Tikal tours are among the most popular in Guatemala, giving visitors the chance to explore the largest excavated Mayan ruins found anywhere in Central America. Both magical and breathtaking, Tikal is a destination worthy of a visit on any Guatemala vacation, and often tourists opt to stay in nearby Flores, where you can find a nice selection of Flores hotels. However, others prefer to be closer to Tikal to maximize their Tikal experience. With three Tikal hotels located within the Tikal National Park, you can find Tikal lodging that has you within walking distance of the ruins. The following information gives travelers an idea of what they can expect to find when searching for Tikal accommodations. One thing to note about these Tikal hotels is that they are powered by a generator which shuts down at around 9 or 10 at night and comes back on around 5 or 6 a.m.
The Jungle Lodge Tikal hotel, sometimes known as the Posada de la Selva, is the biggest of the Tikal hotels, and it is arguably the most comfortable. Most of the rooms you will find here are located among the spacious bungalows. The bungalows offer mosquito nets to keep the pesky insects at bay, tile floors and two double beds. You can also stay in one of the newer junior suites, which feature large king-size beds and private patios. If you have budget concerns, you can opt for one of the 12 standard rooms where bathrooms are shared. This hotel features beautifully landscaped grounds, a nice swimming pool and a restaurant with some of the best food in Tikal. The Jungle Lodge Tikal hotel is the closest of all the Tikal accommodations to the park entrance, and the staff will readily help you plan Tikal tours to the stunning Tikal ruins. Other places to relax at the Jungle Lodge Tikal include the bar and on your bungalow patio, where you can take in the views and sounds of the jungle’s wildlife.
Another wonderful choice among Tikal accommodations is the Tikal Inn. While it is the farthest Tikal lodging option from the entrance to the Tikal ruins, it enjoys a setting among the jungle’s trees. As is the case with the Jungle Lodge, the best lodging here is found in the hotel’s bungalows, which are wonderfully decorated with thatched roofs, wood trim and local textiles and furniture. The Tikal Inn also offers more standard rooms, which are spacious, if not a bit spartan. All rooms have private bathrooms. While the food here is not as good as the Jungle Lodge, it is good nonetheless, and the Tikal Inn makes up for it with a small internet café onsite. On those extra steamy jungle days, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, and another plus is that both breakfast and dinner are included in your rates. The Tikal Inn features a tour desk to help you plan Tikal tours, and its bar is a nice place to relax with a drink after a busy day exploring the Tikal ruins. Strolling through the Tikal Inn’s gardens rewards guests with the chance to view the toucans and monkeys that reside in the rainforest trees. The Tikal Inn is a great option for Tikal Lodging and is well-priced, offering lower rates than the Jungle Lodge.
Of the few Tikal accommodations options, the Jaguar Inn is the most moderately priced. The Jaguar Inn, like the other Tikal lodging choices, also offers bungalows. The bungalows feature large king-size beds and verandas. The more standard rooms, while not including many amenities, are spacious and clean and most feature two queen-size beds. Travelers who may be on a rather tight budget can camp at the Jaguar Inn, where a minimal fee gets you use of a locker and a hammock with a mosquito net. There is no pool at the Jaguar Inn, but this most affordable selection among Tikal accommodations does have a restaurant serving good, international food and they serve up some pretty darn good coffee here. As with the other Tikal lodging choices, the proximity to the ruins can not be beat. While “outside” travelers waste time getting to the park, you can beat the tourist rush with an easy walk to have the Tikal ruins almost to yourself in the morning. And, getting back to your hotel is just as easy. The Jaguar Inn has internet access in the lobby and also has a gift shop.