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“Simple but Very Friendly”
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Jungle Lodge
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
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“Simple but Very Friendly”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

Jungle Lodge is a simple place. The rooms are fairly basic but more than adequate with big bathrooms and mosquito nets and fans over the beds. Since you'll be out at the Mayan ruins all day and hopefully in the restaurant or bar in the evening, this is just fine.

The staff were more than helpful and friendly and even found us spare (used) tickets when we lost ours and wanted them as a momento. There's free wifi too - not fast, but it isn't anywhere in Northern Guatemala or Belize.

I'd recommend the Jungle Lodge for the above and also because it's right in the Park, right next to the entrance to the ruins - you can stay till dark when everyone else has gone home earlier and easily get back.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

This beautiful hotel is situated not 5 mins from the entrance to the site. I arranged for them to pick me up from the airport and they were right there waiting. The staff was always polite and eager to help. My guide, Carlos, was amazing. I did both the sunrise and sunset tour with him and he was extremely knowledgeable about the site and past of the Mayans. He even arranged for me to upgrade to one of the hotel's private bungalows with ensuite bathroom because the hotel wasn't packed. And the food at the hotel was amazing. If you're willing to go above budget on your time in Tikal, I HIGHLY recommend staying here...and ask for Carlos!

Room Tip: All the rooms are great, but expect to hear the howler monkeys (I thought they were jaguars outside...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

Going to Tikal was a long-time goal of mine, and I was concerned about getting a safe place to stay. Just got back (November) and The Jungle Lodge exceeded my expectations! It's in the middle of the wonderful jungle foliage with well-kept gardens, monkeys up above (way high up) and clean bungalows. There are mosquito nets for the beds, but I was amazed at how few we actually saw (outside). I'm usually covered with bites no matter what I put on, but I came home with only 2 - both of which I got while visiting the pyramids!
The people who work there are some of the warmest most welcoming I've ever met. The brothers that own the place are truly interested in knowing you and making sure that everything about your visit is going well for you. The food is really good - water, ice, veggies all purified- and the licuados are wonderful.
We did look in on the other 2 inns/lodges, ate dinner at one, and they were OK, but the Jungle Lodge was really the best for atmosphere, friendliness, helpfulness, food and location.
I'd love to go back there, and am recommending it to anyone I know who plans to go to Tikal.

Room Tip: Get one near the gardens across from the dining room.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We can solidly recommend the Jungle Lodge.
Pros: clean room, quaint surroundings, great location. Friendly staff - especially our guide Carlos and front desk receptionist Kevin, who offered to give us a personally guided tour of Flores.
Cons: we had to change bungalows because there was no power in the first one, but it was accomplished without fuss or drama.
The power is controlled by generator and is not always on, but this is standard for all hotels in the park.
The food in the restaurant was good, but they were out of a lot of items on the menu.
The pool was great.
Betsy and Michael

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Our family of 4 stayed here for one night in order to take the sunrise tour at Tikal. The tour was well worth it. While we didn't see the sun rise (I think very few people do), hearing the jungle come to life as the sun rose (literally went from silence to cacophony of chirps, grunts groans and screeches in moments) was worth the trip. This was the only hotel in all of Guatemala where I felt the staff was trying to rip me off. They didn't come across as honest nor were they particularly helpful. The room wasn't cheap and the food wasn't good, but making it out on the sunrise tour and having a couple of hours in the park before the crowds arrived was well worth it. Be prepared to pay too much for a tour guide, transportation and anything else you want, but set the money aside in your budget as it is a great experience. The room was not particularly clean or pleasant and the beds were not particularly comfortable. The staff was the least pleasant of any in Guatemala, but the location was ideal, and location is everything!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Room was filthy! Floor in the room was not cleaned and the shower was also very dirty. The closet reeked of mildew and inside the drawer of the bed stand, there were the moldy remains of something long left behind to rot there. Employees of the hotel are of little to no help, probably because there are so few options to choose from if you want to stay close to the ruins.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The owner was one of the first guides at Tikal and if you can get him to do a tour for you--very awesome. At the main reception desk is decent wireless internet, no where else can you find this. Rooms are comfortable, but no A/C. Food is excellent from the kitchen, on the pricey side. The driveway puts you right into the Tikal park, very convenient. For being out in the jungle, it sure has all the amenities of a normal hotel within reason. Just remember you are in a very remote part of the world and staying here made it quite comfortable.

Room Tip: The room we had had its own bathroom, it was quite roomy. The electricity was on till 1AM, probably...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Jungle Lodge
Address: | Parque Nacional Tikal, Tikal National Park 17013, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Peten Department > Tikal National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Tikal National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Jungle Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1952, the government of Guatemala assigned a piece of land to Mr. Antonio Ortiz Contreras for the construction of a hotel which will help with the logistics of the TIKAL PROJECT, and room and board for the archeologists. This project was supervised by the University of Pennsylvania with the collaboration of many other universities around the world. Form 1956 to 1969, 113 scientists worked in the Tikal Project, making it one of the longest archeological projects in the western hemisphere. ... more   less 
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