The hotel at Lake Atitlan
Stucco walls painted in deep, jewel tones of blue and orange, combined with the spectacular location and views make this a place that simply would not be found anywhere else in the world. Casa Palopo embraces the local culture and history, while at the same time providing a level of discreet, upscale service that makes guests feel as if they are staying in a private home.The living area of the main hotel building provide a comfortable place for guests to relax and peruse the amazing collection of photographs, artisan work and antiques that fill the space. This area opens up with wide glass doors to the terrace and restaurant, with stunning views of Lake Atitlan below and three volcanoes on the horizon; and allows the breezes and sunshine to flow in. To the left of this area is a cozy bar with an authentic, old-fashioned jukebox and small seating area to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail created just for you.
15 private guest rooms evoke Mayan heritage with their furnishings, indigenous artifacts and decor. Wooden beams overhead and polished wooden floors complement the vibrant walls and furniture. Comfortable beds are made with top-quality Italian linens. Private terraces are furnished with small tables and cushioned lounge chairs to soak up the amazing views.
Perched 150 cobblestone steps above the main hotel is Villa Palopo, a private villa with three guest rooms, along with a large living area with fireplace and full kitchen with open dining room. More contemporary in decor, the villa is decorated with African tribal relics and Indonesian wood furniture. Floor-to-ceiling windows and huge open terraces showcase both the views and the villa’s infinity pool. Golf cart service is available within minutes to whisk guests between the villa and main building. Guests can rent a room here individually, or book the entire villa — in which case, butler service is provided.
Restaurant and Onsite Amenities
The 6.8 Palopó restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef Mario Miralles, who creates a menu based on traditional Guatemalan dishes, infused with his classic French techniques and an international influence. One example of his inventiveness is the honey-cherry tomato, which he cooks in chalk in historical Mayan fashion — but the finesse and plating are pure contemporary whimsy. Other specialties include Cannelloni stuffed with hilachas (a local beef/tomato stew), and Miralles’ take on typical Guatemalan breakfast. All of this can be enjoyed on the stunning restaurant terrace, or the terrace of your own room, with incredible views of Lake Atitlan below.
There are two solar-heated pools: one at the main building, and another (with an infinity edge) above at the villa. Both pools feature oversized lounge chairs and Jacuzzi tubs. A small fitness gym is available. Spa treatments can be booked in the privacy of the guest rooms or a small onsite treatment room. A unique and calming touch of the massage therapists is the brief Mayan prayer that is whispered at the beginning of the treatment, setting the perfect tone for healing and relaxation in this unique environment.
Km 6.8, Santa Catarina Palopó, Solola