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Be aware you absolutely need to know minimum Spanish or at least have a translator app because no one on site or in this town can speak a word of English. Not that speaking another language should be expected but it is definitely worth making a note of from a tourist's perspective. When we tried to check in there was no record of our booking, luckily we had a screenshot of our reservation and after that we were shown to our room. The room was very simple but with air conditioning. The wifi was very spotty and we had no electricity for about 3 hours the next day. There is a small shop where you can refill your water for free and grab snacks as well as a restaurant on site which served free breakfast to guests of the hotel. There is a good restaurant next door called El Arbol which is nice for lunch. Staff were not the most friendly, maybe because they were annoyed that we can't speak their language? In hind sight we should've probably stayed in Flores where there is a little more going on but if you are looking for a quiet place and can speak Spanish with confidence this place will be fine for you. El Remate is a little bit closer to Tikal which was our reason to stay here.
I have not traveled extensively, but this was my favorite hotel I have ever stayed at. It is nestled in the village of El Remate along the main road to Tikal. The rooms are arrayed around a central courtyard, with a few more rooms in the rear. The room itself was small, but well appointed, and perfect for my needs. It was clean, with fresh linens, and featured aircon and hot water. The main building features a convenience store and ice cream shop on the ground floor and with a restaurant above. The restaurant is the gem of Las Gardenias in my opinion and I spent a lot of time there eating, drinking coffee, and just sitting: enjoying the spectacular view of the lake and chatting with my friendly waiter, Bagner. WiFi is available for your phone and computer, which I was grateful for. The food was excellent. Almost everything I tried off the menu was absolutamente delicioso: great coffee, homemade tortillas, fresh fried plantains, and the best avocados I have ever had in my life. The only thing I don't recommend is the cheeseburger, which was just OK, but you're in Guatemala, what are you doing eating cheeseburgers!? The staff also was amazing and very friendly. They are professionals in hospitality, and I could not have felt more welcome. La empresaria, Magda, works very hard to take excellent care of her guests and is generally just a very wonderful person. Although this was my first trip to Guatemala, I absolutely want to go back and I hope this time I can bring my daughter to see this little jewel and experience it for herself as well.
On the main road, convenient to shops and restaurants this little hotel is snuggled inside a garden with airy patios (complete with hammocks). The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable. The restaurant bends over backwards to accommodate guests - Eduardo was our favorite - he practiced his English and helped us with Spanish. The front desk folks are super helpful and friendly - when we were temporarily stranded, they worked to find us space for a couple more days.
After a long day in Yaxha, my friends and I were looking for a place where we could try the 'Pescado Blanco'. Some people recommended 'el Muelle' but other recommended 'Las Gardenias' and a cheaper, more local alternative. Boy they were right. The food was amazing. We had a 120Q whole white fished, sauteed, with 'Hojas de Santa Maria'. The fish was cooked perfectly - it tasted like snapper. The garlic sauce and the Santa Maria leaves where also lovely. The licuados and the other side dishes were also quite tasty.
Room was clean. Good breakfast. The restaurant has a nice view on the lake. The location is perfect for visiting Tikal. The air conditioning is a real plus! I read before that there is a lot of noise of the busy road to Tikal, but that is not correct. The road isn't that busy and in our room we didn't hear cars pass...
We stayed in this hotel for one night on our way to Tikal. It is located on the road to Tikal in the small town of El Remate which is about 30min from the 1st entrance gate of Tikal. The hotel is also a travel agency and as such they offer organized tours to Tikal. The hotel has a restaurant that accepts credit cards at no extra charge which we appreciated because we were running low on Quetzales. Breakfast was included in our rate and served in the restaurant. The included free breakfast consists of 1 cup of tea or coffee and one of the breakfast dishes on the menu that are priced at Q30 or below per person. The breakfast tasted very good and the amount was appropriate. Our room was room 10 which is on the second floor. To reach it you go through a nice garden with tropical trees and carry your luggage up to the 2nd floor. The room was clean, but not much bigger than the 2 beds in it. There were 2 windows, a quiet and efficient A/C and a flat screen TV mounted to the wall. The bathroom had a good size and a nice shower. Complimentary soap and liquid hand soap were provided. There was only 1 large towel when we arrived but that was quickly remedied by the hotel. There is only space for 3 cars on the premises, which was sufficient when we were there. The restaurant staff spoke some English and the receptionists spoke very good English. Long story short: This is a nice, clean and affordable hotel which lies within 30min of the first entrance gate of Tikal. Everyone who plans to experience sunset or sunrise at Tikal and self-drive to Tikal should be warned, there will be plenty of people (often dressed in dark clothes) walking or riding unlighted bicycles on the streets after dark and there will be the occasional animal on the road. You may only see them when you are a few feet away and thus driving at night can be real dangerous.
Room was clean. Nice deck overlooking street. Restaurant was good. Staff was nice. With enough English for us to get by. Breakfast included with stay. Had not booked ride to Tikal before arriving in El Remate. Was able to do so at Hotel.
Everything is great in this comfortable Hotel. Rooms are big enough and always clean and fresh thanks to its air conditioning system, necessary for Peten's heat, a feature you will love specially if you come from Europe! I should recommend the food from the restaurant!! quite delicious and its menu has a wide variety available. The first time I was there on a business trip and they treated us (a party of 20) with the best service! the second time I went by myself and the service was even greater. I recommend "Las Gardenias" for backpackers or small groups or research teams that need a cool place to relax after a hard day's work. It is close to Tikal, Uaxactun and Yaxha, some of the most impressive Maya sites of Peten and that is something that for me, as an Archaeologist, is a fantastic feature. Cheers to the staff for all the good advice about tourist spots. Douglas.
We stayed just the one night at this hotel and probably would not stay here again by choice. The room wasn't very clean we had to ask for a new towel as it was dirty. One of the beds in the room still had hair and other stuff from the previous guest. The beds also were not very comfortable. Would prefer not to stay here again.
We stayed here before going to stay one night at a hotel closer to the park. As it turns out this is ideal for Tikal visits - whether day trip or sunset/ sunrise tour. The shower is great and the a/c and fan is perfect for returning to. We hired a driver to take us to Yaxha and this service was prompt, friendly and comfortable. No internet but there is a Internet cafe opposite. Lots of restaurant options around although the hotel restaurant is fine.
Hotel y Restaurante Las Gardenias places you next to Maya Biosphere Reserve and within a 5-minute walk of Lake Petén Itzá. This 12-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a restaurant, and free self parking.
Free cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning from 6:30 AM to 11 AM. In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.
The 12 rooms are air-conditioned and have balconies or patios and free bottled water. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels. Rooms also include free toiletries.
Hotel y Restaurante Las Gardenias features free WiFi in public areas, a library, and a terrace. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle for GTQ 220.00 per vehicle roundtrip. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a picnic area and a garden.