We booked 4 nights at La Posada staying in La Casita and arrived after a long drive from Coban and getting lost in Guatemala City. We were greeted efficiently and moved into our cute two bedroom house. It was equipped with a full kitchen and all of the things we needed to prepare our own meals including freshly roasted and ground local coffee. The beds were comfortable. We had a living room and a dining table, gas stove and bathroom with a roomy shower and wall soap/shampoo/conditioner dispenser.
The good: Incredibly beautiful grounds and views, the price for the room was excellent, the sauna, hot tub, food was really good, tours were varied, easily accessible and fair priced, the dock on the lake for running and jumping into the lake, the canoes, the other guests were a delight, the grounds workers were smiling and kind, fresh roasted coffee, fully equipped room, not within the town so it was much quieter than it could have been, the size of the grounds, feeling of safe seclusion in the grounds, the bartenders, the kitchen staff, the loaner guitar, the board games in the lodge, the beautiful lodge, the lake-side/pool-side chairs, the exterior stone of the rooms, the hammocks, the upstairs palapa with the view. After crossing the road to Posada's extension of the beautiful grounds (an acre or two) their access into the lake and bar/beach/pool setup is easy and excellent, shutting off the wifi during dinner time at first I wanted to use it and then was grateful that everybody was not electronified and we took the time to meet some very fun and cool people, David the owner was around and funny.
The bad: pool was colder than the lake, two of the three front desk staff in the 4 days did not smile or seem happy or caring, you have to cross the semi busy two lane road to get to the lake and swimming pool and even though there is a speed bump it is right after a curve although every one slows down drastically it worried me to allow my 9 year old to cross by herself when she went ahead a couple of times. When my daughter wanted to go to the lodge from the pool if we did not go with her we would not know if she made across the street or not. The wifi began about 20 feet away from our front door getting strong enough for video next to La Hacienda (I don't think they said it worked inside our room at all though so we were not surprised). The wood that had been built for our fire in our small fireplace with doors that close smoked up our house because the fire had been built too close to the front. It was enough I had to open the door and windows at night and try to fan out the smoke with a towel. Two nights later I built my own fire in the very back of the fireplace and asked a staff member if it was okay. He approved of the location of the fire yet once lit and the door shut it still pumped a lot of smoke into the house. Apparently it does that until it burns hot then you can open the doors for heat.
One night there was a dog barking for hours so I would recommend bringing earplugs in case. We were pretty tired each night and went to bed early as we tend to do after being in the subtropics for a while so if there were other nights with more noise I did not hear it. Some mosquitoes snuck in when we went in and out the door and left it cracked but we burned a mosquito coil on the third and fourth nights and it seemed to take care of it.
We had a really good time here. I tried taking photos of every type of flower on the grounds and got to about 25 and had to stop because it got windy and my camera would not focus. We took an excellent horse back ride with Jim up to the Mirador, rode in tuk-tuks to and around town like being in Super Mario Kart, shopped for fruits, veggies and handicrafts, and ate local food for about $2 per plate. They dried and roasted coffee 30' from our front door. We had massages which were inexpensive and good although the masseuse speaks only Spanish and Tzutujil. This is a family friendly resort. It was a little gem and I every day I was thankful to David an his mom for having built this.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Posada De Santiago Hotel Santiago Atitlan
- Posada De Santiago Atitlan
- Posada De Santiago Hotel Atitlan
- Posada De Santiago Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala - Lake Atitlan