Despite the high prices (there are only a few hotels near the national park and they all seem to charge whatever they like, though Hotel Tikal Inn was the least expensive), we chose to stay rather than take a day trip in order to maximise our time in the national park.
The grounds were beautiful and well looked after and the pool was a great place to cool off in the afternoon after a sweaty morning walking around the ruins. The rooms were spacious and clean enough and I thought it was good that electricity wasn't available all day/night to minimise light pollution at night.
Unfortunately the food was just terrible. It was like having school dinners and things were undercooked and flavourless.
The sunrise tour was excellent (although we were not impressed at having to get up for a 4am start and then have to wait for more than half an hour for a family of americans who couldn't be bothered to get up on time - the hotel should have a stricter policy and leave without people if they can't be on time). Our guide was knowledgable and, as we had walked around a lot of the site the day before, it was great to get a detailed explanation and it meant we didn't have to rush around during the tour.
The transport was good though late to pick us up from Flores and late to return us to Flores - I suspect that is just Guatemala time though :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tikal Inn is located in Tikal National Park. It sits on the edge of the jungle and it is only a ten minute walk from the center of the Maya Ruins (Grand Plaza). The hotel's traditional architecture provides a comfortable setting to relax, bird watching, wild life observation and enjoy the natural beauty of Tikal National Park. All rooms have private bathrooms, hot water, and ceiling fans. We have a swimming pool, front desk/conference center for 80, bar and restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tikal Tikal National Park