The Hotel Explore Lodge is two blocks from the causeway leading to Flores. It is centrally located and offers amenities and large rooms that are a fraction of the cost for equivalent luxuries in Flores.
Lots of elegant touches and attention to detail. Rooms and bathrooms are cleaned every day and restocked with fresh towels, sheets, pillow cases, soap and shampoo. All rooms have TV, a ceiling fan, air conditioning and plenty of hot water from a solar heater. The two story building is newly constructed. The owner and staff are friendly, honest, and helpful.
This hotel is central to everything. Within one block is a maintained city park, a travel agency (San Juan) two tiendas (shops) and a medical clinic (Clinica Centro Maya). Within two and a half blocks on the right are several restaurants, an internet cafe, the causeway to Flores, and a shopping center. Turning left from the hotel takes you to the main commercial street of Santa Elena, several banks and the market place.
The management also operates a travel agency specializing in customized tours to Belice, the Peten, Izabal and Verapaces and also providing services to overseas travel agencies.
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This is a smaller 2-story hotel (21 rooms) The rooms aren't especially large, but they are comfortable. All the rooms open up to a central courtyard. There is a small pool and a few pieces of gym equipment. The efficient AC is a bonus. It has an open air restaurant and bar.
I'd stay there again.
There is a small grocery store a block from the hotel
Located on the lake, the Esplendido is a nice hotel with modest rooms with the extra special feature of fully-functioning air conditioning! Ooooo! Ahhhhh! After a day of trekking around jungle-shrouded Mayan ruins, returning to your cool room at the Espendido is a welcome relief. They also have an outdoor swimming pool and restaurant. The staff are friendly and accommodating. A bit on the expensive side considering the cheaper options in Flores so you may want to shop around some before deciding to stay here. We didn’t have a choice as we were with a large group and did enjoy our stay here but wished we had been somewhere in the more interesting town of Flores.
Modern, clean, outdoor swimming pool, nice breakfast buffet
Jade is a very simple place with simple bathrooms and basic rooms, but it was ok, as I only stayed one night. I don’t mind basic places and I don’t mind having to poor water in the toilet after use with a bucket as I had to here (and a lot of the other cheap places I have stayed). This makes me feel that I get to know the locals better.
The staff was friendly and it wasn’t a problem to check out very very early in the morning (5 o’clock).
I paid 20 Q for a room (year 2001-prices), which I found very reasonable, and I think this hostel have some of the cheapest rates in town.
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