La Casa Rosada is a few hundred meters from the downtown wharf in Livingston and is one of the only ones located on the Rio Dulce itself. What makes this hotel special is that the rooms are actually small thatched wood huts "hidden" in a tropical garden. The huts themselves are not very large, but all have two double beds and come with ceiling fans. All toilets and showers are shared, but these are very clean and the showers have plenty of hot water. In the restaurant courtyard is a lovely patio restaurant which serves excellent food, and features the local Garifuna specialty, tapado, which is like a bouillabaise (i.e. seafood and fish) but cooked in a coconut milk broth. Delicious! The hotel grounds are well kept and there are lounge chairs from which you can watch the activity on the river. Better yet, the hotel has a private wharf, at the end of which is a gazebo with a hammock. A great way of watching the sunset. The friendly owner will gladly phone to have the boats which do the Livingston - Rio Dulce run pick you up right at the hotel wharf, which saves you the walk back into town. At 20$/single, this is a sweet deal!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel La Casa Rosada in rustic Livingston, Guatemala, is located in the rain forest at the mouth of the Rio Dulce and the Amatique Bay of the Caribbean Sea. The old banana port of Livingston is located where the Rio Dulce spills into the Bay of Amatique on the Caribbean Sea. Overlooking the sea from a low hill, Livingston is still an isolated settlement and is only accessible by boat. Livingston has mixed cultures: Q'eqchi (maya), Garifuna, Chinese, Hindu, ... The Rio Dulce, sourced by vast Lake Izabal, is known for its plunging 300 ft canyons, hot water springs, and lush tropical green. Livingston is located 45 minutes by boat from Belize -- famous for its beautiful reef keys. Nearby is Honduras, also known for its spectacular diving, snorkeling and magnificent art-filled ruins of Copán. From Livingston you are within hours of the ruins at Quiriguá and the sensational Tikal. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Casa Rosada Livingston
- Hotel Casa Rosada Guatemala/Livingston