Room 1 with private bath and ACRoom 1 private bath

Entire home/flat

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4 bedrooms

5 beds
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About this listing

The space

On the shores of lake Petén Itzá, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (8 in 4 bedrooms for an extra fee), two with ensuite, the other two share a bath. Ideal for families and friends. Private deck and beach.

We have a total of 3 rooms to rent (4 bedrooms for an extra fee), by the room or you can rent the entire property. Please check my other listings if you wish to reserve just a room.
Now with Wi-Fi!


- Non accessible for wheelchairs and there are steps down to the house and down to the lake.
- Located right on the lake, for people who want to relax in nature
- Sometimes the road gets bad but 99% of the year you're ok with a normal car
- Limited access to internet (500Mo a day, more than enough to browse and social media), not to stream movies or upload big files) as we don't have a landline nearby
- 1 mile from basic shops, 20 miles from supermarket, bring your food if you want to cook)


PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:

This is a waterfront property, with 30 meters of private beach over Lake Petén Itzá. There is a small thatched house with 2 bedrooms sharing one bathroom, a kitchen and pantry, and a separate unit with a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, summer kitchen and panoramic terrace. I generally live there, so if you rent a room I will be there too. If you rent the whole property while I am traveling, there will be a gardener and a maid coming to clean and upkeep the property.

This part of Lake Petén Itzá is still wild and quiet, at night you will hear hawler monkeys and frogs, you can fish, hike in the jungle, etc. We also have a chicken coop on the property. They will be there even if we are not but the handyman will feed them, so no work is required on your side. Just know they are there.

ROOM 1:

Big room, about 20sqm 220sqft, plus en-suite bathroom with shower. This room has A/C. One queen size bed (Guatemalan queen size is a little smaller than US queen size, at 160cm), bedside tables and lots of space to store your things, desk, a dozen plugs to charge your laptops and phones.

The bathroom has a walk-in closet, and the shower has hot water via an electric system, meaning the water is hot but not boiling hot.

This room has huge 8 sqm French door that offers a gorgeous view over the lake. This is also the room with the most privacy of the property.


ROOM 2:

This is a medium room, about 12 sqm, 125 sqft, with a big wardrobe, two single beds and a bedside table. I has a partial lake view and you see the garden as well. The room has no A/C, we can provide a fan if nights are hot. All the windows are closed by mosquito nets.

It is a simple, clean room with a couple of plugs too if you need to charge things.

The room shares a bathroom with room 3, although it is quite unlikely that we would rent both room to different travelers, so you would either share it with your family, or have it to yourself.

The bathroom has an electric shower, meaning the water is hot but not super hot. Compared to most Guatemalan showers it is above average, but quite simple by Western standards.

ROOM 3:
This is a small room, about 8sqm, 80sqft, with a double bed that is 140cm wide, a desk and a couple of bedside tables. It has no view, because its two windows that are mosquito nets are over the corridor that leads to room 3, so you can see partially the lake and garden but through that double mosquito net from the room’s windows and the corridor.

It has weaved carpets on the ceiling to keep it fresh and is the freshest room of all, when you don’t count the A/C in room 1. It has a couple of plugs for your things, and you can store your belonging in the desk’s drawers but it does not have a formal wardrobe.

Room 3 shares a bathroom with room 4, see above for description.

ROOM 4:
Same as room 1, queen bed, AC, private bath, it is a bit smaller but has its own outside living area with sofa and table and hammock.


KITCHEN:

If you rent by the room, you will have access to the little house’s kitchen, with a gas oven and hob, big fridge and chest freezer. If you rent the whole property, there is also an open air kitchen on the roof of room 1 that you can use to barbecue and eat outside.

PANORAMIC TERRACE:
We have a nice panoramic terrace overlooking the lake, ideal to rest, there is a hammock, a bean bag, and a table big enough to sit 12 people.

BEACH AND DECK:

The private beach is 30 meters wide, it has a deck with a couple of hammocks, and the water is generally crystal clear, it gets a bit muddy on the rainy days. The best sunsets are from October to February. The lake is around 30 degrees/80F year round so you can swim at any time.

GETTING THERE / AMENITIES

It is better if you have your own vehicle, at the moment (April 2015) the road is in good shape, it gets bad with the rains around September but safe for a few days per year you can access with a normal car. Otherwise by public bus, there are 4 buses a day from Flores to San Pedro, or you can take a microbus hourly from Flores to San José, 6 miles away, and hire a tuktuk from there. It takes about 40 minutes by car to go to Flores and one hour to Tikal, 1 hour by bus to go to Flores, we can book you a tour to Tikal but there are no public buses where we are that will take you there. You can take a bus to Flores, then to Tikal if you prefer.

Our village is small and you will find basic shops that sell a few fruits, vegetables, dry goods and drinks. The nearest supermarket where you will find more choice is 20 miles/30km away. We recommend you bring your food on arrival if you like to cook.


MEALS

We can provide meals for you as well. The rate is $4 for breakfast, $10 for dinner. We can prepare vegetarian meals too.

INTERNET

We have no landline to get fast internet, so we use a USB modem to connect to the internet, and the quality of connection varies greatly from day to day.
The wifi works in a 5 meter radius of where you plug it, so if you are on your own you can take it to your room, otherwise it will be in the living room for all to use.
It has a data limit of 500Mo a day per 24 hour and when it is up you can purchase more credit or we will put a new plan the next day.

Tenemos internet con modem USB y les podemos prestar una computadora si no tienen. No hay inalámbrico. Ofrecemos servicio de desayuno por Q30 y cena por Q80. También chofer a Tikal por Q400 y Yaxhá Q500 con un minibus para hasta 8 personas.

If you rent the entire property, we may not be on site, but we have a full time staff for maintenance that is here Monday to Saturday noon. We have built a separate unit on the land where we may be staying while you rent the main house.

Es un lugar tranquilo, en medio de la selva. No hay vecinos, el pueblo está a 800 metros, se puede ir caminando, hay tiendas básicas, una playa pública y un campo de fut.

The easiest way for you to come is with your own vehicle. Sometimes during the rainy months the road is pretty bad, and a small 4WD is better, although the road usually gets fixed quickly and normal cars can use it 99% of the year.

There is a public bus 4 times a day from Flores to San Pedro, otherwise there are minivans every half hour to San José, then you can hitch to San Pedro or we also offer pickup service.

From Belize, Tikal and El Remate, you would have to do a bus change in Flores, or take the North road around the lake hitching one of the many pickup trucks that carry locals. There is no set schedule for those. The last bus from Flores to San Pedro is at 6pm, arriving shortly past 7pm. It stops in front of our house if you ask them to.

Interaction with guests

I may or may not be there. Available on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) and will have staff to help you if I'm not around.


The space
Bathrooms: 3
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 5
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: 20 / night after 6 guests
Security Deposit: 100
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Availability
1 night minimum stay

25 Reviews

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Mirza User Profile
May 2017
This was a great location. We enjoyed our time in Guatemala as well as this location. Given that it's by the water we were able to enjoy the lake too.

Sergio User Profile
March 2017
Really nice and peaceful place by the Petén Itzá Lake. Tikal is close from the village but it is a little far away from the center, make sure you bring your stuff (food, beverages, etc). Pauline was really nice and communicative with us, always taking care of what we needed. I recommend the place if you want to have a very quiet vacation time.

Linn User Profile
February 2017
We stayed at Pauline's place the 8 of us (2 families including 4 adults and 4 kids). We really liked it there. The basic bungalow is adjacent to the kitchen ; then there are 2 seperate rooms. The kitchen is very simple ; we were glad to have Pauline cooking for us great meals as we were coming back every evening pretty late ! Thanks for that ! If you want to cook yourself, shop in advance in Flores. The access to the lake is the real asset here ; the kids and the adults loved it ! The water is so clear and warm. The communication with Pauline was very smooth and easy. She is a great host.

Claudia User Profile
January 2017
Thank Pauline, your place is very nice and peaceful I wish we could stay longer to enjoy the beauty that it is around

Travis User Profile
August 2016
We arrived late at night in the rain and Pauline waited to insure that we found her home. The listing was just as beautiful as her pictures show it to be (we took plenty of pictures of the lake). The rental is in a very quiet area, which made it perfect for relaxing on her dock.

Kenya User Profile
August 2016
The road to the house is dirt road so be prepared to drive slowly for about 20 minutes. We arrived at night, after a 11 hour drive so we were a bit nervous, tense and worried that we passed the house but eventually we got there! But the house and location was paradise ! It was amazing having a beautiful area just to ourselves. Raquel was so sweet and such a great help. We did have a power outage to the house but raquel explained to us that when two showers are being used at the same time, the power will shut off. So be careful for that. Other than that, have fun and enjoy it!

Annie User Profile
July 2016
Beautiful view of the lake with relaxing areas to sit and read. However the dirt road to get there and the entry driveway damaged the rental car which wasn't a 4x4. The kitchen was less than desirable for the price. Raquel, who came daily to clean was friendly and helpful.

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Pauline User Profile

Hey I am Pauline, originally from Paris, France, I have been living since 2012 on the shores of beautiful lake Petén Itzá.
I love Guatemala and am happy to help you arrange details of your stay in the North. I rent part or all of my house which has its own private beach and deck.
I often travel back to Europe or elsewhere, so am both a host and a guest.

Languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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