El Hotelito Perdido

El Hotelito Perdido

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#1 of 6 lodges in Rio Dulce
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Please email or call us directly if the dates you have chosen show as sold out. 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, we organize various tours (to Livingston, Tiger's Cave, Mayan Q'eqchi village, Manatee Reserve etc.). We offer drinks, homemade food, we make our own bread and we eat our evening meal together, family style. There is dock to swim from, Gym and Yoga House for guests to use, 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 and restaurant, there is a b-b-q area and hammock house by the dock. The hotel can currently accommodate 14 guests. We offer bungalows with private bathrooms, rooms and the Jungle Loft with 5 beds. The hotel is fully solar powered.
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Breakfast available
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Rio Lampara, Rio Dulce 18002 Guatemala
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Carols89 wrote a review Mar 2022
London, United Kingdom66 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotelito Perdido has everything we were looking for in our stay in Rio Dulce: the location, the people, the food, the vibe.

The staff is super kind and professional, always helping you plan and book your next activity and trip. The food (vegetarian options, all homemade) is delicious - their bread and homemade chocolate are a must-try.

The place is just beautiful, surrounded by the jungle and on the river, that you can explore with a kayak or paddle board. The place is perfect for travellers who want to relax but also experience a feeling of community and make new friends. Dinner is served at 6.30 pm around the main table, so everyone gathers together and that’s how you meet amazing people.
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Filip K wrote a review Jan 2024
Silesia Province, Poland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic place to stay. You can really chill out. Jungle arround wih all fantastic sounds. Phone can be only charged in reception as well as internet availability. This makes you really realx without all these electronic stuff. Nucę to kayak around. Food is great, vegetarian which suits all. Owners are amazing, helpful and very nice. Wish to be back one day!
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Great place to visit.
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Gillian M wrote a review Apr 2023
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A truly beautiful stay. We loved the peace & quiet and beauty of Rio Dulce and Hotel PERDIDO. We swam in the river, kayaked to the local community secondary school and took a break from travelling. The food was amazing. The honesty tabs a hospitable touch. The massages were very welcome. Tim and his gorgeous family and team were friendly & welcoming and the accommodation was perfect for us travelling with our adult daughter. Thank you for having us to stay. We hope very much to visit again one day.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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michafoto wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom18 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is what I really liked about the place: It’s very quiet and embedded in amazing nature. The location is incredible on a side river off the Rio Dulce. It’s not easy to get to, but I didn’t mind that, it was part of the appeal. The actual accommodation is great, well built little huts spread around lush jungle garden, stylish hammocks and bright textiles. Kind of an upmarket hostel feel. There’s a yoga space and a platform right on the river to lay in a hammock. The appeal is very much for a laid back younger set of travellers, although it’s not backpacker budget price really.
The evening meal is served in a large communal area around a big table. It is a simple vegetarian meal and fairly ok. There’s no choice. The local ladies in the kitchen are preparing to a set of a recipes for the visitors, so it’s not really typical Guatemalan food. There is a choice for breakfast.

And this is what I didn’t like about the place. The Hotelito has a new owner from the States. Before travelling there I had spent time booking/communicating with a lady who has sold the business in its entirety. The new owner seems to see it mainly as a business opportunity. He seems a little out of place, speaking no Spanish and is not the kind of person you might immediately associate with running a kind of eco-friendly type hotel in the jungle. There was just a bit of a weird vibe as I believe it was a totally new enterprise for him and he did not seem like a natural in the hospitality business. He is busy building extra massage rooms and making ‘capital improvements’.
Price wise everything adds up at the Hotelito. You fill out a charge sheet as you go along with any meals, coffees or beers you drink or if you use the Kayaks. Bear in mind you can’t leave without paying a boat trip to Livingston or Rio Dulce or paddling there in a Kayak.
I was a bit fed up at having to pay for a fourth night even though I explained on arrival we would be leaving after three nights.
I booked initially four nights but we wanted to leave a day earlier and had to pay the extra night nevertheless which is fair enough, but it wasn’t totally necessary as there were plenty of other guests arriving.
I had the same situation in other places where we stayed before and we weren’t charged when changing our plans.
The place uses foreign volunteers who stay there and help out acting as a bit of a bridge between the local Mayan staff (who were all lovely, especially the nice guy who does the gardens) and the guests. The young girl who was there when we visited was lovely and super helpful but had decided to leave her volunteering early because of the changes in ownership and general atmosphere etc of the place. She is interested in sustainable tourism but decided to leave when we did, cutting short her time there.
There seem to be a lot of big changes going on at the Hotelito
It is foreseeable that these steps will have a big impact on the tranquility and charm of the place and it may indeed lose its way.
I was quite glad to leave and would not return.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Hotelito Perdido, General Manager at El Hotelito Perdido
Responded Aug 27, 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind description of the place, is a big achievement for me to buy such a beautiful and charm place. It looks like what you did not like about the place was around me. I have been in the hospitality business for 30 years. I am sorry that I do not reflect it in my face. If we would talk maybe you would have a truth opinion about me. Also, my look does not appeal to you like eco-friendly person. I am not sure what to make of that observation. I am learning Spanish; it is not easy, but I am doing my best. The lovely volunteer never told me what you are saying.... I would have liked to explain to her, that buying solar fans for the rooms are also a sustainable practice. The 'Capital improvement ' you mentioned are 100% for give you more comfort for the same price (solar fans and more hammock space). Finally, your only complain that was not about me is regarding our cancelation policy. It is fair that if you make me close a bungalow then you paid for it, since the first moment in your reservation we told you cancelations in the last moment has to be paid, you know it months before your arriving, we did not change the rules. Next time you come back to the area, come and say hello. I will be glad to talk to you, we can learn about each other to have a new perspective. I want to thank you for your feedback. We always appreciate constructive critiques. Sincerely, Tim Merritt
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Mascha S wrote a review Oct 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotelito Perdido is the perfect place to stop time for a while and relax in the middle of the rain forest. Tim, his family and the whole crew ( including Gringo the loveliest dog) made these days the perfect top of our traveling through Guatemala.
We couldn’t wish for more than we got there. Definitely not the last time we’ve been there :)
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Martin_Victoria wrote a review Mar 2013
Victoria43 contributions48 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
As Trip Advisor reporters do we have to make allowances for a hotel's location when assessing the quality of the facilities offered? Dirt is dirt. Bad food tastes bad whether it's in a five star hotel in London of in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle.

The Hotelito Perdido promotes itself as an ecologically responsible establishment. But this is the choice of it's owners and the quality resulting from that choice is theirs alone and should in no way impact upon the opinion of their guests. Besides, I'm not convinced that the ecologically responsible choice is entirely based upon altruism. No power, no clean or hot water, unpaid volunteer staff, unchanged towels/sheets etc also translates to lowered overheads and, hence, higher profit. And - as was plain to see - what's ecologically friendly about burning garbage anyway?

Whatever the truth of these particular matters, the hard facts are these:

The Hotelito is in a stunning place.

The cabins are beautifully crafted but cramped and dirty.

The humid climate is such that nothing dries. After one use towels and sheets smell horribly. If you want them changed more frequently than every three days, it's extra.

Unless you want to kayak in the dark or pay a private lancha operator, you're locked in to the hotel's cooking. We had vegetarian for 2 nights which was bland and tasteless and local fish the 3rd night which was 90% bones as well as tasteless. Breakfasts were, you guessed it, bland and tasteless - half cooked pancakes usually are.

Decided that you must have real food and that you'll kayak in the dark anyway! Pay up, kayak rental is extra.

There is no safe water at the hotel. Need some? It's extra.

Hungry between meals? Too bad, there's nothing available.

Leave lots of time to read the extensive "rules book". It might just be the most extensive publication in the common area.

No matter how isolated the hotel is - and it's not really, there's a place with full power, full service restaurant, flat screen tv etc not 500 metres away - can there be any excuse really for a ripped and torn and roughly knotted together shower curtain. Sorry Hotelito - that's just plain tacky.

In summary, we're glad we stayed at the Hotelito for the experience. Having ticked it off however, there's not a chance we'd go back. Location notwithstanding, easily the worst place we stayed in 3 weeks in Guatemala.
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Date of stay: February 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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DearJamesAlltheBest wrote a review Jul 2013
19 contributions24 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The grounds and bungalows are absolutely gorgeous. The grounds aren't big so don't think you can hike around directly from your bungalow, because you can't. But if you are interested in lounging or renting a kayak this may be your place. The natural sauna is not far by kayak so that is a bonus.

Keep in mind everything costs you. I have stayed at a number of places where you pay for all the "extras" but this place charges MUCH more than the rest! Want the take the kayak out? $ Water? $ Bland food? $ Boat to anywhere? $

The owner was away during our stay. Volunteers took her place. Any negative experience I had could have been attributed to that:

I would say don't bother with the dinner, but there isn't much of a choice. It's expensive and bland. I requested a vegetarian meal. I got rice. Salad was offered, but by the time it got to me all the meat eaters ate it. I told the volunteers that I was hungry and that they ate the salad and was told that the next day was market day. I paid about $10 for my plate of rice. I also paid extra for the water I drank. While eating at the table with the volunteers a roach went into my water. Not a big deal, but I had to pay for another water to drink with my rice. I felt like I was on Candid Camera!

We felt like we had to go to bed when the volunteers did. All the lights were out. We had to whisper. It gets dark at about 6pm, so keep that in mind. When we watched the stars from the dock we felt like we were going to wake someone up at 8pm.

When I go back to the area, I am going to try another option.
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Date of stay: September 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Aska_hotelito, Owner at El Hotelito Perdido
Responded Aug 4, 2013
We are very open for any constructive comments which would help us to improve the level of customer service. We would like to assure, that at no time there would be a serving of rice presented as a vegetarian meal as we have very high quality of menu as a wholesome food dominated by fresh local food and vegetables. Also our guests are free to stay all night as the communal house is always open and offering a feel like home atmosphere which everyone enjoys according to their needs and interest. Since I was here the whole month of September, I was certainly assuring the high standards of our hospitality as well as it is has always being maintained by our manager and our local staff on site. Please come and see for yourself and enjoy your stay with us.
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Kateoregon wrote a review Aug 2016
Barranquilla, Colombia98 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The place was called Hotel El Perdido, it was only accessible by boat and consisted of a series of bamboo huts with grass roofs, two outdoor showers, and a central open air living space and dining area with clean and comfortable hammocks and couches, reading material and million dollar views. The grounds were set in a wetland, immaculately kept, and densely packed with lush tropical vegetation: palm trees, banana plants, and large flashy flowers, being pollinated by colorful hummingbirds aplenty. The birdlife was insane, were large brown pelicans, woodpeckers, great egrets, kingfishers, and an abundance of large black birds with yellow tails called Montezuma oropendolas. They had one of the craziest calls I had ever heard, it was what you would imagine a cat would sound like, gargling salt-water. The place was owned and built by a Polish woman named Aska and her former partner, it was staffed by locals and traveling volunteers covered in mosquito bites. My cabana had a loft that looked out onto the wetlands, and after a delicious home-cooked communal meal, I fell asleep early to the enchanting sounds of frogs and crickets. Around 10:30, I was comfortably nestled below my mosquito net, when a massive thunderstorm ensued and the soothing sounds of Mother Nature carried on throughout the evening. The orchestral symphony that is the rainy season nurtured my forest withdrawals, and I awoke feeling balanced and alive. I drank a cup of coffee on the dock below the palm trees and watched as the sunlight slowly opened the flowers of the lily-pads on the sweet glassy river. I spent the day swimming with a Dutch couple and did little more than swing in a hammock, while reading an old Comsopolitan Magazine, front to back.
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Date of stay: August 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Aska_hotelito, Owner at El Hotelito Perdido
Responded Sep 12, 2016
Dear Kate, Thank you very much for staying with us and for the beautiful description of our place :-) Hope we see you back, best regards from hotelito, Aska
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monstersink wrote a review Oct 2009
monstersink6 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My review is long overdue. This eco-lodge treehouse hideaway, was the highlight of my boyfriend and my 6 weeks journey in Guatemala. I had never been in a developing country before, so I was very nervous when the lancha (small motor boat) dropped us off at the dock that seemed to lead to the heart of darkness. We wandered up the path of ginger flowers, exotic foliage, and mystical jungle creatures. There are a couple of private bungalows, but we were on a very tight budget so we stayed in the open air loft above the main room and dining area. Which I couldn't recommend more highly, I turned my pillow in the direction of the open wall and drifted off to the rain. We spent our days in kayaks exploring the rio dulce, there was so much exploring to do, we extended our trip an extra day and when that wasn't enough we extended it a couple more. After our days we'd return 'home' to find a feast which always included some homemade bread and fresh fruit! The food was the best i've eaten in Guatemala!! mmmmm mmmm. There is also beer and soda and rum for sale. Our nights were full of laughter as we lounged on hammocks with owners, Chris and Ashka who are full of hilarious stories of their 5 years on the river. They are two of the sweetest, knowledgeable, accommodating, individuals, I look forward to returning as soon as i can!
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Date of stay: August 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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traveleratlarge322 wrote a review Mar 2017
Bellingham, Washington69 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Overall comment...FABULOUS! Details: I stayed in the bungalow, Naranjo. It is two levels with a sitting area downstairs and a double bed and sleeping couch upstairs. The private bath with HOT shower in on the first level. It is private and you have two hammocks on the deck. Take the kayak out on Rio Lamparra or Rio Dulce, there is much to see and a lot of birds. Meals are delicious and you share them family style with other travelers from all over the world. I just got back and the weather was great...sunny but not too hot in the daytime and rain at night. The staff and volunteers were totally accommodating and will help you with tours and transportation. This is jungle with amenities!
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Date of stay: March 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Choose a bungalow if you can. They also have a loft dormitory.
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Nearby attractions include Cueva Del Tigre (1.6 miles).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Casa Nostra Restaurant, Restaurant Casa Rosada, and Restaurante El Viajero.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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