The location is perfect, right in the middle of the jungle and within easy walking distance of the ruins. While not 5 star, it's surprisingly luxurious given just how remote the location is and very well maintained. The pool is excellent, the food was quite tasty, beautiful grounds, and I found the staff to be polite and engaging.
The price is admittedly quite high for Guatemala, but I still think it's a good value for what you get, especially when you factor in free dinner, free breakfast, and a free sunrise tour by a very knowledgeable guide (thanks, Eddie!). The bottom line is when you're an hour away from anything and have access to a full staff, pool, lodging, etc., I don't understand why other reviewers expect to find $10 hostel prices. It doesn't work that way in the middle of the jungle. In fact, I even calculated that with food, tour prices, and early morning transport, you're often saving money going with Tikal Inn.
Be aware they only have power a few hours a day. It's not like there's a powerplant in the park, so I think that's only fair and even adds to the experience, but it means nights can be warm and limited access to communications.
Why I didn't give five stars: Making reservations was a nightmare. I needed to write Miguelito 3 times to get a response and it took more than two weeks to finally make the booking. He ignored half of my e-mails and never arranged the transportation he promised.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tikal Tikal National Park
- Hotel Tikal
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tikal Inn is located in Tikal National Park. It sits on the edge of the jungle and it is only a ten minute walk from the center of the Maya Ruins (Grand Plaza). The hotel's traditional architecture provides a comfortable setting to relax, bird watching, wild life observation and enjoy the natural beauty of Tikal National Park. All rooms have private bathrooms, hot water, and ceiling fans. We have a swimming pool, front desk/conference center for 80, bar and restaurant. ... more less