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The Round House

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La Pintada | in between the hot spring and canyon, on the Rio Dulce, Livingston, Rio Dulce 18002, Guatemala
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The roundhouse has a fantastic location on the river, making it a great base to explore the Rio Dolce from (by kayak, which you can hire for 30q per person per day). The accommodation is pleasant, but very open, so not ideal if you are squeamish about bugs and the like. The family style meals were nice and generous, and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To me, Round House is, by itself, the reason to stay in the Rio Dulce area. I can see why people stay longer than they thought they would. It's just pleasant, quiet, simple, well-managed, well-designed. You can actually take a nap in a hammock here without feeling like you're missing anything. You're not missing anything. You're supposed to take a... More 

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St Denis, La Reunion
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This place is perfectly isolated for those who want to take it easy for a few days. It's a 2 hour boat ride from Rio Dulce and about 20 minutes from Livingston. If you book in advance they can pick you up so it's cheaper than the public boat. The hostel is cute and built on several floors, the dorm... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We planned to stay only 1 night at The Round House, but we ended up staying for 11 days there. Chris and Dani made this place a home for travellers who love jungle, river, birds and whistling insects, and of course the Eco-life style. I very much enjoyed my daily chilling time at the dock, watching different boats come and... More 

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Clam Lake, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My stay there was very relaxed and I was surprised and interested to see how native folks came and went along the river. The owners and staff were always a step ahead of me if I needed anything. There was no waiting. Excellent food and cleanliness in a beautiful setting.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The hostel was clean, beds comfortable and the evening meals delicious. The location is serene and with the exception of the hostel there is nothing else there. The service was OK, I did not like having smoke blown in my face by bar staff however. My biggest complaint is that being in such a remote location the only way to... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Stayed as a couple at this hostel for 3 nights spanning New Year's Eve. Rain or shine had a fun time. The owner, volunteer workers, and other guests are mostly alternative types, and really interesting / fun / friendly people. Did nothing but relax, eat, drink, visit the local area, and hang out in this jungle escape. ps. Also stayed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

danni and Chris were very welcoming. Rustic accommodation, no frills but nicely done and a bang for your buck in a dorm room. Massive communal dinners and just a good laugh. Would definitely go back and also recommend.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Round House is exactly that - one large round house, with the common area/bar/kitchen on the main level, and the private rooms upstairs. The dorm room is a loft above the private rooms - you can hear most things through the walls/ceiling. The rooms are also a little dim - the Round House being solar powered there aren't a... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We can't understand the 5 star review: although the hostel in itself was nice, the vibe was a bit awkward mostly caused by the owners. The owners seem to fight each other. One shared his court battle over another hostel and didn't liked his guests at all. We shared this feeling with another couple we were traveling with, and moved... More 

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