7 Coolest Hotels in San Pedro La Laguna

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Hotels in San Pedro La Laguna come in all types, styles, and budgets. In this small Tz’utujil Mayan town of nearly 10,000, you can choose from luxurious hotels and boutique hotels to backpacker hostels and Airbnbs.

But why stay here? San Pedro La Laguna is a popular town to base yourself out of in Lake Atitlán. While in San Pedro, you can do the Indian Nose hike, rent a kayak, ride horses, learn to weave, paint in an art gallery, and more. Actually, here are 15 more things to do in San Pedro La Laguna to add to your bucket list!

So whether you want to retreat to the coffee-covered hills, splurge on a resort, or crash in a party hostel, here are the best places to stay in San Pedro – the main hub for backpackers and adventure travelers exploring Lake Atítlan.

Note: I made a quick pricing key in “$” to give a rough estimate of the price/night of each San Pedro hotel for a standard room ideal for a couple. The final price is subject to change based on availability, seasonality, and currency fluctuations. (“$” = <$50, “$$” = $50-100, “$$$” = $150-200, “$$$$” = $200+).

Best Hotels to Stay At in San Pedro La Laguna

1. Sababa Resort

© Sababa Resort

  • Price: $$$ private rooms, $ dorm beds
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Location: 5-minute walk from the main dock
  • Amenities: Outdoor pool, hammocks, loungers, queen beds, yoga, wifi, breakfast included

Sababa Resort is perhaps the most popular hotel in San Pedro La Laguna. It seems that every local and traveling backpacker knows of it (and its sister restaurant just called Sababa).

You can spot the Sababa Resort on the western shores of San Pedro, tucked seamlessly into the hill behind it that separates the town from neighboring San Juan La Laguna. Here, you have an incredible panoramic view of Lake Atitlan and the bustling strip of San Pedro. Watch as boats come in and out from the dock, or walk to your favorite restaurant or cafe just 5 minutes away.

I would argue that the Sababa Resort is the most aesthetic of the hotels in San Pedro, too. With its unique and inviting pool in which there is an Instagrammable swing and lounger, coupled with its natural boho-style decor and furnishings, it has become a popular hotel and a memorable place to stay.

In addition to the pool, there are double hammocks down by the lakeshore, guided morning yoga sessions, and minimal and earthy dorm rooms for around $26/night. Not to mention breakfast is included!

The Sababa Resort has something to accommodate all budgets and types of travel. So whether you’re a couple on a romantic getaway or a backpacker on a shoe-string budget, you will find everything you need right here.

Check availability for Sababa Resort on Booking.com

2. Casa Lobo Bungalows

pool with deck overlooking lake atitlan at casa lobo bungalows

outdoor terrace of hotel casa lobo bungalows in san pedro la laguna© Casa Lobo Bungalows

  • Price: $$
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Location: 6 Avenida, Callejon B, Zona 3 Barrio Pamez (Camino a la Finca)
  • Amenities: pool, fruit garden, sauna, smart TVs, wifi, king/queen beds, hammocks

Casa Lobo is an eco-art boutique hotel with three luxurious bungalows set amid a jungly garden on the outskirts of San Pedro La Laguna. Thanks to its location it is an ideal place to retreat to during your stay in San Pedro. Plus, it has an inviting outdoor pool that provides unhampered views of Lake Atitlán and the Volcán Tolimán and its little cone of Cerro del Oro.

The bungalows and fully-equipped apartment are all handpainted by a local artist, decorated with colonial-style furnishings, with king/queen beds, sofas, and TVs (for rainy days). There is also a sauna, hammocks, and a view of the lush fruit garden to enjoy from your private balcony.

If you want to stay in San Pedro that is within walking distance to town, but that’s also far enough away from the hustle and bustle to benefit from the sounds of nature, then consider booking your stay at Casa Lobo. Note: There is a two-night minimum stay required.

Check prices and availability for Casa Lobo on Booking.com

3. Santa María del Lago

living room inside santa maria del lago hotel in san pedro la laguna

outdoor garden at lakefront hotel in san pedro la laguna© Santa Maria del Lago

  • Price: $
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
  • Location: Camino a la Finca
  • Amenities: Lake access, wifi, breakfast included, terrace, shared common area

Santa María del Lago is a cozy and beautiful hotel set right on the lakeshore of Lake Atitlan, just 10-minutes from downtown San Pedro by tuk-tuk (or 15-20 minutes walking). If you are looking for a secluded place to stay on a budget, this is it. You can have a private, spacious room with large windows peering out to the lake for less than $50/night (with breakfast included).

In terms of comfort, you won’t be longing for much. With full beds, wifi, private bathrooms, and access to the common space, private terrace, and private grassy lawn and shoreline, you will have all that you need. There is no pool on-site, but as mentioned, you have direct access to the lake which is perfect for sunrise yoga, kayak, or SUP sessions.

Considering its quiet location just outside of town and affordable prices, Santa María del Lago is an easy choice for where to stay in San Pedro with family or kids.

Reserve your room at Santa María del Lago on Booking.com

4. Zoola

outdoor restaurant at Zoola hotel in San Pedro La Laguna© Zoola

  • Price: $ – $$
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
  • Location: Downtown near Tzunun’Ya museum
  • Amenities: pool, bar, garden, on-site restaurant, breakfast included (for private rooms)

If you’re looking for a unique place to stay, or are on the hunt for your typical party-backpacker hostel, then check out Zoola. Not only is Zoola an affordable place to stay in San Pedro, but it also doubles as a funky restaurant and bar. It is located in the heart of San Pedro nearby all the tiny backstreets and just opposite the cultural center of Tzunun’Ya.

The hostel has three sections spread out across a large property. First is the large colorful outdoor restaurant, equipped with floor cushions and cozy lantern lights. Further back of the large garden lies the hotel rooms. You can choose between private bedrooms with full or queen-sized beds and private bathrooms or a 6-bed dormitory with a shared bathroom. Finally, at the very back of the property sits a funky open-air bar that leads to a small outdoor pool, faux lawn, and wooden porch that looks out over Lake Atitlan with an “I heart San Pedro” sign.

If you’ve arrived in San Pedro La Laguna as a backpacker traveling Central America, you’ll find your crowd here. Zoola doesn’t promise to be anything it’s not, which is half the attraction to it.

Check dates for Zoola on Booking.com

5. AmiGos

balcony of amigos hotel in san pedro la laguna

colorful rooftop dining area at amigos hotel in san pedro© AmiGos Hotel

  • Price: $
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
  • Location: San Pedro’s main ave, near the Pana dock
  • Amenities: Lake views, private balconies, hammocks, king beds (private rooms), dorms, good wifi

AmiGos is one of the best hotels in San Pedro La Laguna as it puts you close to everything on foot (it’s also one of the cheapest places to stay too). It is located right in the heart of the main avenue, where all the restaurants, bars, and cafes congregate just off the town’s main boat dock.

The rooms at AmiGos are fully equipped with everything you may need for your stay. Even the dormitories are kept clean and have terraces that give way to lake views. If you request a room on the top floor, you’ll have one of the best views of this side of Lake Atitlan.

Breakfast is also included for some of the rooms (not the dorms, though). In any case, Amigos in San sits just above a handful of some of the best cafes in town so you could easily step out for a bite.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly hotel in San Pedro La Laguna, it’s likely you won’t find a better price/value than at AmiGos. Our friends stayed on the top floor for a week and said it was just what they needed.

Check availability for AmiGos on Booking.com

6. Mikaso Hotel

view of mikaso hotel in san pedro la laguna© Mikaso Hotel

  • Price: $
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
  • Location: East of town, 4 Callejon, Zona 2
  • Amenities: Sun terrace, fiber optic wifi, billiards (pool table), private terrace

Mikaso Hotel in San Pedro receives travelers from all over the world in search of rest and relaxation on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The hotel located right on the outskirts of town, far enough away from the noise, but close enough for convenience. The main draw to Mikaso is its large pained window that affords you magnificent views of the lake and all three volcanoes (Atitlan, Pedro, and Tolimán).

The rooms at Mikaso Hotel have large, comfy beds (some with lake views), and little seating areas. The property has fiber optic wifi, so it’s ideal for business travelers or digital nomads in need of good internet speed. There is also a shared kitchen in case you want to stay in on a rainy day and cook a meal and a billiards table if you want to play a game of pool.

Since the hotel is perched right on the lakeshore and has a dock, you can organize kayak/SUP tours or even go swimming. Otherwise, the sun terrace with lounge chairs is inviting as well!

Plan your stay at Mikaso Hotel on Booking.com

7. Hotel Casa Don Pedro

outdoor terrace and pool of Casa Don Pedro Hotel in San Pedro© Casa Don Pedro

  • Price: $
  • Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
  • Location: Avenida 7a near the Santiago dock
  • Amenities: Outdoor pool, sun terrace, jacuzzi, sauna, wifi, picnic tables

Casa Don Pedro is another great hotel in San Pedro, this time located not near the Pana dock but the Santiago Atitlán dock. It is fairly basic when it comes to the rooms, but the hotel boasts a bright turquoise pool, an inviting jacuzzi and sauna, and a sun terrace – and all without the price tag!

Just outside the hotel, in the tiny backstreets of San Pedro, you will find a handful of restaurants, bars, and fresh-baked bread made by Jaime. Not to mention there are also heated thermal pools at Los Termales. Nearby is also the Santiago boat dock, ideal for day trips to the Maya town of Santiago Atitlan at the foot of Volcán Tolimán and Volcán Atitlán.

This is a quiet and convenient neighborhood and hotel to base yourself out of while discovering the best of San Pedro La Laguna.

Check room rates for Casa Don Pedro on Booking.com

Final Thoughts

aerial view of San Pedro La Laguna, a Tz'utujil Maya town around Lake Atitlan Guatemala

After living lakeside in San Pedro La Laguna for the past two months (in an apartment down the Finca road), I can say that the best places to stay in San Pedro are going to be those that are:

  1.  nearby the heart of town and,
  2.  offer a bit of peace and quiet from the party scene (unless that’s exactly what you’re here for).

If I had to choose a place to spend a vacation in San Pedro (and had the budget), I’d probably opt for the Sababa Resort, thanks to its unique outdoor pool, hammocks, and proximity to downtown (without being right in the middle of it all).

For a bit of solitude, I’d book with Casa Lobo. And if I wanted to be at the center of it all without spending too much, I’d go with either AmiGos or Zoola.

I hope this hotel guide to San Pedro La Laguna helps plan your stay!

Remember to visit this bustling Tz’utujil Maya town responsibly; book your activities wisely, tip your server well, and be wary of your environmental impact!

If you have any questions about staying in San Pedro or Lake Atitlán (short or long-term), feel free to reach out in the comments below!

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Hi, I’m Bri! I’ve been slow traveling around the world in search of new adventures since 2013. I have lived in 8 countries on 4 continents including Nepal, Mexico, Colombia, and parts of Europe! I created this blog to inspire others to live a life of adventure, seek out meaningful experiences, and to travel slowly and mindfully. Join me on this journey and let’s tick off our bucket lists! Read my story here.

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