This hotel is nicer than it appeared on the website. It is a small, budget friendly hotel, located right on the lake just outside of San Pedro. It is quiet and has lovely, tropical landscaped grounds. Hummingbirds, butterflies and tropical flowers were all around, and the friendly staff completed the welcoming atmosphere. The rooms are clean and tidy, and simple. There is no tv, telephones or other equipment (I brought my own alarm clock), but there is a ceiling fan and wireless internet available upon request. However, the local internet service from my experience is much slower than at home in the US (as in dial-up slow). I stayed at the hotel for several weeks, and was often the only guest there. I always felt safe, as they have night time security, and the owner and his lovely family live just next door. Other positive aspects include the great water pressure and hot water in the shower, and the cool night breezes off the lake, making the lack of air conditioning a non-issue. Also, the hotel owner Mauricio speaks perfect English, which was a nice bonus since my Spanish is somewhat limited. He also cooks a delicious steak dinner in the restaurant. Laundry service is also available, but be aware that electricity is very expensive in Guatemala, so almost no one has electric clothes dryers. Laundry is line-dried, and depending on the weather can take 2 days to get back. From the hotel it is only about a 30 minute drive to Flores and the airport. I would definitely stay there again.
- 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. 16 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bahia Taitza Guatemala/San Jose