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El Hotelito Perdido

Rio Lampara, Rio Dulce 18002 Guatemala
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#1 of 30 Speciality lodging in Rio Dulce
Please email or call us directly if the dates you have chosen show as sold out. Hotelito Perdido is a boutique jungle eco lodge situated in the heart of the Rio Dulce National Park, tucked away on one of the small freshwater tributaries that feed the Rio Dulce. Although it feels like a million miles from anywhere, being just off the popular tourist route between Livingston and the town of Rio Dulce means that the hotel is easily accessible by boat. Both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide currently list the hotel as one of their 'recommended destinations' in the region. The hot springs, the manatee reserve and some beautiful waterfalls are within kayaking distance of the hotel. We rent kayaks and wooden cayucos, we organize various tours (to Livingston, Tiger's Cave, Mayan Q'eqchi village, Manatee Reserve etc.). We offer drinks, homemade food, we make our own bread and we eat our evening meal together, family style. There is dock to swim from, Gym and Yoga House for guests to use, beautiful tropical gardens with fruit trees, plenty of hammocks to relax in, games to play and good books to read. There is communal house with bar, lounge and restaurant, there is a b-b-q area and hammock house by the dock. The hotel can currently accommodate 14 guests. We offer bungalows with private bathrooms, rooms and the Jungle Loft with 5 beds. The hotel is fully solar powered.
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mikfoto wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom13 contributions1 helpful vote
This is what I really liked about the place: It’s very quiet and embedded in amazing nature. The location is incredible on a side river off the Rio Dulce. It’s not easy to get to, but I didn’t mind that, it was part of the appeal. The actual accommodation is great, well built little huts spread around lush jungle garden, stylish hammocks and bright textiles. Kind of an upmarket hostel feel. There’s a yoga space and a platform right on the river to lay in a hammock. The appeal is very much for a laid back younger set of travellers, although it’s not backpacker budget price really. The evening meal is served in a large communal area around a big table. It is a simple vegetarian meal and fairly ok. There’s no choice. The local ladies in the kitchen are preparing to a set of a recipes for the visitors, so it’s not really typical Guatemalan food. There is a choice for breakfast. And this is what I didn’t like about the place. The Hotelito has a new owner from the States. Before travelling there I had spent time booking/communicating with a lady who has sold the business in its entirety. The new owner seems to see it mainly as a business opportunity. He seems a little out of place, speaking no Spanish and is not the kind of person you might immediately associate with running a kind of eco-friendly type hotel in the jungle. There was just a bit of a weird vibe as I believe it was a totally new enterprise for him and he did not seem like a natural in the hospitality business. He is busy building extra massage rooms and making ‘capital improvements’. Price wise everything adds up at the Hotelito. You fill out a charge sheet as you go along with any meals, coffees or beers you drink or if you use the Kayaks. Bear in mind you can’t leave without paying a boat trip to Livingston or Rio Dulce or paddling there in a Kayak. I was a bit fed up at having to pay for a fourth night even though I explained on arrival we would be leaving after three nights. I booked initially four nights but we wanted to leave a day earlier and had to pay the extra night nevertheless which is fair enough, but it wasn’t totally necessary as there were plenty of other guests arriving. I had the same situation in other places where we stayed before and we weren’t charged when changing our plans. The place uses foreign volunteers who stay there and help out acting as a bit of a bridge between the local Mayan staff (who were all lovely, especially the nice guy who does the gardens) and the guests. The young girl who was there when we visited was lovely and super helpful but had decided to leave her volunteering early because of the changes in ownership and general atmosphere etc of the place. She is interested in sustainable tourism but decided to leave when we did, cutting short her time there. There seem to be a lot of big changes going on at the Hotelito It is foreseeable that these steps will have a big impact on the tranquility and charm of the place and it may indeed lose its way. I was quite glad to leave and would not return.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hotelito Perdido, General Manager at El Hotelito Perdido
Responded 27 Aug 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind description of the place, is a big achievement for me to buy such a beautiful and charm place. It looks like what you did not like about the place was around me. I have been in the hospitality business for 30 years. I am sorry that I do not reflect it in my face. If we would talk maybe you would have a truth opinion about me. Also, my look does not appeal to you like eco-friendly person. I am not sure what to make of that observation. I am learning Spanish; it is not easy, but I am doing my best. The lovely volunteer never told me what you are saying.... I would have liked to explain to her, that buying solar fans for the rooms are also a sustainable practice. The 'Capital improvement ' you mentioned are 100% for give you more comfort for the same price (solar fans and more hammock space). Finally, your only complain that was not about me is regarding our cancelation policy. It is fair that if you make me close a bungalow then you paid for it, since the first moment in your reservation we told you cancelations in the last moment has to be paid, you know it months before your arriving, we did not change the rules. Next time you come back to the area, come and say hello. I will be glad to talk to you, we can learn about each other to have a new perspective. I want to thank you for your feedback. We always appreciate constructive critiques. Sincerely, Tim Merritt
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laurie j wrote a review Nov 2019
Antwerp, Belgium4 contributions
I stayed in a single room with a shared bathroom which was the best price/quality stay of my whole time in Guatemala. The rooms are spacious and clean. I was travelling alone and at first I was a bit scared of feeling lonely there because it's such a remote place and looks very romantic. But it was completely the opposite, we had a "family dinner" every night where we sat at one table with +/- 12 people from all over the world. The food was great, the talks even better and their hospitality is amazing. Didn't feel lonely for a second. Please check my comments below to see if the hotel fits you well. If you don't like eating at a table with other people this might not be for you (it would be a pity because I really had some lovely conversations). there's no restaurant you can go to instead in the evening. They only cook vegetarian but the food is SO good The cellphone connection is terrible and they have wifi now between 07u00 - 17u30 but it's not very good. You're in the middle of the jungle, so please prepare for a lot of bugs,ants and you might see other jungly animals. Although I didn't even see 1 bug or spider in my room :)! (they have mosquito nets over all the beds). I stayed there for 3 nights and it really felt like a vacation within my vacation. Thank you so much Alejandra and the volunteer (originaly from Thailand but I forgot his name, sorry) for your hospitality. Oh, one last thing. I'd reccomend booking a massage, it was amazing.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Response from Aska_hotelito, General Manager at El Hotelito Perdido
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you very much for reviewing our place and for your nice comments. It is lovely to know that you had such a good time and will forward your kind words to Tang, Alejandra. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Guatemala and will come back to stay with us again. Best regards from Hotelito Perdido
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petit_chat_ju wrote a review Oct 2019
Liege Province, Belgium3 contributions
Our stay at hotelito perdido was PERFECT. Alejandra welcomed us very kindly and was very friendly answering our questions. We hope to come back some day and enjoy the hotelito perdido for a longer period of time :-)
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Aska_hotelito, Manager at El Hotelito Perdido
Responded 22 Oct 2019
Thank you very much! :)
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JPortela1967 wrote a review Apr 2019
Horta, Portugal27 contributions11 helpful votes
We are a group of 8 people (2 families of 4 each, including 2 teenagers per family between 11 and 15 years) with extensive experience on traveling and Hotelito Perdido stands out as one of our "never to forget" experiences! It's a complete hidden gem somewhere in a gifted corner of Rio Dulce! The location is perfect and the bungalows are truly enchanting. We felt so welcome from start to end. Aska is a sublime host and she assures that you get the best from everything in the area. Our kids were amazed by the natural swimming in the hot river waters, by the experience of jumping into the water in dark-light cave (Cueva del Tigre) but, above all, by the sense of being in a magical setting. So did we. Thank you so much Aska and Pablo for all the care!
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Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Aska_hotelito, Manager at El Hotelito Perdido
Responded 15 Apr 2019
Thank you very much! :)
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pilou13 wrote a review Feb 2019
france-usa378 contributions34 helpful votes
When your dream comes true... if you are looking for peaceful, beauty, nature amazing food and fantastic people... this is your place! Aska will welcome you and offer you bungalows with bathrooms in the middle of the jungle on a small and beautiful river. Really clean, comfortable and so cute... surrounded by flowers and birds. I recommend to eat there as well. You will enjoy kayaking, hiking swimming, and most important resting... my favorite place for sure in Guatemala! FABULOUS!!! MUST GO!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Aska_hotelito, Manager at El Hotelito Perdido
Responded 24 Feb 2019
Thank you very much! :)
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GuatemalaIzabal DepartmentRio Dulce
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Hotelito Perdido
What are some of the property amenities at El Hotelito Perdido?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at El Hotelito Perdido?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to El Hotelito Perdido?
Conveniently located restaurants include Casa Nostra Restaurant, Restaurante El Viajero, and Restaurant Casa Rosada.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Hotelito Perdido?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.