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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Great, relaxing atmosphere. Surrounded by nature. Dani and Chris were fantastic to chat too and very knowledgeable about all of Central America. Take the kayaks for a paddle to the hot springs (only 50Q for a double)! We stayed in the dorms and it was spacious, clean and cheap!

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Antigua, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I only had time for two nights at The Round House or I would happily have stayed weeks. Dani and Chris could not have been more welcoming, fun, and hospitable hosts from our first meeting, and the hotel itself is something not to be missed. Built into the jungle, The Round House feels like part of its natural surroundings, and... More 

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Leon, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

It starts with a boat trip up the river that will be the highlight of your day - the jungle rising out of the river on both sides, dwarfing the boat, is spectacular and not to be missed. And then you arrive at the Round House. It's a funky space designed to welcome nature and blend with the natural environment.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Round House while visiting Guatemala and it was an amazing experience. When we first arrived at the Rio Dulce dock, Chris was already waiting for us with his boat to drive us to the hostel. Once we arrived at the hostel, we immediately fell in love with this place. Their private dock with... More 

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Kemah, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Based on a recommendation (thanks Stuart at Casa Nostra restaurant in Livingston) and a quick glance at TA I made arrangements for a night visit to the jungle lodge on the Rio Dulce. Chris, the proprietor met me at my hotel and with a fellow traveler we boarded his panga and headed upriver. A nights say ended up as three... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

This was the first hostel that I stayed in during my 3 week trip in Guatemala. I was a bit worried because this was my first hostel stay and I solely decided to stay because of a random reference I received on a travel forum. I was also second guessing my decision to commit 5 nights to a hostel that... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I went with my girlfriend a few months back. We got picked up in Livingstone by Chris, the owner - and the hilarity ensued. This guy is a legend, and he runs his establishment with Dani amazingly. We were going to stay for one day, ended up staying a week. Cheap food - family style dinner - and delicious. All... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

First off, let me preface this review by saying that I am a complete jerk for waiting a whole three months to review this wonderful place. I probably deserve to be banned for life (but please don't - I don't think I could survive without this place and these people in my life!). It has become my happy place where... More 

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Victoria, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

The magic of Round House results from three intersecting factors: 1. A lodge on a jungle river "highway". A beautiful, rich jungle with a lodge embedded in it. 2. A dock and platform over the river where you arrive and leave from, but you also where you lounge for hours (or days in our case) in hammocks, watching life float... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

My boyfriend an I spent two nights in this relaxing and beautiful place and enjoyed every second! We stayed in a nice clean private room for only 110q. All the food, especially the family style dinner was amazing and in a very reasonable price! They make their own bread and home brewed beer which you've got to taste!! The atmosphere... More 

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