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.
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- Also Known As:
- Catamaran Island Hotel Guatemala/Livingston