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“Decent hotel rooms and an awful dirty dorm with bed bugs” 1 of 5 stars
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Rio Dulce area, Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fronteras
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“Decent hotel rooms and an awful dirty dorm with bed bugs”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

I happened to stay in the dorm, which featured a broken floor lamp, tied to the bed by a string, that would regularly shoot out some sparks from broken wires and go off, then one of not very friendly staff memebers would come and "fix" it with a bit of a tape. The beds were in a state as well, the shower in the shape of a pipe in the ceiling was dirty (but you can use the communal showers by the hotel rooms, which are much better) with only cold water and the toilet seat next to it, which was also used by all internet cafe clients. And I got rash from bed bugs there too, which is only clearing up after three weeks... £3.50 per bed and free rash included... They had a nice cafe though and it is a good jumping off point for exploring the lake and the rivers.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

Had the worst experience here, the staff took my luggage from the room and stole my I-pod and possessions. Had to get the police involved.

I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

Nice pool, nice room, good restaurant! I stayed in two different hotel, and Bruno is my first choice!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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The Dalles, Oregon
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59 hotel reviews
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147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2009

My friend and I stayed 2 nights in Rio Dulce town (Las Fronteras) with a boat trip up the Rio Dulce to Livingston during our full day there. For such a quick trip Bruno's was perfect - close to the bus stations and town, right on the river so the colectivo boat to Livingston could pick us up on the hotel's dock. Our 3rd floor room was large and clean with a wonderful view of the pool and river through the tree tops. The restaurant was good and a decent value and we loved having the pool; internet was expensive and slow. If we'd had more time we might have chosen a more jungly, out-of-the-way option, but we were basically just breaking up the bus ride from Lake Atitlán to Flores with a day trip to Livingston so the location and amenities of Bruno's were a good match for our needs.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2009

I just needed an easy convenient place to overnight and catch the bus the next morning, and Bruno's did the job. The room was spacious, the AC was nice, the water was hot, and the price was right. I wouldn't choose Bruno's for an extended stay around RD, but for one night it fit the bill.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2008

The hotel is located alongside the Izabal Lake. It has rooms with or without private bathrooms (always private bathrooms recommended). It has a SMALL swimmingpool and a nice cafeteria (open til 22:00). Rooms are OK. Cleanliness is a weakness and must improve. Very cheap and conformtable.
Noises (shouts, voices and screams) were heard from other rooms.

  • Liked — Cheap, A/C, Hot Water, Confortable
  • Disliked — Cleanliness in general
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Longueuil, Canada
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216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2008

Fronteras, or simply Rio Dulce as most people call it, is altogether a hole of a place, where people just pass through on the way elsewhere (mostly to El Peten). The town (if you can call it that!) is mostly a single main street, actually the road leading to the monstrous bridge with constant, bumper-to-bumper traffic. Bruno's is located just off this main road, just far enough away to ensure some peace and quiet. The grounds of the hotel are quite large and serve as a parking lot. The hotel section is just a cement bunker with some pretty bare, but clean, and respectably large rooms with quite comfortable double beds. All come with a/c and TV. The bathrooms are as plain as the rooms, and some don't even have mirrors! Bruno's is quite popular with sailors as there is a marina and outdoor restaurant, the latter serving mostly American-type as well as local food. There is a small pool, which is a nice touch on a hot summer day. Lunch comes to about 10$ and dinner to 15$. Good and inexpensive Happy Hour drinks...If you absolutely have to spend the nice in Rio Dulce, this is the best place, without a doubt!

  • Liked — The location, the outdoor restaurant
  • Disliked — No mirror in the bathroom
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Bruno's Hotel and Marina

Address: Rio Dulce area, Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Izabal Department > Rio Dulce > Fronteras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fronteras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Brunos Hotel Fronteras
Bruno's Hotel And Marina Rio Dulce, Guatemala - Fronteras

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