the property! And it's wonderful.
Something to note if you come is that there are bugs in the outdoor bathrooms (duh). At any time you can have a spider making a cozy home in your toilet paper, or crawling on the toilet seat, or under the toilet seat. Just be sure to check;)
We will definitely make an effort to return. We had such a great time!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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KatharineKmack, Owner at La Fortuna at Atitlan, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

We are so glad that you both enjoyed yourself at La Fortuna. Thank you so much for the review and for the positive feedback. We wish you the best back in the States, and hope that we will be fortunate enough to have you as guests again!

All the best,

Kat & Steve

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is the place to stay if you are visiting lake Atitlan!! As soon as you arrive, you will be happy you chose it. Beautiful lodges tucked away in paradise. The food is great and the service excellent!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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KatharineKmack, Owner at La Fortuna at Atitlan, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

Thank you so much for the glowing review! We greatly enjoyed having you and your father as guests at our little piece of paradise. We wish you both the best back in the States, and hope that we will be fortunate enough to have you has guests again. Thank you again for taking the time to review us and providing us with such positive feedback.

All the best,

Kat & Steve

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Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

Exceptionally beautiful and unique, a must stay to experience the accommodations. As close to living with nature as you can get,... comfortably on a bed. Where to begin?... Beautiful private villas with outdoor bathrooms and showers. Exceptional attention to detail and decor, windows all around that open to outside. Loft space with beautiful views and floor to ceiling windows. Rooms are thoughtfully equipped for a fun comfortable stay fruit, nuts, water, cell phone, umbrella, games, books, candles, robes and more. The grounds are immaculate and beautifully lush and manicured. The meals were delicious on par with top restaurants, Steve is a masterful chef. Steve and Kat were welcoming, kind, hospitable and informative hosts. We had a truly amazing stay at La Fortuna and feel lucky that we made the choice to stay there.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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KatharineKmack, Owner at La Fortuna at Atitlan, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, and for providing us with such positive feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at La Fortuna and on the lake. We wish you both the best back in the States, and hope to have you come and visit us again!

All the best,

Kat & Steve

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

The reviews are right... it's a small paradise!

From the warm welcome, clean room, great architecture, BEAUTIFUL setting & gardens... and did I mention the food! Just the coffee ( home grown ) is worth the trip! One can get use to live here! Wait till you see the bathrooms... amazing.

Every little detail is thought of: robes, candles, attentive staff, time YOU want to eat at... served right on your porch. There is even a cell phone you can use for free!

Thank you Kat, Steve, Maria, Josephina and Sr gardener ( oups... forgot his name! ). It`s like living in a post card! I just wish I could have stayed longer and I can`t wait to come back!

Great job y hasta pronto!

M & J

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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KatharineKmack, Owner at La Fortuna at Atitlan, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2013

Thank you so much for the wonderful review and pictures. It was great having you both as guests and we are really excited that we will see you again. All the best in Mexico! We look forward to visiting you next year!

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We just returned from a trip to Guatemala which included a three night retreat at the gorgeous (and delicious) La Fortuna. There are not enough words to describe how wonderful our stay was...From arriving by boat with owners Steve and Kat and getting our first view of our accommodation (right out of the photo pages of any top travel magazine), to our first delicious meal served elegantly on our front porch by the owners themselves (who prepared it too), to enjoying the outdoor bath under the trees....seriously, there are not enough superlatives to describe the relaxing time we enjoyed there. There is WiFi for those who don't want to totally disconnect from their digital devices, but the serenity of the setting will make a visitor set them aside and well, just be.....

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stevekmack, Owner at La Fortuna at Atitlan, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2013

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So nice having visitors from our home town(S)! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again- maybe somewhere on the road in SE Asia or back in N America. All the best!
S&K

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Unfortunately my itinerary didn't allow me to stay another night at La Fortuna because it really was so comfortable and peaceful. The place would definitely suit couples/groups but as a lone traveller I really enjoyed the respite. Accommodation is really rather lovely with luxury tastefully presented amongst lush forestry. The food is absolutely delicious, both breakfast and dinner homemade with panache. The setting is tranquil and feels hours away from everything else even though it was a ten minute boat ride from Panajachel. I would highly recommend, treat yourselves! Thanks Kat & Steve.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Stevekmack, Owner at La Fortuna at Atitlan, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2013

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Glad you enjoyed your stay and wishing you an excellent onward trip! Be well, S&K

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Additional Information about La Fortuna at Atitlan

Address: Patzisotz Bay | Between Panajachel and Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz La Laguna 07014, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santa Cruz La Laguna
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Santa Cruz La Laguna
Price Range: $66 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the shores of Lake Atitlán under the San Pedro, Atitlán, and Toliman volcanoes, La Fortuna at Atitlan is tucked into the private bay of Patzisotz, only a 5 minute boat ride from Panajachel. Here you can relax in our lush jungle and gardens, and take in the view of Central America’s most spectacular lake. Hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and exploring the indigenous villages around the lake can be organized through the resort. Come and experience the natural and cultural wonder of Lago Atitlan at La Fortuna. Suites all have stunning private garden bathrooms with huge hot tubs, as well as a cozy loft with day bed and breathtaking views of the lake. Standard bungalows have a private garden bathroom with rain shower, and queen and single beds.We have a fire heated hot tub on the front of the property and a swim up floating dock. There is free wifi on the property, as well. We can help you arrange transportation from the airport or from/to other destinations in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Belize. Please note this location is NOT ideal for those individuals who have mobility issues or for small children. ... more   less 
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La Fortuna At Atitlan Guatemala/Lake Atitlan

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