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Reviewed December 6, 2012

Del Lago is easily the most memorable place I have stayed in, in 4+ years of travel throughout Latin America. Bryan, the owner, once told me that he wanted to have the kind of hostel he would have liked to find in his own years of travel, and he's certainly gone to great lengths to create it. With a beautiful balance between community, creativity, big ideas, positive spaces, and exceptionally low costs, it's the kind of place that travellers very often get blissfully lost in (and often come back to again and again,) the relaxed atmosphere and fun community. With it's new cafe (Paul is a genius in the kitchen!), yoga classes (Sarah is one of the most wonderful, attentive, warm teachers I have ever found), live shows (guest participation is hard to resist), early-morning swimming (one of the best spots on the whole lake), chats with the local family that works there (they're happy to teach you a few kaqchikel words, if you're interested!), stunning lakeside views, campfires, movie nights, communal meals, and long, lazy afternoons in the hammocks--it's a nomad's paradise. That said, it's not for everyone--if you want something polished, exclusive, and/or isolated, Del Lago is not for you. But if you're looking for a fun, positive place with a real sense of community, you'd be hard-pressed to find somewhere better.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 14, 2010

We got what they called 'the best room in the hostel' and it was dirty. Other than the bed, which was made, there was dirt all over the floor and the bathroom had not been cleaned.

We asked for towels. Were told it was not really something they offered and there were only about 6 towels in the hostel, even though we offered to pay. They said they would get some for us, but they never did.

Big gap under the door led to several scorpians and various other creatures making their way into the room. They need to fill up the gap with something.

It has a pretty big garden but so do many other cheap places in San Marcos. It is cheap at Hostal Del Lago but there are other places for only a little more. I would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bryan L, Owner at Hostal del Lago, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2015

this review was a year and a half prior to our taking over of Del Lago...so does not reflect the place.

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Reviewed June 6, 2018
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  • Stayed: June 2018, traveled with friends
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Stayed: April 2018, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2018, traveled with friends
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