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“Beautiful doesn't touch it.”

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La Casa del Mundo Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Jaibalito
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Thornton, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
“Beautiful doesn't touch it.”
Reviewed 1 August 2012

This was a preternaturally beautiful spot with a beautifully appointed hotel that did everything to respect the environment. The kitchen is absolutely outstanding too; who expected that when everything has to come in by boat? Beyond that, when we arrived with a group of nine young, somewhat rambunctous Habitat volunteers, the staff were endlessly tolerant, patient and helpful. Hugo in particular went many many extra yards above and beyond. My husband and I truly grateful for his tireless assistance; we're dreaming of going back there alone.

Doug Holmes and Kathy Gilbreth Holmes

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

I stayed at Casa del Mundo with a friend last year and we wish we had found it sooner. The moment the boat pulled up and we caught a glimpse of the terraces and balconies set into the rocky hillside above the lake, we knew we had found a one-of-a-kind place.

A few things, though: The place is a high-end hostel decorated in charming Guatemalan accents, so don't go expecting a luxury resort. Rooms are small, cozy and the beds are simple. Each has a view of the lake. The shared bathrooms are clean and adequate. (Like most hostels, they may also have rooms with private baths.)

The hotel is built into the hillside. On the one hand, this provides the opportunity for many different delightful areas in which to relax, such as a sunbathing terrace, a balcony strung with hammocks, etc. But the many levels also mean you will be climbing stairs, particularly, if like us, you get a room at the top. Also note, they are stone steps, so people with bad knees beware!

The family-style dinner by candle light was a nice touch, too. We got to meet travelers from all over the world while eating in a dining room that seems to float over the lake.

The service was good, the views were beautiful. La Casa del Mundo is a great place to stay. I would definitely go back!

Room Tip: The rooms close to the top require a good deal of climbing of stone steps, so beware.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 July 2012 via mobile

Wow ,totally breathtaking ,high up on the cliffside looking out at 3 volcanos ,amazing views ..Only accessible by boat and candlelit evening meal served family style ,great vegetarian options ...Book the hot tub ahead of time as it takes 8 hours to heat up by wood burning stove !! Stunning view of the stars ...
Cute charming rooms decorated with authentic artifacts, beds abit lumpy but fantastic views of the lake and volcano ..
Thanks to the most friendly staff Oscar ,Hugo and Sebastain for their incredible hospitality and thanks to our guide Anastasio but keeping us save on our incredible hike to San Marcos ..A beautiful gem in the mountains manicured grounds and a total heaven on earth we will visit again ....Soon

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Reviewed 23 July 2012

This hotel exceeded our expectations in every area! Beautiful location with views of the lake from every room - and every detail thoughtfully planned. Since the hotel is accessible only by boat, meals are ordered with the room reservation. The quality of the food was excellent, and we really enjoyed getting to know the other guests in the candlelit dining room. The breakfast was a highlight - a fresh egg scramble with locally grown vegetables, perfectly prepared, along with a glass of fresh pineapple juice and coffee from the adjacent coffee farm. The rooms are very inexpensive considering the overall quality of the hotel. The front desk personnel are very helpful and friendly. One note: no credit cards accepted when we visited, but do take quetzales or dollars. Highly recommended! You will NOT be disappointed.

Room Tip: Every room has a view of the lake - no bad choices.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

We just got back from three amazing nights at this hotel. It far surpassed our expectations, especially for USD $37/night. We stayed in their most basic room, with a shared bathroom. Everything was spotlessly clean. The budget rooms are small, of course, but cozy and the views look right out over the gorgeous lake. Our days were spent exploring the lake, but I wish we'd had one more day to just relax on the grounds of this beautiful hotel. The only (very small) downside for me is that it did get hot at night as there are no fans or a/c so I did have trouble sleeping, but it was well worth it :)

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Casa del Mundo Hotel

Property: La Casa del Mundo Hotel
Address: El Jaibalito | Accesible Solo en Lancha, Jaibalito 07014, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Jaibalito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Jaibalito
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,230 - ₹ 7,300
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Casa del Mundo Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guatemala's most magical hotel - Lonely Planet. 19 Rooms built upon a Jaibalito cliffside pleasantly house travelers from all over the world. ... more   less 
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