The staff at the Eco Hotel is absolutely lovely. They really want you to have a memorable experience - from using the kayaks to enjoying a homemade breakfast. Note, however, that they don't speak any English. Using my iPad app Spanish, my friend's high school Spanish, and lots of hand gestures and sound effects, we were able to communicate and have a few good laughs.
Unfortunately, much of the front property is submerged. The only way to get to the hotel is to hike through coffee and corn plants on a very narrow track that you wouldn't see if you didn't know to look for it. Our shuttle driver had no idea where the hotel ways and had to ask the locals. Don't be surprised when you are driven down a narrow lane, past the firehouse (bomberos), and almost into the lake when the road ends. There is a sign for the hotel on a chain link fence that alerts you to the entrance. Be prepared to carry your suitcase along the trail and up the steep steps to the hotel although they will carry it out for you on your departure.
Unlike what was advertised, there are no tvs in the hotel. The only way to get wireless internet is if you remember to ask as soon as you arrive - after that, the person who has the code is usually at home. The staff includes a cook, receptionist, and 2 landscapers/handmen who seem to randomly be around the property at various times.
There is nothing in San Juan, but you can easily get a tuk tuk in town to San Pedro for 5Q. You can also ask to have them call a ferry boat for you which will pick you up at the hotel dock.
While the facility is somewhat run down, the location is peaceful and relaxing with a beautiful view of the lake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are an eco hotel on the shores of lake Atitlan. A special hotel, with excellent view from every room, peaceful and with many activities inside the hotel and its surrounding; we are near a Mayan Tzutujil village called San Juan La Laguna, were you can learn about their interesting culture. We are specialized in bird watching and making different kind of tours (adventure, hiking, cultural, relaxing tours and more) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan Guatemala/Lake Atitlan - San Juan La Laguna