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? “The whole of Guatemala - can’t wait to go back.  People were amazing - Tikal awesome.  We wouldn’t have even gone if Tom Manchester hadn’t advised us to”. 

    CJ, Warwickshire
  • The deteriorating condition of Lake Atitlan is of concern. Tourists are contributing to the pollution but the loss of future tourism due to its state will be negative to the…

  • Highlight?: The Mayan ruins

    KS, Oldham
  • Highlight: It is difficult to pick one thing. We loved the feel of Antigua and will consider going back there to spend more time. We also loved travelling through the…

    DE, Wilmslow
  • Highlight?: San Juan - interesting to learn all about preparing textiles and weaving and great to be able to buy the goods and support the community at the same time.…

    TH, Loughborough
  • So many.  Probably Guatemala.  It is so beautiful with volcanoes, Lake Atitlan and beautiful flowers.  We also loved the vibrancy of Mexico City and the beautiful beach at Hotel Esencia.

    RCB, Bury St Edmonds
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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.

Hannah Donaldson Travel Expert Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.


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    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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