Flores is a small island in Lake Petén Itzá. It’s a cute and quaint place, with cobblestone streets and pastel buildings. There are a handful of good restaurants and cafés here, and you’ll enjoy fabulous views of the lake across much of the island. Flores is connected to the mainland town of Santa Elena by a causeway. Recreational activities include kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and birding, much of which is done on the mainland.
Casa Azul means “Blue House” in Spanish. True to its name, this hotel is painted in a deep blue color. It’s also fairly small and is run by a friendly staff, so the title of “house” is fitting. You can walk most everywhere in Flores from this hotel.
The rooms here are simple but satisfactory. They are clean and tidy, with tile floors and comfy beds. All rooms have a private hot-water bathroom and air conditioning. There are cable TVs, wireless Internet (although the reception can be spotty in places), and mini-fridges that allow guests to store food or drinks. What’s more, the rooms have balconies that overlook either the lake or street—the ones facing the lake are especially beautiful. Casa Azul’s nine rooms can sleep 1–3 people.
Casa Azul has an open lobby stocked with sofas, filtered water, and a public computer. Even better, on the third floor there is a shared patio overlooking the lake. This is a great place to relax with a beer and watch the sunset.