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“At the end of the river”
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Hotel Villa Caribe
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Livingston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 6, 2012

A unique and fun location, balmed in its own warm tropical air. The rooms and restaurant 'fall-out' over the bay as boat taxis and shrimp boats journey to and fro. The hotel itself is utilitarian but has everything going for it. Our only caveat is the self imposed caricature that the Manager Manfred presents of himself ...... He plays the act of a Camp Commandant at worst and Basil Fawlty at best. C’mon Manfred, improve the breakfasts, get TVs and wifi in all rooms not some, extend the bathroom toiletries and improve your buffet dinners to include great seafood swimming on your doorstep ............ raise your game and that of the hotel’s. Nevertheless, we recommend a stay there if only for the occasion and the ‘Manfred experience’. Check-out the 2 alligators park-pond; last year, one escaped when the pond flooded and they are still looking for it.

Room Tip: We asked various people what they were paying and everyone seemed to be on a different rate. When we...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

Deffinetly a place to be when you go to Livigston. We receive one of the casitas with the balcony facing the bay. The reccomandation of other tripadvisor visitors were helpful and indeed the view from this room is unobstructed and magnificent. Especially to wake up in the morning and seat on thebalcony watching the sun rays playing with the water and trees. The room is well kept. No problem with water ect.
The breakfast is substantialy below the standard of such a place. Very limited variety, non drinkble coffy, etc..

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

Just returned from a fantastic 8 days in Belize and Guatemala. We ended our journey in Livingston, Guatemala and could not have been happier with our choice of the Hotel Villa Caribe. We originally had booked for only one night, but after experiencing such a lovely hotel and dining in the fabulous restaurant, we extended our stay. Ending our vacation at the Villa Caribe was like another vacation in itself. Manfred, the hotel manager went out of his way to make our stay memorable by ensuring we had a room with an unobstructed view of the sea. I look forward to returning to the Villa Caribe.....I am yearning for more!

Room Tip: Request a room with view of sea
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Just got back from a two week visit to Guatemala and have to say it was time well spent. Livingston was the last leg of our vacation before returning home and wasnt really sure about where to stay there that wouldnt hurt our budget. We were told of a promotion offered by Villa Caribe and didnt hesitate to take up such a good offer. Upon arriving it was exactly what we needed for a couple nights; a beautiful Casita overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

They have done some great upgrades to the property since I last visited and have got to give them credit for it all.
The pool was beautiful and very relaxing after a long day in the sun.
The Casita was very welcoming.
The A la carte breakfast that was included in the room rate was more than we could ask for.
The Front Desk staff and Managers were very helpful in every aspect.
The grounds was well maintained.
I know we all travel on a different budget but would certainly recommend Villa Caribe to those visiting Livingston.

Room Tip: The Casitas are the best choice if available. Duna or Punta Gorda are two great rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank LatinoKing
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Reviewed March 16, 2011

We spent three nights at Villa Caribe. We loved it all, the casita with AC and TV, the food and the staff. They had a promotion on for US$100 per night included a three course dinner and a great breakfast chosen a la carte.
No, the staff does not speak much English but if you try to speak Spanish and they try to speak a bit of English, it works perfectly. The staff was very nice. and we got along great.

The view over the ocean and swimming pool is fantastic. Great pool too.
Livingston is a great place to visit with its Garifuna culture. Do go and see and listen to Rasta Mesa where they drum and dance like that did hundreds of years ago.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

Trip down Rio Dulce by boat was fantastic, and we got lucky with great sunny weather both ways. Scenic, tons of birdlife, really beautiful trip. Livingstone itself is interesting for a night, not a lot to do other than walk around, sit in cafes or in a restaurant, etc. Hotel has great pool and good terrace for drinks over the water. Rooms are clean and comfortable - try to get one with view over the sea. A couple of interesting restaurants in town for seafood.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We like the idea of travelling to a town not accessible by road, and loved the boat trip down the Rio Dulce, very pretty scenery and so many birds. We only stayed one night in Villa Caribe but found it ideal for us. Very convenient location with its own dock at the bottom of the garden, and right in the centre of the laid back town. The bedroom was light, bright and white, with hanging lights made out of conch shells, a basin in the bedroom, rather basic shower room with water which took too long to run hot and nowhere to hang towels. Private terrace to sit out and beautiful view through palm trees to the sea - we could see sun rise from the bed! We ate dinner at a restaurant in town so can't comment on the food, but found breakfast to be good.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Villa Caribe

Address: Calle Principal, Barrio el Centro, Livingston, Rio Dulce 01001, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Izabal Department > Rio Dulce > Livingston
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Livingston
Price Range: $112 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Villa Caribe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 42
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