4.5
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What We Love

  • With just six suites on three levels, Laguna Lodge feels like a decadent vacation home
  • No roads lead to this serene escape — access is by boat only
  • Inventive, rich and flavorful veggie cuisine served in the Zotz restaurant
  • Hiking the private nature reserve trails to a hammock in the hilltop palapa
  • The lodge is a living, breathing how-to guide for eco-friendly, sustainable living
  • Ever-accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable, the 100 percent indigenous staff is the heart of Laguna Lodge

What To Know

  • The drive from Guatemala City, partially along winding mountain roads, takes around three hours
  • Winds kicking up on the lake in the afternoons can make lake crossings quite rough
  • Public boats travel regularly around the lake and can be waved down from the dock
  • Zotz restaurant serves all vegetarian fare, but most guests won’t miss meat here
  • Couples will love the fiery, romantic sunsets and intimate setting
  • From volcano hiking to lake diving, adventure travelers have a plethora of options
  • No TVs in rooms, but there’s reliable WiFi throughout the property
  • The pool is currently undergoing renovation due to rising lake levels

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

On a steep cliffside above the inky waters of Lake Atitlán, Laguna Lodge is a standout romantic escape happy to blend into its pristine natural setting. There are just six lake-facing suites, so personalized service from the small all-local staff is a given. What is delightfully unexpected is the luxury credentials at what must be one of the most eco-friendly hotels on the planet. Organic coffee is shade-grown in the nature reserve; solar panels line the roof, keeping the lodge off the grid as often as the sunshine will allow; and rain and lake water is painstakingly filtered to provide unlimited fresh drinking water.

Expat owners Mayah and Jeffro created the lodge as a natural extension of their passion for the local Mayan community and sustainable living. Building in their own private nature reserve in 1998, carpenter Jeffro and his indigenous crew used all local materials, including volcanic stone, adobe, wood and palm.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3082/prop-35256-1344976921-full.jpeg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Built using all local materials, the quiet lodge is a how-to guide for sustainable living.”} The six suites are elegantly designed, with a flair for Mayan antique chic, done up with hand-carved four-poster beds, 1,000-thread-count sheets, colorful textiles, locally crafted art and furnishings and, most important, spacious balconies overlooking the volcano-framed lake.

The vegetarian Zotz restaurant serves seasonal gourmet cuisine harvested right in the lodge’s own organic garden. The pesto lasagna, mushroom stroganoff and crusted eggplant will leave even the most ardent carnivore considering a change in diet — and don’t miss the desserts made with Guatemalan cocoa. Fresh muffins and coffee are served every afternoon — perfect as a post-hike treat or, indeed, post-spa, post-siesta or post-morning-lounging-on-your-balcony.

Most guests are lured from the comforts of the lodge, however, by the wealth of local attractions. Cross the lake and explore Atitlán’s many colorful villages, shop craft markets or hike the challenging San Pedro volcano. Later, wander the well-maintained trails in the private Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, which has more than 100 acres of safe hiking for all fitness levels. Whatever you do, make time to do nothing at all and simply drink in the serenity of Guatemala’s spectacular natural landscape.

How to Get There

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
Tzantizotz
Santa Cruz La Laguna, 7010 Guatemala

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 545 Reviews
Overpriced but worth it if you want complete peace and quiet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let's get one thing out of the way first: There are WAY less expensive places to stay at Lake Atitlan.

So if you're looking for a reasonably priced place to stay, then look elsewhere.

However, if you're looking for a quiet, relaxing trip free from overcrowding and commotion, then Laguna Lodge could work for you.

First, the bad. Lodging at Laguna Lodge is outrageously expensive, and unlike with many vendors on the lake, there's not much room for negotiation. Not only are the rooms expensive, but the only thing included in the room charge is daily coffee and a simple vegetarian breakfast. Boat rides are extra, even if they are to nearby towns like Santa Cruz (less than a 5 minute ride). Worse than that, charges are outrageous: nearly twice the cost of a water taxi and several times more than the public boat- was charged more than Q300 for an evening boat ride from Pana.

They can get away with extreme price gouging on boat rides for a few reasons: 1. Language barriers- If your Spanish is not great, you won't be able to negotiate well. 2. They will blame "the owners" for their lack of pricing flexibility. 3. The public boats shut down after about 6 p.m., so if you aren't back at the lodge by dinnertime they can pretty much charge whatever they want to get you back, because there's no one else out on the water. Even if you get into the boat for one price, they can (and will) stop the boat in the middle of the lake to renegotiate. You are absolutely at their mercy.

Now for the good: Laguna Lodge is refreshingly quiet. I traveled the week of US Thanksgiving and I saw only 3 other guests over the course of 6 days. At night you can leave the patio door open and hear only the waves lapping from the lake, the birds chirping in the sky, and a boat engine here or there. I rarely heard the voices of another guest or footsteps on the ceiling.

Most luxuriously, I NEVER heard any children. I don't know if there is a rule against children at this lodge, but the silence was WONDERFUL and relaxing.

Laguna Lodge is also desperately beautiful. In addition to well-appointed rooms with private patios/balconies, there are also several common areas where guests can relax: The dock/pool area, the library, the coffee area, and the "mini gym" which includes a hammock, sofa, and table overlooking the lake. You can request that your meals/drinks/etc. be served there for a change of scenery or for a more private environment.

At the top of the stairs of the lodge, you can follow a trail to an expansive nature reserve where guests can take a guided tour. The complete tour is about 2 hours and is a wonderful workout, as part of the trail goes almost completely vertical!

On balance, I am glad I chose Laguna Lodge for my first trip to Lake Atitlan, but I probably wouldn't stay there again. It's definitely nice and not a bad choice, but there are many other choices on the lake, and you can find better pricing, especially during other weeks of the year.

Luxury and cozzy hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent option to relax and being with your couple in Atitlán, is an amazing option to have a romantic weekend or vacations.

Food is delicious and so many wonderful landscapes.

Ask for the master suit in the top of the hotel.

Roundtripp
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayd there for 3 Nights, we dident feel at home, there is no Management there, the Head and the Soul of the House is missing! Thats How we felt!
Its a Great fiew over the lake, but there is the Heard- Soul missing of that Spezial House!

Beautiful place to stay at the Lake
Reviewed 1 month ago

We had a wonderful time atLaguna Lodge Eco-Resort on November 2018. Over the years, we have stayed in many different places around the Lake and this one is definitely one of our favorites. Great food, lovely staff, peaceful rooms and the lake of course!

Ms Tracy Morley
Reviewed 2 months ago

wonderful kind, attentive staff at laguna lodge made the whole beautiful experience feel like a home from home.
Fresh tasty healthy food and the deeper massages I’ve ever had ... Thank you for your heart filled vision and space Maya