- Reviews: 4
hotel petern: stay in flores
tikal doesn't have alot of options for hotels, either very expansive hotel or cheap camping. we stayed in flores which is a cute town one hour away. it nice to get away from the very touristy tikal and stay somewhere much cheaper.
- Reviews: 15
There is a campground right outside the entrance to the park where people like me can get into the park early without having to hop a minibus for an hour in the morning. It's just a big field, with one small building for bathrooms. Costs just $1 or $2 US and has no real amenities, no rentals, nothing. I strung up a hammock between two trees (bring your own rope, and some warm clothes/blankets) and was up in plenty of time to hike in and watch the sun rise.
Cheapest accomodations around.
- Reviews: 162
Tikal Inn: Tropical Tranquility
The Tikal Inn is a wonderful place if you want to be close to the ruins and aways from the bustle of the towns of Flores & Santa Elena. The hotel is only a few hundred meters from the entrance of the ruins. The hotel consists of a main building, a pool surrounded by bungalows, and other buildings with bungalow style rooms. The grounds are surrounded by the jungle, making it a peaceful place, and even a playground for some animals. I saw several animals walking around in the evening, and even heard gorillas nearby.
The hotel has a restaurant where you can order food from the menu or have the fixed menu for breakfast and dinner. I had the inclusive meals, which were adequate but nothing to be excited over. The breakfast included eggs, fresh fruit, fresh orange juice, coffee, and other sides. The dinner included soup, spiced chicken or beef, fresh vegetables, and tortillas. The staff is more than willing to bring you a Gallo (Guatemala's national beer) or other beverage as you sit by the pool.
The rooms are very minimal, but modern. The beds were quite firm, which were a little less than welcoming for me, but if you prefer very firm beds, you may like it. Electricity is only on for a few hours during the day: an hour or so in the early morning and then from 6~10PM
The hotel can arrange for guided tours (including the sunrise tour) and transportation, if you want. The hotel does have internet access during the electric hours, but it was a bit expensive.
Overall, I was pretty pleased with my stay here. The cost is very reasonable; the location is terrific; and the amenities were sufficient. The peacefulness of the place was a definite benefit, especially if you have friends and loved ones with you.
Cost: $48US/night for a double, including breakfast and dinner.
- Reviews: 263
Jaguar Inn: Camping!!
The Jaguar Inn is an extremely expensive hotel... yeah, it's nice... but not that nice to pay USD 20 the night.
So you can camp at their backyard... renting one of their hammocks (including a mosquito-net) costs Q$ 40, or you can also rent a tent.
The good thing about camping here is the fact that you are around more travelers, you have a restaurant with a bar. There's another campgroung across the parking lot, it costs only Q$ 30 for a hammock... but if there's no one else camping there, you'll feel totally isolated.
No matter where you camp, don't miss the howler monkies during the night... they are totally amazing!!
- Reviews: 1
Best advice: Hotel Don something: Where to stay when visiting TIKAL--Which TOWN?
If you like it HOT and MUGGY and with NOTHING to do, stay right at the ruins at the nice but very overpriced hotels right at the park. You will have all day and into dusk to explore the ruins (but I find you will have enough time without staying there). I looked at all three hotels while visiting and found them to be VERY BASIC and rather expensive.
If you want LOTS of touristy shops, LOTS of restaurant possibilities and so forth.....the Island town of FLORES is pretty much where most tourists (especially on a budget) would stay. We found it noisy but plenty to do and explore. Our hotel (was BASIC but VERY CLEAN at about $8 a night. (YES ....EIGHT BUCKS!!) PLENTY to choose from in this category. You could spend a lot more at the Grand Hotel but there were only TWO people doing so when we were there (and it is a very large hotel)!
In the sleepy little town of El Remate you will find La Casa de Don David. This very friendly and slightly expensive (FOR GUATEMALA) hotel included one meal per person per day (for about $35 or $40..don't really recall) ....and the food was VERY VERY GOOD. The town doesn't have much to offer but it is MUCH cooler (temp.) than staying at the ruins AND a minivan was arranged to pick up before sunrise and get you to the park right when it opened. Also a GUIDE on the bus spoke most of the way as an intro to the park and to get more people to join his tour. I have NEVER heard a more informative guide in all of my life. YOU MUST HIRE A GUIDE IF YOU GO OR YOU WILL HAVE WASTED ALL YOUR TIME AND MONEY GOING TO TIKAL FOR A HUGELY DIMINISHED EXPERIENCE. There are other hotels in El Remate but we looked at most of them and found this to be the best overall.
Finca Ixobel, Poptun (on the road and isolated) looked like an intersting and lovely place to stay with expansive gardens and horses roaming about. From the looks of it (ONLY FROM THE ROAD) if I were an intellectual or were hanging out for a few months, I'd check this out for a few days.
- Reviews: 2084
la casa de don david: a great lodge where you are really taken care
We loved our stay here...and it was easy to book online with them. They arranged to have a cab waiting for us at the airport and everything . The rooms are simple and spotless. Its a great value and includes a coupon for dinner or breakfast ( you're choice!!) $44.00 per couple.
The grounds are well landscaped and there are lots of birds to see. The sunset is lovely over the lake and the staff will arrange your tours for you.
- Reviews: 2084
Hotel Jaguar: Location Location ...by the Park!!
We didn't stay here but had a look at it and a couple we toured with stayed , and they were really pleased with it.
Its rooms are comforable and clean ...and you are right in the jungle of Tikal so the sounds are terrific of the wildlife. Its a great option for an early start to seeing Tikal!
Its located right by the entrance to the park of Tikal.
- Reviews: 26
Cahal Pech Resort: Hotel in San Ignacio (Belize)
This hotel was great, with good food and views. They arranged our travels too.
San Igancio is so-so, but is convenient to get to Tikal by land and is is a short walk to the ruins of Cahal Pech.
- Reviews: 1
Tikal Campground: Tikal camping
My sweetie and I stayed at the Tikal campground on my first trip to the park. We found it to be super quiet ('cept for the howlers-which scared the *&!# out of me before I realized that those terrifying sounds were coming from a little monkey) , really inexpensive (like under $4 US) with clean bathroom/shower blocks, and a good, cheap comedor a one minute stroll from our tent. We are going back at the end of August 2006 and plan on camping there again. Yo amo Tikal!
- Reviews: 1
La Lancha: Surprising Luxury in the Jungle!
La Lancha is paradise in the jungle. Francis Ford Coppola did an amazing job. The hotel is located about 45 minutes from the entrance to Tikal, on the shores of Lake Peten. The environment is a stunning mix of natural beauty and luxurious accommodations. Rooms feature ceiling fans, top of the line bedding, and spa quality showers. Service is superb, going above and beyond the basics to proactively seek out our needs and ask for feedback. La Lancha will arrange transportation from Flores, rides to/from Tikal and a guided tour in English if you're interested. The pool is the perfect way to cool off after a long day at the ruins, and canoes and kayaks are also available for guests. Great food, especially seafood. The best part is sitting outside the room at night, listening to the sounds of the jungle. La Lancha is truly a treat and we hope to return someday soon.
Amazing service, nice pool with great lake views, superb dining, luxurious rooms
- Reviews: 3089
Various places, choose one you like.: The best place to stay is in Flores, an hour away
There are hotel accomodations in Tikal, but the only reason to stay would be the early morning sunrise photography, and the night time moon and star gazing. These are definitely good reasons to stay near the park, but the prices are lower on the island town of Flores, just an hour away by van shuttle. Flores has numerous hotels and restaurants, at very reasonable prices, and is itself worthy of a day or two of sighting around Lago Peten.
So, rather than fly in on some short package tour, take the journey to Flores and hang-out a day or two. If more than one day is required for hiking around Tikal, then this can be arranged from Flores too.
- Reviews: 540
La Casa de Don David: Best Guesthouse Around
La Casa de Don David was wonderful, its set on the shores of lake Peten Itza, perfect for beautiful sunsets, it has a great garden, the home cooked guatemalan food was amazing, and the people here are the friendliest and most helpful around! I cannot reccommend this place enough, they can arrange anything, help you with anything, and its just a beautiful guesthouse in El Remate, on the way to Tikal from Flores. Don David, an american ex-pat is the owner, he's a really nice guy and a pleasure to talk to. You can get a knock on the door wake up call if you want to make it to tikal for sunrise. They will arragnge any transport and tours you want, i mean, literally the perfect guesthouse. Hot water showers, and some rooms have aircon.
a perfect place, i stress on the food, absolutly the best in central america
- Reviews: 753
Los Gardenias: El Remate is convenient to Tikal
If you would like to visit Tikal from Belize and plan to stay overnight (which I highly recommend), consider staying in the small town of El Remate. It is located on the shores of Lake Peten Itza and is only 36kms from the entrance to the National Park.
You can enjoy a swim in the lake, a visit to the jungle reserve, Biotopo Cerro Cahui or shop for local handicrafts, especially woodcarvings.
Staying in El Remate is much cheaper than staying in the park and more convenient than staying in Flores. There is a 530 am shuttle that will get you to the park by it's 6am opening. Inquire at Casa Don David for shuttle tickets. We also booked our return bus to the Belize border at Don David.
We had hoped to stay at Don David, it has lovely rooms with private bath and hammocks on the shores of the lake, but they were expecting a tour group and the inn was full. They referred us to Los Gardenias across the street and for half the price, we found newly remodelled and impeccably clean rooms with private bath. A single room cost 80Q or $10US/night.
- Reviews: 227
Hotel Tikal Inn: Relaxing in the Jungle
Stayed in a bungalow at the Hotel Tikal Inn. The room had two double beds, private bathroom and fan.
As the electricity is produced by a generator it is not available 24 hrs. It is off from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and from 10 at night until 5 in the morning.
The hotel has a swimming pool with a lovely sitting area, although the pool could do with a decent clean!
The gardens at the hotel are also very nice.
- Reviews: 7
TIkal Inn: A nice Surprize in the Jungle
Great place to stay as you can see.
Pretty reasonable. Very clean and modern. Little walk to the entrance of the park though.
The generator runs until 10:00 pm and then it is pitch black. Hot water only in the morning. No phones. Bring a battery operated alarm clock and flashlights.
We stayed in one of the cabanas, facing the pool (see other pic). Walls are screened where they meet the roof, so full sound proof privacy isn't an option. It wasn't that bad. We were in a group, so we had a lot of fun with it.
I have a video movie of the rooms that I can send if you are really interested. (Don't ask me why)
People we met who stayed the Jungle Lodge were happy with it too.
Pool was fabulous.
Restaurant food was really great, such a surprize.
Cash Only and bring your own water, supplies, etc. Vendors are expensive.
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