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.
- 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