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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Jungle Hotel Tikal National Park