I booked two rooms months ago, and I'm so glad I chose this hotel for our two night stay. I flew in from the U.S. to visit my Guatemalan friend and her family. I arrived on Good Friday and the following day we made our way from Guatemala City to Flores. I had rented a car and we spent the better half of the day traveling from point A to point B. We arrived in Flores at around 7 p.m. to find that the streets were packed with cars, people, and food stands along the promenade. What a sight to behold! It was very festive. We had a bit of a hard time trying to locate the hotel, but when we did, we were able to park exactly in front of the main entrance.
I had booked a double for myself and a triple for my friend and her family and both rooms were on the fourth floor, but when the receptionist saw that my friend has an amputated leg and uses a crutch, she quickly offered her a room closer to the ground floor. She kept insisting that the room was bigger and better than the one on the fourth floor. I told my friend to go for it and not to worry that we weren't going to be rooming next to each other.
We were given our keys and went up two flights of stairs to room 116, which was a triple room facing the swimming pool. Her family fell in love with the room. It was very roomy with 3 full size beds which worked perfectly for them. My friend and her husband slept in one bed, her oldest daughter took the other bed with her 4 month old baby, and the youngest child took the other bed. Although the room had very basic furnishing, it was clean and comfortable. The air conditioner was a big plus. The bathroom was big enough with good water pressure.
We then went up to my room which was a very tiny room with two full size beds squeezed in the room. One bed was against the wall. The room had a ceiling fan, AC, a carafe with filtered water and two glasses. The bathroom had a shower stall, no tub, and the closet was in the bathroom. I can't remember the room number, but it had a nice view of the pool and the lake. Each room had two seats outside.
The hotel was full and there were a lot of people around the pool area, either in the pool or enjoying a drink. Everybody was very friendly. We were hungry and ended up eating at the restaurant next door and after dinner, we called it a night as we had a long day the following day to Tikal.
Breakfast was included and we got to order from their menu a full, hot breakfast. I still don't understand why I was charged extra for the young girl when I had made reservations for 3 adults and 1 child. The waiter told us that the reservation only showed 3 adults. I was supposed to have taken it up with front desk but I just let it go...breakfast was very inexpensive. We ate our breakfast on the deck facing the street.
Upon returning from Tikal, the pool was again very busy as was the bar area. We again had dinner at the restaurant next door, and after dinner, my friends got in the pool while I just lounged around and decided to call it a night. I was exhausted. Although I was on the fourth floor I could clearly hear the noise from the pool below, but it didn't bother me in the least.
We had breakfast the following morning on the deck facing the pool, and it was just as filling as the previous morning. The mornings on the island are very peaceful, and I loved to walk outside the room to a beautiful view of the lake and its tranquility. Hotel Casona de la Isla was by far the best choice I could've made when looking for a nice place to stay on the island, and if I ever return to Flores, I will surely book my nights there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Island of Flores on the shores of Lake Peten Itza. It has 26 rooms with air conditioning , cable TV and private bathroom. Also offers the services of restaurant and bar, pool and jacuzzi , laundry , safe deposit boxes , free WIFI and conference room for up to 35 people. ... more less
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- Casona De La Isla Hotel