Santiago Atitlán is a traditional town set within an inlet on the southwest corner of Lake Atitlán. The setting here is beautiful, with the blue waters of the lake juxtaposed against the San Pedro and Atitlán volcanoes that rise behind town. Santiago Atitlán is a mellow place. Travelers can visit the town’s colorful market on Fridays and Saturdays, or else explore the town’s 16th-century church and weaving museum. Kayak trips and horseback rides can be arranged as well.
Hotel Bambú is set right along the lake. It’s a short distance outside town, which gives it a quiet and tranquil environment. There is an extensive garden that wraps around the hotel and attracts all sorts of hummingbirds and butterflies. The views from the hotel are great.
Accommodations consist of private bungalows that are spacious and bright. The bungalows are built using traditional elements, including wooden beams, carved stones, and thatched roofs. The rooms are clean and tidy, with nice bathrooms and powerful hot water showers. Private outdoor patios look out onto the lake, volcanoes, garden or pool. Sitting out here in the morning or evening is utterly pleasant.
The hotel’s restaurant offers guests a unique and varied menu. The kitchen is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, try fruit-filled crepes and fresh coffee. Dinner options include bruschetta, hamburgers, pasta, and steak. The restaurant has a comfortable atmosphere and enjoys impressive views of the volcanoes and lake. Additionally, there is a full international bar that’s well stocked with a selection of domestic and international wines, beers, and spirits.
Hotel Bambú has a large pool where guests can cool off or lay in lounge chairs on the deck and get some sun. This is a great place to pass the afternoon with a drink, book, or nap.