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Ecolodge El Sombrero
Ranked #5 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Flores
Alabama
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152 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Nice lodging out in the jungle”
Reviewed November 4, 2011

I've only stayed here one time but had no complaints. The rooms are basic and the showers are ok. The restaurant has a few dishes available every evening for dinner, as well as cold drinks.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

My family and a friend's family just returned from a couple days at El Sombrero. We had a great experience and were continually amazed by what we saw and did. Sebastian was excellent at setting up the details including transportation. Juan did a wonderful job on the crocodile tour especially and showed us through Yaxha and Topoxte. We enjoyed the food and the rooms were comfortable and very clean.

But this is an eco-lodge in the rainforest. We had a lot of bugs outside which we thoroughly enjoyed. The rooms had excellent bug screens and we were not bothered in our rooms. The howler monkeys were right in the compound and very loud. The crocodiles were amazing in the lake right at the lodge. So for wildlife, this is a great experience and place. We are thoroughly satisfied.

The food was very good and the service, though occasionally desultory, did their job well.

I was a bit surprised by how quickly the costs added up but we did pack a lot of tours into our short stay and ultimately, though not cheap, we are happy with the value that we received for our money.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

The lodge itself is not so great. Although it is located on a beautiful lake, amongst breathtaking nature and minutes from the best Maya site in Central America - it really needs a good change over.

Their restaurant lounge is lovely, a big natural beautiful palapa space. The food is good, the facilities are ok. What is really lacking is the service and more luxurious rooms. The owners themselves are the best tour guides and the most knowledgeable in the entire Biosfera Maya area, and when they provide service it is friendly, fast and great. Unfortunately their staff are really crappy. All of this being said, they have a big commitment to environmental protection and sustainability which for the parts they do, they do really well. Best would be their capacity for education on these topics.

The place is really affordable for what it is and its location. However, the best thing really is the location. Do yourself a favor and call El Sombrero for a tour of Yaxha, and the less known but amazing Topoxte maya site. In fact, pretty much any maya site in and around this area is better with them. If you stay here, you will be treated to the haunting sounds of the Howler Monkeys, one of the best places to hear them day and night. This is an amazing place to watch sunsets with a drink in hand!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 24, 2010

We spent three very relaxing days at El Sombrero in the second week of November 2010. The owner's son Sebastian proved to be a very able, patient, and knowledgeable guide to the ruins at Yaxhá. He also guided us on some long hikes around the lake, and although he is not a birder, his skills enabled us to find some birds that we otherwise would have missed. His knowledge of the history of the area, and of the ancient peoples and culture, is deep. We are very glad we had him accompany us as our guide while we were there. The cabins (duplexes) are basic, but very clean and comfortable and the screens were welcome and successfully kept the biting insects on the outside!! The food was good, the beer cold, and the service was first rate. The staff even cleaned the mud off our boots when we returned from our hike around the south side of the lake!!! We felt special. We had a great time, and would definitely return to El Sombrero! We heartily recommend Ecolodge El Sombrero.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ecolodge El Sombrero
Address: Yaxha Lagoon | Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Flores 17001, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Peten Department > Flores
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Flores
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our vision allows guests to have an Eco Friendly and sustainable experience in the jungle. Since we are located inside a National Park in the Maya Jungle you will be able to see wild animals and enjoy nature and the ancient Maya Culture. We are located only 2 km (15 minutes) away from the Yaxha Archeological Site. Some of the animals you may see while staying at our Ecolodge are: Howler Monkeys Spider Monkeys Crocodiles Toucans Hummingbirds Gray Fox Oropendolas Trogons Deer Coatimundi Etc... Other activities you may enjoy at Ecolodge El Sombrero are: Horseback Riding Crocodile Observation by Boat Bird Watching Boat Tours around the Yaxha Lagoon Guide Service Restaurant Archeological Tours (Yaxha, Topoxte, Nakum, Naranjo, Tikal, La Balanca, etc) Nature Tours Wildlife observation tours ... more   less 
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