Hotels for a few nights in San Pedro La Laguna
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Sep 13, 2013 12:07 PM Last Post By: ste486435
Sep 2, 2013 2:07 PM
Hotels for a few nights in San Pedro La LagunaHello. I'm looking for a decent-to-pretty-decent hotel in San Pedro on Lake Atitlan in December. I will be traveling through and I plan on taking Spanish classes -- but until I figure out my homestay situation, we'll want a nice place to stay that isn't too expensive. Any suggestions, recommendations, or links to other threads discussing this topic would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
Edited by: barefoot54
Sep 2, 2013 2:41 PM
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Sep 2, 2013 6:33 PM
4There are great, cheap hotels all along the main road near the Pana dock. Not sure if a reservation is necessary for December...in July you had to ask around a bit but there were still plenty of rooms in hotels that don't take online reservations. I can personally recommend Hotel del Lago and Hotel San Antonio... both very clean with nice ladies who take care of the place. San Pedro is very cheap and a lot of fun, have a great time.
Sep 2, 2013 6:34 PM
Sep 2, 2013 8:17 PM
6Nahual Maya is a great, clean, no-frills place for low-budget travelers. Mikaso costs several times more but is still reasonably priced and isn't a bad option either. There are some in the area of Nahual Maya which have a bit more of an association with drugs and parties which you'll prob want to avoid.
Sep 2, 2013 8:37 PM
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Sep 3, 2013 8:09 AM
10No, it's definitely the same place #8... one of my standbys over they years. I'm a bit quicker to call a spot "no frills" though it does have the frill of the great view and for San Pedro I guess it's "mid-range" indeed. Pretty sure it even has TV's if I recall...
I wouldn't call it an "entire neighborhood" and definitely not tarnishing as this element has been a known quantity in the town for a while, but yes, the sketchy places I'm talking about are (if I remember correctly) Santa Elena and a few of those hotels right along the water... in fact, some of the problems were related to me by the fed-up manager at Nahual. Hopefully things have changed since I've been there, almost 2 years ago, but there had just been some issues at that time in that immediate area – a drug-related death and frequent thefts. This compared, for example, the stretch with Sackari and Buddha Bar, which always seemed more secure IMO.
I'd never suggest staying away from San Pedro for that reason, but it's worth avoiding some of the ultra-cheap places and party hotels if that's not what floats your lancha. Then again, San Juan IS highly recommended and you can get nice places for a similar price right in the center, with more cultural immersion and without any of SP's foreign party scene, but still just a few minutes tuk-tuk ride away.
Anyway, Sackari, Mikaso, Nahual... or anywhere in San Juan. Can't go wrong with those options.
Sep 4, 2013 9:52 AM
11These are all really helpful. Thanks so much for the suggestions!. In terms of safety, I've heard there are certain areas to avoid. Any in particular come to mind around the lake? I'll be travelling alone but being a New Yorker I instinctively have enough street smarts to avoid dark alleys and sketchy looking hotels.
I have seen other posts regarding safety that are downright scary! But nonetheless common sense is what I'm relying on...
Sep 4, 2013 9:59 AM
12The problems that have been reported generally happen at night and involve a lot of alcohol... typical NY street smarts and awareness of who is approaching you will do fine. There are a few places which are obviously dark and isolated where you prob won't want to hang at night. Some of the tuk tuk drivers are a lot "worldier" and tout-ier than others due to the steady stream of stoned and gullible gringos passing through their city, but they're generally a community and in general the overall community works to keep out gang members and other unpleasant influences. The hotels which are known for issues at are generally just what you described... sketchy-looking hotels (just in a gorgeous setting).
There is a stretch of road between San Pedro and Santiago which is infamous for robberies. I biked it but in general it's not highly recommended; boat service between the two is more fun and faster anyway.
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