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“Stunning grounds, felt like entering Middle Earth.”
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Posada de Santiago
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
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“Stunning grounds, felt like entering Middle Earth.”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

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.

Room Tip: Although it does not have a view or WiFi we found La Casita to be the best value for a two bedroom h...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

We loved our time at Posado - but not much to do. The view is better at other parts of the lake, but the food and service and the rooms here are fantastic. The pool is not heated - the solar heating does nothing, but the jacuzzi (warm pool) is nice and beautiful lookout to the volcano. We were in the junior suite #2 - which was a great room, but was right in the middle of the action. We would have preferred to be up the hill a bit more.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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BRITISH COLUMBIA
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166 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2014

Two couples took a boat across Lake Atitlan which now fills the caldera of an ancient volcano, into a wonderful hotel of rock houses, wildlife, gardens, trees and flowers. We each had a "room" that was a stone cottage with a working fireplace and a supply of firewood. Each room also had a good supply of candles and matches if you wanted to create a softer atmosphere.

The hammock just outside your door was a perfect platform for laying back and watching all the local wildlife such as squirrels and birds.

Of special interest to us were local birds and the night manager Orlando arranged for a friend to drive us over an hour to an old coffee plantation that is now a combination of coffee plantation, cattle ranch, exotic flower producer and bird sanctuary. With Orlando and a guide, Aaron we spent several hour walking about the property. We sighted 34 species of birds and heard 2 more that we did not see for a total of 36 species. We got photographs of many! This was an excellent day with many other sights and experiences along the way. Total cost was $45 US per person and included lunch, transportation and the guides.

Meals at the Posada were good and well priced but somewhat slow due to several large groups that were also staying at the hotel.

Nice swimming pool and hot tub!

The hotel owner (Dick) is active in a number of local causes and supports his staff which is good to see, He also has a very irreverent and quirky sense of humor that I really enjoyed,

Now if someone could silence some of the local dogs that tended to bark all night this would pass for Eden!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Danville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

I loved everything about Posada de Santiago and wanted to stay longer. I was in the rustic Junior Suite on two chilly January nights and the fireplace kept it toasty and comfortable. The attractive rooms, with stone walls, local artwork and regional touches, reflect the area's culture and the owner's fine taste and sensibilities. The breakfasts and dinners were superb, the restaurant is lovely, and the staff is wonderfully hospitable. Views of the lake and volcano from the cabins (or from small overlooks, patios, sitting areas, bar terrace, or docks) are all spectacular and the grounds are immaculately tended. We took boats to surrounding towns, and our visits to churches, local coffee and weaving cooperatives, and other artisans and activists were worth every moment for understanding the rich culture here. A visit to the Parque de la Paz, just up the street from the Posada, is also essential for understanding the tragedy experienced by so many in this region. This is the sort of place where you can comfortably "get away from it all" -- but don't let it be just that or you'll miss something truly significant about this area.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

I stayed at the Posada de Santiago with a group of colleagues working for a nonprofit in the area.
Our accomodations, meals and hospitality service were outstanding. The location facing the lake is magical.We are planning to return next year with our families. Dave rocks!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Englewood, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Lovely accommodations with incredible views of Lake Atitlan and surrounding volcanos. Rooms are clean and comfortable, some are private cottages. The restaurant is warm and intimate with fabulous food. Service there was a tad slow, but everything appeared to be cooked to order, explaining the wait. Staff was very friendly and most accommodating, arranging tours of coffee plantation, hike to waterfall, trip across lake to other villages, and anything we wanted. The local village is picturesque, to say the least. A terrific five-day stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Michigan Center, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Just got back after 9 days in Guatemala over Christmas. First 2 nights in Antigua and the last 6 nights at Posada de Santiago. Guatemala is not for everyone, thank goodness. If you want to lounge on a beach and complain about service, food, noise, roads..., do not go to Guatemela. If different cultures make you nervous, stay at an all-inclusive on a beach instead with other people that look and act like you. Nobody is going to confuse the Posada for a luxury caribbean resort, but isn't that the idea of going there? If you want to experience Guatemala and its rich culture, stay in Santiago Atitlan and at the Posada de Santiago.

The staff is wonderful. David is very helpful and takes great pide in his hotel and restaurant. Rolando, night manager, was extremely helpful in arranging trips and just talking to about the area. The food was very good, but took quite awhile to get. But isn't that the idea? Relax and talk while waiting for dinner. Read a book or have the meal delivered outside near the pool and have a drink while you wait. Impossible to beat the view while having a drink and waiting for dinner. The grounds are lush and beautifully maintained. The town is more authentic than most of the other towns on the lake.

Be careful before you book any volcano hikes. They are beautiful and I recommend them highly. Just make sure you are physically capable. We hiked up Toliman and found it to be a great challenge: narrow, rocky and steep trails. The reward at the top was worth the effort. Our guide, Esteban, knew every inch of the volcano. Other hikes are less demanding. Rolando arranged this trip for us.

There are a few negatives for some people. 1) There is no night life in Santiago. If that is what you want, stay in Pana. I was so exhausted each evening after being out all day, I just wanted to relax and sleep. It is not the place for an active night life. 2) Bring a good set of ear plugs. You are in Guatemala. Dogs bark, roosters crow, firecrackers blast and music plays at night. It was hard to stay asleep without ear plugs. 3) Some people might think the drive to the airport is a negative, but I thought is was part of the experience. 3 hours on terrible roads with magnificent views as you drive through the mountains. If it does not kill you, it is an experience!

Overall, It was a wonderful trip. The local people were all polite and we never experienced anything that made us question our safety (except the ride). Read about the culture of Guatemala and learn the history before going. It will help you understand a lot of what you are seeing andexperiencing

Room Tip: El Cafetal was great. Two large beds and a day bed. Good room for 3. spectacular view of the volc...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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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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