Where To Stay Around lake Atitlan: Our Top 10 Picks

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Lake Atitlan is home to some of the most magnificent hotels and hostels in the world. Not only that, but almost every place offers incredible value for your money.

If you need to go cheap, you can find a dorm bed in a lake side hostel for as little as 6$ a night. If you’re on a budget but tired of hostel life, there are plenty of quaint boutique hotels for between 15 and 20$ a night. And if you want high-end luxury, you’ll find magnificent lake front suites and volcano views for as little as 40-60$/night.

Unfortunately, with so many listings, it’s hard to weed out the mediocre and find the unique gems. More, some of the best hotels can’t even be found on major booking websites.

That’s where Atitlan Living comes in.

We’ve put together a list of the best value accommodations for your budget on Lake Atitlan. We’ve also made it more personal and easier to make reservations at local hotels that aren’t even listed on booking websites. Finally, you’ll find special discounts at select hotels exclusive only on AtitlanLiving.com.

*As always, all listings & reviews represent independent insight from our team of researchers.

For Broke Backpackers (6-12$/night)

La Iguana Perdida

One Of The Most Unique Hostels In The World

Daniel-Lopez-Perez_Photography-Hotel-Lake-Atitlan-381-1000x450Price: Dorm bed: 6$ / night

Location: Santa Cruz

The Pros: Unique dorms, privates and luxury rooms nestled in the jungle, restaurant just steps from the waters edge, awesome health conscious food and smoothies,  full diving courses, lush gardens.

The Cons: no wifi, restaurant a little expensive, no other food options near by, feels like camping in some dorms

Read the full review of La Iguana Perdida

Check Availability & Reserve On Hostel World

Hostal Del Lago

Yogalicious, Areal Silk & Fire Dancing, Hippie Heaven
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Price: 5-8$ / night

Location: San Marcos

The Pros: Yoga deck over lake, camping available, health conscious restaurant, 5 minutes to San Marcos, great spiritually inclined backpacker crowd, pingpong table at Dragon hotel next door

The Cons: basic dorms, a bit grungy, no wifi, no online reservation

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Pool Parties, Hummus & Happy Hours
filename-p1050851-jpg-1Price:  12-16$ / night

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

The Pros: heated lake side pool, awesome ambiance, authentic Israeli/Mediteranean food,  decent wifi, huge “Zoola” (awning) hangout space, close to everything cool in San Pedro.

The Cons: Small cave like dorm rooms, feels like a private Israeli club at times, loud, mediocre wifi, no advanced reservation.

*Unlisted. Reservation on arrival.

For Budget Travelers (20-40$/night)

Playa Linda

Comfortable Local Vibes & Volcano views In Panajachel

DSC00761Price:  40$ / night

Location: Panajachel

The Pros: Lake view rooms, huge windows, big beds, local feel, fire place, small pool, across from the lake, in the heart of local Panajachel, near Calle Santander.

The Cons: Can be noisy on weekends, only the owner Francisco speaks limited English, the pool isn’t very inviting

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Hotel Mikaso

Affordable luxury for all travelers

hotel in san pedro la laguna called hotel mikasoPrice: 27-33$ / night

Location: San Pedro

The Pros: surrounded on three sides by the lake, incredible sunrise, very clean & comfortable rooms, good wifi hot tub & cold tub with lake view, the best pizza on the lake (try the arucula or 4 cheese), organic salad bar, far enough away from the party scene but not too far, a great mix of young and old guests, piano & music nights on the weekends.

The Cons: hit or miss wifi in dorms and some privates, non English speaking night guard/reception.

Check Availability & Reserve On Agoda

Vulcano Lodge

Off the beaten path garden retreat  


Price: 40$ / night

Location: Jaibalito

Pros: simple comfortable rooms, private porches, working wifi, excellent nachos, high powered showers, flowers and humming birds, traditional Mayan life, eccentric American, German, Israeli, Swedish and Norwegian expats, infinity pool nearby, authentic and cheap German food across the street, writing, hiking, kayaking, living & loving life.

Cons: barking dogs at night, not too much to do but relax, restaurant relatively expensive

Read the full review of Vulcano Lodge.

Check Availability & Reserve On VulcanoLodge.com

For Luxury Travelers

La Casa Del Mundo

Closest thing to a floating castle 

casa del mundo lake atitlanPrice: 40-86$ / night

Location: Jaibalito

Pros: simple comfortable rooms, private balcony, quiet, brilliant breakfast burrito, good restaurant, cliff side views, kayaking, swimming, sun bathing, hiking.

Cons: often pretty full, long flight of stairs to hotel, a bit of a hike to Jaibalito, quite isolated

Check Availability & Reserve On LaCasaDelMundo.com

Hotel Villas B’alam Ya

For private time in quite mountain side apartment

private luxury apartment lake atitlanPrice: 150$ / night

Location: Between Panajachel & Santa Catarina

Pros: large and luxurious, each villa unique, working wifi, cable, full kitchen, unbeatable view

Cons: 20 minute walk to town, no restaurants nearby, a bit overpriced

Check Availability & Reserve On Agoda.com

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

Where luxury meets Maya tradition

8147685Price: 360$ / night

Location: Santa Cruz La Laguna

Pros: rustic yet luxurious rooms, good wifi in public area, relaxing ambiance, excellent restaurant, hot tub, spa, outstanding service, located in a nature reserve

Cons: over priced

Check Availability & Reserve On Agoda.com

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