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Hotel Villa Caribe
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Livingston
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Reviewed 22 February 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2011

Decent enough place. Slightly pricey. Good location. Livingston itself is a dump.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Novice2010
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Reviewed 30 January 2011

Our trip to Livingston was a mistake, once was rainning too much. The 47km from Castillo San Filipe to Livingston with rain seems longuer and in the next day to do the same again with rain was too much. In fact we don´t know if the Rio Dulce is beautiful or not. About the hotel, they gave us a nice bungalow well located and we beleive with a nice view, but as was raining we asked to change for a room in the main building also with a nice view but where the hot water arrived faster. So the hotel seems very good but you must see the weather first!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank elica49
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

We absolutely loved the 5 days we stayed in Livingston. We arrived during low season and were offered one of the Casitas (junior suites) for $65 usd a night including breakfast. The room was spotless and new and had air conditioning, a tv and a private patio overlooking the Caribbean and pool... and yes this isn’t just any pool, it’s the largest hotel pool that we have ever seen!
The pool was the highlight of the resort since there really aren’t a lot of other places to swim in Livingston. The pool has three levels of depths including a shallow area for sunbathing. There is a huge waterfall that tumbles over rocks into the pool which makes for both a soothing relaxing sound and a great place to take photos. You can get pool side service from the restaurant if you let them know that you want it. The hotel gives you beach towels to lay out in the lounge chairs under the coconut trees (watch out for falling coconuts!)
The hotel restaurant is huge and offers an amazing view of the River Dulce and The Caribbean. Free WiFi is available from the palapa top restaurant. The hotel participates in a service training program in which students learn guest services. It is a great program that shows that this country is preparing for future tourism.
A variety of lower priced room without air conditioning are also available.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank BethanyNOLA
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Reviewed 5 September 2010

This hotel is beautiful location overlooking the sea. Private patio with hammocks and comfortable armchairs. Nice swimming pool with tropical vegetation makes an impression of Caribbean resort. Rooms are modern, but no TV and very bad lighting, lack of light for reading, mattresses not too comfortable but clean bed linen. Very nice modern bathrooms with plenty of hot water. The price includes breakfast served at the restaurant with a beautiful view of the sea. Personnel not the most friendly but speaks some English.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Margaret S
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Reviewed 26 February 2009

We had a very nice, large top floor room (reached by an eccentric internal spiral staircase) with a balcony overlooking the large pool and bay.Unfortunately the room runs across the entire width of the building with a window on the landside which let in loud booming music from a nearby bar until about 3am.
The manager was extremely helpful in sorting out for us problems caused by our tour agent.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PetroniusMinor
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Reviewed 22 October 2008

We received a lovely room with a porch facing the sea (punta palma). This was a great place to sit and watch the pelicans and storks. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The decor was also very special (carribean). The A\C was great. The breakfast buffet was great and had a variety of meals. The swimming pool with its small waterfalls was also great, check out the ping-pong table. The only problem was that there were a few ants in the room (perhaps inevitable in such a place).The other problem was that there is hot water only in the evenings. Don´t have dinner in the hotel´s restaurant as you can get the same food for cheaper prices on the main street.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tal K
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Address: Calle Principal, Barrio el Centro, Livingston, Rio Dulce 01001, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Izabal Department > Rio Dulce > Livingston
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Livingston
Price Range: £85 - £100 (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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