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“Nice clean hostel, nice views, nice terrace, decent restaurant a little bit pricier than other places in town. Don't buy their o”
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Mikaso Hotel Resto
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“Nice clean hostel, nice views, nice terrace, decent restaurant a little bit pricier than other places in town. Don't buy their o”
Reviewed 17 July 2012 via mobile

This is a nice hostel. The rooms (even the dorm) are all nice, there is an awesome terrace with great views of the Lake. There is a jacuzzi, a pool table, board games, a kitchen and a good restaurant. There is no TV or WIFI (at least there wasn't when we were there).
From speaking to other people in San Pedro I get the impression that this is the best hostel in San Pedro BUT it's also the most expensive so if you're on a budget you can easily find a room for half the price elsewhere. And there are plenty of choices in touristy San Pedro. The hostel is about a 15-20 minute walk from the main pier in San Pedro so to get here you may prefer to take a tuk tuk or taxi boat to the other closer pier.
Aside from the comparatively higher cost, the only other negative to staying here is with booking tours. The tour agent that the hostel recommends is actually 50% more expensive than all the other agencies in town. Plus the tour agent guy (who wears an official looking white tour rep shirt) is kind of a pest in that he will probably be on your case the minute you arrive at the hostel even coming into the hostel restaurant the first day you arrive pushing tours onto you. Advice: get prices from at least 3 other agencies in town before choosing a tour. San Pedro is actually a very cheap place for doing tours so you may be surprised how cheap it is to go hiking or kayaking etc.
If it wasn't for the annoying tour rep pest I would probably have given this place a 5.

Stayed June 2012
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back again soon. We are very sorry that you were bothered by a guide. I want to specify that we do not have guides offering tours at the hotel. We do promote tours but only at the reception and only if you ask for it. I suppose what happened was that a guide near the hotel saw you walking in and wanted to get a tip from us for bringing you. We will make sure that it does not happen again
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Reviewed 25 June 2012

When I got here, I literally said this might be the coolest hotel/hostel for 6 dollars a night on the continent. The view and location are absolutely phenomenal, and the price for the dorm room was unbeatable. You also have access to a hot tub, pool table and more in this beautiful little place.

Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back again soon.
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Newport, Washington
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

Mikaso is a very clean and inviting place to enjoy the lake. The food is great, the staff friendly and the atmosphere perfect. After our other "adventures" in Guatemala, Mikaso was a much need place to relax. Best views of the lake, we will stay here again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back again soon.
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

My husband and I spent a weekend at beautiful Lake Atitlan and in peaceful San Pedro, except for Mikaso Hotel.

Pros:
• Very clean hotel and rooms, extremely basic though.
• Large rooftop terrace with one of the best views of Lake Atitlan.
• Terrace with sun lounge chairs & bar service.

Cons:
• Local women wash their clothes and bathe on the edge of the hotel in the lake very early in the morning and are very loud chatting to each other. We were woken up every morning of our stay!
• The staff forgot to turn on the hot water in our room. We were in a rush and had to take cold showers.
• Unfriendly staff and understaffed. No one was at the reception area and there never was. So you walk in looking for someone to check-in.
• Hotel is difficult to find at night.
• Hotel was empty (maybe low season) so many of the services were not available.
• Kitchen did not open as stated – staff was always late.
• There web site states Wi-Fi but our room did not have it.
• Too expensive for what is offered.

I was very disappointed with Mikaso Hotel. I was expecting a quiet environment for my husband and I to relax and read for a weekend. An American couple was staying in the room next to us and concurred. In addition, the kitchen and staff were very disappointing as well.

Eventually I felt I had to advise the Owner. He though he gave us a discount (much appreciated) I will not go again and do not advise a friend to do so as well.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
We are very sorry that your stay was not as expected. We have now someone at the front desk from 7:00am to 9:00pm, so there is always someone there to help you. Now we also have internet on every floor.
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Reviewed 17 May 2012

I've been to Mikaso Hotel in March 2012 with my husband and another couple. I have to admit I chose this hotel because the owners are from Quebec and so am I... but at the end... it was a very nice choice =)

We were welcomed by one of the owners and she did a small tour with us to explain the amenities.The staff are very friendly and helpful, the hotel amenities are great and what about the 2 jacuzzies on the terrasse and roof terrasse with an amazing view on the lake? It was incredible!

The only negative point (and it has been mentioned in other post) is the hotel entrance...well, the path to get to the hotel. We were coming from Santiago so we arrived at another dock than the main one...which is good because this one is closer to the hotel. We took the small path to the hotel but we never saw the sign so we went trough allllll San Pedro before coming back and see the small sign. Then you need to take a little tiny dirty path which DOES NOT smell roses and at the end you see a nice entrance with flowers and beautiful gardens. So to resume...negative point : to find the small path to get to the hotel and the smell on that path (ewww really!!).

We had room 10B...was small, but it was enough for 2 people. Our window was on the lake side so all night we heard the waves like if we were at the beach...so relaxing... but if you are a light sleeper I suggest that you ask for another room =)

The hotel itself is strangely designed but once you got lost 1 or 2 times, you start to get where things are.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Marilou A, Public Relations Manager at Mikaso Hotel Resto, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
We are happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back again soon. We are working on a better signalization to put around San Pedro to help people find us.
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Property: Mikaso Hotel Resto
Address: Callejon a I-82 Zona 2 Canton Chuacante 4, San Pedro La Laguna 07018, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > San Pedro La Laguna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Speciality Lodging in San Pedro La Laguna
Price range (per night): $23 - $52
Hotel Class:3 star — Mikaso Hotel Resto 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built by the edge of the lake Atitlan in the middle of a beautiful garden, Mikaso Hotel offers you 15 private rooms plus 2 dormitories. Hotel amenities include free wi-fi, jacuzzis, common kitchen, pool table, concierge desk, spa services, meeting room and a restaurant with the nicest roof top terrace in town, giving you an incredible view of lake Atitlan and the Volcanoes. Our staff will be please to help you plan your excursions around San pedro & Lake Atitlan, whether it's hiking the volcanoes, kayaking on the Lake, learning about the mayan culture or just discovering the surroundings. Welcome to Mikaso Hotel y restaurante en San Pedro! ... more   less 
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