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“The hotel is nice but rooms are dingy” 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel Casona de la Isla
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 30 de junio, Isla de Flores, Flores, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Flores
Brooklyn, NY
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“The hotel is nice but rooms are dingy”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2006

This hotel reminds me of U.S. tomatoes... nice and colorful on the outside, but hard and tasteless on the inside. At first glance, the hotel looks was very nice with a lovely pool and deck in the back. The view from the rooms is equally nice. Unfortunately, the rooms left a lackluster taste in my mouth. Yes, the rooms have cable TV and air conditioning, but the beds were just plain nasty. The mattress was on the brink and the sheets were so thin you were practically touching the mattress underneath - in essence sleeping in other people's filth. The blanket was old and dingy and the bathroom was cruddy as well.

The room situation at this hotel is really unfortunate because if they had decent beds I would have given them a much higher rating due to the afformentioned amenities. A clean, comfortable bed (I'm not picky, just no springs in my back please!) is the most important aspect of any hotel. But, from the high turnover and vast amount of package tour groups that pass through this hotel, I highly doubt they will make any changes soon.

All in all, for the price here relative to other hotels in the area I was expecting more. I would not recommend staying here.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2006

Our primary purpose for visiting Flores was it's proximity to Tikal. We were very happy with our decision to stay "in town". Flores itself is a quaint little island (an easy walk around) in the middle of Lake Peten that is full of hotels, restaurants and shops. We had a wonderful time just exploring Flores (mostly tourist area) and Santa Elena (the small town which is directly across the causeway). Note that not-surprisingly English is not widely spoken so be sure to have a Spanish phrase book with you if you are not fluent! We didn't have a problem but if you cannot communicate at least a little, it's good to "be prepared".

We stayed as La Casona de la Isla for 3 nights in late November and had a fantastic time. The weather was lovely. We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel. There were many taxi drivers waiting to drive you there at a cost of $2 US per person which seemed reasonable to us as it's too far to walk even if you wanted to! The hotel lobby, staff and pool area are very nice. The rooms are typical Central American hotel rooms - clean and comfortable but on the drab side. We even had a some US television and working air conditioning! The pool is small and quite cold but nice all the same. The hot tub looked inviting but was cold so we didn't spend much time there. There are many restaurants and shops around the hotel as well as travel agents for booking transport to Tikal and other neighboring sites (in addition to transport to Belize or other places in Guatemala). Most trips are done via minibus which picks you up at your hotel. We found them to be quite comfortable, convenient and relatively inexpensive.

Tikal was unbelievable – a once-in-a-lifetime event. The earlier you can get there – the better (we left Flores on a 5am minibus!).

All in all...a very positive experience. We would definitely stay at La Casona de la Isla again.

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Additional Information about Hotel Casona de la Isla

Address: Calle 30 de junio, Isla de Flores, Flores, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Peten Department > Flores
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Flores
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Casona de la Isla 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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