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“Relaxing location and great host”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Bahia Taitza

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Hotel Bahia Taitza
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Jose
Seattle, Washington
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“Relaxing location and great host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2008

This is highly recommended for anyone visiting Tikal.

Our group of 2 families (9 people in total) stayed here last week during our trip to Tikal. Our host, Mauricio, was a great guy who made us feel so welcome and comfortable, and made us fantastic pizzas in his special pizza oven. (His English is also perfect, by the way.)

We enjoyed the hammocks by the rocky beach, and used the 2 kayaks available to us. Our kids loved the paddle boat as well.

Our rooms were simple but comfortable. We had a queen plus a twin bed in our room. There is only cold water in the sink (which is fine, given the warm weather) but hot water is available in the shower. The porch in front of our rooms was a comfortable place to read and chat.

The hotel is located 3 minutes walking from San Jose, where you can get ice cream and visit the local aqua park.

  • Liked — Friendly service, clean and new hotel
  • Disliked — Curtains do not block well (can see in room at night)
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2007

Hotel Bahia Taitza is the best place to stay if you want to see the Peten or Tikal. Most visitors stay in Flores, a charming, but touristy, town, or Santa Elena, a sprawling, charmless and dangerous city by the airport.

Hotel Bahia Taitza is a resort-like property of cottages with a private beach on the the cleaner and deeper side of Lago Peten Itza. It is on the edge of San Jose, a pretty town of about 1,000, and within walking distance of San Andres, a very friendly town of about (20,000?). I was lucky enough to see San Andres during the City Fair and Town Beauty Contest and felt that I had gotten a glimpse of real small-town Guatemala, far away from the typical tourist destinations.

Acevedo is a very kind, thoughtful owner-manager, and the fact that he lives on the property ensures that his staff is always attentive. All of our meals were prepared by him, and he would regularly ask us when we wanted to eat, scheduling everything around our plans. He even gave us rides to San Andres and got the paddle boat out for the kids. One of his staff even gave us a boat ride across the lake to go to the zoo.

All the cottages had plenty of space, were clean and had private bathrooms and porches with views of the lake. Acevedo speaks fluent Spanish and English. In fact, when people ask about his lack of an accent when he speaks English (he sounds like a Californian), he says, "When I was a kid, we had cable."

  • Liked — The staff.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2007

The setting was wonderful, the lodge is incredible, so much peace. The food was a special unexpected treat (awsome) Diffinetly down for a comback

wish I never had to leave

ps
try the jungle tour

  • Liked — all around best
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Bahia Taitza
Address: Barrio el Porvenir, San Jose 17002, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Peten Department > San Jose
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Jose
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Resting on the shores of crystal clear, warm waters of the Lake Petén Itzá, we find the Bahía Taitza. With it’s almost 12,000 square meters and about 200 meters of beach. The Bahía Taitza is located in San José, a municipio from Petén. Covered mostly by fruit trees, grass, and plants. 8 beautiful and comfortable bedrooms, one bar-restaurant, an out side dinner, lots of resting and natural beauties. Making our guest feel like they are in a little paradise. ... more   less 
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