Lake Atitlan is a breathtakingly beautiful lake in Guatemala that is surrounded by volcanoes and lush green jungle-covered mountains, with a handful of unique indigenous villages situated along the shoreline of the lake. It truly is a magical and tranquil setting.
San Pedro La Laguna is the second largest village along the lake and it is a popular place to stay for budget backpackers. The town has a fantastic selection of restaurants with a variety of cuisines, lots of tour operators, a bustling local market, and Spanish schools and it is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes. It is a great place to stay for those seeking a combination of adventure, culture and relaxation.
San Pedro can get a bit noisy at night because a lot of people come there to party at the bars along the lakeshore. I stayed in this village for three days and was looking for an accommodation that was situated a little bit away from the busy tourist area of town in a quieter area. I found everything that I was looking for and more at the beautiful, friendly and relaxing Luna Azul Bed and Breakfast.
Luna Azul is a charming, beautiful and welcoming bed and breakfast situated in the peaceful countryside near a rural community just a short walk outside of San Pedro and it is surrounded by incredible natural scenery and vegetation. The two owners – Erin and Solina – were both super friendly, sweet, attentive and accommodating and they made this place feel like a home to me. There are three comfortable and spacious private rooms and a larger casita available to stay in and call your home during your stay on Lake Atitlan.
Here is my review of Luna Azul in San Pedro La Laguna. I hope you enjoy!
Dates: November 11 to November 14, 2016 (three nights)
Room: I stayed in a private room.
Located only a short walk from San Pedro, Luna Azul is a gorgeous, friendly, quiet, welcoming, charming and quaint bed and breakfast in a pleasant and tranquil countryside setting along Lake Atitlan. The B&B is comfortable, has a relaxed atmosphere and feels very home-like.
Luna Azul is the perfect place to stay for those seeking a peaceful and beautiful, slightly off-the-beaten-path, peaceful paradise close to San Pedro, with access to tourist services, a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, and lots of fun and adventurous activities.
Luna Azul is located just a short five to seven minute walk outside of the bustling town of San Pedro in a peaceful and quiet rural setting along the lakeshore.
To get there after arriving at the boat dock in San Pedro, simply walk uphill on the street directly in front of the dock and turn right at the first intersection (it’s the busy street corner where all the tuk tuks are waiting). From there, continue walking along this road which winds alongside the lake. You will walk through a small rural community. Once you reach the first fork in the road (it looks like a dead end with a house at end of the street), turn left and then take the first right and continue on this street. There is a portion of the street lined with lush vegetation and shortly after this, the street will curve to the right and you will see a large hand-painted sign on the house that says “Luna Azul.” Beautiful vibrant flowers can be seen growing over top of the house and the wall on the left side and the right side of the street is lined with thick tropical plants and trees. There are three blue doors on the left side of the street and you will enter through the third door. There is a small sign hanging over the door with the name of the B&B. Just knock on the door and someone will open it for you.
Luna Azul is situated on a quiet and peaceful cobbled dead-end street which leads directly to the water’s edge of Lake Atitlan where you can find gorgeous views of the scenery. It is lined with beautiful lush plant life and is very quiet and serene. It’s location is somewhat secluded from the rest of San Pedro, which I absolutely loved.
The walk between the B&B and San Pedro was very short, scenic and so lovely and beautiful and I really enjoyed the rural location of this B&B. I love peace and quiet so I was glad that I had chosen not to stay in the actual town of San Pedro, as it would have been way too loud for me (San Pedro is known for its vibrant nightlife scene and loud music and parties can often be heard at night and into the early morning). The walk led through a quiet neighbourhood on the outskirts of town with friendly locals and a couple of densely treed areas. There were also gorgeous views along the way of Lake Atitlan and the mountainous and volcanic landscapes. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, then the location of this B&B will be perfect for you.
I walked between San Pedro and the B&B alone during the daytime and evening after dark and never felt unsafe or uncomfortable. There are street lights along a portion of the walk and it only gets really dark once you are almost at the B&B, along the curve, at which point I used my cell phone flashlight to see where I was going. As a solo female traveler, I took general precautions to protect myself as well. When I was out during the evening, I only carried a small purse with only the things I needed (a small amount of cash, cell phone, and ID), I didn’t drink alcohol at all, and I dressed appropriately and didn’t flash any valuables.
If you don’t want to walk between the B&B and the town, there are always tuk-tuks available for a small price. If you just start walking down the street, you will see them zooming by. Just wave one of them down and ask for a ride to your destination.
Arrival and First Impressions
I arrived to San Pedro via a short ten-minute boat ride from the village of San Marcos. The town of San Pedro was much busier and more crowded than its peaceful neighbour across the lake of San Marcos. It was loud and there was lots of activity, with lots of tourists walking around, tuk tuks honking their horns, and music spilling onto the streets from restaurants and businesses. Two rows of tuk tuks were parked along both sides of the street immediately after stepping off the dock into the town and the young drivers started calling out to us new arrivals right away. I decided to take a tuk tuk to the B&B, because I didn’t feel like walking with my heavy backpack.
I hopped into a tuk tuk, enjoyed the ride and arrived to the B&B a few minutes later. I rang the doorbell on the third blue door on the left and I was warmly greeted by one of the B&B owners, Erin. She welcomed me into the B&B and showed me to my private room and then explained the rules and general information about the place and about San Pedro. She was very thorough in her tour and introduction and I really appreciated that. She was also a fellow Canadian, which was awesome, and she was easy going and fun to chat with. I was provided with a key for the front door and my room and then set out to explore San Pedro!
Luna Azul is a wonderful bed and breakfast with lots of great amenities. The two owners Erin and Solina put a lot of love, care and effort into their B&B and include details that are important to travelers.
- Free and Fast Wi-Fi – The Wi-Fi was excellent at this B&B and the connection was strong, fast and reliable in my room and in the garden area.
- Delicious, Healthy and Homemade Breakfasts – Every morning after I woke up, Erin would serve a beautiful and delicious home cooked breakfast to the table right outside of my room. It was different each day and was always scrumptious. Breakfast is included in the price of the room.
- Beautiful Lush Vegetation and Garden Area for Relaxing – There was a gorgeous manicured garden area and yard directly outside of the rooms with beautiful flowers and lush vegetation. In the centre of the yard were two comfortable lounge chairs which were perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun. On the other side of the yard, there were a few wooden chairs hanging from the tree branches above. It was such a pleasant place to enjoy nature and a peaceful atmosphere.
- Free Purified Drinking Water – The B&B had free purified drinking water in a large water jug just outside of the rooms, which was a huge plus. I brought my reusable water bottle and just filled it up instead of having to buy the plastic ones.
- Welcoming, Relaxed and Home-Like Atmosphere – Luna Azul truly felt like a home away from home. It was super cozy and comfortable and the atmosphere was very relaxed and laid-back.
- Friendly Owners – The two owners of the B&B – Erin and Solina – were both super friendly, warm, personable, easy going and always available to assist you.
- Free Laundry Service – During the days that laundry is done, you can leave your laundry basket outside of your room door in the morning and your clothes will be washed by a local woman, folded nicely and placed inside your room that same evening.
I stayed in one of the three available private rooms at Luna Azul (Room #3). There was also a casita above the rooms which could be rented as well.
My room was spacious, clean and comfortable. There were two single beds, a small table with a vase of flowers, lamp and a chair, laundry basket, closet and locked safe, and a private washroom inside the room. Because I was traveling alone, I slept in one of the beds and spread all of my stuff out on the other one. The mattress and pillow were comfortable and I slept really well there. There was no television in my room but I didn’t miss it at all and enjoyed the peace and quiet (I believe Rooms 1 and 2 have televisions, if that is something you are looking for). The room featured local artwork hanging on the walls and textiles on the beds and table.
There was one night where I woke up at five in the morning due to the noise from a loud party going on nearby, but Erin went out and talked to the people and it was then quiet. Just be aware that San Pedro is a party place at night and you may hear some talking and music from the bars in town during the night. However the location of the B&B is far enough away from town, that it’s not that loud and is usually not an issue.
The washroom was a decent size and had a shower, toilet and sink and it was stocked with some basic toiletries and towels. The hot water in the shower was a little bit tricky to get working and I ended up having a lukewarm shower, but it was all good and still enjoyable (and much better than cold water).
Located just outside of the four private rooms, there was a gorgeous and tranquil garden area with a variety of tropical plants, vibrant flowers and lush green vegetation. A cobbled pathway led from the rooms through the garden to the house where the B&B owners lived.
There were two comfortable lounge chairs sitting in the middle of a small grassy area surrounded by the large tropical trees and plants. On the other side of the path, were a few other hanging chairs hidden among the trees. This was such a lovely, beautiful and peaceful area to relax after long days of exploring San Pedro and the lake. I just loved being among the nature there and soaking up the sun while listening to the sounds of the lake. It was the perfect spot and I enjoyed spending time there in the mornings before starting my day and in the evenings.
Atmosphere and Vibe
The B&B had a very welcoming, home-like, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere, which I loved.
Luna Azul honestly felt like a home away from home as everything was so comfortable and the owners were incredibly warm and inviting. Because the B&B is small and there are only four rooms, it was easy to get to know some of the other guests better and I enjoyed chatting with my American neighbours during breakfast and in the evenings.
One of the owners, Erin, was always available and I loved laughing and chatting with her as well. She wasn’t just one of the owners or staff at this B&B but she actually became a friend and she was interested in personally getting to know her guests. The B&B was intimate and quaint and I loved that about it.
Every morning, Erin cooked up scrumptious homemade breakfasts which were filling and nutritious, different each day and served to me at 8:30 am to the small table outside my room door, overlooking the garden.
The breakfasts were always satisfying with large portions and tasted very flavourful.
During my communications with Erin online before arriving at the B&B, I had informed her that I had a gluten allergy and was vegetarian and I really appreciated her accommodating my special dietary requests for breakfast! One of my favourite breakfasts consisted of potato chunk hashbrowns, eggs, warm black beans, a bowl of fresh fruit and freshly squeezed orange and papaya juice.
Internet and Wi-Fi
The free Wi-Fi internet at Luna Azul was excellent and the connection was strong and reliable in my room and around the property. I was able to make Skype phone calls, stream Netflix and post on social media.
Erin and Solina are the two owners of the B&B and they were both wonderful! Both women are expats living in San Pedro and Erin is from Canada while Solina is from America. It was obvious that they had both invested a lot of time and effort into this B&B and they genuinely care about their guests.
Erin welcomed me warmly upon my arrival to Luna Azul and gave me a detailed tour and explained everything that I needed to know about the place. She was always available if I had any questions (either in person or via text message) and I felt like she genuinely cared about my well-being and my stay and experiences in San Pedro. Solina worked behind the scenes of the B&B most of the time but I did have the opportunity to meet her one evening and she was very kind. Erin was incredibly helpful and she gave me some great recommendations and advice for things to do and places to eat in and around San Pedro and she was very knowledgeable about the area. Erin and Solina paid attention to every small detail at the B&B and worked very hard to ensure that all guests had a fantastic, comfortable and stress-free stay.
I appreciated the fact that Erin accommodated for my food allergy (gluten) and vegetarian diet for breakfasts as well. Erin was very easy-going, sweet, warm, friendly and funny and I really enjoyed chatting with her. I loved her personable approach to the B&B and that she took the time to get to know all of the guests, by being present and making conversation at breakfast time, during the day and in the evenings. I enjoyed laughing and chatting with her. Erin and Solina were friendly and open to socializing but also respected your space if you wanted privacy. It was a great balance for me.
Erin also offers facials using all-natural ingredients at her studio in San Pedro. I booked an hour long facial with her on my last morning in San Pedro and it was absolutely lovely and so relaxing and refreshing. My skin felt and looked so smooth and amazing after she was finished. I would highly recommend this!
Erin and Solina treated myself and the other guests like family and good friends, which made a huge impact on the enjoyment of my stay. I really did feel like a member of her family when I was there. I interacted with Erin most of the time and she was so attentive to all of her guests’ needs and she had such a sweet and friendly personality.
Safety and Security
I felt very safe and secure at this B&B during both the daytime and night and experienced no issues as a solo female traveler.
Upon checking in, I was provided with three keys. One of them opened the front door (the third blue door on the left) to the B&B, one was for my private room and the last one locked the closet safe inside my room. I stored my valuables like passport and cash inside the safe in my room.
I felt comfortable and safe walking around in San Pedro in both the daytime and after dark in the evening. The town is known for its nightlife and parties though and with alcohol often comes problems, so I made sure to get back to the B&B right after I finished eating dinner in town as I didn’t want to be on the streets if things got wild and crazy. When I stayed out after dark, I was always vigilant and aware of my surroundings and only carried a small purse with me containing my cell phone, some small cash, my keys, and my ID and I didn’t flash around my valuables.
I loved my three night stay at Luna Azul B&B. The home-cooked breakfasts were so delicious; the lush treed garden setting/yard was such a lovely and beautiful place to relax; my private room was comfortable, spacious and always clean; the laundry service was fantastic; Wi-Fi was super fast; the owners Erin and Solina were absolutely amazing, so welcoming and caring; and I really enjoyed the laid-back and peaceful atmosphere and the rural off-the-beaten-path location that was within short walking distance to the town.
If you are seeking a quiet, friendly, beautiful and charming bed and breakfast to stay in during your travels to San Pedro La Laguna, Luna Azul would be a perfect fit for you. It is also great for budget travelers like myself who want to take a break from staying in hostel dorm rooms and splurge a little on a nice bed and breakfast.
I had an amazing time at Luna Azul and would recommend this bed and breakfast to anyone heading to Lake Atitlan.
Location – San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala (click here for directions and a map)
Phone Number – 502-4841-6988 or 502-4711-9044
Email – lunaazulsanpedro (at) gmail (dot) com
Rates – All three rooms cost $48 Canadian per night and the casita costs $83 Canadian per night.
Other Things to Note – Check-in is anytime after 2 PM and check-out is at 11 AM (although they can accommodate for early check-ins and late departures). You must stay a minimum of three nights in order to book a room at Luna Azul and four nights for the casita.
Ready to Book Your Stay?
All four of the private rooms as well as the casita can be booked on the website Airbnb.
Once you’ve signed up, you can book one of the rooms or the casita using the links below and get your discount.
- Luna Azul B&B Room #1 (click the link to find the booking page)
- Luna Azul B&B Room #2
- Luna Azul B&B Room #3
- Luna Azul B&B Casita
Disclaimer: If you sign-up for Airbnb using my link above, you will receive a discount at no extra cost to you. I also receive a small amount of every person who signs up, which helps me continue to fund my travels and bring you more great reviews like this one. Thank you in advance for supporting my passion for travel!
Second Disclaimer: I paid for my own stay at Luna Azul and was not compensated in any way for writing this review. I simply want to share my experience with you to help you plan your own travels in Guatemala.
Have you traveled to Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan? What was your experience like? Where would you recommend staying?
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