Panajachel is set in a lovely location that blends views of the lake with rolling hills and distant volcanoes. This town is one of the larger and more traveler-friendly ones in the area. This makes it less authentically Mayan, but still a great place to unwind and have a good time. Activities include swimming, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and zip lining. There are many dining options – everything from healthy cafés to fine international dining is offered – and a fair share of bars and dance halls.
Hotel Kakchiquel is located one block from the shores of Lake Atitlán. The whole town is accessible from here, which makes it easy to sample various restaurants, bars, and shops while staying at this hotel. The staff is very accommodating and responsive.
This budget hotel has rooms that are simple but sufficient. The rooms are spacious and clean and capable of sleeping up to three people. All rooms have private bathrooms with towels and (mostly) hot water showers. There are bedside lamps for late-night reading and cable TVs with several English-speaking channels. All rooms have a telephone and some have a mini-fridge, microwave oven, and couch.
There is a complimentary continental breakfast served each morning. Although fairly basic, this breakfast is a convenient way of fueling up before starting your day. There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby and a few computers that can be used to check email or get online. There are also water jugs near the reception where you can refill water bottles.
Hotel Kakchiquel has a small swimming pool and Jacuzzi. This is a good place to cool off quickly or relax in the evening. Laundry service is offered and there is parking available as well.
It should be noted that because this hotel is in the center of Panajachel it can sometimes be noisy. It is usually not unbearable, but if you’re a light sleeper it’s a good idea to bring earplugs in case late-night revelers make noise in the street.