I stayed for 3 nights at the Hotel in August 2011 as part of a tour of Guatemala.
I was in room 4 and it was right on the shore of Lake Atitlan, so you get amazing views at both sunset and sunrise. Watch out for the smoothness of the lake at the start and beginning of the day, looks like a mirror.
The room was basic but the bed, linen and rooms were clean. There was even a small TV in the room - which was not needed.
The Hotel has a wonderful dual tier garden area with loads of hammocks and chill out areas.
The Hotel is near one of the two san pedro quays and is walkable so no need for a tuk tuk.
There are bars, internet cafe, massage places right next to the Hotel, all very good and friendly staff.
It is a short walk to the other quay where there are lots of bars and other views over the lake, In addition, 10 minutes away, up hill is the Mayan part of San Pedro with its markets and banks with ATMs.
The reason why I rated this hotel as 5 star is because the staff ( in particular the American fella - who was a life saver) helped me out when my lower back ruptured a muscle putting me in agony beyond belief.
Bending over to pick up caused a muscle spasm in my back and I was in excrutiating pain. The staff fetched a doctor, who has to inject pain killers directly into the veins - yes scary but worked) and were as helpful as they anyone could be. They arranged a session with an Mayan Physio who was amazing. Use him, he is next door but one. He managed to get me walking with a few osteopathy exercises and low key massage. Miracle!
Further note. To get to San Pedro, I travelled across the lake from Panachel. If you are taking this route, then make sure you have plenty of time and take the Water Taxi to get to San Pedro. It is MUCH cheaper than taking a personalised water taxi which will cost about 5 times as much,
Anyhow, due to the location, the staff, I recommend this hotel. I will be going back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sak'cari El Amanecer is an Eco-hotel located on the beautiful shores of Lake Atitlan. It has 20 lovely rooms overlooking the lake, the names sak'cari and amanecer mean sunrise in Tz'tujil and Spanish. The hotel is located in the heart of San Pedro La Laguna within walking distance to fine restaurants, bars and spanish schools. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Sakcari Guatemala/San Pedro La Laguna