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  • Reviews: 128

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HOTEL EXPLORE LODGE: BUDGET LUXURY- CLOSE TO FLORES

The Hotel Explore Lodge is two blocks from the causeway leading to Flores. It is centrally located and offers amenities and large rooms that are a fraction of the cost for equivalent luxuries in Flores.

Lots of elegant touches and attention to detail. Rooms and bathrooms are cleaned every day and restocked with fresh towels, sheets, pillow cases, soap and shampoo. All rooms have TV, a ceiling fan, air conditioning and plenty of hot water from a solar heater. The two story building is newly constructed. The owner and staff are friendly, honest, and helpful.

This hotel is central to everything. Within one block is a maintained city park, a travel agency (San Juan) two tiendas (shops) and a medical clinic (Clinica Centro Maya). Within two and a half blocks on the right are several restaurants, an internet cafe, the causeway to Flores, and a shopping center. Turning left from the hotel takes you to the main commercial street of Santa Elena, several banks and the market place.

The management also operates a travel agency specializing in customized tours to Belice, the Peten, Izabal and Verapaces and also providing services to overseas travel agencies.

The website (lodge@exploreguate.com) may show a warning about phishing but there is nothing harmful about the site which is posted In Spanish and English versions.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Family Travel
  • Written March 12, 2013

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  • Reviews: 1237

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pousada ix: small guesthouse in panajachel

This bright-white three-story building is just 3 blocks from the lake on a road that runs alongside the river. The rooms are simple and well-maintained, and the hotel has amenities such as a pool, rooftop terrace, small gym, and sauna. The restaurant serves good Guatemalan fare at reasonable prices.

Facilities:
Restaurant; small outdoor pool; small gym; sauna; tour desk; laundry service

Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/panajachel/H57092.html#ixzz0PZXavfRy

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 29, 2009
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  • Reviews: 2

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Centro De Ancianos (Santiago Elder Center): Senior Center with Rooms to Rent

Very comfortable setting and furnishings. Good traditional foods and very relaxing visit

Eating and visiting with the seniors in the area. Some have suffered tremendously tragic events in their lives - very humbling listening to their stories and seeing the area through their eyes.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Arts and Culture
  • Written August 26, 2009

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  • mrmiata profile photo mrmiata
  • Reviews: 9

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Hotel San Vicente: Good deal

A decent place for 200 Quetzales, about $25 us. A good price by Antigua standards. Very nice, helpful people run the place.
They let me use the kitchen in their apartment to cook a meal for some friends!

The central court has tables, lots of plants and the resident parrot is a real clown. Good safe, central location.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written February 1, 2009

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  • Reviews: 2023

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Posada Kamol Bey: pleasant hotel in Panajachel

Posada Kamol Bey is a modern hotel which opened in 1998. It is a little bit away from the town centre, near the public beach. It is very conveniently located for boat trips and lakeside restaurants. There are 18 rooms with ensuite bathroom and cable TV in a modern two-storey block, but there are also three self-contained bungalows.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written August 14, 2008
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  • Reviews: 2023

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Hotel Sabana: Lakeside hotel in Flores

The Hotel Sabana is a reasonable mid-price option in Flores. It's in a pretty street and has a nice location overlooking the lake. The 28 rooms have AC and cable TV. There is also a hotel swimming pool. I stayed at the Sabana before making an early start in the morning for Tikal, which is just a 1-hour drive away. You can get a minibus from the hotel. They will also prepare a packed lunch for you to take there.

Singles cost $26-$30 and doubles cost $33-$40.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written August 14, 2008
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  • Reviews: 2023

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Hotel Catamaran: Cabins by the Rio Dulce

The Hotel Catamaran, also known as the Catamaran Island Hotel, is a a collection of bizarrely-named wood cabins around a swimming pool. The one I stayed in was called X-Ray. Don't ask me why. Kevin, the American owner, is a bit eccentric. He even has his own money called Kevin dollars, with his picture on rather than that of a US president. You have to exchange money and use these Kevin dollars to purchase drinks at the hotel bar.

While I was there the place was hit by a tropical storm, which led to a power cut and stopped the water supply (which uses an electric pump).

There is a main building with a riverside lobby, restaurant and bar, which is just as well, as there is nowhere else within walking distance. The tennis court and swimming pool are the hotel's best features (see photo 2).

For what it offers, it is way over-priced at $68 for single occupancy and $85 for double occupancy of a cabin.

Kevin dollars!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Road Trip
  • Written August 13, 2008
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Hotel Posada Los Búcaros: pleasant, friendly posada in Antigua

The name is is a bit of a mouthful - I guess they couldn't decide whether they wanted to call it a hotel or a posada - but it's a good place to stay anyway. The nicest thing about it is the garden area in the courtyard. The rooms vary a bit. A couple of the downstairs rooms are windowless and a bit dark and stuffy. The upstairs rooms are the best and they have a nice outdoor area too.

The really great thing about the Bucaros is the staff. They will do anything to help you. This is probably why it's used by adventure travel groups.

A couple of tips: Although there isn't a fridge in the room, you can get ice from the kitchen staff. There is free coffee in the lobby.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written August 11, 2008
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  • Reviews: 1

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Hotel Chi-Ya: lake atitlans best lakeshore value

My girl friend and I spent five nights in a cabin with a jaccuzzi with a panoramic view of lake
atitlan.If you can believe it $40 a night. We had the most fantastic breakfast delivered to our cabin each morning $4 each.During the day we rode horses,kayaked,paraglided,dove off the rocks and tooksome cultural excursiones. We also climbed san pedro volcano;that hot tub was
so nice afer that hike up the volcano. Even though we were quite active we departed extraordinarily relaxed.A great place for virtually everybody.

The cabins are built of wood in a canadian style that has no equal in central america regardless of price.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Eco-Tourism, Water Sports, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written April 3, 2008

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  • Reviews: 66

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Casa del Mundo: Best view in Guatemala

This hotel is amazing and I highly recommend a stay if you can afford it.
Some of the rooms are individual bungalows.
There are lots of steps up and down and no other options so make sure you are ready for them.

The most outstanding thing about this place is the view over Lake Atitlán. Most of the rooms have a great view and there are hammocks to swing on and relax.
The second best part is the breakfast (not included).

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written March 16, 2008
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  • Reviews: 201

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Casa Santa Domingo: One of the World's Best Hotels

Their is a reason that this hotel was named one of the top 10 hotels by Conde Naste Magazine. The grounds are breath-taking, the service is wonderful, and the location is close to the nearby town.

You'll be glad you stayed here, there is no where like it in the world!

~125 rooms, each featuring unique qualities. All rooms include mini bar, fireplace, private bathroom, tv, cable, phone, safely deposit box, and hair dryer.

~Guest services include: medical, post office, shoe shine, laundry, newspapers, baggage storage, wake up calls, in room voicemail, and taxis.

~Restaurant is one of the best in Antigua! Amazing food, nice ambiance!

~Smoke Shop.

~ Grounds feature pool, cultural center, art gallery, ruins, and cathedral.

~At night they light hundreds of votive candles on the grounds, leaving the impression that you've walked onto a romantic movie set.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Luxury Travel
  • Written March 2, 2008
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  • Reviews: 3

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Hotel Chi-Ya: The hotel of my choice on Lago de Atitlan

We got there, 2 weeks back, looking for a place to stay overnight and decided to stay for 4 days making it our base for touring the area. Just came back from Guatemala.
It is a combination of 5 magnificent wooden cabins and some rooms in their main stone building. They are all modern, spacious, well lit, western looking and well equipped. Both types hang to the steep cliff rolling into the Atitlan Lake half hidden in the local vegetation. Thanks to their position and the large north facing windows they offer both privacy (rooms a bit less) and a great look out on the lake and mountains surrounding it.
The hotel is brand new – it has been only opened for 18 mounts.
It is so quite we could hear music from other villages and the morning bus announcing its first departure from San Pedro leaning on the horn for 15 seconds at 06:00…..J
We also enjoyed typical breakfasts on the restaurant porch high above the water, and dinners cooked especially for us from local fresh products and properly chilled beer.
Located in-between San Juan and San Pedro La Laguna on a high spot it offers the option of rolling down by foot to both. Lack “Lanchas” stop at the pier if you wave them and they also have local “taxi” service (scooters) if you are not in the mood for walking.
Barry and Liliana who run the place are very pleasant people. They went out of their way, when needed, and made our stay really comfortable and pleasing.
I Guess prices are a bit high for the average backpacker but are great value in comparison with other accommodation options we have looked up or stayed in around the lake. we have paid 175Q for double occupancy and they charge 50Q for every additional person in the room – up to 4.
We highly recommend the place.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written February 24, 2008
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Meson Panza Verde: Paradise in Antigua

When we stumbled on the website for this boutique hotel in Antigua, we knew that we had to stay here. We managed to secure suite 6 which was our favorite from the web site. We immediately booked it, feeling extravagant. We knew that it was one of the most expensive options in Antigua but did not care at the time....shortly after booking it, we decided to buy our first house....A little bit of stress but then, that is what credit cards are for I suppose. We appreciated it even more because of the irresponsibility of it....

Meson Panza Verde looks like a garden of eden tucked away behind a wall...like most places in Antigua, you cannot see the potential from the street but once you cross the threshold, it is lush and green. There are warm welcomes and our suite was lovely. The bed was a bit firm for our taste but was fine. There were huge windows and a veranda. The best part was the rooftop views of the city. Grab a drink in the bar and head up to watch the sunset, it is magical. The restaurant is worth the high tab as well.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Food and Dining, Luxury Travel
  • Written December 9, 2007
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  • Reviews: 9

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The closest one to Tikal: Stay at least 3 days!

There are 3 places to stay within the Tikal reserve. The one closest to the park is the nicest, and most expensive one. You will actually have your own cabana. If you are budget minded and don't mind having a blanket for a wall, you may want to stay next door.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: National/State Park, Jungle and Rain Forest, Archeology
  • Written November 8, 2007

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  • Reviews: 1

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Hotel Pinnochio: The Place for Cheap asses like me....

Everything is Perfect. You pay about $10us a week and get a maid, outdoor kitchen, and a errand runner. Beds are a little stiff but hell, who cares. this is not the Hyatt Regency. You are looking to get away from it all. It is the best value in all of San Pedro La Laguna!!! I swear to god. The owner is nice as all get out, the house keeper is and absoulte saint. and you can't justify paying more when you see the view from the hotel rooftop patio.

View. Staff. kitchen. location. Everthing is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Photography, Hiking and Walking
  • Written August 19, 2007
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