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“Great place to stay for seeing Tikal” 5 of 5 stars
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Camino Real Tikal
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lote 77, Parcelamiento Tayasal, Santa Elena 17002, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
New York, NY
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“Great place to stay for seeing Tikal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2008

The Camino Real Tikal is about an hour away from the actual ruin itself, although the location couldn't be much better. It's a very romantic place overlooking lake Peten. Our room was very comfortable, with a quiet A/C unit and TV. Wireless internet is available for $10/day, although you have to be in the main area to use it. It can't be accessed from the rooms, which extend about a five minute walk from the restaurant and reception.

The hotel restaurant regularly served buffets for meals (Although they said we could order off the menu if we liked, the buffet always seemed the best option). The quality of the food was good, reasonably priced.

They have regular free activities at the hotel such as tours of the lake in their boat, games for kids, and a hike into the forest preserve that surrounds the place. NB: the forest hike is strenuous, with a lot of steep stairways cut into the sides of hills, and lasts about two hours. We were followed by a hotel employee with a rifle when we did it, because of fear of "banditos", although they claimed not to have had any problems. The forest is full of beautiful tropical birds and howler monkeys, however.

Hotel staff was very nice and quite helpful always.

  • Stayed March 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2008

The hotel is large but quite outdated - food is fine and it's a good place to stay as a base for Tikal etc.

The best bit which we nearly missed was wandering down to the lake, where you can laze in a hammock and watch the sun go down, fantastic!

Bizarre waiter service - very OTT with random silver service etc but just ok food, though in general, the food in Guatamala wasn't great so not neccesarily a huge draw back.

Stayed February 2008
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2007

This hotel is about 45 minutes from the airport (15 of it on a very bumpy unpaved road) Free shuttle service to and from the airport was a nice bonus. Rooms were clean, however nothing special and a bit outdated. Nice views from the balcony (try to reserve a room on the higher floors). Restaurant on site was very good and inexpensive with great view of the lake. Equipment in their workout room was a joke.....very rundown, rusty, and OLD. Nice pool and outdoor bar area. The chairs by the lake were old and uncomfortable.....they did have however a few newer chaise lounges. The lake was beautiful! The hotel does a sunset cruise every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (the yacht looked a bit rundown...we didn't stay on a weekend so not sure how the cruise itself is)......and turtle feedings at the dock every morning. Front desk staff weren't the friendliest, certainly not helpful. Tikal is about an hour's drive away.

Stayed August 2007
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Bosotn. MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2007

Great Hotel. The lake is clean and refreshing. What a place to come back and relax after the all day visit to Tikal. They picked us up from the airport and brought us to it for no extra charge. The food was very good and cheap and the view from the Restaurant is incredible. Rooms are not luxurious but clean and beds very comfortable. Ask for room in 2 or 3 floor so you view to the lake is even better, All rooms have a balcony that overlooks the lake. At night we could hear the monkeys. Great hotel, great experience. THe canopy people picked us up for free also. We only had tro pay transportation back and forth form the hotel to the ruins. atell hotel to call Fermin he waited for us at the ruins and only charged us $60.00 for the whole day. He also hooked us up with a fantastic guide for the ruins. worth every penney.

  • Liked — Location and friendly staff
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2007

We were only at Camino Real for 1 evening and night, but it was wonderful. After exploring TIkal for a day, it was nice to come back to a pool and get refreshed. The walk down to the lake is a must. We almost missed it! We went to see the sunset and were pleasantly surprised with all the paths to explore. Service was exceptional. Food was excellent. Rooms were not overly luxurious, butt they didn't need to be. It was a beautiful location. Loved it.

  • Liked — Location was amazing
  • Disliked — A little out of the way, but that also made it neat.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2007

Beautiful grounds, good food & service, nice showers, gorgeous views. The Turtle Feeding was such a great learning experience. And, the Sunset Boat Ride was absolutely amazing...!!! So close to Tikal National Park (Survivor Guatemala)... it's a must!! Check out the photos...

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2007

A great choise to stay for a couple of days to visit the magnificent ruins and do some exploring around the area. Hotel is comfortable, nicely located and is a nice place to relax after a long day of exploring Tikal.

  • Liked — Location.
  • Disliked — Food.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Camino Real Tikal

Address: Lote 77, Parcelamiento Tayasal, Santa Elena 17002, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Peten Department > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Camino Real Tikal 3*
Number of rooms: 72
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Also Known As:
Camino Real Tikal Hotel Peten
Westin Tikal National Park
Camino Real Tikal Westin
Westin San Jose
San Jose Westin
Camino Real Tikal Guatemala/Santa Elena

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