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“A unique place to spend the night” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fuentes Georginas

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Fuentes Georginas
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Zunil
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Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“A unique place to spend the night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Fuentes Georginas consists of three 'public' pools with bath.shower facilities, a small restaurant, and 7 or so bungalows available for overnight rental. The latter include a bathroom (cold water only, including the shower), a private stone soaking tub with hot and cold taps, and a bedroom. There is no heat and it can get rather cold at night, so the bedroom has a fireplace and a stack of wood to burn. There is no internet access.

The public pools have three separate temperatures. The largest fills directly from the hot water pouring out of a rock formation and is quite hot and very mineral-intensive. I don't know the temp, but I couldn't get in. The other two pools each take a step down in temperature by mixing in cold water. They are great for a day-time soak, but this place really shines after the tour groups have left and only the overnight guests remain. The pools are open all night and, when the sky is clear the view is quite nice. While you are not far from Xela, you definitely feel as if you are in a remote area. The public pools are not clothing optional. The restaurant is serviceable and reasonably priced, although the roof leaks quite a bit so there really isn't a dry table in the house.

The bungalow tubs are sized just right for two people. The hot water is HOT and the cold is quite cold. The water pressure is strong, so it doesn't take long to fill the tub. The lack of a hot shower is a downside, and the cold water in the shower appears to be the same water that moderates the temperature in the hot tub. It takes a stronger soul than I to actually shower at Fuentes Georginas. The huts are definitely rustic. Our windows didn't close so the space was difficult to warm up. The firewood was also damp, which made starting the fire a bit of a challenge and smoked up the room pretty well. A late night soak under the stars made it all worthwhile though. FWIW, there weren't any bugs in evidence in the bungalow and each bungalow has outdoor tables and a barbecue in case you want to bring your own eats.

The staff were friendly and acommodating, and put up with my halting Spanish quite well. If you like hot springs and don't mind roughing it a bit, Georginas Fuentes is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin, Germany
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

If you are in Xela, you should definitely escape from the exhaust of cars in the city and go there. You can go with a tour or by yourself. The second option is much more enjoyable. First, take a chicken bus to Almolonga/Zunil (we paid Q9,5 for two people), then take a pickup in front of the church in Zunil to Fuentes. We paid Q50 for one way in total and enjoyed the scenery on the way. It is better to go in the morning, as it becomes foggy in the afternoon (bad for making fotos). I recommend not to jump in the first pool, it is better to try to the hotter ones as there are fewer people in there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Mine O
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Antigua, Guatemala
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30 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

Fuentes Georginas was absolutely incredible in all aspects. Having done the planning for the trip and seeing how amazing Fuentes seemed via the internet I was very anxious to get there and see for myself. Let me start off by saying that when we had finally reached our destination (we got a little lost driving through the windy roads by dark) we were greeted by a kind security guard, who had to unlock the gate for us (security is key!). Our 2nd encounter was a big beautiful starry sky and a hot thermal pool. I mean what else could one possibly want?! After we checked in at the desk a.k.a the restaurant area the kind man who was working at the moment offered to prepare us a hot meal even though we had missed the last call for dinner by an hour or so (talk about customer service!). He then took us to our “room”. This so-called room was an actual HOUSE! And I’m not only comparing it to my teeny tiny apartment. It had a full bathroom, including a bathtub with hot thermal capability, an extra sitting area and a HUGE bedroom with not only 2 HUGE beds, but a fireplace! In addition to all this there was an additional fireplace outside and a bbq. It does get cold up there in the mountains at night so these fireplaces definitely come in handy. The thermal pools are extremely relaxing and if I can suggest anything I recommend to take a dip at night when you only have to share the area with the sparkling stars in the big sky. Basically, Fuentes Georginas is the kind of place while you want to sleep b/c it is so comfy and cozy you also want to stay up all night to enjoy all of the great amenities. My only complaint is that we only stayed 1 night. I highly recommend staying! The thermal pools are amazing, but the overnight stay added a great deal to that.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank alymo125
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New York City, New York
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2012

the drive here was lets just say... SCARY! we drove at night which made it worse. but the drive there didn't matter once we entered the place.

there are many bungalows try to get #1-6 the others are separated. inside there is a bathroom, in another room a tub, and then finally your bedroom which consists of two beds, a chimney and a chair with toilet paper & your starter kit.

it's very cold so i suggest having them start the chimney for you about 45 minutes before you actually go to bed.
our chimney didn't help much. we had to push both beds together and sleep like sardines to keep each other warm. we were very unprepared for this trip, someone failed to tell us its FREEZING there!

we arrived at night and headed to our bungalows when we noticed people heading towards the springs so we said what the heck and joined them.

it was beautiful, they have 3 pools, one very hot, one hot and one for the kids. as well as a restaurant. you can order all your needs prior from them closing and they allow you to stay in that area all night long!
this is a gated area so only those inside can use the springs at night all to themselves.

in the morning there are many tourist and locals entering and leaving the springs. so my suggestion take advantage at night!

there is a mayan trial that you can follow, make sure you have your sneakers on, bug spray, and water! the going down is the easy part... coming up is the killer. they have rest stops at certain areas of the hike so you can catch your breath. yes i used all of them lol

don't forget to take your swimwear, there are another 2 pool areas there but no changing room so make sure your bathing suit is already on.

the very hot pool is not recommend to be in there for a long time, we witness a lady faint from being in there for too long. you need breaks in between dipping. watch the children, they won't want to get out but it's dangerous they need to get out at least every 20 minutes.

there is another hike going further up the mountain but i couldn't do that no more. not after the hike down! further up there is another pool .


this trip was over all good! the driving sucked and it was cold but it was WORTH IT!

Room Tip: choose rooms closer to the springs, dont expect to shower. there was not running hot water. bring WA...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Panajachel, Guatemala
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52 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2011

Having been destroyed by Hurricanes Mitch (1998) and Stan (2005), Fuentes Georginas was destroyed by Hurricane Agatha in 2010. The newest reincarnation opened in March 2011.

The largest pool’s water is now so hot that it’s essential unusable; a shame because it has the most beautiful setting, against a vertical wall hanging with tropical vegetation. Veterans say it wasn’t so hot pre-Agatha. At this point the restaurant could use it for poaching eggs.

That leaves the two other pools, medium and small, which have more or less the same temperature. Hot water pours in one side, cool water on the other, so within the pools the temperature varies.

The water is murky from identified green gunk, lots of it, dead insects, and the bodily secretions which the mobs of kids are no doubt contributing. Doesn’t seem they are draining/cleaning the pools daily as they should.

Changing rooms are adequate and offer ice-cold showers. There’s a terrace above them with tables and chairs; and two covered BBQ areas with picnic tables.

Various companies offer shuttle services, but we used Fuentes’ service. The van leaves their office at 5a Calle 14-08 (note: their website gives the wrong address) at 9:00 a.m. and returns at 12:30 p.m. Q120 ($16) includes transport and entry fee.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

The fuentes Gorginas were destroyed last year (2010) because of a storm.
The work they have done to put it back is amazing : There are 3 pools with different temperature so you can find the best for you. The pools are really clean, all the place is,

Concerning the hotel, there is 7 rooms (for 4 people top, 2 king size beds in each one), with bathrooms. All of them are really clean, in each of them there's a private top with the source water. Really cool and romantic as well.
There's also fire places, with free wood to warm you at night.
Good food in the restaurant, honest prices.

The place is perfect for a romantic week end, I recommand not to go on week ends, there's lot's of people at the end of the weeks and it can be a bit disturbing...

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Doriane D
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New York City, New York
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115 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2009

There are two distinct parts to Fuentes Georginas: The pools and the accomodation.

The pools are great. You will find the temperature that suits you, as there are three pools, which start at warm, then medium, then hot. The hot pool was managable in the first few feet, but I couldn't take the heat as I moved towards the far end.

The water seemed to be clean and there are good lockers to store your things in. If you forget your towell, the restaurant will provide them at a small cost. The changing rooms are functional, but tend to be a little dank. This is expected in such a wet/damp environment.

As for the accomodation, I didn't stay the night, but I had a good look at the rooms. The major advantage of staying overnight is that you have a run of the pools after the general public has gone. Other than that, I really wouldn't recommend staying the night. The rooms are basic and have the overall sensation of spending a night in damp-smelling, musty bunker. My feeling was that there is really only so much time you can comfortably spend in the pools, so staying overnight just so you can extend your pool time seems pointless.

Overall, I give the place a thumbs up.

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Fuentes Georginas
Address: | 8 km from main road, Zunil 09001, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Quetzaltenango Department > Zunil
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Zunil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit Quetzaltenango and the Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs. Travel on the highest point of the highway at 10,000 feet above sea level. This area is rich with geothermal vents, and most of the electricity is generated with geothermal energy. You will appreciate the hot springs of Fuentes Georginas. A series of outdoor pools offer a variety of temperatures from warm to super hot. Let you stress melt away as the therapeutic waters relax and rejuvenate you. Enjoy an optional lunch (not included) at the resort restaurant. ... more   less 

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