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Jungle Lodge
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The rooms were clean and the pool was wonderful. However, don't buy the water at the hotel - it is much cheaper if you just walk over to the museum and market area and buy big jugs there. Even the water at the stands inside the park was about half the price.

If you book a tour, pay the park entrance fee yourself instead of going through the hotel. Just negotiate the guide price. They were adding on 20 dollars for the entrance fee and it you pay in Quetzales it was about half that at the gate. However, for some reason, it turns out to be less expensive to pay for your room with dollars instead of the local currency.

Tip the service people directly - when we asked them, they said the tips are not passed on to them if you pay the management.

If you hang out in the pool towards evening, you can usually see some great monkey action as they swing from tree to tree.

Don't go walking out alone - it is a fairly dangerous area of Guatemala, although I felt quite safe with the guide, and on the grounds of the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We spent two nights at the Jungle Lodge and found it to be an excellent spot to stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful and even booked us a sunrise tour late at night for the next morning. The sunrise tour was an absolute highlight of our trip and the guide Carlos was stellar.... he made Tikal and the lives of the Mayan people come alive for us. Riding into the jungle on the back of a truck listening to the howler monkeys was way better than Disneyworld said our twelve year old daughter. Spending the afternoons swimming and watching the spider monkeys come out in the trees hanging over the pool (around 4 or 5pm) was the second best thing in our 3 week trip to Guatemala. The food at the restaurant was fine and we could all find something to eat ( our daughter is very picky and liked the chicken fingers and I could find vegan food as well). Just be careful when you pay as the waiters don't really show you the bill... ask to see it. Otherwise, an excellent stay and would very much recommend this hotel to any family who wants to watch spider monkeys while swimming... it was a dream for our daughter.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

If you want to be in the park then this place serves its purpose. The hotel restaurant is pretty average and very expensive as you don't really have an alternative, the restaurants nearby all seemed closed and it felt like a bit of a ghost town. The rooms are pretty basic which is what you expect for a jungle lodge but I think it is a bit overpriced for what you get. We decided to visit Flores on our way out and it is a lovely little place with plenty of cafes, restaurants and hotels so if you don't mind the commute I think staying there is a much better bet.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

Perfect location for the ruins which are within easy walking distance – it's lovely to be able to go back in when it's quiet and cool. Also great for spotting wildlife like spider and howler monkeys (amazingly loud noises they make!) and birds.

Large room and bathroom. No safe. No A/C but ceiling fan, though the power goes off late in the evening and doesn't come on again until about 6a.m. Mosquito nets over the beds. Two large cockroaches in the room the first night but quickly dealt with and no further wildlife problems, though a large gap under the door makes it easy for crawlers to get in! One afternoon we were planning to rest in the cool room after exploring the ruins when the power went off and didn't come back on until early evening so no ceiling fan – not great!

Very slow service in the bar but they have some very good thirst-quenching drinks. Restaurant food OK, though one pork dish was tough and very under-cooked. The room is roofed with open thatch – a small cockroach fell on my head one evening!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

It's very convenient to be right in the park so once we arrived we could go for a first walk up to see the amazing Mayan ruins. The bungalow was large and spacious with a large bathroom and a ceiling fan. It was very quiet while we were there, only a few other guests. They provide an excellent cooked breakfast and dinner was also good - strange to be the only guests in a very large restaurant. No mobile phone or WiFi coverage as it is a very isolated area, but there is a computer for guest use at a small fee. It was lovely to sit by the pool in the evening with a beer, watching the spider monkeys in the trees above. First night we were woken by the howler monkeys - which make a fearsome noise!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed here for two nights mainly to have easy access to the park. Basically, the hotel serves a purpose: you're in the park. Nothing more. The rooms are spacious and clean but haven't been updated in a long time. The pool area is rather forlorn and the pool wasn't very clean. The restaurant is massive but seemed deserted as there were never more than three tables occupied while we were there. Staff is friendly enough, though service seemed rather erratic at times (we were charged different prices for our breakfast (which wasn't included in the rather expensive room rate!) on both mornings, despite having the exact same thing, etc.) and at check out no one seemed to know how to do our bill or use the credit card machine. Transfers are expensive but reliable. So if you want to avoid the hour+ trek from Flores into Tikal on a day trip, this place will serve its purpose, but don't expect over-the-top luxury, amenities or service.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

My wife and I stayed here during our honeymoon and were overwhelmed with how friendly and accomodating that staff were. Our guide, Antonio, really knew his stuff and it was clear that everybody working on the Tikal site knew him and had a huge amount of respect for him. The accommodation was perfect and facilities were clean, well kept and in excellent condition. I cannot recommend this place highly enough to anyone wanting to stay somewhere near the ruins.

Andy & Tess 30 UK

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Tikal National Park
Price Range: $51 - $232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jungle Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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