In San Pedro La Laguna's zona viva, Hsotel Fe has rooms with private bath and cable TV, and a fine view of Indian Nose on the other side of Lake Atitlan. Hostel Fe, formerly called Hotel Fe, also has San Pedro's only lakeside dorm rooms.

One of San Pedro’s true hidden gems is Hospedaje Lolita, an inviting little hideaway on a side street near Colegio Bethel. This is the kind of place where you may wake up one morning and realize you’ve stayed a month longer than you had planned.

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Hospedaje Lolita, a Hostel with Heart

Lola, the owner, is a friendly pedrana who will take care of your every need. She’ll arrange to have your laundry done, help you book a kayak trip or a relaxing on-site pampering session.

The hotel has three stories with a variety of rooms. Rates ranged from around Q35 to Q100 per person in March 2015. Dorms are intimate, with only four beds, which is a welcome change from the institutional format of so many hostel dorms.

Speaking of resting, Hospedaje Lolita is a peaceful, quiet space. This doesn’t mean that you can’t socialize while staying here, but the hotel will appeal more to travelers who want to relax with a book, study Spanish or get some work done than the kind of backpacker who flits from one party hostel to the next. The garden isn’t very big, but it’s filled with greenery and fragrant flowers. There’s plenty of parking space for those who travel by car, motorcycle or bike.

Kitchen for Guests

Wi-Fi is included, and the hotel has well-equipped kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals. Its location halfway between the Zona Viva party area and the more laid-back bars and restaurants of Seventh Avenue makes Hospedaje Lolita a great choice if you want to be close to it all without being in the middle of it all.