We loved this place. We stayed here as our launching point to explore Peten and Tikal. We traveled with our 3 young children, ages 10, 7 and 7. I highly recommend this for any family traveling with children over the age of 5. After 2 days in Guatemala city we were ready to be somewhere that the kids could run and we didn't have to worry, this is that place.
Don David's reminded us of those old motor lodges you'd stay at during those long family road trips. Nothing fancy just the basics. Your own hot shower, toilet and sink, a front porch to look over the common yard, clothes line to dry things out on, beds and a dining table and chairs. And of course the common eating area and store. What else would you need in this part of the world? They provided sheets, blankets, towels and fresh drinking water, fill your bottles all you want.
The store had all the conveniences you needed, forgot sunblock? They have it. Need bug spray? They have it. Dying for a cold ice cream bar in the sticky heat? Good Humor is there! Do you need an ice cold beer? Look no further. Exhausted and don't want to go out, a home cooked meal would hit the spot? The restaurant is it.
Would you rather spend your money locally than on some hotel chain? Don David is it. His employees are local, bright, smartly dressed, well informed and polite.
David himself is a sweet man, ex-pat from the US he built this place himself and he's adding on apartments for extended stay visitors. His wife Rosita was incredible she helped us along in ideas for things to do besides Tikal that would entertain the children. Speaking of which David had our kids all pumped for a special surprise on our last night, they had to be good. Sure enough he delivered with a tour of his gardens at night. He took the kids around and showed them lemongrass, all spice, banana tree, a little plant that you can make "go to sleep" a tree that can't live without a certain kind of ant and the ant can't live without the tree and finally tarantula's. (ok don't be scared people they are there and you didn't even know it) David explained the habitat of the spider to our children and they loved it.
I can't say much else about this place, lake Peten Itza is incredible clear warm water, we loved it here and hope to return. If you have any questions don't hesitate in contacting us for feedback.
- 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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