Indigenous charm influences design of Casa Palopó’s new rooms

Casa Palopó, a property located in Guatemala, completed the addition of six new rooms and suites, bringing the total room count to 15. Industrial designer Diego Olivero oversaw the design of the new rooms, which comprise two deluxe kings, two king junior suites, one superior queen and one king suite. A new space for wellness and relaxation was also added following the transformation of a guestroom into the hotel spa.

Located on the edge of Santa Catarina Palopó, one of 12 Mayan towns on the shore of Lake Atitlán, Casa Palopó was once a private home. The original building housed seven rooms before the expansion, in addition to a separate three-bedroom villa located 150 steps above the main hotel. To create space for a new wellness and relaxation area, one of the existing rooms in the main hotel was moved to the new wing and is among the six rooms added.

The new rooms and suites were built into a newly expanded wing of the main hotel, overlooking the pool deck with views of the surrounding greenery, lake and volcanoes. 


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Designwise, the property has a contemporary look while retaining Casa Palopó’s indigenous-inspired charm. Each of the new rooms has color palettes that feature yellows, blues, reds, lavender and neutral tones. Furnishings are rustic with finished wood accents handmade by Olivero. Pillows and textiles from Algodones Maya are incorporated throughout, as are iron accents, and wool rugs and wall décor from Meso Goods, paying homage to Guatemala’s textile tradition.

Additional features include bathrooms with glass-cased rainfall showers, standalone bathtubs in some of the rooms, and hair dryers by Dyson.

Plans for later this year include the new wellness area with a fitness studio and a spa room with a Mayan-inspired treatment menu.

Photo credit: Casa Palopó

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