The Best Hotels in Panajachel, Guatemala, for Every Traveler

Take in sweeping views of Lake Atitlán and meet like-minded travelers at Selina Atitlán
Take in sweeping views of Lake Atitlán and meet like-minded travelers at Selina Atitlán | Courtesy of Selina Atitlán / Expedia
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11 March 2021

For those who want to be close to Lake Atitlán’s main Mayan village, these waterside places to stay are the perfect pit stops in Guatemala.

From space, Lake Atitlán looks like a blue drop set in the ancient, wrinkled folds of Guatemala’s Sierra Madre mountain range. From the ground, it shimmers sapphire blue, the sun rippling off its tiny wavelets, silhouetting the cones of the many volcanoes that line its shore. The Maya have lived along the shoreline villages for millennia, the largest being Panajachel. As the closest thing that Atitlán has to a resort town, it has a variety of places to stay – some with those all-important lakeside views.

Selina Atitlán

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This flashpacker hostel has a range of brightly colored spaces and accommodation options that are adorned with indigenous art and woven wall hangings. It offers dorms (also known as community rooms), twins, triples and airy doubles with balconies – there’s even a suite. Amenities include a yoga deck with sweeping views of Lake Atitlán and a co-working area.

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Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlán

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With a kid-friendly menu in the restaurant, cottages big enough for families and a broad spread of Lake Atitlán activities for all ages, this lakeshore hotel is a good option for groups with children in tow. There’s a tropical garden with lawns and a pool, and a beautiful view at every corner. The restaurants, shops and bustling souvenir markets of downtown Panajachel are a 10-minute walk away.

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Regis Hotel and Spa

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The locally owned and run Regis is one of Panajachel’s oldest hotels. Fully renovated for the wellbeing age, with a spa offering modish Mayan treatments, it also has a decent restaurant serving local food at an excellent price. Its simple but attractively decorated rooms, complete with artsy terracotta floor tiles, wood parquet and scatterings of Mayan textiles on the walls, sit around a flower-filled courtyard garden.

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Posada Don Rodrigo

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Right on the water, with easy access to the ferry, souvenir shops and markets, this welcoming, ranch-style hotel has Hobbit-like stone rooms clustered together in a tropical garden. The Lakeshore rooms have windows framing Lake Atitlán’s fabulous water-and-volcano view, and there’s a pool sitting in an attractive garden, scattered with flower-filled horse-drawn carts. The friendly staff are helpful with tours.

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  • Porta Hotel del Lago

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    The bright, refurbished rooms with private balconies and lake views at this Niemeyer-esque hotel are excellent value – you’ll want to upgrade to a suite for the best panorama. The hotel has a jacuzzi, extensive tropical gardens and Panajachel’s largest pool – for those who don’t want to fight over their sun loungers – and spectacular lakeside views.

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    Hospedaje El Viajero

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    This old traveler hangout, a few blocks from the lakeshore, has simple, no-frills rooms in warm oranges and soft browns, with splashes of vivid color from Mayan textiles and scatter cushions. Public terraces and balconies feature hanging vines and colorful roses and orchids, and there are restaurants and shops on the doorstep. The hotel can organize tours and lake activities, too.

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    Hotel Villa Santa Catarina

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    This oche-hued, colonial-style hotel, with its cloisters of rooms overlooking the lake and large central swimming pool, is simple. However, there are wonderful views from the rooms, which are large and refitted in a contemporary style, with off whites and muted beiges, exposed beams, colorful Mayan bedspreads and art. For a hotel on the lake, it’s exceptionally good value for money.

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    These recommendations were updated on March 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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