One of the oldest first class hotels in the city, surrounded by beautiful gardens, with pool, jacuzi, and a great spa. It was very nice to stay here, well located, with good service, highly recommended.
The best location in town.
As I explained in my “Getting to Panajachel” tip, this isn’t the hotel we had booked, but it is the sister hotel to the one of the same name in Antigua where we had been very happy so we were optimistic that it would suit us just as well – and it did. It has a rather different character to the one in Antigua – less historic, more of a resort feel – but the same spacious rooms and friendly service.
We were fortunate to get one of the larger and slightly dearer lake-view rooms. If you’re here in good weather it is well worth paying the extra $10 for these (the “300” rooms – we were in 307). But if it’s the rainy season you might prefer one of the older rooms as these are nearer to reception (although the walkway is covered) and some have fireplaces – and besides, in wet weather the view wouldn’t be so great. As it was we were on the ground floor and looked out to a small lawn, some lovely flowering bushes (that we were pleased to see attracted the hummingbirds) and a partial view of Volcano Toliman across the water.
The room was very large, with two double beds and a table with two chairs as well as drawers and hanging space. We had a TV which had a number of US and local channels (but rather fuzzy pictures on most). The bathroom was a fair size, with a tub and shower, though a little faded compared to the rest of the décor – and toiletries supplied were minimal. I liked the fact that the washbasin area was separate, and nicely tiled, and also the generous supply of bottled water.
The hotel has pretty grounds (see photo 3) with colourful hammocks, although it’s a shame that these are all hung close to the path. There’s a small rather dark room with a computer for guests to use, and wifi also available – they charge a flat $5 per room for access to these, regardless of the length of your stay. We found that the wifi reception was a bit patchy in our room but fine everywhere else.
There is a pool overlooking the lake with a water slide which is bound to appeal to kids, but it wasn’t really quite warm enough to tempt me in. There’s also a large restaurant on site which gets good reviews but we didn’t ever eat here, preferring to explore the various options in the town.
The hotel even has its own small museum, and guests are given free admission to this – see my Things to Do tip for a description.
The hotel entrance is on the main street, but it seems like entering another world. There are 24 comfortable rooms, including at least one suite. There are gardens all around, with lawn furniture to sit in while you enjoy them, and even some play equipment.
The hotel restaurant has good food, and the staff is very nice. I really liked this place.
Check out the hot tub and the stone sauna! (See photos)
Hotel Utz-Jay is located on a quiet street right off the main drag of Panajachel... just enough to ensure some peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of touristy Pana. Several bungalos are set in a lovely garden-like property with flowers and tropical plants everywhere. Some of the bungalos have two-stories and the upper rooms have a nice view of the property although the stairs are somewhat steep when negociating them with a heavy backpack! The smallish rooms are bright and well decorated, with cable TV and fan. Of course, they all have private showers. Breakfast is served on an outdoor patio. The only drawback to this hotel is that since it is in a residential neighborhood, some of the neighbors can be loud...or rather the music they play can be! But generally, the music won't last much beyond 11 PM. At 195 quetzals, this deal can't be beat! I strongly recommend it!
The garden-like setting; the separate bungalos, the excellent breakfasts...and the price!
We did not stay here but we did visit to walk through the gardens and have dinner in the restaurant. This hotel is situated on the lakefront just outside of the craziness in cental Pana. The location is simply stunning with great views across the lake of the volcanoes. The pool and outdoor jacuzzi are located with an unobstructed view of the lake and beyond. The grounds are immaculate and beautifully landscaped. Inside the hotel is decorated in a colonial style with lots of period-looking items on the walls and furniture. Service at the front desk and in the restaurant are good and most staff know some English as a lot of Americans stay here. And the food in the restaurant was among the best we had while in Pana.
The grounds are really beautiful. If you're thinking of where you might renew your wedding vows or actually have a wedding, I can think of worse places than the Hotel Atitlan.
Quiet, beautiful setting
The Hotel Utz Jay is located about 200 meters off of the main drag, Calle Santander. It's down closer to the lake end of Santander, a so is in a pretty quiet area of town. Then again we were in Pana during a down time in the tourist season so it could be crazier at other times but I don't think so because the hotel is located among residences and not other hotels, restaurants, and shops. The hotel consists of the main portion with cottage rooms surrounding a pretty garden. There is also an annex about 30 meters from the main hotel. Both have security gates to the properties. The Annex has an additional security door to the building and then each of the three rooms (one up, two down) has an internal door. We stayed in the annex and it was perfect. The larger rooms have fireplaces. Unfortunately ours did not but it had an ample-sized bathroom, double bed, a couple of chairs, and a night stands. The decorations were nice and the place was clean and quiet. All for $37 per night.
Breakfast is available for a minor additional fee at the main hotel as is internet access on a provided computer terminal. Also available is a jacuzzi and a Mayan sauna room. The hotel is also home to three lovely dogs who love to play and be petted. The staff were friendly and accomodating. Definitely a nice place and affordable place to stay. Next time we'll try to get one of the cottages.
Pretty garden, jacuzzi/sauna, quiet location, off street parking
It's quite a nice hotel ... they only have private rooms, the ones in the upper floors have nicer views, mostly with shared bathrooms. Some of the rooms may have TV, although you'll probably have to pay for it.
I stayed at double room, paid only Q$ 35 ... you'll have to bargain to get that kind of price, at first the guy at the reception will ask for Q$ 100 or stuff like that! Crazy!!
Spacious parklike grounds with small brook running directly through property,includes cable t.v.and hot [suicide] shower,and all for 50 Quetzales [6 dollars] per person per night.
We got to Panajachel quite late, we checked a few places out, and decided to go for this hotel mostly because it had some local charm, it looked decent and the price was good. This hotel is also recommended in my guide.
People running the hotel were very friendly, room was kind of clean, there was a nice balcony in front of the room, we had a half functional shower in our room. They have stubborn roosters in the garden (several) so waking up happened very early.
Well worst part is that they also had ants and lots of them - that I discovered the next day when I opened my backpack....
So other than the ants, place is ok - but ants problem is BIG....
Price: US$14 for 2 bedroom.
As we arrived in Panajachel, a friend of us, that is use to live in the Area for the last 20 years, brought us to different motel every two days to try them out.
We love all the place we try and look forward to go back at those place one day.
Lovely Country to visit and live...what lovely people we meet and sherish...
Love to all,
This "hotel" is not in Panajachel, it is in Santiago Atitlan across the lake. Panajachel is so overpopulated by tourists and expats that you can't enjoy the true nature of the lake. We stayed in one of these cottages in Santiago Atitlan. What a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery and local charm.
Our room: two single beds, separate bathroom (semi-private), cable tv. Motel style setting with room leading out to balcony and views of town. There is also a rooftop balcony where you can hang dry your clothes, enjoy the views/sunrise/sunset, or just relax with a Gallo beer. Recommended in Lonely Planet.
We did not stay here, but I can attest to the beautiful surroundings and excellent restaurant. We had lunch on a terrace overlooking the pool and lake. Then shopped for weavings from the vendors at the gate.
We enjoyed watching and photographing the weavers using the backstrap looms. The work for sale was beautiful.
As we stayed with friends we were not a guest in this hotel: however, we did stop for lunch and a walk through the most magnificent gardens. Even during the rainy season it is a wonderful place to visit.
My main photo is the view is from the terrace restaurant at the Hotel Atitlan which overlooks the pool. The gift shop is also first rate with many unique items.
This nice and small guest house is a very good option in Panajachel. Nice and clean rooms with private bath, and a pleasant garden. Good breakfast included in the price. Very close to the Santander street with all the restaurants and bars.
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