Hotel Atitlan

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Designed along the lines of a colonial-style hacienda, Hotel Atitlan was the first major hotel to open on the shores of Guatemala’s iconic highland lake. Its original appeal still shines through more than half a century later.

At dawn and dusk, when the dramatic skies above Lake Atitlan are reflected in the glassy sheen of its waters, the incomparable setting of Hotel Atitlan is beyond words. Whether you’re relaxing on your own balcony or terrace, by the infinity pool or amidst the glorious sub-tropical gardens, you are just a stone’s throw from some of the finest views of the lake’s three volcanoes. Whilst it is no longer luxurious by today’s standards, this well-established hotel brims with typically understated Guatemalan charm, reflected throughout in its 60 or so guest rooms, general décor and service. The bar and well-regarded restaurant are a delight to come back to after a day out exploring the lakeshore towns and markets. Meanwhile, the buzzing little resort of Panajachel – the lake’s original backpacker hangout – is just a short cab ride away if you fancy a change of scene.

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What our clients say

  • Highlights:- difficult to decide as there were so many Tikal was amazing, Lake Atitlan excellent with our best guide but there were so many other wonderful places and people 

  • The combo of Guatemala Highlands and Honduras/Livingston offered the experience of a variety of settings and cultures.  I must say that Antigua and Atitlan were stunning!

  • Most memorable experience: "Tikal stands out as does the diversity of the bird life."

    LF, Bristol
  • Highlight?: Visiting Mayan villages

    EF, Southampton
  • Highlights: Sunrise with birds and monkeys in Lapa Rios; watching a shaman with a distressed young woman making sacrifices and praying with her in graveyard(Chichicastango); meeting Mayan women (San Antonio…

    VAJ, London
  • Highlights “With the exception of Coban which has very little to offer, everyday offered a new, memorable and in many cases totally unexpected experience.  We were so fortunate to see…

    DA, Waterloo
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Our Expert's Opinion

Hotel Atitlan is one of Guatemala’s most popular hotels so book well in advance. And try to give yourself a free morning or afternoon to fully appreciate the gardens and very special setting.

Ben Line Travel Expert Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.


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