A stylish, tranquil spot on the edge of Santa Cruz. The beautiful lakeside dining deck and living room with fireplace were perfect places for relaxing. There is also an outdoor area with loungers and hammocks (some hammocks were in need of replacement though).
The rooms are more rustic than what you might expect given the "boutique" vibe of the hotel common areas, but remember that you are basically in the jungle in a town that is only accessible by boat. Our bungalow was very cute, but the mattresses were on the thinner side. The bathroom is open-air with a view, but the shower was generally cold. As other reviews mentioned, be prepared to potentially walk many stairs uphill to your room. The reward is seclusion and lovely views of the lake!
The staff were helpful and friendly and made us feel right at home, especially Ollie who was a wonderfully warm host. The food was excellent and they had many lighter, fresh options -- a nice change after eating heavier, local food elsewhere on our trip.
All in all, there are some minor things that could be done to make things more comfortable (new hammocks and mattresses!) but I loved my stay and would not hesitate to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Islaverde is the hotel where you can reconnect with nature, where you will live without the constriction of time, enjoying a simple, organic and eco life-style, knowing every single detail will be carefully arranged for you; gourmet cooking, beautiful decoration, gorgeous surroundings, breathtaking gardens, artwork, and technical comforts…A place to disconnect, laze, and enjoy the beauty of Lake Atitlan. Let us BE your vacation, we will book cultural, adventure or spa services for you…from our own garden you will be able to hop on a boat to explore the rest of the lake, knowing on your return our little paradise will be awaiting you. And if you don´t feel like moving just enjoy our lavish gardens; sunbathe, swim, kayak, take yoga, salsa or Spanish lessons, have a massage, a sauna or an open-air hot tub, enjoy our library and restaurant, bird watch, explore the trails around us or dive with our neighbors…We offer nine independent wooden cabins and two brand new apartments for families or groups. All are set on a hill, which ensures every one of them has a breathtaking view of Lake Atitlan, while being hidden and private from the rest of the hotel. Our rooms are decorated in a simple yet hip style, with Mayan woven materials and naïf paintings.Sunrise, sunset, midday or midnight, our lakeside lounge is the perfect place to sunbathe, go swimming, sip on a cocktail or a fresh fruit smoothie or just take in the majestic beauty of Lake Atitlan. Prefer a more secluded, private spot? You´ll find hammocks and loungers tucked into lush nooks all throughout our beautiful tropical gardens, and a wonderful yoga studio overlooking the lake which is free for our guests to enjoy.The patio below our slow-food restaurant is the ultimate spot to feast your eyes and your senses; come and enjoy what according to many— Rough Guide amongst others—is some of the best food you can find in Guatemala. Dine with the ultimate view, or just chill out and read a book. If you feel like lying around the patio next to the restaurant is stocked with pillows and cushions. Make yourself at home! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel IslaVerde Guatemala/Santa Cruz La Laguna