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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal Del Lago is a popular lakeside hotel. A social place with nightly activities, from live music and movies to theater events. We offer simple accommodation with economic pricing. Our hotel is more about the time spent outside of your room. We are known for our friendly staff and family style atmosphere. ... more less