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We traveled from San Pedro via Antigua and Guatemala City to Flores in the northern area of Guatemala. It was a lot hotter in the north, that's for sure, we were well and truly in the tropics. From Flores we caught a shuttle for about an hour further north to Tikal National Park, where we stayed at the Jungle Lodge, which is about a 30 minute drive …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsJungle Lodge Tikal National Park
Beautiful and convenient place to stay, to see the Tikal ruins. Very hot there though, with only a ceiling fan to cool you down. Bring your own bulk supply of agua pura too if possible, as they only have small bottles and they cost 10Q each.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jungle Lodge Tikal National Park
A really nice hotel complex, which is situated ideally for your tour of the ruins. The hotel is surprisingly luxurious for the location and conditions (use of generators).
What an amazing place to stay. Surrounded by the jungle, with spider monkeys, wild macaws, wild tucans, and howler monkeys all spotted when I was there. The cabins are apparently the original housing for the archeologists who first explored Tikal.
Luxury in the jungle
Staying in Tikal is a great experience! I visited the park on a day trip a few years ago, and much preferred staying overnight to aoid the crowds. Jungle Lodge is made up of pretty duplex bungalows, each with a porch and couple of chairs outside. The room was very nice and clean, and we had hot water for showers even during hours when the power was off. The only meals we ate at Jungle Lodge were those included in our package; they were fine, though nothing too special. The rooms here (and grounds) looked nicer than those at Jaguar next door, but we found the food and dining ambience to be better at the Jaguar.
We spent 3 nights at the Jungle Lodge and the location can't be beat. Only minutes away from the various temples, so you can easily catch them at sunrise or sunset. (This is highly desirable given the crowds of tourists that descend on the ruins at mid-day!)
It's a jungle! What do you expect?
I knew I was someplace special when I was awakened at 3:00 a.m. by the roaring of the howler monkeys all around the outside of our thatched bungalow. What a magnificent sound! Like 50 MACK trucks swarming in the air.
Clearly the best thing about this place is its proximity to the ruins. We caught sunset from atop one of the temples, and sunrise from another. The room was spartan but clean. The electricity was occasional. The bathroom was entirely adequate. And the food was satisfying. The rocking chairs on the restaurant porch were also a plus.
Fix the pool
First of all, it's hot and humid here in April - nothing the hotel can do about that, EXCEPT have a pool that is functional! We were looking forward to a cool dip after a hot sweaty day in the ruins and instead found a pool filled with milky colored water. No explanations, no apologies, not discounts offered.
Our room was nice enough except that the mosquito netting was not as generous (large) as we had at other jungle hotels. It made sleeping a little more difficult. Bathroom was beautiful. Grounds were beautiful - we saw many howler and spider monkeys on the property.
We elected to have dinner at the nearby Jaguar Inn, but our breakfast at the Jungle Lodge was terrific.
Fix the pool, or at least apologize, and this is a 3-star.
We keep going back
We are budget travellers who have returned to the Jungle Lodge several times over the last 15 years. There are two rows of simple, clean double rooms with two brand new SHARED bathrooms that don't appear to be booked by tours because they have always been available These are not separate cabins but are in the back against the jungle. Last year a double was about $27US a night. You need to ask for them specifically. The electricity goes out during the day, the food is a better deal at the Jaguar and the last two times the pool was murky and not very inviting. But you can't beat the price when you can wake up at dawn and be in the ruins in ten minutes.
The location of the Jungle Lodge can't be beat...right next to the ruins entrance & close enough to the jungle to see some monkeys and agoudis running around the hotel grounds.
Be Aware of Unknowns
Really enjoyed our recent trip to Guatemala and especially Tikal... BUT, as for the Jungle Lodge, there are some things you should know! While the room was nice...
1 - meals are by buffet and the dinner one cost 90Q per person. It was 'OK' but for that price it was not worth it. Got more for less at the Hotel Atatlan, Casa Los Thomas in Chichi and Casa San Carlos in G City
2 - the power is off from about 10 PM to somewhere around 2-3 AM so bring a flashlight
3 - the beer might be warm