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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My wife and I shared three wonderful nights at Las Lagunas and it was amazing. Rooms were clean well kept with jacuzzi on the deck facing the lake. Pool area was very nice with lunch and bar service. Every meal was incredible. My hat is off to the chef. The staff! Wow! I can't say enough about the staff at Las Lagunas. From check in to the wait staff in the restaurant. Top notch! Everyone was very nice and helpful. Every detail covered. We had an early flight out and they where kind enough to take our breakfast order the night before so it would be ready as soon as kitchen was open.
Ok now to the fun stuff. Amazing hiking trials on site. The monkey tour is a must see. They have an incredible museum on site with breathtaking authentic mayan jade and artifacts. This is truly a fabulous property.
One other note. It is 40 min from Tikal
Extremely friendly and helpful employees
Beautiful huge waterfront suites with bathroom and whirlpool.
Very good breakfast. Excellent diner (worth its price). Nice swimming pool.
Swimming in the lake is not recomended due to crocodiles.
In the morning a free boat tour is offered. We saw monkeys and crocodiles.
Mountain bikes were available: Good quality and good service status.
We visited the jaguar and the ozelots in there cages on the terrain of the hotel.
For all those who want to go to Tical ,this is the place to stay .Huge property at the side of the lake, beautiful cabins ,very clean ,jacuzzi, Room service,
Breakfasts ,lunch and dinner are gourmet taste and presentation.
Near Flores island,all amenities. Including great cocktails.