Just returned from an incredible visit to the lakeside resort of La Casa De Don David in the charming village of El Remate. If you are considering a visit to Tikal and are wondering where to stay you will be thrilled with this piece of paradise. The owners David, his lovely wife and their daughter have thought of every tiny detail in making your visit a pure pleasure. The lake shore grounds are amazing... relaxing and beautiful... and true to the Mayan culture that surrounds you. You are sure to love the lakeside deck with the new "Toucan Express" zipline drink service! The staff couldn't be more accommodating in every way!
Food in the restaurant is very good (especially the deserts!) with a deck view to die for! Prices for accommodations, meals, drinks, gifts are all extremely reasonable. The rooms themselves are simple in their decor, but more importantly CLEAN, comfortable, quiet ...SAFE AND SECURE! I can't say enough about the attention to security... the property is completely walled, there is a nighttime security person that roams the entire grounds and all this without you feeling at all "fenced in".
El Remate is a quaint and friendly village. There is very good shopping within walking distance where you will find the finest wood carvers in Guatemala working away in their woodshops. Access to the ruins is conveniently close by and staff will handle each and every detail for you, flawlessly... including preparing a delicious box lunch for your trip to the ruins!
Le Casa De Don David is by far your BEST CHOICE to stay when visiting the Tikal and Flores area. They have thought of each and every detail you could imagine to make your stay a pure joy. Personally... I can't wait and look forward to my stay with them again next year.
I hope you have a wonderful time as I have during your visit to Tikal!
Elevated lakeside deck with zipline drink service!
Meticulous and extensive gardens
Excellent tour service access
VERY attentive staff
After arriving in El Remate, we were happy we had decided against staying in Flores. El Remate is a much quieter and closer option to Tikal. La Casa De Don David was the perfect place to relax, with comfortable rooms, beautiful gardens and hammock area. At $40 for two people including one meal, it was a great value. They helped us arrange transportation to Tikal and had tons of information about activities in the area. I was especially pleased to see that the restaurant had many vegetarian options, as well as a wonderful view of the lake.
-restaurant has great lake view
-very friendly staff
In April 09, I stayed in room #9 under the restaurant, and the staff had said the room could be noisy because of it's location. There was some noise from the overhead activity but certainly nothing very annoying. This place is outstanding and certainly recommended to anyone visiting the area. The grounds are very well kept and relaxing. The hotel location near Tikal makes it great for all activities in the area. Since we didn't speak spanish, the staff's broken english was great.
Free internet and bottled water
Some English spoken
I emailed the Casa a couple of days before leaving, just to make sure there would be a room available. I got there by taxi from the Flores airport. My room was plain but fine, and extremely quiet - except for the many birds. On day one, I used my meal voucher in the dining room (open air, with view of the lake), and on day two, I took a boxed lunch to Tikal. The Tikal minibus picked me up at the Casa at 5:30.
Oddly enough, the prime feature of this hotel is its web site, a rambling fount of information about El Peten for visitors. La Casa de Don David is a good spot to get situated when one arrives in El Peten. Don David wasn't in town during my visit, but Yohana did provide the information I needed.
This beautiful Francis Ford Coppola resort is located 8 kms of El Remate (Peten Itza lake). I only visited the restaurant, but the place is amazing.
Great lake views.
We had just arrived from Belize and fell for this place straight away; to be honest it was the first place we looked at, even though it wasn't the budget option I was looking for. It is situated next to the popular backerpacker hostel el Mirador. The room was outstanding, decked out in Mayan art and materials. The view from the window was amazing, every morning when you woke up your were greeted by panoramic views of the lake, and in the evening you could watch the sun setting from your 4 poster bed. But it wasn't all roses as there were some design faults with the room. The room (better described as a mini apartment as there was a lounge area as well) was basically part of a 3-roomed cabana, we stayed in the bottom apartment and when there was somebody above you could here every footstep. The other noise was kind of cool, we were awaken by a dawn chorus of howler monkeys on our final morning The proprietors were slightly odd with all there little yapping dogs but no problem really.
Also there was a wee swimming pool, which was very cool for a early morning dip, it felt like you were really in the heart of the jungle. Though $44 US was a bit more than you have to pay for a comfortable night stay in Guatemala, though would pay it again if it weren’t for the noise from the other room.
The view was the biggest selling point; but the rooms were very nicely and uniquely decorated.
This is a nice place to stay if you want ot visit the nearby Tikal. The bus to Tikal passes here in the morning. It is a eco-friendly place with small "huts" placed between the trees abowe the lake. I slept in my hammock in a large room, where other travellers had put up hammocks too. The huts are open with no windows or doors, so you have to place your belongings in the big boxes provided for this.
The views of the lake and vulcano are very nice and there is a terrace where you can sit and watch the sunset. The hostel serves meals, but you have to sign up for dinner if you want some. It is all vegetarian.
I paid 15 Q for a hammock space and they charge 35 Q for a bed.
A really friendly family runs this Posada in El Remate. It is very basic but has good facilities. It has thatched rooms with mosquito nets and a ceiling fan. The mattresses are good.
Close lines and hand washing facilites
about $2 US
Right behind nice restaurant with excellent view of the lake.
good value for a very low price
White, stucco, thatched-roof cabanas, built Mayan style. Pablo and his wife are very cool and Pablo speaks excellent English.
Very cheap $35Q /night (~$5US). Excellent homemade vegetarian dinner.
Incredible view of lake Peten Itza.
A must stopover for backpackers
Great views. Hosts are excellent. They have their own Howler monkeys. Cool clientele.
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