Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Free tour of Monkey Island from April through October 2015
- Unspoiled setting overlooking Lake Quexil and the Petén jungle
- Top destination for nature lovers; the hotel supports a 200-acre reserve
- Pampering extras: gourmet meals, in-room spa treatments and a swimming pool
What To Know
- Double suites sleep up to four guests, but quoted rates are for two; see Details tab for more
- Free WiFi in the lobby, restaurant and snack bar
- The hotel can help coordinate the 30-minute flight from Guatemala City to Santa Elena
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A 30-minute flight north of Guatemala City, this 17-room eco-retreat is a magical escape to nature overlooking Lake Quexil. Originally opened by a pioneering ecologist who spent 50 years exploring the surrounding Petén rain forest, the lodge sits on and supports a 200-acre nature reserve that teems with endangered animals, rare flora and fauna and myriad bird species. The simple wooden cabanas are on stilts over the river or nestled in the dense jungle, and they offer a mix a rustic charm (pitched wooden ceilings, cowhide-covered headboards and peekaboo bathrooms) and pampering mod cons (AC and Jacuzzi tubs on private screened decks). Most guests fill their days with organized nature tours of the surrounding jungle and lagoons, or with excursions to the Mayan ruins at Tikal, Uaxactun and Yaxha, but relaxing en casa is also a perfectly acceptable pastime. Pick a perch by the pool and watch birds flitting above the lake, have a massage on your private deck, or dine on gourmet fare in Shultun restaurant.
In the Area
A destination for nature lovers, Las Lagunas employs expert guides who offer hour- to hour and a half-long ATV tours of the reserve every afternoon, with the chance to spot endangered ocelots, margays, wild pigs and more. Or take the special sunrise boat tour across Lake Quexil (one of five lakes in the reserve) to Monkey Island and meet and feed the resident howler and spider monkeys cared for by the Las Lagunas staff. For culture vultures, the concierge can organize private or group daytrips to the world famous Mayan ruins at Tikal, or the less visited ruins at Yaxha.
How to Get There
I stayed in this hotel for 3 days with my husband after our wedding as a little romantic getaway.
The hotel is just simply breathtaking, I have to say that by far is one of the best hotels in Guatemala and is UNIQUE in Peten, not even the Francis Ford Coppola resort would do it.
The rooms are amazing, they have a tour to see Monkeys they rescue and preserve, they also have a little zoo, of also animals they have rescued and are in the process of tacking care of them.
The staff is great, they really look after you and try to go over your expectations, if you are visiting Peten and staying in this hotel while touring, make sure to book one leisure day to just enjoy this amazing hotel, is totally worth it and the food is just fantastic.
Very peaceful and romantic setting the decore is perfect for environment the amenities are outstanding service you treated like royalty everyone is very attentive to help or serve you as you need the hotel has small but impressive museum with some impresiónate artifacts rooms are clean and roomy the room is equip with its own WiFi if you feel the need to be connect sat tv but to be honest you won’t need either with the exceptional view from you comfy king size bed or if you with in a private hot tub if you feel the need for more room step out to the infinity edge pool with an outstanding view
We had a lovely room overlooking the lake which had wonderful views. There was a pool and restaurant with the same beautiful lake views. We could not fault anything and we would recommend anyone to stay here. In particular Elmer was very friendly and looked after us well. Thank you Elmer.
This is a boutique property and the prices reflect this, but we think it was worth the money. Don't forget to look at the museum - its amazing!
I loved this hotel so much I don't even know what to begin with. I guess I'll start with that, the beginning. This will be a long review, but worth the read. I booked our airport transfers and our Tikal tour through the hotel. Upon arrival the driver was waiting for us at the airport who also turned out to be our guide for Tikal. He was very nice and knowledgeable, We arrived on the early morning flight from Guatemala City. We stopped at the hotel to drop our luggage off since it was on the way to Tikal. When we arrived we were greeted at the door by our name and given *delicious* welcome drinks. Seriously, they were so good! Excellent, nice first impression! We got what we needed from our luggage for the tour and we were off. Everything went smoothly. Tikal is fantastic, do not miss it. We left around 9am and returned at 3pm. Walking around Tikal is easy. My 10 year old daughter was able to do all the walks without a problem. Now for the hotel, we stayed in a Waterfront Master Suite, our room was AAAMMMAAAZZZZING!!!! OMG we LOVED it! It was a large room, very spacious with 2 queen beds, a sitting area, sun room, large TV, double sink, separate toilet, and a shower room with 2 doors, one leading into the main room and the other into the sun room. The sun room has a jacuzzi, a futon couch, and a dinning room table. There's also a small balcony. Our view was OUTSTANDING. You could see both monkey islands and a partial sunset. The WiFi in the room could be better, but overall it worked fine. There's ceiling fans in the main room and the sunroom. The main room has AC. There are also robes, slippers, a safe, a coffee area, complimentary waters and a fridge. We enjoyed the jacuzzi everyday, especially my daughter. She could not get enough of it. Each night there is turn down service.
Breakfast is included and you have a choice to take it in the main dinning hall/restaurant or in your private sunroom without any extra charge. Its not often you get to take breakfast in a amazing sunroom overlooking a gorgeous sight so we of course chose the latter.
Breakfast was delicious. Honestly, all the food was. I didn't eat anything I didn't like. When I asked the server for a recommendation he was always very forthcoming with what he thought was good and it never turned out to be a disappointment.
The drinks were also delicious, both alcoholic and non. Service was top notch. Our first day I stopped by the bar for a drink and told them I was going to take it to my room. They told me to please go ahead to my room and they would bring it to me. There wasn't any extra charges or anything. Again top notch service! They have a happy hour everyday, pool side bar and service, and a food menu. Also, when you order drinks they give you a small bowl of snacks like peanuts, corn sticks, and rice crackers.
The pool is very nice, its a bit cold, but it doesn't take long to get used to. There are a few lounge chairs in the water and others outside. There are also comfy chairs, sofas, and tables under a roof with ceiling fans. Sitting on a lounge chair, drinking a cocktail, and reading a book while looking out at the beautiful views is a bit magical. Music is also played by the pool. One of my common complaints regarding hotel pools is that they are not often cleaned throughout the day. This was not the case at Las Lagunas. I saw someone cleaning the pool from leaves and such more than once during the day. At one point a short storm rolled in. The employees saw it coming before it hit and were quick to remove any exposed cushions and pillows. Once the storm passed everything was replaced, any sitting water brushed away, and the pool swept. Amazing! A couple of employees that stood out for bar service were Isaias and Elmer. Super friendly!!
There are free kayaks that you can take out. Again the views are so gorgeous that you will want to do this.
Do not miss the monkey island tour, it is so much fun. A particular monkey named Margarita hops onto the boat to greet you and see what you might have for her.
The hotel has a small Mayan museum with some pretty stunning artifacts. If its closed all you need to do is ask the front desk to open it. There's also a small gift shop.
Finally they have an actual spa. I had a 90 minute massage the day before we were leaving, it was wonderful. The spa has a nice sauna and outside pool which surprisingly was pretty large and a jacuzzi. The jacuzzi wasn't hot though. I would suggest they heat it at a higher temperature. My daughter had a manicure, I will say the spa needs to add many more nail polish colors, what they had was very limited and the nail staff needs to be trained better. The manicure was not top notch. The spa provides a robe, slippers, and complimentary bottle of water so there is no need to bring your robe from the room.
Along the catwalks to the rooms there are areas to sit and there's a small book borrowing box, after finishing my book I added to it.
My only regret was not booking more nights at this hotel. I would suggest staying at least 4 nights. This will allow you to truly enjoy the hotel and go on a few tours. We didn't get a chance to go to Yaxha to watch the sunset and really wish we would have been able to. I heard from several guests how beautiful it was. Also many animals are seen there.
If we are ever in this area again we will for sure stay here. Without question.
Do not look at any other hotels, this is the one, and don't be worried that its a bit far from Tikal, the drive honestly is fine.
Book it and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
Have a wonderful vacation and keep on traveling!!
Amazing location in the jungle around the Quexil Lagoon. The rooms are beautiful with hot tubs in both rooms we rented. Spacious and great air conditioners (important)! The pool is lovely and overlooks the lagoon. A highlight of our whole vacation was the sunset tour to meet spider monkeys. The kids were thrilled when Margarita the monkey hopped into our boat. Food was delicious and service was amazing. Close drive to Tikal (which was another trip highlight). Great place!!