Comfy Digs at La Casa de Don David
The big pull of El Remate is Lake Petén Itza that sits like a shining swan in the middle of the rainforest. Its crystalline waters beckon swimmers to dive in without fear of crocodiles or other dangerous animals.
If you are planning a trip to visit the Tikal National Park, this village is worth considering as an additional place to enjoy. I would add at least one extra day onto a trip to Tikal to take advantage of the waters.
Our hotel of choice was La Casa de Don David. It is owned by El Gringo Perdido, Dave. Now 81, Dave has been a fixture of El Remate for many decades. He originally started the El Gringo Perdido hotel, later selling it and now owns and operates La Casa de Don David.
This clean and efficiently run 13 room hotel is just small enough to feel personal and cozy. Yet the property is quite expansive and includes a spectacular view of a Maya-inspired circle garden, an enormous Ceiba tree and the lake. Eating in the open-air restaurant one can enjoy a birds-eye view of the lawn and casitas.
A friendly, local English speaking staff is available to answer questions you may have about the hotel and the area. I found them particularly knowledgable and passionate about Mayan history and the ruins.
The rooms are simple and clean. Basic toiletries and wi-fi are provided but there are no hair dryers.
Breakfast is served between 6:30 - 10:30 AM. Dinner is served at 7 PM. Visitors should let the hotel know how many in your party will be dining at the restaurant at least 24 hours in advanced. All meals were delicious and safe for my gringo-sensitive stomach. They even packed a sandwich lunch for us to take into the park.
I would highly recommend this hotel. We very much enjoyed it!