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“The Most Spectacular Views of Lake Aritlan! Roof-top Terraces! Great price, location, clean, super food and inexpensive.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mikaso Hotel Resto
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94 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“The Most Spectacular Views of Lake Aritlan! Roof-top Terraces! Great price, location, clean, super food and inexpensive.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Stayed three nights at Hotel Mikaso.
Would have stayed longer, too.
Amazing food and coffee and drinks at very reasonable prices.
Unbelievably friendly and helpful people at the hotel.

Super views!!!
Surrounded 360 degrees by mountains and volcanoes.

At night you can see so many stars!
As well, the lights from Panajachel, San Marcos, San Juan, San Pablo, and more!

Very conveniently located a five minute walk from the central dock in San Pedro, two minute walk from the Santiago dock, or a short 20 Q. for two people Tuk-Tuk ride.

I came across this hotel after a three week stay in San Pedro studying at the Spanish Cooperative School. I had time to reaearch and visit other hotels in San Pedro and, for me, hotel Mikaso was the best choice.
Quiet, clean, safe, very affordable, kind staff and great food.
Oh, and you can hear the sound of the waves of Lake Atitlan if you book a room with a 'lake view'.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, GA
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148 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

I admit I wasn't sure to make of the Mikaso at first: it took them 4 days to respond to my email, then once I responded they didn't complete my reservation and no longer had the room available for my stay. The bathroom was so small you had to step over the trash can to get to the toilet. Nobody ever at the front desk except for one couple that would go there and make out for hours.

But by my second day, and on our second room (they had to move us, because of the reservation issue), we really fell in love with the place. The food was good and the kitchen staff was wonderful. The view can't be beat - fishermen standing in their cayucas, three volcanoes, water birds, gorgeous flowers, the whole town of San Pedro -- and there were some charming pets (an orange cat, a german shepard, and a yellow lab). You have to walk a narrow path through corn and coffee fields, as well as the most beautifully tended garded I have ever seen. We enjoyed sitting in the comfy chairs outside our room, and lingering upstairs over coffee or beers (depending on time of day) or sitting in their hot tub. It's far enough from the bars and backpacker scene that the noise won't bother you, but it's close enough that you can join in if you want to. And our second room seemed bigger.

It's my understanding that this is the nicest place in town; Sak'cari is right next door, has the same view, and looks nice too. Sak'cari were a little cheaper, and much, much more responsive via email. But we really ended up enjoying Mikaso, and I would happily stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Katlanta
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
We are sorry for the problem with the reservation. We always try to answer as quickly as we can. We apologize. We now have someone at the front desk from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. We are happy to know that after all you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you again soon.
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Montreal
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189 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

At a moderate price, you can have a room with water on 3 sides, watch the ladies washing their clothers, catch the early am fishermen in their dugouts, and watch the sunrise. Room good size and clean, decent restaurant (Poutine?) and free computer/wifi. Quit and tranquil, yet a 5 minute walk from the madness, bars etc.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Fstein
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back soon.
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

This is a great place to stay in San Pedro. Separated but not far! Great food also. Just the perfect spot! Like in every other low budget hotel in Guatemala, bring your ear plugs!! In the case of Mikaso is people passing outside your room the ones that make noise!

Room Tip: I beleive the best rooms are in the second floor; Less people walk outside your room, so it´s quiete...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ronyer77
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back soon.
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The Dalles, Oregon
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327 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

I usually stay with local families when I'm in San Pedro La Laguna but made reservations at Hotel Mikaso when I had a group of friends visiting with me. We had 3 lake view rooms in a row and the little single room nearby. That gave us our own beautiful patio area with plenty of seating and wonderful views, especially early in the day. We shopped at the produce market and Tienda Aracely and used the nice share kitchen to prepare breakfasts and lunches. There's wifi in the restaurant area and on the top deck. The staff was accommodating and stored our luggage for us since we were leaving San Pedro hours after check out time.

Although it wasn't a problem for us, do note that you can't drive to the door of the hotel; it's a block or so from the nearest street. I was surprised that they didn't accept credit cards at this time. Also, the nearest part of the lake has lots of seaweed. For us, that added to the interest; we enjoyed watching locals collect it for drying and the herons and egrets feeding in it.

Room Tip: The lake view rooms cost more but we loved having a nice deck area right by our rooms as a gathering...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank hopefulist
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back soon.
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San Miguel de Alllende, Mexico
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

In July, 2012 had 10 most enjoyable days at Hotel Mikaso. Loved the location of the hotel perfectly situated by the lake with expansive views of lake, lush mountains and the towering volcanoes. Truly spectacular! And yes, it just may be one of the most beautiful lake settings on the planet.

Some nice colonial architectural touches, very simple, clean rooms, small bathrooms, hot water 9 days out of 10. The wide veranda outside rooms 8, 9 and 10 with comfy outdoor furniture was a favorite spot. Room 8 maybe not for light sleepers due to local women doing wash in the lake a few feet away. It was the loud chatting that was irritating at times.

Do not be put off when arriving by the walkway to the hotel located between 2 cornfields. It's an entertaining piece of local color. This is a small rural community and these folks live on corn. Stand on the corner and you can easily get a tuk tuk from the hotel to the docks or the center of town. We arrived by tuk tuk with our luggage placed on top. Do NOT try to walk to the hotel from the dock, if you have luggage, backpack would be fine.

Mikaso is owned by a family from Quebec; son, Miguel oversees the hotel and sometimes cooks; he is lots of fun! The upstairs restaurant with terrific views on 3 sides and high-beamed ceiling and fireplace is the center of activity and good wifi connection. Daniela and Helene are delightful hostesses. Service is quick and always pleasant. A rather international menu, very good breakfasts and varied choices for lunch and dinner. It's a friendly atmosphere and we enjoyed talking with a number of guests. We love to meet fellow travelers, and met lovely folks.

Mikaso Hotel was an excellent value. It is just 2 blocks from Escuela Espanola de San Pedro; we received a discount at the hotel for being students at this school. And if you are looking for a fine Spanish school, THIS escuela may be one of the best in Guatemala. We would consider returning to both the hotel and the school our next trip to Guatemala.

Room Tip: Rooms 8,9 and 10 have views and great veranda. We liked 9 which was quiet. 10 has best views but s...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Dellsworth
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back soon.
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

This is a nice hostel. The rooms (even the dorm) are all nice, there is an awesome terrace with great views of the Lake. There is a jacuzzi, a pool table, board games, a kitchen and a good restaurant. There is no TV or WIFI (at least there wasn't when we were there).
From speaking to other people in San Pedro I get the impression that this is the best hostel in San Pedro BUT it's also the most expensive so if you're on a budget you can easily find a room for half the price elsewhere. And there are plenty of choices in touristy San Pedro. The hostel is about a 15-20 minute walk from the main pier in San Pedro so to get here you may prefer to take a tuk tuk or taxi boat to the other closer pier.
Aside from the comparatively higher cost, the only other negative to staying here is with booking tours. The tour agent that the hostel recommends is actually 50% more expensive than all the other agencies in town. Plus the tour agent guy (who wears an official looking white tour rep shirt) is kind of a pest in that he will probably be on your case the minute you arrive at the hostel even coming into the hostel restaurant the first day you arrive pushing tours onto you. Advice: get prices from at least 3 other agencies in town before choosing a tour. San Pedro is actually a very cheap place for doing tours so you may be surprised how cheap it is to go hiking or kayaking etc.
If it wasn't for the annoying tour rep pest I would probably have given this place a 5.

Stayed June 2012
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back again soon. We are very sorry that you were bothered by a guide. I want to specify that we do not have guides offering tours at the hotel. We do promote tours but only at the reception and only if you ask for it. I suppose what happened was that a guide near the hotel saw you walking in and wanted to get a tip from us for bringing you. We will make sure that it does not happen again
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Property: Mikaso Hotel Resto
Address: Callejon a I-82 Zona 2 Canton Chuacante 4, San Pedro La Laguna 07018, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > San Pedro La Laguna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro La Laguna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Mikaso Hotel Resto 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built by the edge of the lake Atitlan in the middle of a beautiful garden, Mikaso Hotel offers you 15 private rooms plus 2 dormitories. Hotel amenities include free wi-fi, jacuzzis, common kitchen, pool table, concierge desk, spa services, meeting room and a restaurant with the nicest roof top terrace in town, giving you an incredible view of lake Atitlan and the Volcanoes. Our staff will be please to help you plan your excursions around San pedro & Lake Atitlan, whether it's hiking the volcanoes, kayaking on the Lake, learning about the mayan culture or just discovering the surroundings. Welcome to Mikaso Hotel y restaurante en San Pedro! ... more   less 
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