There are so many great Lake Atitlan hotels that it can be nearly impossible to decide where to stay. Sometimes it is easier if you study all the different villages first to choose one that fits your plans and travel style. From there, you can dig deeper into the best hotels in each location to pick the best one for you.
Whenever someone we know decides to pay a visit to glorious Lake Atitlán, usually knowing only about the Mayan culture and impressive volcanic scenery, the first piece of advice they want is where to stay. The answer is never clear-cut as there are many good choices, but luckily all the villages have their own unique identities, advantages and disadvantages, so everyone will be able to pick the one that will be the best for them to use as their base.
To help with this process we have put together a breakdown of the various different Lake Atitlan towns and villages, along with details on all the best Lake Atitlan hotels.
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The Best Lake Atitlan Hotels in Each Village
Of course, not all Lake Atitlan hotels are created equal. Some are luxurious, some have amazing views, some have a fun and communal atmosphere, some specialize in group retreats. In this guide we have tried to describe the best choices in each village to help you make the best choice.
San Pedro la Laguna
This is the most popular Lake Atitlan village, and is justifiably considered backpacker central. There are many restaurants, most of which double as bars, plus there are numerous more places that may serve food under duress but are mainly dedicated to catering to all the day-time alcoholics wandering the streets.
Both the hotels and restaurants tend to be cheaper in San Pedro thanks to all the competition as well as a reasonable understanding of their main clientele, and it is also the place to be if you like to socialize and stay busy. Movies, Spanish classes, sports, poker tourneys, weekly BBQs, trivia nights, the fascinating deterioration of elderly expats – there is no reason to ever be bored staying in San Pedro.
Stay in San Pedro if you are looking for nightlife and a wide range of accommodation choices.
Best San Pedro la Laguna Hotels
Sababa Resort Atitlan
Sababa Resort Atitlan is one of the better high-end Lake Atitlan hotels with a bar, pool and palapas with amazing views over the water. Everything is very picturesque and perfect for those Instagram photos.
It is just far enough toward the edge of town to be quiet but still be close to everything. You can enjoy your excellent included breakfast at a table by the pool with views of the lake or in the restaurant if you prefer some shade.
Each of the rooms are situated to take advantage of the views and have relaxing sitting spots.
But be aware that you have to pay in cash so plan ahead.
Mikaso Hotel has a mix of private rooms and dorms with views over Lake Atitlan so you can choose the price range that works best for you.
It has its own restaurant on the top floor and is very close to a wide range of other restaurants as well.
It is on a less busy part of the lake so will be quieter than many other San Pedro hotels.
Hospedaje Lolita is an economical option with private bathrooms, a view from the roof and a shared kitchen and lounge.
Relax in one of the hammocks when taking a break from seeing the town.
San Juan la Laguna
In our opinion, San Juan is the nicest village on the lake. While increasingly popular with day-trippers and tour groups, not many tourists stay here. It stands out from the crowd in its neat and orderly cleanliness, and is the best place on the lake, other than maybe Santiago, to shop for arts and handicrafts.
There are guides at the boat dock who will be happy to show you around. It has a dynamic atmosphere, impressive street art and one of the better viewpoints on the lake. It is also close to San Pedro, only a short 5 minute tuk tuk or boat ride away, so you can easily hit up the restaurants and nightlife and come back to rest and relax.
Stay in San Juan if you are looking for a quiet Mayan village once all the daytrippers have gone home.
Best San Juan la Laguna Hotels
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan
Just out of town off the road to San Pedro (or a short boat ride), Hotel Uxlabil has nice, clean rooms with wifi and spectacular lake views.
It is also one of the only Lake Atitlan hotels that has a flat grassy area along the shore.
We really like the hangout areas, the temascal and small pool.
Hotel Mayachik is another good choice with lush grounds, nice rooms with private bathrooms and a quiet location back away from the main part of town.
San Marcos la Laguna
San Marcos is renowned among people who love yoga, holistic medicine, massage, spiritual gatherings, meditation, enlightenment training, and group bongo sessions. The overall vibe of San Marcos remains very friendly and welcoming, with people of all spiritual and hygienic persuasions co-existing comfortably.
There are a bevy of impossibly friendly vegetable vendors, coffee shops and even a few all-purpose little grocery shops where you can pick up most of the main staples. The views from this side of the lake are excellent, you can rent kayaks and paddle boards, there is a plethora of yoga studios (people like La Paz, Yoga Forest and Eagle’s Nest up the hill). There is even a designated swimming area with some jumping platforms.
Stay at San Marcos if you are looking for yoga and more esoteric pursuits.
Best San Marcos la Laguna Hotels
Lush Atitlan probably has the most comfortable suites in town, very close to the lake. It has a great restaurant and you can definitely tell where its name comes from with all the green vegetation on the property.
Lush is to the side of the village so tends to be quieter than many of the San Marcos hotels.
If you are looking for a yoga stay, Eagle’s Nest is a great choice. It is high above the village and boasts some truly stunning views.
This means that you have a bit of a trek to get there but you can take a tuk-tuk most of the way and have just a 2-minute walk left on a narrow path. It is all-inclusive which means your meals and yoga are included in the price.
El Dragon has an impressive location right on the waterfront.
If you are looking for easy access to the water as well as great terraces, docks and platforms for lounging, this is the place for you. It has a variety of rooms in different price ranges so most people will find something that will fit their budget.
We have found that the restaurant can be quite slow but there are plenty of choices within easy walking distance.
La Paz Eco-Hotel
If you are looking for a budget option La Paz Eco-Hotel is a great choice.
We also always recommend people should stay at Pasajcap Rentals (if there is any availability). It is a 15-minute walk from the centre of San Marcos. Its is obviously our favourite as we have been coming back to it for over 10 years but it can be difficult to get a spot.
The small village of Tzununa is actually just about as close to our apartment at Pasajcap Rentals as San Marcos. Only a few years ago there was almost no gringo presence outside of one terrific hill-top restaurant (Bambu) and one small hotel.
Now it seems like a new project opens up every few months with new yoga centres, permaculture farms and classes, and ecstatic dancing, although it is still light years away from being compared to any of the big stops.
Stay in Tzununa if you want to get away from the crowds and learn something new.
Best Tzununa Hotels
El Picnic Atitlan
For a unique stay in Tzununá, check out El Picnic Atitlan. Tranquil, off-the-beaten path glamping with amazing views of the lake and volcanoes. Each tent has a balcony and private bathroom.
And if glamping isn’t really up your alley you can book the “luxury tent”, which is basically a room partially open to both the views and elements. Be aware that the views come at the cost of climbing quite a few stairs to reach your room.
On the bright side, there is also a restaurant on site and even a giant screen to enjoy nightly movies with the lake and volcanoes in the background.
Cabanas de Tzununá
Conveniently located in the middle of the village, the options at Cabanas de Tzununá range from double rooms to bungalows. There are relaxing gardens and lake access, including a private swimming dock. Just be aware that the hotel can be a bit hard to find and the local neighborhood can get a little noisy at times.
Maya Moon Lodge
In addition to its superb restaurant, Maya Moon Lodge has 4 cabanas with views of the lake, ranging from small ones for 1-2 people and larger ones for 1-4 people. One unit even has a kitchenette if you want to cook some of your own meals, although that one is directly above the restaurant and can be noisy. In general, there can be a bit of a party atmosphere at times.
Each cabana has a balcony or veranda and a private bathroom. Maya Moon also has tubes and a kayak for guests to use and a private dock where you can easily catch boats to explore surrounding villages. And if you’re really lucky you might see a dishevelled British man dragging himself from the water at the end of a long swim.
Lomas de Tzununá
Lomas de Tzununá is known for having some of the best views of any Lake Atitlan hotels, which is why it made our list of Things to Do in Tzununa as the best place to enjoy a scenic drink.
However, Lomas also offers a variety of rooms that take full advantage of those views, as well as a pool to cool off in. They also have a traditional temascal and host many specialized retreats. If you are looking to plan a group trip it is worth checking in with them to see if they can accommodate you.
It’s a serious climb to get up to Lomas de Tzununá but you can also take a tuk-tuk from the Tzununá dock. They also have kayaks for guests to use.
Quiet, peaceful Jaibalito has a lot of similarities to Santa Cruz, but is even smaller and has literally no road access. Its bay isn’t as charming as the one at Santa Cruz but is a good place to really feel away from the tourist crowds.
Stay in Jaibalito if you are looking to get away from it all.
Best Jaibalito Hotels
Hotel Casa Del Mundo
We have been recommending Casa del Mundo to visitors for years as one of the best Lake Atitlan hotels. Located just outside of Jaibalito and perched on the side of the caldera, Casa del Mundo has spectacular views from its stone terraces and many of the rooms.
The terraces are a great place for jumping into the lake or simply relaxing. They have free kayaks for guests and a convenient private dock that makes it easy to catch public lanchas as they pass by.
There are rooms with either shared or private bathrooms, as well as a restaurant and bar. This isn’t the place to be if you’re looking for nightlife (the boats stop running around sunset) but it is an outstanding choice if you simply want to relax and soak up the scenery. Just be prepared to climb a serious set of stairs from the water…
Hans offers dorms and simple private rooms in a hostel atmosphere (but definitely not a party hotel feel). Prices are excellent, especially for long-term stays. Plus, the restaurant provides tasty, filling and great value food.
Santa Cruz la Laguna
The pretty little village of Santa Cruz half-way between Pana and San Marcos is usually only accessed by boat (there is a small road that comes in from the top of the crater but it is inconvenient and rarely used). The views from its picturesque bay are among the best on the entire lake, with unobscured looks at all three volcanoes looming on the far side (San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán).
While the bulk of the town is farther up the hill, almost all the buildings along the lake are owned by long-term expats who went looking for someplace beautiful, quiet and secluded, and found it in spades in Santa Cruz.
Keep in mind there are only a couple of restaurants and you will need to take a boat to get anywhere or see anything.
Stay in Santa Cruz if you are looking for a tranquil, relaxed holiday with phenomenal views.
Best Santa Cruz la Laguna Hotels
Atitlan Sunset Lodge
The Atitlan Sunset Lodge is one of the best Lake Atitlan hotels and is perfect for people who want to get away from it all and relax. There are stunning views from the rooms as well as the hot tub, outdoor lounge and restaurant. All of the common areas are very well done and have an Instagram-worthy feel. Overall, it is excellent value for money. There are free paddleboards and kayaks, as well as Saturday saunas. You can also reserve a private sauna.
The only downside is the 15-minute walk to the Santa Cruz la Laguna dock, although the walk is along the lakeshore and does have views every step of the way. Be sure you have some type of light if you’re doing the walk at night as it is uneven and poorly lit in places.
If you decide not to risk the dark walk, Atitlan Sunset Lodge has an excellent restaurant on site so you won’t mind eating dinner there as you watch the sun go down. There is also a private dock where you can get public boats to all the other villages as you explore the lake.
La Iguana Perdida
If you are looking for a Santa Cruz la Laguna hostel, La Iguana Perdida is the one to choose. It is one of the first things you see as you approach the village by boat due to its central location near the public dock. The accommodations range from dorms to private double rooms to suites with a balcony and lake view.
It also has a wonderful communal feel so if you are looking to meet new people this is a great choice. The restaurant and hang out areas are excellent and you can check out the bulletin board for information on what is happening in the village.
Hotel Arca de Noe
Arca de Noe is conveniently located right next to the main dock (across the road from Iguana Perdida) and they also run the local Spanish school. When staying at Hotel Arca de Noe, try to get the waterfront bungalows with a hammock for relaxing and two comfy chairs to sit back and watch the boats go by.
There are also more economical rooms with shared bathroom.
Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
The Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve is located on its own nature reserve right next to Atitlan Sunset Lodge. It is one of the most expensive hotels on Lake Atitlán with an outdoor pool, spa, hot tub, award-winning restaurant and even a gym. Each room has a private deck or terrace perfectly set up to enjoy the sunset with views of all three volcanoes.
Laguna Lodge is not necessarily the best value for money but if you want to splash out this is a great place to do it.
The original tourist destination on Lake Atitlán, Panajachel has been a favourite of erstwhile foreign expats for decades now and is one of the largest towns on Lake Atitlan. “Pana” offers by far the most recognizable version of city life to be had in the area, with a large variety of hotels, restaurants and long-term rentals similar to San Pedro, but also a much larger local market, several actual grocery stores and more banking options.
There was a time when almost all tourists spent time in Pana when visiting Atitlán, but now the increased options and infrastructure have spread the tourist trade out around the lake. However, it still seems to be the optimal choice for those who want to see the sights and enjoy the views but aren’t particularly interested in the rural, or optimistically-described “quaint”, simplicity of most of the other towns.
Stay in Panajachel if you want a convenient base and plan to visit rest of the lake on day trips.
Best Panajachel Hotels
Hotel Utz Jay
Hotel Utz Jay has a pretty garden with fruit trees and, perhaps more importantly, a hot tub and a Mayan-style sauna – that is over 20 years old. It is only half a block from Calle Santander and a couple blocks to the lakeshore so it is very conveniently located but it is surprisingly quiet.
It is the only hotel in Panajachel that has received a eco award from Europe due to the fact that it treats its own grey water, uses solar power for heating water, recycles rain water and is one of the only places that recycles plastic, paper and tins. It also has secure parking for those with a vehicle.
Villas Jucanya Super Higienizadas
If you are travelling as a family or in a group one of these three-bedroom villas would be perfect with a full kitchen, beautiful views and well-kept gardens. Close to the main parts of Pana but still quiet.
Porta Hotel del Lago
An oasis in Pana, the Porto Hotel del Lago is on the lakeshore so the rooms have stunning views of the lake, volcanoes and pool area. You’ll also enjoy the terrace, gym, natural sulfured cold tub and sauna. With 2 restaurants and a bar you are spoiled for choice.
Hotel Villas Balam Ya
If you want to stay a little out of town, Balam Ya is a great choice. It’s a short tuk-tuk ride from Pana towards Santa Catarina Palopo. Each villa has views of the lake from the balcony. It also has a private dock, free kayaks, a hot tub and included breakfast.
Santa Catarina Palopo
Santa Catarina is possibly the most beautiful village on Lake Atitlan. It is a great place to wander among the hundreds of brightly painted buildings featuring traditional patterns and symbols.
It also has several of the most luxurious Lake Atitlan hotels.
Stay in Santa Catarina Palopo if you want maximum comfort in a quiet village.
Best Santa Catarina Palopo Hotels
Villa Santa Catarina
The best value option in Santa Catarina Palopó, this pretty yellow hotel has an extremely convenient location right next to the dock, just a short walk up to the Central Plaza.
With lovely gardens, phenomenal views and a refreshing pool, it’s a popular choice.
Tzampoc Resort Atitlan
More expensive than Villa Santa Catarina but still outstanding value, Tzampoc Resort Atitlan is located just east pf Santa Catarina Palopó and also features great lake views and swimming pool, but adds in a sauna, jacuzzi and spa. The villas come in a variety of sizes and classifications, although whichever one you choose you can expect the perfect blend of modern comfort and traditional style.
Hotel Casa Palopó
For maximum luxury in one of the best Lake Atitlan hotels, check out the extraordinary Casa Palopo, featuring everything you’d expect from a high-end hotel along with the classic (but always exciting) Lake Atitlán views. The grounds are immaculate, every room has a balcony to take maximum advantage of the scenery and the restaurant is considered one of the best on the lake.
San Antonio Palopo
San Antonio is a small village that is known for its weaving and distinctive blue, green and white pottery. You can take a tour and learn how each piece is made by hand.
Most people visit on a day trip from Panajachel but if you want to experience a different side of Lake Atitlan consider staying overnight. San Antonio Palopó is much quieter and offers a much slower pace of life than busier tourist centres like Panajachel or San Pedro.
Stay in San Antonio Palopo if you want to experience a truly local village.
Best San Antonio Palopo Hotels
Hotel Nuestro Sueño
Most of the cozy rooms at Hotel Nuestro Sueno have amazing views of the lake, especially for enjoying the sunset. The hotel has a sauna, steam room and free kayaks available, as well as a convenient location near the docks and lake. Enjoy the in-room fireplaces if you get a bit chilly in evenings and there is a restaurant on-site. This is one of the better midrange options on Lake Atitlán.
Hotel Terrazas Del Lago
Another option with great views of the lake, Hotel Terrazas del Lago has direct access to the lake from their private beach area. All the rooms have a kitchenette but there is also a restaurant if you don’t want to make your own food. At the very least, have a drink on the terrace and enjoy the view.
San Lucas Toliman
San Lucas Toliman is probably the least known town on the lake but it has the oldest church, the only tile mosaics and almost no other tourists.
Stay in San Lucas Toliman if you want to get completely off the beaten path.
Best San Lucas Toliman Hotels
Hotel Toliman is definitely one of the best Lake Atitlan hotels and is the place to stay when visiting San Lucas. It has a variety of rooms that will fit most budgets and the grounds are where it really shines.
There are extensive gardens, a picturesque pool and views of the lake. They also offer a variety of services including massages, tours and kayaks.
Santiago Atitlan is the largest town on the lake, tucked into the valley between the three volcanoes, limiting the scope of the views but providing a very unique perspective. For all its size and burgeoning crafts industry, there really aren’t that many choices catering to tourists and tends to be more popular with day-trippers or those on long-term volunteer projects.
Worth a look, but as a base it can be an inconveniently long boat ride from most of the more popular locations.
Stay in Santiago Atitlan if you want a traditional Mayan town and don’t feel the need to explore the entire lake.
Best Santiago Atitlan Hotels
Hotel Los Olivos Santiago Atitlan
Though a bit outside of Santiago Atitlan, Hotel Los Olivos Santiago Atitlan is one of the best places to stay. This is where you go when you want peace and quiet that is only a short tuk-tuk ride to all the best things to do and see. You can enjoy the lake views from the pool and garden and there is a good restaurant on site for those times you don’t want to head to town.
Hotel Tiosh Abaj
Hotel Tiosh Abaj Atitlan is within Santiago Atitlan but enough to the side to be relatively quiet and peaceful. The large gardens and pool with views of the volcanoes are perfect for relaxing and recharging.
Try out the temescal (traditional sauna) and jump right into the lake to cool off.
There are a restaurant and bar on-site near the pool. Most rooms have garden views though some on the fourth floor have lake views.
Casa Josefa Hotel
If you want to be in the midst of it all, economical Casa Josefa Hotel is a great choice. Only a couple blocks from the docks it is very centrally located. It has beautiful gardens, a small pool and a community kitchen. As it is in the centre of town there is some busy street noise but it tends to quiet down after 10pm (although you may still hear the occasional rooster or dog).
Other Lake Atitlan Villages
There are a few other villages, but they are so low on the tourist radar that I don’t really know anyone who has stayed in them and none of them boast any of the top Lake Atitlan hotels.
San Pablo la Laguna is only 10 minutes by tuk-tuk from San Marcos but has little to no tourist facilities, just one gringo-owned pizza place and a penchant for throwing a festival of fireworks and public drunkenness every week or two (or so it seems, anyway).
Santa Clara la Laguna isn’t technically even on the lake, sitting way up the hill from San Pablo. It is perched on the lip of the crater rim at close to 3,000 metres above sea level (twice as high as the surface of the lake) and is the starting/ending point for a number of scenic hikes but doesn’t have much in the way of tourist facilities.
Finally, Cerro de Oro (Hill of Gold) is a small town on the south side of the lake near Santiago Atitlan that is mostly frequented by people from Guatemala City who keep second homes there.
Best Hotels on Lake Atitlan – Summary
As you have probably noticed, there are a LOT of excellent Lake Atitlan hotels worth checking out. The trick is to find the best hotel in the location that suits your needs best. Since every Lake Atitlan village has its own unique character and personality, that decision will affect your visit every bit as much as which hotel you choose.
The great part, though, is that you probably can’t go wrong with any of these terrific Lake Atitlan hotels. Enjoy your visit!
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