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“Just the most wonderful place ! I cannot wait to return!”
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Posada de Santiago
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Sebastopol, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Just the most wonderful place ! I cannot wait to return!”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Lovely beyond words and the food is great...The setting is beautiful and l loved our simple but very clean room. The area by the lake was so relaxing. The blue corn pancakes are a must, as are the freshly made blue corn tortilla chips.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Antigua, Guatemala
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

I have stayed at a number of places around Lake Atitlán. Or I used to. After a while it became apparent that the Posada was my favorite, and then it also became apparent that I enjoyed myself at the Posada so much that there was no point in doing second best ever again.

Meals in the restaurant are beautifully presented, and the presentation indicates accurately the care given the food itself. I never seem to get over the tenderest of tenderloins in a blue cheese sauce. It is so nice to get up from dinner and go back to our cottage, light the already properly laid fire, and sip Guatemalan aged rum.

I get my money’s worth; I take full advantage of the wood-burning sauna AND the Jacuzzi AND the swimming pool AND the canoes. And I love just to walk among the gardens, especially when I run into the head gardener, who by now knows me pretty well and doesn’t mind my questions.

Maybe the very best thing among all these wonderful things is the staff. All the staff members—the cooks, the waiters, the housekeepers, the pool chief, not just the gardener—enjoy their work, and they enjoy their clients. Like me they keep on being there. I suspect the owner pays wages well above the local rates, which they deserve, and good for him for knowing it.

As for the owner, I like a guy whose restaurant won’t (WILL NOT) open before 7:30 am and whose menu includes the line, “We also reluctantly serve decaffeinated coffee.” If you don’t appreciate him for that, you’ve got to admire him for taking, at his own expense, the whole staff on a week’s holiday at the Pacific. And for being the driving energy that established a hospital in Santiago, and a women’s weaving cooperative, and, and, and. I also like a guy who charges affordable prices for absolutely top-level quality.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

This little resort is beautiful, comfortable, quaint and so delightful! The staff is thoughtful and attentive. The casitas are comfortable with nice additions like an outdoor hammock. There's a pool and jacuzzi, as well as the lake for swimming. There's an area with chairs for sun or for shade.
The food in the restaurant is really good. Breakfast options include blue corn pancakes--so yummy! There are fruit smoothies and veggie juices available, too. Such a delightful place!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

... and I mean that in the best way! David -- the ex-pat Californian who owns and hosts this lovely intimate resort -- has created a rustic and relaxing paradise in one of the world's most stunning natural settings.
This place is by no means Four Seasons luxury. The stone cabins are rough hewn, plumbing fixtures functional and gardens an eclectic hodge-podge of tropical nursery plants, avocado trees and a working coffee farm. Two highly domesticated cats patrol the grounds -- one of whom decided she enjoyed either our companionship or simply the the shelter of our cabin -- maybe a little of both. But she showed up at our door every morning and came by for evening visits, too.
Our accommodations -- Casa Aguatal -- included a large great room centered around an arched stone fireplace and a very comfortable eastern king bed. The small loft above held a queen sized mattress and side table, perfect for one adult or two children. The bathroom -- shower only -- was smallish but functional, and included a special tap running purified drinking water. Decor included artwork and crafts from the local population, further lending an informal and warm sensibility to the space.
The dining room took up most of the main lodge interior, and served imaginative locally inspired cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients. Smoked chicken breast is a tasty dinner specialty. The menu for all three meals was surprisingly expansive. We ended up eating all of our meals at the Posada, something we don't normally do. (Perhaps the fact that we had already spent a week dining out in Guatemala made the choice an easier one for us to make). And I did write "expansive" -- NOT "expensive". Meals here were priced as well or better than any of the moderately priced cafes in our previous city, Antigua. Weekend dinners feature performances by local musicians; really pleasurable, based on our experience.
While the lodge and cabins are located on the land side of the main road, the lovely pool, hot tub, outdoor bar and dock are set on the lake side property, with fantastic water views. Nothing like enjoying a cold drink of your choice in the hot tub as the sun sets over the lake (well, we didn't actually see the sun -- but the clouds turned a lovely shade of mauve-pink). There are also two canoes available for use, as well as complimentary bikes. Other amenities include umbrellas at your front door and in the main lodge, inexpensive laundry service and a coffee maker with freshly ground coffee beans provided daily (at least in our particular cabin).
The staff are helpful and friendly; be ready to practice your Spanish since most speak a limited amount of English.
As for the logistics of getting to Lake Atitlan and the hotel, its best to call David and let him arrange transportation from wherever you are starting out. He will do it in the most efficient and least costly manner. (We made our own arrangements to get there from Antigua, and ended up paying way too much for our boat trip across the lake. Live and learn).
I recommend Posada de Santiago as a great final stop on a trip -- a place to slow down our pace, take in the the awesome beauty of the region and reflect on how fortunate we are to be able to even briefly enjoy such splendor.

Room Tip: The higher up you are from the lodge and main road, the better. We loved out location on the ground...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

I stayed here two nights in a very comfortable and clean bungalow. I would highly recommend it for someone seeking a quiet or romantic place surrounded by gorgeous nature. The staff was hospitable, the breakfast great. There's a nice deck looking out onto the lake and volcano where I hung out early in the morning or late afternoon, when bird watching was great. I had hoped to not be so far from the reserve (a 30 minute boat ride away), where I spent a few hours one day, and near the more active town Penechal (sp). So decide where around the lake you want to visit ahead of time, and choose your hotel based on that. The lake trek can be rough. All said, it's a very nice play to stay.

Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

I stayed at the Posada de Santiago for 3 nights, 2 in a stone cottage and one in the Casa Orquidea. Both were lovely. The spacious grounds are absolutely gorgeous. There are plenty of shaded spots to sit and hammocks outside the rooms. Pretty restaurant, good food, helpful staff, large pool overlooking the lake, hotel dock. Beds were exceptional. A few of the guests swam in the lake. The property is on a somewhat steep incline which makes for good exercise and beautiful views but not a good option for people who have difficulty walking. The hotel is located just outside of town. The town itself is poor and offers little in the way of tourism. The last day groundskeepers were wood-fire roasting coffee beans picked on the property in an outdoor kiln in the garden. The hotel can be reached by taking a public boat from Pana to the dock in Santiago (or a private boat to the hotel dock for a lot more $$). The main road is a short walk from the dock where a red Tuc Tuc will take you to the hotel - 5 Quetzals per person to go anywhere in town.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

Posada de Santiago is incredibly beautiful. Each cabin has a fireplace, a comfortable queen bed; and a single bed and even a hairdryer! There are hammocks outside each room; along with umbrellas to use. These people thought of everything. Throughout the grounds are look-out posts to see the stunning views of Lake Atitlan and little areas with roofs to sit and read, relax. They have a pool and a fabulous restaurant. We ate there both nights and loved it; breakfast is terrific as well. Staff are so helpful and the flowers and plant life throughout the area are just gorgeous.

Room Tip: If you can get a room with a view of the lake, it's worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Posada de Santiago
Address: Apto. 1, Santiago Atitlan 07019, Guatemala
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Region: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santiago Atitlan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Santiago Atitlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For over seventeen years the Posada de Santiago has built a reputation for excellence among travel agencies, tour groups, and countless satisfied guests from across the globe. Nestled between the volcanoes that cradle the indigenous Tzutujil village of Santiago Atitlan, the Posada provides the perfect base from which to experience Guatemala's natural beauty and colorful cultures. With charming stone cottage lodgings, renowned cuisine and luxurious lake front amenities, the Posada is a place where happy guests want to return. ... more   less 
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