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“Great place to stay in San Pedro La Laguna, tricky to find though”
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Zoola
Reviewed March 12, 2011

Stayed here and really enjoyed it. They have a nice pool that they recently built that has seating all the way around it so they have pool partys.

Amazing common room, where everyone sit ons the floor. It's run by a bunch of Israeli people who look like there in there 20's or 30's and they are very mellow. Don't expect much conversation from them (at least they didn't want to socialize with us) but they do a good job of running the place. It's clean, social and the food is amazing. I say this because the other two hostels I stayed at in Guatemala the owners / employees chatted with you and got to know you. Here they just don't seem to care. Not saying any of this in a bad way, some people probably prefer this.

You can access Lake Atitlan from the back of there property, I recommend staying up til sun rise and going for a swim in the middle of the lake. The waters are pretty calm in the morning and it was an awesome experince to be bobbing in Lake Atitlan and seeing the fire red sky emerge from the Volcanos.

Otherwise the hostel has a few bored games, lots of tables and common areas but it can be a bit tricky to find. You have to walk down a small alleyway which at first might appear dodgy but is totally safe. The tourist police helped us find it and we threw a few q's there way. There is laundry service next door.

The only problem is the local vendors do come by the hotel and harrass you to buy local goods and whistles. We got to know them a bit but they are VERY pushy and I'm in IT sales, so it takes A LOT before I say someon is pushy. There pushy. Just be firm in that you don't want anything and be sure to negotiatie since their first price, is certainly not the best price (and not the market price either).

Woman come by with cakes that can be had for 50 american cents. They always came by when I was full but smelt amazing. They arn't pushy.

I left a bit earlier then my friends, and my friends say they saw a scorpian. I didn't personally confirm this but was kicking myself as I feel as sleep lying next to the pool looking at the stars (I've never bothered star gazing, but here it was amazing).

The rooms have decent materesses and the beds are molded concrete, that doesn't sound good but it is, because there is nothing worse then shaky / noisy bunk beds.

If I was going back to San Pedro, I'd stay again. Free wifi and an internet cafe close by with standard phones to make phone calls. You can rent horses if your into that next door, and motorcycles / dirt bikes nearby if thats your thing. I think they were $20 a day for a motorocycle someone told me. I don't know how to ride one but that seems like incredible value.

We took the chicken bus here from Antigua with 2 connections. The road leading into San Pedro is a windy road with switch backs, blind corners and is in the midst of being renovated. It's a bit dangerous so if your old, take a shuttle (which btw is SLOWER than the chicken bus) or boat it to Pana and take a bus from there.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

I have only good things to say about this place.
Its Amazing Design, with common part which is very social and room which are quiet.
The food is a knockout.
Management is probably the best I have seen in Guatemala, nice, fun, and fully functioning.
I stayed for 10 night, and I wish I would have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled solo
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Stayed: July 2017, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 29, 2017
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Room Tip: Llegar temprano tipo 8 o 9 am puesto que luego de eso si es temporada alta ya no hay habitaciones.
  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled with friends
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Stayed: March 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 1, 2017
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Stayed: January 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Zoola

Address: Xetawal, Zona 2, San Pedro La Laguna 07018, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > San Pedro La Laguna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 Specialty Lodging in San Pedro La Laguna
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Zoola Guatemala/San Pedro La Laguna

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