Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve in Soloa, Guatemala
The eruption of green tourism is most evident at Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve, located in a lush region of Guatamala. Built from volcanic stone and textured adobe and palms, this eco-chic retreat is nestled along placid shores in Lake Atitlan National Park and features just seven intimate suites. Each guest abode has an indigenous feel with roomy beds crafted from chunky woods, warm hues that cling to walls, and ornate chandeliers suspended from overhead. Woven textiles and rustic touches complete the eclectic tapestry. Not only can you enjoy a massage and a warm Jacuzzi, but the resort also offers enrichment opportunities such as Spanish lessons and water sports.
Zotz, the intimate restaurant housed on-premises, features outstanding lakeside views with a menu of regional favorites to be enjoyed by candlelight. On chilly evenings a cozy ambiance is ignited by the massive fireplace crafted from river stone and jasper. The sultry Lava Bar oozes with character, and offers a selection of fine wines, beer and spirits including a signature cocktail mixture made with white rum. The zen-like spa is designed to relax and rejuvenate, or you can choose to be more adventurous with activities such as cliff jumping. Enjoy an invigorating swim in the plunge pool or admire the abundance of flora belonging to this incredible region. Mayan highlands conceal a labyrinth of hiking trails where you may stumble across some long-lost artifact. Inhale the fresh air in this remote part of the world, or try to spot some mojarra from the shore, a fish native to the surrounding lake. Life proves to be naturally good at Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve.
Location of Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
1 Tzantizotz, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Soloa, Guatemala
Nearest Airport: AQB
Amenities for Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
- General Information
- 80 Guest Rooms
- Room Service
- Organic Cuisine
- Afternoon Tea
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- 24-Hour Front Desk
- Outdoor Whirlpool
- Sun Deck
- In-Room Amenities
- Marble Bathrooms
- Luxury Linens
- Individually Designed Rooms
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Nature Walks
- Rock Climbing
- Bird Watching
- Language Classes
- Nature Reserve
- Active & Adventure
- Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
- Lodges & Ranches
- Pack For A Purpose
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
Booked a four night stay here through Groupon and was very excited! However, after reading some reviews we started to have some doubts. We arrived and we're greeted with a delicious fresh fruit juice with a tour while our bags were being taken to our room. The room is beautiful and clean, stocked with complimentary water, towels, robes, shampoo/conditioner, and hair dryer. We were also given a complimentary bottle of wine with dinner. All prices for excursions, foods and services through the resort are clearly listed in their handbooks. This is a vegetarian/vegan resort, that should be no surprise! For breakfast our favorite meals were the coconut crusted French toast and traditional Guatemalan breakfast. For dinner we loved the cheese plate, bruschetta and guacamole. We truly believe the people who provided negative reviews did not take the time to read the handbook or the website prior to coming. The staff has been beyond kind and helpful to us. Their English is fantastic and they go out of there way to ask you about your day! The views will never cease to amaze you. We could not recommend this place more!!!
This boutique hotel has absolutely wonderful vegetarian/vegan options. Even meat eating guests did not want to have meals away from the resort. Truly exceptional. The staff is very attentive and kind and the resort has a very intimate and happy feel to it. Lovely place!
bconabee - New City, New York
I first saw Laguna Eco Lodge on the flash sale site, @theclymb and was intrigued by the rates along with the gorgeous views. The lodge sounded remote but a short walk to a quaint town near by. The hotel itself is cool and built in the hillside, but it is a costly drive and (private) boat ride to the hotel if you book through them. They mention there are cheaper public boats to take to get to the hotel but that there is a $20 docking fee (departing or arriving), basically convincing you costs are similar. The public boats equal about $2 per person and there is NO DOCK fee. USE PUBLIC BOATS. Every boat ride through the hotel is $20. It is a 10 min ride and a complete rip off. Also, there is a 10% gratuity added to every restaurant bill at the hotel, fine, that's your tip. But upon check out they totaled all the bills, the 10% included, and then added another 10% onto the final bill realistically charging you 20% on EVERYTHING. Water? Coffee? Yes 20%. When I asked David who checked us out, he said it was included. Which made no sense. I pointed out each 10% + 10% = 20% and he told me that it was all included, wrong again. The restaurant is vegetarian, but the dinner is a set menu and costs $40-$45 per person. For vegetarian? you can't order anything else. On our first day an employee showed us the menu and asked if we wanted a reservation for dinner and we said no. Apparently he didn't understand and put us on the list. When we didn't show up for a dinner another employee, who was more fluent in english, scolded us for missing our reservation. We had to convince him no reservation was made and it must have been a communication error. All in all, they act bigger than they are and charge more than they are worth. All the employees were very young and as the customer I felt they challenged me on any question I asked. I will be back to Lake Atitlan but I will not be back to the Laguna Lodge. Not to mention there was a spider in our bed one morning, we saw at least one spider in our room everyday and a fairly large scorpion in the corner of the ceiling and wall.
I took my friends from Spain to see the beautiful Atitlan Lake and chose Laguna Lodge since my usual hotel in Santa Ctarina PalopĆ³ was booked. They are a married couple, so we were looking for room options that could accomodate the 3 of us. In their website, it clearly says that the "Jaguar Suite" has a room capacity for 3 adults, I even called to the hotel to confirm if the 3rd person slept on a sofa-bed or if I was going to have a bed for myself and they confirmed the latter. So, to my surpirse, upon my arrival the room was pre-paid (450 USD, certainly not cheap) and they told me that the room only holds 2 people and that the extra bed would be an extra charge of 50 USD. I accepted to spare my friends the unconfortable moment. So in the end, the room was 500 USD a night total, and the "extra bed" was a very unconfortable bed designed for a kid and my sleeping that night was terrible and in the same space as my friends, so I think they shouldn't promote it as a 3 people room. When we arrived, they gave us a tour of the facilities, which included the jacuzzi and they told us "to use the jacuzzi, please let us know 3 hours beforehand to have it properly set", which we did. Again , to my surprise, when doing the check out there was a 200 GTQ charge (27 USD) for "use of the jacuzzi". No one, at any moment, told us that the jacuzzi was an extra charge which left us a very bad taste when leaving the hotel. This is not what you expect from a hotel that charges 500 USD a night. Food was good, even though they have a vegetarian only menu, for dinner I had the gnocchi which was amazing. Beverage service while seating on the deck can be slow, so I asked the waiter to bring me a beer every 20 minutes (for an hour, 3 beers total) and he delivered sharply :) The room was very nice, only beware of bugs. My Spanish friend -while reading in bed- had to literally kill a spider (medium size) that was climbing his leg. View from the room is not as good as it gets, you can get better views from other hotels. Overall, staff are very young and junior (experience-wise) and there is a feeling that there is no one in charge of the place. They have no idea how to handle a complaint and looked very confused when asked about the surprise charges, they were kind of nice but in the end we had to pay, so a smile is not going to reimburse me of the 77 USD of suprise charges. To end things, they didn't gave me an invoice telling me that they had some printing issues. This is illegal in Guatemala as it could be interpreted that they are trying to avoid paying VAT. They promised to send it via e-mail, which they didn't deliver.
Manuel G - Guatemala City, Guatemala
I was very exited to arrive at the hotel after all the great review and pictures I have seen prior our arrival. The hotel is very original and different. It is a short 15 min boat ride from the main town and the lake is a bit more agitated during the afternoon so you might get a bit wet on the boat. it is part of the adventure, and wasn't a problem at all. I liked the hotel, they have a swimming pool, and a jacuzzi available on call for you, you just have to let them know 3 hours in advance for them and they charge you something like 200 quetzal. The breakfast was excellent, really good, I was just disapointed about the dinner. My wife is vegetarian, the menu is 100% vegetarian, so as you may imagine I was happy about it, but the food wasn't wow at all and it was more expensive than anywhere else. I had much better food in the hotel el convento in Antigua for example, but I understand that the remote location of the hotel is probably not helping them. In conclusion, the hotel is nice, but I couldn't find a wow factor, everything was good, but nothing great, especially the cleaning of the room.
Jerome P - Saint-Raphael, France