Hostel Review: Flores – Hotel Casa Del Lancandon

The island of Flores is so small that any place to stay on the island will probably do.  That being said you may want to shop around for a place or a room with a view that you prefer.  I stayed 4 nights at Hotel Casa Del Lacandon.  The rooms were definitely cramped and the beds were not the most comfortable, but the price was right.  I shared a small room with two single beds and private bathroom for less than $7 each.  I also stayed in another cramped room for two nights on my own for $9 per night.  A few of the rooms in the rear had great views of the lake.  If you didn’t have a room with a view you were only steps away from a magnificent view from the terrace.

The showers had plenty of hot water and the wifi was reliable.  These two things, along with the spectacular terrace view make Hotel Casa Del Lacandon a nice budget option for backpackers.  The owners are nice and also speak a little English.  They offer laundry service and meals at the terrace cafe.  I needed a place to store my computer the day I visited Tikal and the owner kept it locked up in his room.  Not an ideal place in my mind, but it was my best option at the time and it worked out well in the end.

A Day In Flores

view of the lake from the shore

view of the lake from Flores island

Wake up. Throw on some clothes and flip-flops. Wander over to Cool Beans for some breakfast along the shore. Pop open your laptop and take care of your online chores. Go for a quick dip in Lago Peten Itza or take a lake cruise. Walk up the hill for a cheap lunch from the fast food stands and fruit vendors. After lunch shop around for your transport/tour to Tikal and maybe pop across the lake to San Miguel, San Andres or San Jose and have a look around. Clean up for a nice dinner on the island and some drinks afterwards at any of the shoreline bars. Be sure to call it an early night so you can wake up at 4 in the morning for your 1 hour ride to Tikal. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Flores, Guatemala is a small and peaceful island that you could walk completely around the perimeter within 30 minutes. There are several restaurants, cafes, and bars to choose from. There are also many budget accommodation options. It is located about 40 miles from the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal and makes a good base to stay at if you plan to visit the ruins. Continue reading