The twin towns of Flores and Santa Elena lie along the southern shores of Lake Petén Itzá. Flores is set on a small island that’s connected to Santa Elena by a causeway. Flores, with its pleasant pace and charming old buildings, is the main destination in the immediate area. Santa Elena is busier than Flores but is still a good place to access the nearby attractions, including the Tikal National Park. There are several good restaurants in Santa Elena, as well as some simple Mayan ruins that can be visited.
Hotel del Patio is a small and conveniently located hotel. It’s a short walk to the bridge that leads to Flores and a 3-minute drive from the Mundo Maya International Airport. A number of grocery stores are also within walking distance. The hotel is set in a lovely neocolonial building, with rooms that surround a nicely manicured central courtyard.
The rooms here are clean and well furnished. The beds are comfy and have nice pillows. Air conditioning keeps the rooms cool, which is especially important during the hotter months. All rooms have a private hot water bathroom, as well as a cable TV, telephone, and safety deposit box. The rooms open onto a balcony or patio that overlooks the courtyard.
Hotel del Patio has a swimming pool surrounded by potted plants—this is a pleasant place to relax in the afternoon and cool off with a swim. There is reliable wireless Internet offered throughout the hotel, which allows guests to hang out in the courtyard or by the pool and check their email.
The La Fuente Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the hotel, provides a stylish environment where you can enjoy good food. The menu has both national and international dishes, which can be eaten inside the restaurant or out in the courtyard. The restaurant can also make box lunches that you can take with you on day trips to surrounding attractions. The restaurant is open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 P.M. and offers room service.