The energy here is relaxed and comfortable! We stayed here on and off month of January. Kate is an amazing host and really welcoming. This place has a special touch of tranquility and peacefulness. I highly recommend this hostel to anyone looking to chill with good company. + Kate has the cutest cats to cuddle with and a beautiful bright personality dog named Ruby <3 !!
Hummingbird Hostal is a magical cozy place where you feel like home right a way, beautiful energy surrounding and covering you completely in fragrant flowers fallowed by millions of butterflies and of course Colibris making this expriance unforgettable ... being welcomed by loving Katy with kind smile on her beautiful face makes you dive into this little paradise of Tzununa that she created ... Oh yes , and how comfy are the beds , after all the hikes and traces was excatly what i needed to restore and reocver . Thank you so much , defintiely will come back to share this Magic .
Hummingbird Hostel is a lovely place, with friendly people and a relaxing atmosphere. I had a private room, reading lamp and comfy bed. WiFi was good.
Bathroom is downstairs, so if you have an upstairs room you will need to go down a flight of stairs and across an open space to reach the single toilet and shower.
The town of Tzununa is very small, with one restaurant and only small markets. San Marcos is not far (30 minutes walking, five minutes by water taxi, ten minutes by tuk-tuk) but the journey becomes much more challenging after night falls. Water taxis stop running, the road is dark and probably not a good idea for walking, and the tuk-tuk's triple in price.
Unfortunately, when I arrived I learned that there would not be any food available at the hostel, which was a major disappointment. Combined with the absence of guest kitchen and limited restaurant options nearby, I was definitely bummed!
Also, the church behind the hostel had REALLY loud music until late at night, and again starting very early in the morning. I usually love the sound of children playing, but right outside my bedroom window at 6 am was less than adorable. Combined with the neighborhood roosters, dogs, and firecrackers, I was ready to leave after two nights of bad sleep and having to travel to get food.
I ran into this one on my search for some decent internetz while staying in another casita in Tzununa. Kept stopping by after my first discovery because the wifi was decent, the atmosphere friendly, the coffee delicious and music never bad.
When I got back to Lake Atitlan for a second time after leaving for a few days, I decided to stay in this hostel, and in Tzununa again. As a solo female traveler, I really enjoyed staying here because it was safe, friendly and easy to meet other people. The hostel had a tolerant, progressive, low-key atmosphere. I met many other travelers and had great convos here. The host and volunteers were some of the most down to earth people I met on my travels. The host, Katy, is a great storyteller with a solid sense of humor and with lots of super interesting observations about the lake, the town and its people. Like, I don't know why she's not writing a book...
The dorm room is great because there are only 3 beds and lots of space in it. Private rooms are clean and fairly sized as well. Most rooms are tucked away from the main hang out area so you can hide away in tranquility should you need it BUT I recommend chilling out in the kitchen / hammock / deck area because that's where you'll probably meet other friendly travelers and maybe locals. You might also want to consider joining communal dinner as the food is affectionately prepped and sourced from around the area.
Tzununa itself has easy access to the rest of the towns around the village by boat and is a gorgeous 20 min walk away from San Marcos but it is not as touristy. It has its own share of quirkiness, amazing sunrise from the deck, hummingbirds and hikes, friendly locals, permaculture and spiritual spots, and super loud funky churches.
Hostel is on the main road going up to the village on the hill and a few minutes of a walk away from the deck. If you are staying in Tzununa, this is probably your most convenient choice re:access. The only bummer I can think of is - for those who are on an extreme budget - that there is no communal kitchen.
We loved our stay here, Katy was a brilliant host and the food was super tasty. One of the most friendly and welcoming places we stayed at our whole trip, the only downside was having to leave to continue our travels!!