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La Casa De Don David
Ranked #1 of 12 El Remate B&B and Inns
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Madison, WI
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9 reviews
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“Great place!”
Reviewed June 3, 2009

This hotel has nice grounds with the view of the lake. They serve great Guatemala home cooking. When I stayed there in May of 2009, they gave you a free meal each day. The rooms were clean and the staff helped with setting up excursion and travel to other cities.

Great overall!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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NZ
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Reviewed May 9, 2009

Stayed here for two nights while checking out Tikal - its the perfect location for that as its in El Remate which is closer than Flores.
The spot is great, one meal a day is included in the price of the room (and they are yummy). A great feature is a water cooler for filling up your bottles. They're real helpful at reception and sorted out our Tikal transport plus our shuttle to Belize. Definitely recommend.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Idaho
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Reviewed April 21, 2009

We stayed two nights in April at Casa de Don David. It was a great base for exploring Tikal. The rooms were quiet, clean and basic. There was some nice landscaping on the grounds of the hotel which was fun for the kids to run around. The restaurant was quite good with a nice view of the lake and a meal was included in the price of the hotel. The price for the two nights was a great bargain. We all felt very safe while we were there and even left our cars parked there for a week while we shuttled to Belize. I would recommend paying the extra for an air conditioned room. It felt really good at the end of the day to enjoy some cool air---it can get really, really hot and steamy in Flores.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Georgia
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Reviewed April 7, 2009

Communication was excellent via email when we were planning our one night visit, and the hotel made arrangements for a car and driver between the airport and El Remate, where the hotel is actually located. They also arranged in advance a trip to Tikal, private guide, and boxed lunch. But the owner was away in the States when we arrived, and coordination and communication slowed. We were told by a desk clerk with little English knowledge that Internet access was unavailable to check in on our return flight from Flores, and when we arrived back for our flight, we found the flight time had been changed by three hours and the flight had left. Fortunately, there was a later flight.

When we arrived at Tikal for the private guide and tour for which we had paid the hotel, no guide was waiting and our driver appeared to convince one of the group guides to take us with him and his group of about 15. The guide later rode back to the hotel with us to try to be paid, and was apparently promised payment at a later time, since he left empty handed.

The facility itself was fine, with a great view of the lake, and the air conditioned room was a blessing. The temperature in the afternoon climbed above 100 during our early April visit. I would not want to be outside in August. The open air dining room served decent quality food, but one of us had intestinal problems for a day after eating only food from the hotel. This possibly was not the fault of the hotel, since all three of us had the same problem at different times during our trip to Guatemala.

Other reviewers lead us to believe the little problems we experienced are not indicative of this place, so we would give it another try if we were ever in the area.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed April 5, 2009

We loved this hotel and the town of El Remate. A much nicer location to spend a couple of days in than Flores. Woodwork in this town is amazing, higher quality and more reasonable than anywhere else.

The hosts at this hotel were perfect. Food is amazing. The trip to Tikal was breathtaking (do the 6am tour - we were there alone for at least 1 hour - but make sure you catch your 12pm bus back or you will be fleeced by other bus drivers pretending to take you back for free). Be careful going to temple VI (only go in a group).

Swim in the lake and take in the beauty and culture of this town. it is idyllic!!

My husband and father went on the canopy tour to Ixpanajul (excuse spelling) - they had a brill time and did also fdid the sky walkways. It is better to pay for tours in local currency than USD (you can change the USD at the hotel)

*****Beware if you are going from Flores to Belize City. We got the Linea Dorada bus that should take you direct and got thrown off at the Guatemalan border as buses are not allowed to do drop offs in Belize from Guatemala! It was dead easy to get from the border on public transport ($8 to belize City) but it is just better to just use public transport from the start.********

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Monument, Colorado
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204 reviews
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Reviewed April 1, 2009

I spent a lot of time researching our best option for a place to stay during our time in Tikal. I decided upon La Casa de Don David, and it met all of my expectations.

Please believe me when I say that it is the best option in the Flores/El Remate/Tikal area. It is a great value, and very comfortable.

The hotel exchanges dollars for quezetales at a better rate than any other place around. It also provides free purified water (which is very nice), free internet, and free dinner. Seriously, my wife and I stayed there for what a hostel in most places would cost.

It is also closer to Tikal than Flores, and we were the first ones at the Park, and had the Grand Plaza all to ourselves for 90 minutes (I'll remember that for the rest of my life). The hotel location (El Remate) is also closer to Belize, so the bus companies will gladly pick you up at your hotel on the way to Belize City.

There is a cool bar down the street, with a rope bridge that overlooks lake Peten Itza.

I've had friends that stayed at Tikal and in Flores, I even checked these places out in person while I was there........I'm very glad that we stayed at la casa de don david.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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colorado
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Reviewed March 29, 2009

The grounds and setting are peaceful and beautiful. Located right on a lake you can walk out behind the hotel to the end of the pier and watch the sunset. Onlyl about a 20 minute cab ride from the airport in Flores and only about a 30 minute shuttle ride to Tikal which was great because we were then able to be the first to the park in the morning. The shuttle picks you up straight from the hotel. The service was great. Very kind and hospitable people - primarily a family-run business. The free Internet was great as was the free purified water so you could fill up the bottles that they gave you when you arrived as many times as you wanted as well as any other bottles you had with you. Dinner was included w/the hotel cost and you were limited to what you could order w/out having to pay extra for dinner, but we managed to stay in the limit (doesn't include drinks). The town is TINY and definitely not a place you want to go if you're looking for a drinking/partying college scene. But the town's bars sufficed for us and we met some people who were also staying at our hotel that we were able to hang out with and it was relaxing and fun. The hotel grounds are kept up very well and there are hamocks on every porch of every room that you can lay in to enjoy it. Nothing I didn't like about this place - truly. Keep in mind you're not staying at the Marriott or a major resort so don't expect luxury.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: La Casa De Don David
Address: Route to Tikal | in Downtown, El Remate 17022, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Peten Department > El Remate
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in El Remate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 15 min. From the entrance to Tikal, we welcome you to our little piece of paradise. Don David, Yohana Rodas (Administrator)and staff have lots of helpful information, services and tours. The hotel has 13 rooms with private bath, hot water shower, fan or A/C with one meal included (breakfast)and free limited WiFi in the restaurant, and a guest computer also available. Bottled water is free to our guests. Enjoy typical Guatemalan and international meals in the restaurant from 6:30 am to 9 pm overlooking Lake Peten Itza. Our recently added Maya Garden Fire Show is unique and special featuring the largest Maya fire ring in the world. Relax in a hammock on your varanda or in our Gazebo or view the sunset or birds, from our observation deck, featuring the Toucan Express - a 200m zip line providing drink service to the deck. Learn about exotic fruit and plants in our large botanical garden and walk around of the Mayan Sacred Tree (la Ceiba) circle showing the four cardinal directions. On event nights feature the 266 meter ring of fire show for all groups staying two nights or more in the large Maya garden. We will try our best to make your stay pleasant! ... more   less 
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