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Jungle Lodge
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

We loved our stay at the Jungle Lodge. We were pleasantly surprised afer reading the reviews to find the resturant and room beautifully appointed, clean, and the staff was professional and extremly friendly. Service wsa excellent and we got to hear and see wildlife we would never have seen had we stayed in town. The food was great and inexpensive and they even woke us for aour 4am hike to the top of the temple to watch the sunrise. I would go back and stay the cabins were perfect with mosqueto net that we didnt need but loved and the huge shower and bathroom that we definitly needed and loved. It was quiet enough to hear howler monkeys and the buzz of the jungle. Our tour guide who has stayed there frequetly has even heard a jaguar scream! It was a great price with staff that went out of their way to make your stay comfortable and peaceful with the jungle was steps from your door step it truly was one of my favorite places we stayed on our trip.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Despite paying for a cabin type room we were allocated a room next to reception. It was exceptionally noisy and was dark and much less pleasant than the ones we paid for. A request to mvoe was denied. The menu was the same day in and day out. The chicken was dry and tough, but the beef was OK. The staff were mostly pleasant, but did seem overwhelmed at times when groups came in to the dining room.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We recently stayed at the Jungle Lodge overnight during our 2 day visit to Tikal. We were informed by our tour guide that this was the best hotel in Tikal - and were NOT disappointed. The rooms were much newer than expected with fresh paint, spotlessly clean and well furnished with spacious, tiled bathrooms. We were informed that, due to diesel generator power, our electicity may go off from 3 to 6 AM - for whatever reason, maybe our judicious use of lighting/electricity during daylight hours, this never happened and we had delightfully hot water and lighting throughout. Contrary to our concerns, the mosquito netting for our bed was fully intact and we had no creepy crawlers in our room after hrs (though we did spray DEET at the door jam for insurance!). Our restaurant food was very good (again, MUCH better than expected) and service at the front office was friendly and always supportive. Though all personel spoke some English, I'm becoming convinced that learning spanish is a practical necessity for optimal travel in Central and South America! Our tour guide (Samuel/Chino) was most informative and mercifully directed us through shaded routes on our 4+ hour walking tour of the Tikal ruins, offered practical insights to mayan culture and even gave us some great tarantula and scorpion handling tips (not that I plan on making this a hobby!!). The Tikal tour was a great "once in a lifetime" experience and the Jungle Lodge afforded us a great refuge from our time in the jungle.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

I had read so many reviews about disappointed people staying in the park I wasn't sure which one to pick. Jungle lodge was a great choice for our 2 nights, which honestly should have been longer. Beautiful setting. Room large, airy, with large bathroom. Bed comfortable. Clean, changed towels every day. We had stopped on way to bring in large water to avoid expense and inconvenience of finding/buying water frequently. We always had 2 water bottles with us. I love ac. This of course is not possible in the jungle, but I was super comfortable. The electricity was on for limited times during the day, but basically early before 6, mid day and then evening. When generator is turned off, the back up battery worked almost all night. So ceiling fan moved air about. I had brought a small battery operated fan which I planned to lay right next to me :) but only used it a few hours the first night. Pool was a godsend. Had lunch there a few times. The walk ways to the bungalows are visually attractive but, like the cobblestones in antigua, they are awful to walk on. We ate only in this restaurant and it was fine. Their veggie options are really limited. So had to repeat a dish. One day my husband was not well. They brewed him a special tea and went out of their way to make sure he had food that was good for him, including making plain rice. and rice in any form is not on the menu. The location is superb with monkeys and exotic birds everywhere.

Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

I stayed during the turn of the Mayan calendar (B'aktun) in December 2012. It was a VERY busy time for Tikal and everything was "Sold Out". However I just went anyway and was able to score a room!

The bad side (and this is my fault for not booking in advance) is that I had to move rooms each night of my stay (4 nights) because they were sold out, however cancellations did arise.

The staff was VERY helpful in looking for rooms for me each day. The restaurant staff is also very helpful and very eager to serve. One young man was there after studying hospitality in Guat City and really had a passion for service. The front desk agents were all very helpful and sincere. Even though they were having the busiest week of the century, the kept cool and calm.

The rooms are all clean. I stayed in a Shared Bath and a Bungalow. Shared bath was a great room and would choose it again if traveling cheap again as the room was very comfortable and the bathrooms were as well. Best thing about this place? HOT WATER!

Electricity seemed to be turned off (or went off) each night around 3-4AM for about and hour or so. This would happen every now again, but expected when you are in the middle of the jungle...so don't complain people! This goes for the WiFi too!!! I was SHOCKED that there was WiFi, however it would go out for up to an hour or so. People did get upset, but come on! We are in the JUNGLE!!!

Great location and great staff. Great pool too!!!

I WILL be back!

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

A comfortable bungalow with two beds and good en suite facilities.
Wonderful peaceful place to stay and enjoyed time in the National Park and seeing the monkeys, birds and crocodiles.
Helpful staff. Basic food.. Ran out of items quickly.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Based on various TripAdvisor reviews, it was tough to choose which jungle hotel to stay in while seeing Tikal but we were happy with this one. Rooms were basic but clean and right in the heart of the jungle so you hear all kinds of wildlife (we saw toucans, parakeets and howler monkeys) and saw beautiful plants and flowers. There were very few bugs at this time of year so we didn't even need to use bug dope. Food was excellent, try the appetizer with eggplant, guacamole is great but avoid steak -- it's not like we're used to in North America, the skinny cattle should have been a hint but we didn't think. The Tikal experience was the highlight of our three weeks in Belize and Guatemala, so glad we stayed a couple nights here. Pool was lovely and refreshing and service was incredible at the hotel. Too bad front desk staffer Josua left, he was great!

Room Tip: Bungalows with private baths are spacious and quiet.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, 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 - $233 (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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