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“Beautiful hotel on the river” 5 of 5 stars
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El Hotelito Perdido
Rio Lampara | Barra Lampara, Rio Dulce, Livingston, Izabal, Guatemala   |  
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Leuven, Belgium
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“Beautiful hotel on the river”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I spend quite some time in the hotel, and it is absolutely one of my favorite spots to be. The location of the hotel is like paradise. The hotel is located on a small quiet river, and the only way to move is by boat or kayak. It absolutely adds to the charm, a lot of indigenous people live on the river the same way and you will see lots of local people pass by in there kayuco. If you are interested in getting the know the mayan culture, there is different opportunities. There is a small beautiful waterfall in the neighbourhoud as well and it makes a nice day trip to go there by kayak.The food is healthy and delicious, the cooks are two lovely local women living on the river as well. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The hotel itself has a lot of charm, my favorite is the big dining table were all guests sit together to eat dinner. It creates a great atmosphere; The hotel has beautiful furniture and nice hammacks with a good library.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Placencia, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

When planning our trip to the Rio Dulce/Livingston area, we really struggled with whether we should stay on the water in Livingston, or try a jungle experience here at the hotelito. After our first night here, we knew we had made the right choice!

From the minute you arrive, you will be warmly greet by the team here - Aska, Sarah and Max. I had many questions about what tours to do, transportation options, etc., but Sarah put my mind to rest immediately.

We stayed in the Bungalow Zapote at the back of the property. It was quite nice with a private bathroom (albeit cold water only - you can get hot showers in the communal shower for an extra $10Q/per shower), a loft bedroom with comfy double bed and blanket, and tons of windows for great air flow. The bed had a mosquito net, but I'm not convinced we needed it since usually the mosquitos were only a problem at dusk and dawn. There are steep stairs to the loft, so if you have bad knees, choose a one level accommodation.

The cabanas are made out of all natural materials - mahogany and stone mostly - and really give you a feeling of being connected with nature. There were two relaxing hammocks and one swing chair on our porch from which we could watch the hummingbirds or listen to the birds while reading a book or watching a DVD on our laptop.

If I had to do it over, I would probably stay in the Bungalow Mango, which is on the river itself, but you will probably encounter more bugs there. Be aware that the hotelito is 100% solar powered, which means no charging your laptops, cell phones, etc. And lights are only used as necessary at night. There is also no wifi. We found this no problem however, since lots of natural light streams into the cabana during the day and we were there to "disconnect." If you must check internet, a day trip to Livingston will do the trick.

At night, you will be treated to family style candlelit dinners, and the food here (for all meals actually - try the incredible tuna sandwiches) is great. We made it clear we were meat lovers, and Aska bent over backwards to accommodate our request at dinner every night. There's plenty of areas to sit and read in the common house, and a book share program.

We highly recommend for an excellent tour to hire the hotelito's boatman, Fredrico, and have him take you to the Rio Lampara waterfalls ($50Q pp), about a 20 minute boat ride from the hotel. The hotel packed us a lunch and we brought along some beers, and it was an amazing afternoon with no one else there. We hiked to the top of the waterfall and found lots of little pools to swim in. We also hired Fredrico for a day trip to Livingston ($200Q round trip for 2 people), and while fun, we couldn't wait to get back from the frenzied pace and dirty town we found there to the peaceful and clean hotelito.

The hotel will serve you 3 meals a day if you like. You should bring some snacks for yourself in between if you so desire. They have plenty of water, sodas, beers and wine for you to purchase. We enjoyed splurging and having a bottle of Chilean red every night before dinner ($80Q).

If you come, bring plenty of bug repellent and a flash light, as you will need it for the paths at night. Also long sleeved pants and shirts at dusk to combat the mosquitoes did the trick for us.

If you do come, it will be a trip you will always remember. We can't say enough good things about this place. You can get here by public lancha in Rio Dulce for $125Q pp or the hotelito will pick you up for $400Q per one way trip. If you're in a rush, do the latter, because the public lancha stops at the Castillo de San Felipe & the Hot Springs, adding a lot of time to the trip. Otherwise it's a quick & gorgeous 50 minute ride.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This small hotel is perfect for exploring the great nature surroundings but at the same time just for doing nothing. Very quiet, even if all the bungalows are booked, and many cozy hammocks and sofas. The food is absolutely great and freshly made and the staff is friendly. The prices are reasonable regarding the fact that everything has to be brought by boat. The attractions around (Hot Springs, Waterfall, Cave, Canon etc.) are not the most spectacular ones but very nice and without the flood of tourists of the bigger places. So you can enjoy these beautiful sites without any stress.
I loved it here and will definetly come back when I am in this area again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I spent three nights here and it was exactly what I wanted. The staff was very relaxed, the hotel was very comfortable, and the setting was absolutely breathtaking. It's a little off the "main drag" of the Rio Dulce (though even the Rio Dulce is pretty chill), with plenty to explore. It's the ideal place if you're looking for a quieter stretch in your travels.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

As a kid I love the Tarzan movies. Being a city boy an able to feel the luxury of living in the jungle through the movies was a great push to look for a place with quality of life... And El Hotelito perdido is lost enough to give you this experience, sailing through the Rio Dulce always make me feel that somewhere in the jungle Tarzan is watching us ready to save us from any dangers..

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Hotel Perdido simply is a very special place that I will not forget.
Not only is it situated right by the river with access to swim, kayak, tube or lie on a hammock. Its cabins and bungalows are very beautiful, very clean, all with mosquito nets, clean sheets and towels. And believe me, I don't write that easily:-)
The food is excellent, their breakfast comprises of delicious pancakes, fresh fruit salads and the best sandwiches I have had during my whole trip! What I especially loved was the dinner that everyone enjoys together while sitting in the very cozy common space which felt like my living room after just one day. The very caring and lovable staff served fresh vegetarian lasagna with salad and a heavenly good fresh chocolate cake afterwards.
They will ask you in advance whether you would like to eat meat, in our case no one needed it but just to say that it is possible to have meat as well. While reading in a big hammock, sitting at the pier by the beautiful water or lying in your nice bed you hear the sounds of the jungle which made me really happy and excited. All is pure nature at this place.

The overall atmosphere is very peaceful,warm-hearted and super relaxed, you always have space to be on your own if you want and also always the chance to meet super nice and open people from all over the world. The wonderful staff that consists of a really nice, funny and professional young woman who is managing the place (she also gives very good Yoga classes!!), a very dedicated and super caring, nice guy (who is also an excellent accordionist) and two nice women who help in the kitchen. They all take very good care of their guests which I felt as very relaxing too. You don't have to worry about anything. What could be more perfect than this? I can't think of anything!

Room Tip: We stayed in the bigger bungalow which was a dream. You even have your private veranda with two big...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We, my friend and I, stayed in Hotelito Perdido for two nights and we both loved it. This calm and peaceful place in the middle of the jungle was exactly what we had been looking for after having been travelling for a while.

At Hotelito Perdido, apart from its beautiful location - slightly off the main river Rio Dulce - at the Rio Lámpara, we very much appreciated the welcoming atmosphere there. The staff was absolutely amazing, helpful and accommodating and the food was delicious - fresh and healthy! The bungalows are basic but very well maintained, clean and comfortable and all the beds have mosquito nets.

Hotelito Perdido is the perfect place if you want to disconnect from the world for a few days and relax (in the middle of the jungle, only accessible by boat, no internet). We didn´t do any tours while we were there, we just enjoyed chilling in the hammocks at the dock or in the comfortable communal area or taking a swim from time to time in the river (which is perfect for swimming).

Anyway, if you are interested in discovering the local area on your own or with a guided tour there is plenty of things you can do (canoeing the river, visiting the local villages, kayaking to the hot springs, waterfalls, lagoons, caves etc.) and the staff is very helpful in giving you any information you need for planning your activities or organizing tours etc.

Hotelito Perdido is no luxury resort – and does not claim to be it – but (and put in the context to be located in a rainforest, only accessible by boat, solar heated etc.) when it comes to accommodation, food, atmosphere and a real and natural jungle experience you get high quality for a low price.

We really enjoyed our stay there and I will definitely go back to this place during my travels in Guatemala. Perfect deal! Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rio Lampara | Barra Lampara, Rio Dulce, Livingston, Izabal, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Rio Lampara Rainforest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Rio Lampara Rainforest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotelito Perdido is a boutique jungle eco lodge situated in the heart of the Rio Dulce National Park, tucked away on one of the small freshwater tributaries that feed the Rio Dulce. Although it feels like a million miles from anywhere, being just off the popular tourist route between Livingston and the town of Rio Dulce means that the hotel is easily accessible by boat. Both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide currently list the hotel as one of their ‘recommended destinations’ in the region. The hot springs, the manatee reserve and some beautiful waterfalls are within kayaking distance of the hotel. We rent kayaks and wooden cayucos, there is dock to swim from, beautiful tropical gardens with fruit trees, plenty of hammocks to relax in, games to play and good books to read. There is communal house with bar, lounge, restaurant area and kitchen. Near the communal house is a b-b-q area and there is a hammock house by the dock. We offer drinks, homemade food, we make our own bread and we eat our evening meal together, family style. The hotel can currently accommodate 14 guests. We offer bungalows with private bathrooms, rooms and a dormitory with 5 beds. ... more   less 
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