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The Round House Hostel

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Aldea Piedra Pintada, Livingston, Rio Dulce 18002 Guatemala
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The Roundhouse is a social place with family-style dinners. We're located right on the beautiful Rio Dulce in the rain forest. The canyon, caves and hot springs are all nearby. Swim, hike, kayak, sunbathe or just take a hammock and watch the river life. We've got a great book exchange and enough hammocks to read. Or if you're up for a drink: there is also a well-stocked (Tequila!) bar.
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Property amenities
Lazy river
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Boating
Hiking
Indoor play area for children
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Business Center with Internet Access
Pool / beach towels
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Rooftop bar
Snorkeling
Darts
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Patio
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Hot spring bath
Massage
Open-air bath
Rooftop terrace
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Separate living room
Sofa
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
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Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 1 more
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Stayed here for a bit of relaxation aside from the usual tourist hotspots and it was brilliant. Incredibly attentive service from the manager (Manuel) and volunteer (Hilary) which allowed us to make the most out of Rio Dulce, as well as plan the rest of our trip. Family dinner & honours system for tab made us feel at home, and the dorm room (with a mix of single beds and bunk beds was cosy and well kitted-out with mozzy nets). The numerous hammocks arranged on the jetty were a perfect place to read, snooze, watch the sunset, chat and enjoy the amazing limonadas from the bar. Swimming in the river was relaxing and the jumping platform only added to the fun! They even let us rent kayaks for us to make our way to Livingston (while someone took our bags on the lancha across). All in all, we had such a lovely stay and would recommend this place to anyone looking for a few days of relaxation in the most beautiful setting!
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perfect location to enjoy rio dulce! just at the beginning of the gorge. wonderful set up, very friendly and informative staff, they do everything to make you feel welcome. take a kayak to explore the beauty of rio dulce. go up to finca tatin and hike with a local guide to tiger cave through the beautiful rainforest. then visit the thermal springs and more....
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Your in the Jungle Baby and it does get better everyday. After years of research on what country I wanted to live in and months of research on places to stay even using Google Earth I found a Paradise. These staff memebers work 12-15h a day 7 days a week. Things can sometimes go wrong with that work load but not for me, afew who felt a bad about their chose long travel can make us all grumpy. First thing Communication! They clean everyday from the time they awake and if you want clean sheets, room, bathroom cleaned or a clean towel only ask. They are helpful in so many ways. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are awsome even if its veggie. Patty goes out of her way to see I get food I like and being veggie and not able to taste the meat she is spot on. No there's no wi-fi pick up a cheap sim and a small interet package in Livingston or Rio Dulce if you see me there ask to tether to mine for afew minutes. I have stayed there for about 28 days and have left to dive in Utila for a week then return. The place is so relaxing so many things to do and the staff will give your space or soialize when they can. They do serve drinks if you like. People complain about the cost of the food drinks ect. I will tell you they bring fresh supplies daily and your not paying any more than you would in town. Iv'e checked as often as I go to town for supplies of my own. Choclate, booze, snacks and tabaco and if I dont feel well they are always willing to have thier staff do it for me within reason. If your coming from Rio it can be a challange at times as at around 10 if guest are headed that way you can catch the return at 2:30 or call ahead and they can help. If not thier charge is Q90 so dont let another shuttle take advantage of you. These are good people that work long and hard for YOU. I hope you find your spot here too. Last thing Clara from Germany who drug me out on a rainy night to do the night hike the night before she left your parents would be proud of a mature young woman you have become. Without asking and knowing my disibality in my legs she would turn to flash her light and help me over some difficut obsticals along the way Thank you. Still thinking about those bamboo ubrellas our guide made for us. Come all and have a blast. One other thing. Thanks Jaime for the upgrade to help me with my legs. Your all champs. Thanks Carlos for having your nephew and Gabrial pick up snuff tabaco will in the US. Life saver.
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The second I booked this place I knew there was going to be trouble. They only provide one boat a day (they still charge you $7-8 for that). I knew I would never make that boat as it is only at 2pm. The guy was able to message me but kept telling me that only a private boat could take me there for $100. Not only did the price keep going up but he never organised the boat and twice I was forced to find somewhere else at the last minute. For around $20 you could take any boat heading for Livingstone and get dropped off as it is on the way but I think the "private" boat and the whole way of getting you there is just a shakedown. Plenty of other places to stay that are much simpler to get to and have better communication.
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Extremely frustrating. After booking a month in advance, confirming 2 days before they didn't have the room we booked and sent us to finca tatin,2 girls in front of us had the same thing happen. No WiFi EVER (despite advertising) no customer service from staff who are unhelpful and unapproachable. Told us in one instance they are unable to contact the cheaper collective boat and forced us to use theirs and the next time it wasn't convenient to use theirs they easily called the collective? Mediocre food at best, and you are charged for everything including filling a water bottle. Rooms are dank and pillows are gross. We got marooned here and felt like hostages to their garbage service, and with no WiFi or information ha troubles planning the next leg of our trip. I would advise checking out hotel perdido a much cleaner, nicer setting with people who actually care.
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PRICE RANGE
$24 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
GuatemalaIzabal DepartmentRio DulceLivingston
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Round House Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Round House Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Seven Altars (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Round House Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Round House Hostel?
Top room amenities include an additional bathroom, a dining area, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at The Round House Hostel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Round House Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Casa Nostra, Restaurante Mc Tropic, and Restaurante El Viajero.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Round House Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Does The Round House Hostel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Round House Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.