The Best Guatemala Hotels for Breathtaking Views

Guatemala's beauty is the focal point of these outstanding properties.
The Best Guatemala Hotels for Breathtaking Views

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Guatemala’s thrilling combination of natural wonder and cultural vibrance is no secret in the backpacking world, but word is spreading fast and now everyone wants a piece. And rightly so.

Mystical volcanoes, ancient jungle ruins, flamboyant architecture, and a pure strain of Central American culture are likely to win you over within days, but you’ll need a fantastic hotel to complete the experience.

Our selection of Guatemala hotels puts the country itself at the center of everything, gifting its guests spectacular views of the natural world or the cities nestled within it. Best of all, Guatemala hotels are comparatively cheap, so you can score a bargain.

Get your planning cap on, these are the best Guatemala hotels for breathtaking views.

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La Iguana Perdida

Location: Santa Cruz la Laguna
Price: $31+
Vibe: View-centric value
The rundown: It’s no coincidence that Lake Atitlan appears on this list multiple times. The staggeringly beautiful lake is flanked and framed by forest, mountains, and, of course, those iconic volcanoes. 

When sifting through your Guatemala hotels, you’ll want one in this location. La Iguana Perdida might just be the most affordable of the bunch without straying into low-effort hostel situations. Sitting on the edge of the water, the view takes center stage. But for just $31, the hotel’s colorful aesthetic and excellent service turn this from a budget option into incredible value. 

Porta Hotel

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Price: $119+
Vibe: Capital charm 
The rundown: Antigua was once one of the three New World capitals, along with Mexico City and Lima. While its power and influence may have waned over the years, its beauty hasn’t. Its cobbled streets and old churches are a dream to wander, and the culture is still as vibrant as ever.

Porta Hotel is the gem in the city’s tourist industry—offering stunning volcano views and an intimate courtyard pool, as well as an authentic charm developed over its more than seven decades of business. As Guatelama hotels go, this is up there with the best.

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Casa Palopo

Location: Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala
Price: $200+
Vibe: Highland hedonism
The rundown: Casa Palop couldn’t get any more picturesque if it tried. Before you even get to the three volcanoes the property stares out towards, you’ll be enchanted by the homey traditional ambiance of the interior. The communal spaces are a love letter to Central America, boasting modern and traditional artwork from the region while the bursts of color on the walls in and out are perfect.

Guests must decide between a more traditional or modern aesthetic, The main building is the more traditional of the two, sporting most of the local flourishes mentioned above, while the private villa is a modern contemporary retreat for those looking for a little extra solace.

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort

Location: Tzanitzotz, Guatemala 
Price: $195+
Vibe: Lake Atitlan-forgettable
The rundown: Approaching the Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort by boat is a spectacular enough introduction. But there’s far more than aesthetics to this popular lakeside destination. An expansive nature reserve soars upwards from the shore, home to thousands of local flora and fauna.

Of course, the hotel makes the most of its location, offering trails through the reserve for guests to experience raw Guatemala before retreating to the quiet luxury of the lodge. Its waterside restaurant is an obvious highlight while the guestrooms are generous and immaculately designed. 

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Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel

Location: Flores, Guatemala
Price: $365+
Vibe: Mayan marvel
The rundown: Another lakeside property, but not Atitlan this time. Instead, we’re heading north to Lago Peten Itza and Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel. One of the most popular Guatemala hotels for a reason, guests rave about every aspect of their stay, from the exceptional service to the otherworldly location.

Despite the apparent seclusion of the property, it’s only 15 minutes to the airport and some of the best ancient ruins in the region. The free monkey spotting boat tour is a particular favorite, but don’t skimp on the more traditional amenities like the spa.

Casa Prana Resort Hotel

Location: Paxanax, Guatemala
Price: $246+
Vibe: Serene volcanicity 
The rundown: We’re back on the banks of Lake Atitlan, this time at Casa Prana Resort Hotel. Its $246-a-night price point is high for Guatemala, but a few days spent here will prove the incredible value it offers.

The sprawling resort almost dissolves into the lush greenery, gifting it a captivating (and romantic) aura, especially as the sun begins to fade on the lake. The Mayan influence is clear to see in the hotel decor, but never strays into gimmicky territory, fusing modern aesthetics with the tradition of the region. One of the best Guatemala hotels for your money: it would easily go for far more in the US.

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