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Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina

18019 San Felipe de Lara, Livingston, Rio Dulce 18019 Guatemala
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#6 of 8 in Livingston

Welcome to Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina, your Livingston “home away from home.” Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

The rooms offer air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free internet access is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina features 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge. In addition, as a valued Banana Palms Resort & Marina Hotel guest, you can enjoy a pool and breakfast that are available on-site. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

Livingston has plenty of seafood restaurants. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like Restaurante Ranchon Mary and Cafe Gotay, which are serving up some great dishes.

Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina puts the best of Livingston at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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wolf3728 wrote a review Apr 2022
Las Vegas, Nevada1452 contributions281 helpful votes
The property is beautiful. The rooms are basic. Good bed but pillows are small and thin, needs to be replaced. Shower looses the hot water after about 2 minutes. Staff are nice but very slow with assisting. Has 2 nice pools, you can rent kayaks.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
mynord390 wrote a review Dec 2021
10 contributions6 helpful votes
Overall a nice experience staying over the weekend at Banana Palms. For 3 adults and 2 children we stayed at the two bedroom suite. Room was very nice and beds allow a nice sleep. Facilities are a bit old but clean enough to enjoy the stay. Major improvement area is the swimming pool area, not suitable for the night since there are no lights, also the floor around the pool needs some repair. As of the best of the hotel, the restaurant and view of Lago de Izabal is just amazing, you can also enjoy free Kayak and take a boat for the Castillo de San Felipe (additional charge) easily. The hotel has various decks to enjoy the view. Food is well served and at very convenient price, tostones and sea food are highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Cristian11191986 wrote a review Jun 2021
Los Angeles, California112 contributions73 helpful votes
Staff disgruntled and miserable. Location outstanding. Amenities outstanding. Food and drinks great. They’re not attentive at all and they look and most of time. I asked for extra toilet paper and I was given napkins because they couldn’t find the housekeeping person.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled
rogerw109 wrote a review Feb 2020
Market Weighton, United Kingdom165 contributions136 helpful votes
We stayed here overnight as part of a tour. We liked the simplicity of the rooms and the "jungle" feel to the layout. The hotel is a bit remote if you do not have transport available and therefore restricted to dining at the hotel, however the meals were good and varied. The jetty out onto the lake is a wonderful place to watch the sunset and the stars. The jungle feeling is enhanced with a number of Agouti roaming around the grounds. Our room did not have a safe deposit but this did not cause us any great problem. A trip down the river to Livingston is well worth it with lots of wildlife en-route and lunch at the Happy Fish restaurant in Livingston makes the trip.vgggggg
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: Some rooms directly overlook the lake for fantastic sunsets
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CeciliaCy wrote a review Jan 2020
Santander, Spain202 contributions118 helpful votes
I booked for 3 nights and I ended up staying longer. The hotel is in a gorgeous location by the lake. The area has not much to do (you can walk to the Castle but this take not longer than an hour to be visited) for the rest, you need either to book a boat or a taxi to go around. The hotel rooms need some improvement but they are spacious and confortable. The hotel is slowly renovating and I believe in the future will get even better. I stayed in Villa 101 that had a massive double room and a twin room with a spacious bathroom and a gorgeous porch with a hammock overlooking the lake. Internet works fine even from that room. Not sure about the others. The restaurant is really good. Great breakfast and also, fantastic menu. The customer service is attentive but sometimes a bit slow. The hotel has available boats to rent. Also, for 200 Quetzales you can arrange your pick-up from the hotel to Livingston (return ticket in the day for that price) Reception can help you with it. During my stay, there weren’t many people and it was a really relaxing experience. Gorgeous sunsets. I strongly recommend this hotel to disconnect and enjoy a few days doing nothing!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Millie2803 wrote a review Jan 2020
Hollywood, Florida92 contributions60 helpful votes
The location, the hotel grounds were absolutely beautiful. If you need a place to unplug and truly enjoy nature and a beautiful landscape, this is the place. The staff were all nice, courteous and pride themselves in making sure you feel welcomed, all except the people on the front. That aside, everyone made a big effort to make sure we all enjoyed our time. Hector at the restaurant made our stay superb, always making sure we had what we needed. Unfortunately, the hotel rooms are in so much need of attention, the facilities are old, not very well maintained and the rooms design are just not the most logical. I wish they would rethink that and invest some money into upgrading the facilities. Our bathroom showers were overflowing/leaking so much, that it represented a hazard due to having someone slip due to their wet floors. Overall, the hotel is charming though I would not call it a 4 star hotel, they sure charge as if, but there is so much to be done to get to a 4 star.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled
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Surrinder S wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom1118 contributions153 helpful votes
Arrived late afternoon and check-in was quick and efficient. I was assisted with my luggage to my apartment. There was a key for the communal door providing access to the two apartments. Then another key to my apartment, which accessed a patio area and my room (another key). The patio area had chairs, table and a hammock! I was thrilled. Bed room included a large bed and separate toilet/ bath and separate sink vanity area. I later realised there was also a second bedroom with two double beds. Perhaps I just got lucky. Annoyingly, none of the plug points in my room worked apart from the bathroom. When I tried to raise with reception, nobody could understand me but they did give me another charger. The TV didn't work either but I didn't bother to complain. Wifi only works in the hotel reception, restaurant and pool area. There are two pools open until late. Breakfast was pretty basic. The breakfast included was American. As a vegetarian I would have liked the vegetarian breakfast but I was told it couldn't be included even though it was cheaper, made no sense to me. Nice hotel. The grounds are pretty stunning and it's very tranquil. Location and venue has a lot of potential.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled
Rampions wrote a review Aug 2019
New York area82 contributions33 helpful votes
At the end of our busy 2.5 week trip to Guatemala we wanted a lazy couple of days, lots of swimming and good food. After reading up on the Rio Dulce to Livingston boat ride, Rio Dulce, and Lake Izabal in particular, seemed to fit the bill best. Couldn't decide between Tortugal Lodge and Banana Palms, and turns out we didn't have to, as Tortugal was only available for our first two nights, so we wound up doing 2 + 2, which turned out to be just perfect, as they are very different kinds of hotels, and while we enjoyed Tortugal, we wanted better swimming opportunities, which Banana Palms totally fit the bill for. Tortugal ran us over by boat - perfect way to arrive. Banana Palms' clientele is largely Spanish-speaking, and we enjoyed seeing the many Central American families enjoying the place. It was very pretty, quiet and the staff were helpful. Hardly anyone was ever in the large adult pool, so we took full advantage of that. While our room didn't have a hammock, there were four hammocks available down near the water, with nice breezes. Food was good - a touch expensive, but in keeping with other hotels of its level. The older waiters were particularly helpful and professional. Room was clean, lots of storage, small table and chair to sit on just outside lockable sliding door. Banana Palms arranged for a free taxi to take us to the collective shuttle departrure point at Rio Dulce and everything went really smoothly. We even got to watch a paca on the grounds a few times, which we totally enjoyed. Really happy we wound up staying at Banana Palms, even briefly. Would have loved another day or two.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Having a hammock right outside the room would have made it even better -- if you can afford it,...
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Lily Villalta wrote a review Jul 2019
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We had a blast. The staff was very friendly. Alex and Giselle answer all questions we had.By the time we got there our suite was not ready but we waited and while waiting we had a good time knowing the place. Our kids had a great time in the pool. We had an AMAZING view from our suite. Our rooms were huge and comfortable. The breakfast was a bomb. No doubt we are definitely going back. We needed the time away and this place was just perfect to spend the family time.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled
r0landbrunner wrote a review Dec 2018
Zurich, Switzerland1719 contributions653 helpful votes
If you want to see (and hear) how (mainly Hispanic) local upper middleclass does holidays, this is a good place to do so. Located on the shore of lake Izabal, some 5km off the noisy Rio Dulce, this artificial holiday world provides for dolce far niente... pool, restaurant, boatrides... sometimes a wedding. we spent here five nights, but escaped during the day for more interesting visits. however, for the night, it was a pleasant stay with good infrastructure, even if there is Wifi only in the public area, but not in the rooms.
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Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled
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Frequently Asked Questions about Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina
Which popular attractions are close to Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina?
Nearby attractions include Castillo de San Felipe de Lara (0.9 km) and Rio Dulce (4.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina?
Conveniently located restaurants include SunDog Cafe, Restaurante Rosita, and Restaurante Ranchon Mary.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina have airport transportation?
Yes, Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Banana Palms Hotel Resort & Marina have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.