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“Luxury in the middle of the Jungle” 5 of 5 stars
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Jungle Lodge
Parque Nacional Tikal, Tikal National Park 17013, Guatemala   |  
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5 hotel reviews
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“Luxury in the middle of the Jungle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Visited Tikal for 2 nights with family (2 teens). We travelled in a private shuttle from Pana overnight and reached Jungle lodge at 7 in the morning and were pleasantly surprised at the reception we got. The staff was very courteous and helpful. The bungalow or cottage or room, whatever they call it, was outstanding. The cleanliness stood out the most. Everything is maintained so well, no cobwebs, or cracks, stains .... The washroom was excellent with a skylight ... so ecofriendly. The surroundings are well maintained, giving you the rustic feel, yet safe and clean. There is a very beautiful pool which we could not use as it was pretty cool in December.

Another notable feature of the Lodge is its restaurant, which not only has a lot of history behind it, but also serves excellent food. Breakfast is mostly included with the room tarriff and is delicious and sumptuous. We feasted on the Guatemalan breakfast with tortillas. The ambience is great too. There is a lounge at the entrance where you can connect to wifi and is a great place to relax.

The Lodge is right at the entrance of the National park and is very convenient. We booked our guide for the sunrise tour with them but you can also do it online or get a guide at the tourist info centre closeby. We were not carrying quetzales (Guatemalan currency) but the Lodge management gave us a good rate and did not fleece us like everyone else.

We visited the other 2 hotels in the Park area but they are no comparison to the Jungle Lodge although the food at Jaguar Inn was good too.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stayed one night to visit Tikal and the place is fine. Clean and tidy - nothing fancy or more than what is needed. Power is on for only a few hrs at night and morning - it's an easy walk into the park to tour Mayan ruins.
The bummer was the food at the restaurant and the service - everything took a long time and our breakfast was bland and almost inedible. Dinner and drinks were ok but the two meals at the com idea up the road was much better and authentic.
The fun part was seeing Monkeys while at the pool.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

While we didn't come to Tikal for the accommodations, I was pleasantly surprised. There are only 3 available in the park and this one was planned by our travel agent. We had 2 rooms to accomodate 4 of us. Girls vs boys! The rooms were very nice. Bathrooms were larger in one than the other including a large shower. There are mosquito nets on all the beds. I don't know if that is for decor or bug management, but we used them anyway. They do provide typical small shampoo & soaps.

Front desk staff were helpful, but not overly pleasant. He did do everything we asked, so I can't complain.

The restaurant brings on mixed feelings. The waitress spoke very little english while we spoke very little spanish. However she was eager to teach us and it made it much more comfortable. By the end of our stay we were ordering in spanish. The menu also is in both languages. There were usually 4 options given for breakfast and supper and then you could order off the menu for lunch. The food was all very tasty. I tried to stick to local dishes and was pleased. My family stayed with more familiar foods and was pleased as well. The only drawback was the time it would take to get your meal. As there were only 2 waitress', I imagine there was only one cook. There was one time it took 2 hours to get through our meal. If you have a tour to catch, please keep this in mind.

We did not try out the pool, but gave it a walk by and it looked lovely. The grounds are beautiful and well groomed. The bird songs in the morning and through the night are wonderful but loud. You may consider ear plugs. Don't forget your Deet bug repellant!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The room was nice and clean. The food was horrible, eat next store. The main point is the service. It is as if they don't know what business they are in. Their attitudes were not good. Really? You can't get anyone a cup of coffee before time x even though the flights leave early and there are sunrise tours into the park? The owner needs to get in there and do some serious training. Put the hospitable back into the hospitality business.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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LA, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Stayed one night, as all the other park hotels were booked. Very expensive by Guatemalan standards. Check in was fairly easy and quick and although the front desk people were nice enough, it was obvious that they deal with foreign tourists day in and out and their jobs are a bit of a grind. Totally understandable though.

Room was perfectly perfunctory. Double beds, dresser, chifforobe and a bathroom with sizable shower. There are two chairs for lounging on the patio of the structures (fashioned like a duplex, basically), although we couldn't use them because of the mosquitos. What I disliked VERY much about the property, although beautifully landscaped and designed (loved the red color) was the sidewalk throughout. They embedded large chunks of rock into concrete, but did not make it an even surface--perhaps for traction during rain?--but it was uncomfortable to walk on and impossible to move a suitcase on. Small thing, really, but was annoying enough that I am talking about it.

What I hated about this hotel was the food provided. I paid for breakfast with my reservation, but pre-paying for dinner wasn't an option, but it was easier to eat dinner at the hotel--we arrived late in the day and didn't have time to explore other options--so we had no problem paying for it. We weren't given a menu for drinks or dinner, we were basically told what our options were. They were INCREDIBLY stingy with the portions, almost comically so. I do not eat a lot and after managing to choke down what I ordered (food was mostly bleh), I was still hungry. And this was technically a three course meal! Small portion of soup (no options), a tough steak, a smear of potatoes, a few veggies and then a sliver of cake. Breakfast was basically the same. A few slices of fruit, then being told what the menu was in Spanish (my Spanish is terrible, so this isn't a criticism, I just didn't know what she was offering), recognizing pancakes, ordering them and then eating three skinny pancakes and basically having to beg for more coffee. I have no idea if this is the norm or if we were experiencing some weird food shortage at this lodge, but it was odd.

The generator is cut at about 11 pm, so be prepared, as phones and such cannot charge overnight. If you are doing an sunrise tour, you will have to get ready in the dark, as the people next door did--making an enormous amount of noise at 330 am. Internet is crazy glitchy and spotty, as is the generator, even after they turn it back on during the day--so if you hike in the morning and want to shower for your trip out, you will do it with cold water.

The location cannot be beat and the facilities, overall, are pretty nice. However, I wouldn't stay here again, unless I couldn't book at the other hotels, mostly because of the food issues that we had.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We were kindly picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel, even made a requested stop for fresh tortillas on the road!
Rooms were great, clean and spacious. We loved to listen to nature when going to sleep and waking up. Extremely convenient location, it allowed us to enjoy the park as much as we wanted. Watch out, no hot water during early hours in the morning. Staff was very cordial and helpful. It was our second stay at the hotel, and don't doubt there will be a third!

Stayed December 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Overall, this was the best hotel experience one could reasonably expect in a jungle.
Pros: nice bungalow rooms, good hot water, pleasant little private deck with Adirondack chairs, plenty of wildlife visible even on hotel grounds.
Cons: electricity is on for only a few hours in the morning, 11am-2pm and 5pm to 11pm. Not overnight. Bring a flashlight for every person in your party. Wifi sucks here.

Keep in mind that this is the jungle. There are plenty of very big bugs (cool actually, if you get into that kind of thing). Four star type accomodations are not possible. Howler monkeys can be loud at certain times (again, can be great if you are in the right frame of mind).

Food at this hotel is lousy and overpriced. They are trying to prepare 4 star type international hotel food and are failing very badly. Both the food and the wifi are much better at the Jaguar Inn, a short walk away.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Parque Nacional Tikal, Tikal National Park 17013, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Peten Department > Tikal National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Tikal National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1952, the government of Guatemala assigned a piece of land to Mr. Antonio Ortiz Contreras for the construction of a hotel which will help with the logistics of the TIKAL PROJECT, and room and board for the archeologists. This project was supervised by the University of Pennsylvania with the collaboration of many other universities around the world. Form 1956 to 1969, 113 scientists worked in the Tikal Project, making it one of the longest archeological projects in the western hemisphere. ... more   less 
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