The Best Hostels Around Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Relax and take in the beautiful Lake Atitlán views
Relax and take in the beautiful Lake Atitlán views | Courtesy of La Iguana Perdida / Expedia
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Writer4 May 2021
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Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán is a must-visit for its water activities, panoramas and hikes up the nearby Atitlán and San Pedro volcanoes. If you’re on a budget, you’ll find many hostels in the small Mayan towns along the shoreline, some with waterfront access and expansive views. From Panajachel to Santa Cruz, here’s our pick of the best hostels in the area – bookable with Culture Trip.

Selina Atitlán

Selina Atitlan
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Just a short walk from Casa Cakchiquel, a cultural center, Selina Atitlán is a great stay for digital nomads who need to combine work with pleasure. Rooms include four-, eight- and 10-person dorms and private lofts, all tastefully designed. Take morning yoga classes before setting up in the comfortable co-working area. Other shared spaces include a bar, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a movie room and a fully equipped communal kitchen.

MayAchik’

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Eco Hotel MayAchik
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This ecolodge in San Juan has fantastic vistas of the Rostro Maya (also known as Indian Nose) mountain. It offers various ecologically built bungalows with thatched roofs, including a dorm that sleeps up to eight. At the veggie restaurant, many ingredients are sourced directly from the on-site organic garden; there are also vegan dishes such as courgette curry.

La Iguana Perdida

La Iguana Perdida
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With its prime lakeside position, La Iguana Perdida, in San Pedro, is a great place to unwind for a few days. The lush grounds are the real star of the show here, with plenty of spots to snooze under shady palm trees. Accommodation options include private doubles and eight-person mixed dorms – there’s also a treehouse-style dorm – and will suit all budgets.

Free Cerveza

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Free Cerveza
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Come for the complimentary beer – if you purchase a three-course family dinner at the on-site restaurant – that gives this Santa Cruz hostel its name, and stay for the glamping near the shoreline of Lake Atitlán. The well-ventilated tents are private or shared and come with partial volcanic and lake views. Free Cerveza also has a bunch of fun activities, including stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.

Mikaso Hotel y Restaurante

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Mikaso Hotel
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The colonial-style Mikaso is a top choice for those looking for a budget base in San Pedro La Laguna. Its 15 double rooms and two spacious dorms sit right on the shoreline of the lake. Admire the views of Indian Nose and Lake Atitlán’s north shore from one of the hostel’s two hot tubs on the terrace. Other shared amenities include the kitchen and pool table, while massage treatments are available on request.

Dreamboat Hostel

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Dreamboat Hostel
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As a social place with an excellent common area and well-stocked kitchen, there’s always something going on at the Dreamboat Hostel in Panajachel, the biggest town on the lake. The cozy dorms are super clean, and there are also private doubles. Do eat at the on-site restaurant, Gunny’s Meat, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hostel also has a rooftop pool bar – primed for floating beer pong – and in-house SUP rentals to explore the water.

Casa Blanca

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Casa Blanca
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This San Pedro-based hostel has an excellent lakeside location with many adventures nearby and provides a comfy stay. The cozy rooms have a homey feel to them, while the hammocks in the garden are perfect for catching a siesta under the palm trees. If you feel like staying in, dine at the on-site restaurant under the covered terrace, and head to the billiards room for a late-night match with new mates.

Zoola San Pedro Atitlan

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Zoola San Pedro Atitlan
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With an ideal lakeside location in San Pedro, the welcoming Zoola features vibrant shared spaces and simply designed rooms. While away an afternoon in the swimming pool, accompanied by lake views, then dry off on the deck. In the evening, stay in for dinner under the A-frame tented dining room, where you can munch on Guatemalan classics and comfort food such as pasta or burgers.

Mandala’s Hostal

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Mandala’s Hostal
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Looking down at the lake from an elevated position, Mandala’s Hostal in San Pedro is a great accommodation option. Depending on your budget, book into a dorm or private room, complete with lake and volcanic vistas; all are cozy and have a homey feel. The terrace, complete with hammocks, is a lovely spot for a siesta. It doesn’t have a pool but is within walking distance of the lake.

Hostel Del Lago

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Hostel Del Lago
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In the village of San Marco, the ecofriendly Hostel Del Lago sits alongside the lake, and those who practice yoga will adore the waterside yoga platform. It also houses a Spanish-language school and a wellness center offering holistic treatments and workshops. The family-run hostel has an overall rustic, hippie feel, with the doubles and dorms being simply decorated with feature walls and Guatemalan bed throws.

Mr Mullet’s

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Mr Mullet’s Hostel
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San Pedro is the biggest party town on Lake Atitlán, and Mr Mullet’s is at the heart of all the action. Sitting on the main drag, a stone’s throw from the lake, this hostel houses one of the best bars in town and throws themed parties every weekend. Dorms house between four and eight people, and there are also private rooms. A breakfast buffet is included.

This is an updated version of an article originally written by Patrick Foot.

These recommendations were updated on May 4, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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