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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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! …
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. …
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. …
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.…
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.
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.