San Pedro is full of good cheap accomodations. Only Panajachel offers more choices, but no place has cheaper options than San Pedro. Finding a room from 15-20 Q is normal here (that's under 3 bucks US!). I noticed a few places right by the main dock and Nick's Place.
The Casa Elena is just down the road to the left of Nick's and has 6 rooms. The upper rooms have views over the lake and hammocks and you can't beat the price at only around 15 Q per night.
The Hotel Valle Azul is also near Nick's Place and has similar prices and simple, basic clean accommodations for under 20 Q. It's a popular place for backpackers and travelers and is conveniently located next to the local drinking holes.
This hostel is not close to the water as many other hostels, but it is located a little outside the center. To get here from the pier and the boat from Panajachel, you have to walk on small trails passing local small houses and small gardens and fields, where the main crop is corn.
I liked that walk very much, and that was part of the reason why I wanted to stay here at this hostel.
The hostel is a few hundred meters from the shore, where the boat to Santiago Atitlan leaves.
I payed 12 Q for a double room (year 2001 prices), but single rooms were even cheaper.
The rooms at this hostels are very basic and so are the shared bathrooms and toilets. I didn't spend much time in my room, so I didn't care much about that anyway.
I spend some time in the nice garden, where I relaxed in a hammock and just talked to fellow travellers. Once in a while some of the local women showed up to sell food. That was great. One day one of them had baked some bananacakes, and they were still warm. That tasted so great and it was a good idea to come here and sell them. They also sold avocadoes and fruit.
The hostel had a restaurant with the same name across the road, but I never got around to eat here.
Close to the hostel an american woman had a little shop where she sold homemade and fresh bread. That was a great breakfast or a nice lunch with a ripe avocado on top.
There are many places to choose from on san pedro. We paid 3 usd for this great view, hot water and 2 double beds with bad pillows.
Its one of the cheapest hostals in San Pedro. It has got the nicierst garden, hamocks, its the best backpackers meeting place, secure and 24 hours open. Here u can stay for little less than two dollars.
top is: - the price, the garden and the cooking possibility.
no so fantastic is the schared shower and the toilets
We arrived in the afternoon and immediately at the docks in San Pedro, a couple of local drunks started molesting us and following us while we were looking for a place to stay. We checked the fanciest hotel along the way - the price was US$16 for 2!!! Later on accidentaly we ran into great hotel where we decided to stay for 3 more nights.
Hotel is located right between the center and the docks. Our room was on the first floor, we had bathroom and 2 beds inside, and a couple of hammocks in front of the room. It was very clean and the host lady was awesome. Price was funny - US $5.50 for 2...:-)
I spent over a week here. It fronts onto the waters of Lake Atitlan and most of the rooms face the water. The gardens are neat and strewn with hammocks and loungers. The hotel has a few "kayaks" (moulded plastic on which you sit - not the Canadian version with a cockpit and spray skirt).
The hotel has free wi-fi but the connection is tenuous during the day. Early morning offers the most reliability but there are far better connections available elsewhere.
On the plus side:
- cheap beer
- very friendly folk
- hot water from solar power. Fabulous to finally have hot water at a reasonable water pressure!
- very pretty view of the sunrise and moonrise over the lake.
- lots of ducks in the reeds for the birdwatchers...
I stayed at Casa Emmanuel and had my own room.
My iPod and digital camera were hidden in my backpack when I went out to dinner.
The door was locked, it automatically locks when you close the door.
Several people that work at Casa Emmanuel have keys to the rooms, including the owner's teenage son.
When I returned to my room, my iPod and camera were gone.
This hotel costs about two dollars a night less than most other hotels in San Pedro, but when items get stolen from your room, it ends up being much more expensive.
May the person who did this have Karma catch up with him.
San Pedro has the cheapest accomodation in the country, and some of them are just awesome! This hotel is right in front of the lake shore... try to get a room in the third floor, the views laying in those hammocks are unbelievable!!
It also has a kitchen in the roof, by the way ... the view from the roof is even better! The bathrooms are always shared, the whole place is quite clean ... especially considering you pay only Q$ 20 (less than USD 3!!!).
This very clean hotel is run by local people. Very friendly staff! Really recommended! No breakfast but a cheapie!
They have rooms with window and balcony facing the Lake of Atitlan, it's a very beautiful spot.
I was staying there more than two months! It´s a nice quiet place with the privacy I was looking for. There are just 3 basic rooms, all with private bathrooms (hot water in shower all the day) and a nice courtyards in front of it. For short stays the price is calculated with breakfast (served in the small Café above). For the price - 9 USD/person/night - it´s a really good deal!
Privacy and quietness!
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