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Catamaran Island Hotel
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Livingston
Reviewed February 20, 2011

This is a tropical paradise resort and mostly what it seems. Its strengths are beautifully kept and spacious grounds; a delicious and extensive breakfast buffet included with most room fees, a restaurant open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. with quite good if not spectacularly good food for the price; very pleasant shallow pool, and the fun of water taxi transit to adjacent resorts, hotels and the little town of Rio Dulce. Kevin, the proprietor, has a marina and you can mix with the cruise crowd around the pool bar.

All the rooms are cottages and quite charming from the outside. Ours was a “river view,” which turns out to mean on stilts actually out in the river—very fun! You can hear the water gently slapping under your house and you have a fabulous view from your private balcony. While we were there—Feb 2011—we had cool weather and no bugs at all.

Some things to be aware of: our room had some mold and was rather ore dilapidated inside, possibly a factor of being in a tropical climate. Our windows were louvers with screens outside. You can open them to breezes but can’t really see a view from inside too easily. Catamaran offers garden view rooms that might have different features. The water shuttle is free for check-in and check-out, costs about $5 during the day, and to our great surprise was about $20 each way after 6 p.m. There was no literature about hotel policies and amenities in the room, hence we were unprepared.

I think Catamaran is a fair buy for the price; however, I haven’t seen other hotels in the area so can’t compare. Kevin, the owner/proprietor, is a friendly guy who has been there for 41 years and will help with whatever you need if you ask. His accent sounds American; the rest of the staff I encountered did not speak English but had wonderful smiles and great attitude.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2011

A little on the pricey side. You are 'locked in' there after dark. Probably OK as the town itself was a little iffy. Bar and food prices were a little high. No English speakers, so brush up your Spanish. Our toilet tank had no pressure. No compensation offered. Swimming pool - 1 foot to 4 feet :-) deep.

View of the lak and sunrise was nice. Heard howler monkeys at sunrise.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Novice2010
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

This was the second time we stayed in the Catamaran. We just love this place. I don t think you will stay anywhere else in this world in watervillas for such a good price. It is great to wake up in the morning and see nothing but water around you. The food is great and the staff lovely. We had a wonderful time and would come back anytime there.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Colocha70
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

Free high speed (.5mb/s). Absolutely loved this place, built and run by a x military guy "Kevin" and it shows in a good way. All the rooms/cabins are named after letters in the phonetic alphabet, clean and well appointed. Great breakfast spread. Place has got a great vibe, friendly, efficient and set up on its own little island. Drinks must be purchased in the islands local currency (the Kevin) which if readily convertible to/from Guatemalan.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank Max S
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Reviewed June 24, 2008

I read through the other reviews of this hotel and was a bit skeptical, but my first two choice, Finca el Paraíso, and Hacienda Tijax, were both booked, so I took my chances.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. After arriving with my beautiful companion on the Litegua bus from Guatemala City, we were promptly picked up in the lancha and transported free of charge to the hotel. The restaurant is big, and the selection is pretty good, with local seafood specialties such as tapado.

The pool and adjacent bar are nice as well. Our bungalow had a spectacular view of the river, and the three beds were all fine - nothing special or decadently comfortable, but they were not uncomfortable either.

As for the can of Raid (tm) that another reviewer mentioned, that is completely true. I was more than a little skeptical after seeing that can, but I didn't notice any bugs during our stay, though there were some big lizards and frogs on the grounds, which are nice and shaded.

Breakfast was very good, with cereals, fresh fruit, plantains, omelets, beans, and good coffee. I was particularly impressed with the spread, as it was included with the room.

Overall, I would stay there again, though it's not luxurious. If you're looking for good accommodations at a good price without exorbitant creature comforts, it's a good place, and I would recommend it.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2007

The hotel is not what it seems to be.

Standard "huts" as what they call "special rooms"

No TV nor phone in the room. Just a very old AC Machine that has a very tiny gap among temperature degrees u can play with. Bathroom was made for very small (maya) people; it was just a nightmare to take a bath in there.

BAYGON bottles are always there for killing tons of mosquitoes that are just waiting for fresh skin to feed of!!!!

Restaurant is quite far to be a 2 star hotel restaurant in the zone - if you are lucky enough and u can get any means of transportation, u can go to other surrounding hotels (specially the ones near the legendary castle) to get some descent food and service at a very considerable price.

Size of the pool is too depressing and entertainment is a word they do not know at all.

This might be a good location just for elderly people or guys that just want to sleep by listening to sound of river waves under the room.

I must give this site a 3 or 4 out of 10 as my final grade!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2007

The Catamaran Hotel was overrated both on this site and in the Lonely Planet. The cabins were tired looking, slighly uncomfortable and had the potential of lots of bugs as implied by the standard can of Raid in each room.

The pool area is nice, and the bar is a good spot for a drink. The restaurant is far from high-end, but the food is edible.

The hotel has a large marina that is used by yachtees who frequent both the pool and bar.

For the price, the hotel is decent.

Stayed: February 2007
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Address: On the Rio Dulce, Livingston, Rio Dulce 18002, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Izabal Department > Rio Dulce > Livingston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Livingston
Price Range: $124 - $168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Catamaran Island Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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