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“Lakeside Shangri-La in San Pedro, Lake Attilan”
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Hotel Sakcari
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San Francisco, California, United States
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Lakeside Shangri-La in San Pedro, Lake Attilan”
Reviewed 4 January 2012

We had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Sakcari on a recent visit to San Pedro. The hotel had been recommended by a local friend, and we weren't disappointed. The hotel was very reasonably priced, clean and pleasant. High points were the beautifully planted grounds with lovely flowers and plants and multi-leveled terraced gardens all the way down to the lakeshore; you could pick your "place" either laying in a hammock on the upper level, or kicking back in a chair lakeside under a shaded trellis with climbing vines. Did I say that every room has a full view of Lake Attilan? All the rooms face the beautiful lake and surrounding mountains and volcanoes. There's also roof access for even further views; while we were there, the very kind owner joined us one evening on the roof, started a small campfire in a "rooftop" fire pit and encouraged us to take it all in as we drank beer and watched the approaching lightening storm (which miraculously never brought rain our way!) Matthew at the front desk, including the owner couple, were very pleasant and clearly took a lot of pride in their lovely property. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting San Pedro.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the upper level for unobstructed views
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 27 December 2011

I've had the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Sakcari several times over the years, including long-term visits. I must say that the hotel is excellent on every level. The tropical grounds are gorgeous and the view of the lake is stunning. On windy days, you'd swear you were beside the ocean.

My room was affordable (roughly $20) and well-appointed. Lots of hot water -- and pressure. Most hotels in San Pedro have the "suicide showers" that, if you're lucky, only provide a trickle of lukewarm water.

The staff is very friendly -- especially Matt who works at the office in the morning. He speaks English and Spanish and can set up taxis, shuttles and trips. His recommendations are spot on.

The hotel's central location means that you can stay out late and walk home safely. There are a lot of great bars and restaurants nearby.

The hotel is very quiet and very secure. And the beds are nice and firm, assuring a decent sleep after a day of volcano climbing!

There are lots of hotels in San Pedro that are cheaper, but for $20 (or less) you get all the comforts of home and then some.

Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Rooms 4 & 5 are close to the lake and away from everyone else!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

It was great staying there and the room (privet with view to lake) are amazing, yet we found the owner (the English speaking guy, not the Guatemalan ) to be VERY rude. He was condescending, rude and not nice in general. He gave us the feeling he was doing us a favor each time we asked for small things such as :Plz open the hot water, and please tell us what time is the check out.! Trust me- We are not the spoiled couple who cry for not being pampered 24/7- when I say there is a problem with the guy's attitude- I know what I'm talking about. And it is something, that in spite the place being so beautiful- I would not come back to again. There are other options around.

Room Tip: Lake room. Other rooms are not worth it.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

This was a VERY basic place to stay, cheap, clean enough, but not super clean. Good location though, great views, and it is in a quite area of town, the main street got really rowdy at night.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

The owners are wonderful & the rooms overlook the gorgeous Lake Atitilan. Safe behind a gate and situated around beautiful gardens...this is a great find for the budget traveler. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Bethesda, MD
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

I've stayed here for a week each of the last two summers. It has beautiful views and very-well-kept grounds. The property is very secure. Manuel and the staff are all very helpful and friendly. There is wifi and cable TV, as well as generally reliable real hot water (not electric showerheads!) with good water pressure. Everything you need is within a couple minutes walk, but don't let it stop you from exploring the town!

Room Tip: Change dollars at the bank and pay in quetzales. You'll save a few bucks a night.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Bristol
2 reviews
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

I had no real expectations of this place as it was only my second place to stay in Guatemala, and I just picked it by calling randomly through the Lonely Planet; my first choice had been full. However, it was absolutely lovely. I loved my room. The view of the lake were phenomenal, a huge picture window. I could lie in bed and watch the sun come up, see all the colours in the sky and on the water. There was a lovely lawn with hammocks also and lovely gardens. Some people went and breakfasted down there. It was well located with very nice cafes on either side in the more peaceful side of San Pedro, close to the Santiago dock. I would definitely recommend this place. It is slightly difficult to find from the Panajachel dock where the minibuses drop passengers off, but there are always guides willing to take you to the room for a tip of a couple of quetzales. Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Sakcari
Address: 7a Av 2-12, San Pedro La Laguna 07018, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > San Pedro La Laguna
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in San Pedro La Laguna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sak'cari El Amanecer is an Eco-hotel located on the beautiful shores of Lake Atitlan. It has 20 lovely rooms overlooking the lake, the names sak'cari and amanecer mean sunrise in Tz'tujil and Spanish. The hotel is located in the heart of San Pedro La Laguna within walking distance to fine restaurants, bars and spanish schools. ... more   less 
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Hotel Sakcari San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala - Lake Atitlan

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