Great location but ...
We stayed two nights here, choosing it because of its nearness to the ruins. The plan was to be able to visit early in the morning before most other tourists arrived, but for several reasons that plan never came off. Nevertheless it was still very convenient to be staying here and that convenience probably outweighed the couple of things that niggled us. One of these was the less than friendly service we received from the reception staff; this was the only time in Guatemala that we felt that people were anything other than happy to welcome us and to provide a good service (this wasn’t however the case with the restaurant here, whose staff were polite and helpful). The other niggle was that the place seemed almost deserted, especially at mealtimes, and we felt a bit self-conscious eating almost alone in the large dining room or drinking by ourselves in the bar.
On the plus side our room was a good size and had all the basic necessities. We had one of the en suite bungalows (much cheaper rooms with shared bathrooms are also available). Its décor was a little drab but it had plenty of cupboard space and two double beds with mosquito netting (although in practice we found the screens gave us more than enough protection as there seemed very few mosquitos in the immediate area of the lodge).
The bathroom had a large walk-in shower but no plug for the basin, and was very incongruously tiled with images of English garden birds! We had a small area of decking with two wooden chairs which were useful for drying my swimsuit after a dip in the pool. And the pool (photo 2) was one of the nicest parts of the lodge – a good size and nicely shaded, with plenty of loungers (especially as we were, again, the only people around).
Unique Quality: Don’t be surprised to find yourself sharing your room here with one or two “local residents”! We had a friendly little lizard popping out from behind the wardrobe a couple of times, and a not so friendly large spider on one of the beds when we arrived – the bell boy shook him out of the door and we never saw another one, thankfully.
You will also be very aware of the local wildlife at night, especially the somewhat eerie calls of the howler monkeys.
More prosaically, there is internet access in the lobby, although the computers are a little elderly and there’s a charge of $3 for 30 minutes.
Directions: Inside the National Park and very near the visitor centre
Oh Well - You Can't Have Everything
With our late morning arrival at the Jungle Lodge, two long afternoon walks to the temples, darkness by 6:30 PM, another morning walk and then check-out before 1 PM, we did not have a great deal of time available for a proper look around our choice of accommodations. It was therefore with some regret that we discovered this beautiful hotel swimming pool as we waited for our return mini-bus ride back to Belize! Never even got to dip our feet in!
We did however enjoy sitting out on the chairs in front of our little room. It was nice to stare out into the jungle, watch the Oscellated Turkeys (at first, I half-wondered if they were Peacocks) as they strolled past and we could also hear the echoing crys of the male Black Howler Monkeys in the tree-tops as they staked out their territorial claims.
The Jungle Lodge was great for us!
Were We Glad for This!
Our original plan for visiting Tikal had been to find cheaper accommodations in or around El Remate, the small village located about 30 miles from the Mayan temples in the National Park and then to try to arrange transportation in. However, given our time constraints and lack of Spanish, we decided to cut out the complications and head straight for the centre of the NP, taking our chances on finding accommodations in one of the three hotels located there. On our late-morning arrival, our mini-van took us first to the Jaguar Inn (they were full but had covered hammocks and tent sites available for about US$7), then the Tikal Inn a couple of hundred feet away (also full) and finally to the Jungle Lodge. We were in luck here, because they had spare double rooms with shared bath facilities going for US$40, credit cards accepted (Note: a 5% surcharge is applied to all credit card payments)!
Unique Quality: The Jungle Lodge is actually the hotel closest to the trail leading into the Mayan temple site and it consists of 50 rooms situated on lush tropical grounds. I was totally amazed at the quality of the buildings and grounds that we suddenly found ourselves in! There are a number of separate bungalows spread around the property as well as the row of cheaper double rooms that we managed to get ahold of. The shared bath was very plush, separate rooms for 'Girls' and 'Boys' with tiled floors, very nice sinks, big mirrors, clean toilets - couldn't ask for anything better.
The hotel also had a spacious dining room with attached bar (see my 'Restaurant' tips) which also accepted credit card payments - lucky because I only brought a limited amount of Quetzales (7.6 Q = 1 US$) with us. Our room had two separate beds and a ceiling fan to help the louvered windows with the cooling. Because the hotel is located in the middle of the jungle, along with everything else at Tikal, power is supplied by a diesel generator from a nearby research lab and is switched off between 10 PM and 6 AM. Note: on the 'Other' contact email address below add a ".com" on the end - VT does not allow enough space for the full goods!
Directions: One of three hotels located at the central area of Tikal National Park, only a 10 minute walk from the entrance to the Mayan temples.
Within Tikal National Park
This lodge is located within Tikal National Park. The main thatched building houses the front desk, bar-lounge and dining room. The bungalow accomodations have private bathrooms (with hot water), electricity and small porches. And, they have a pool!
Accommodations are only available as part of a package tour of Tikal. But, they do offer one-night packages. Extra nights are only $35.
Unique Quality: This is within the park...you can't get any closer (unless you hide 'til after closing and sleep on top of pyramid 3--people have claimed to have done this---I dunno). This place is in the middle of the jungle and you can fall asleep (or stay awake) listening to the birds, monkeys and, perhaps, a jaguar.
Directions: Tikal National Park
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Amenities at Jungle Lodge
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming Pool
- Shuttle Service
- Room Service
- Bar / Lounge
- Free Parking
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