We absolutely loved our stay here and wished we could have stayed longer. It’s a really chilled out corner of the river where you can swim and eat DELISH Mexican food (would recommend the pork tacos and chorizo quesadillas). Everything is wooden and feels like a real treehouse nestled against the trees and on stilts above the water. The manager went absolutely above and beyond to help us work out what to do in the area, booked our tours and even booked our tickets on the midnight bus back to GC (a tricky process where the staff collected hard copies of our tickets in town). They ferried us around in the night and wet to make - felt very looked after, would absolutely recommend.
The location of this hotel is perfect! Call them from a bar in Rio Dulce and they come and pick you up. The dorm beds (incl. mosquito net) are basic but that is all you need. The front terrace is literally on the water, peaceful and quiet. Good Mexican food is served here. Ask for help for onward travels and activities to Josué, he is very helpful and friendly. Don’t miss a daytrip to the hot water waterfalls at Finca Paraíso! :)
I would rather stay in my car than deal with a rude owner like this place. It started when we arrived, 3 guests 2 of whom use cpap machines she acted like we were dirt. Was supposed to have bungalow with 2 rooms and couch tried to put us in room with double bed and bunk bed but no plugs to,use our cpap then moved us to room with 1 double bed, and before we could chew on it she said we had to order dinner as the kitchen was closing. We rushed down she again said we had to order before we even looked at menu. Food was mediocre at best. Got out of there as soon as I could went back Dow the river to Rio Dulce, a little lesser hotel but friendly staff ended the night ok. Can’t for the life of me understand these reviews.
My girlfriend and I stayed in a bungalow out the back. It was well built and very modern. No mosquitoes or bugs at all. Very clean. Food was very good and the staff friendly. Unfortunately it was very quite when we were there but the sounds of the jungle and the beautiful views and food were enough to keep us entertained. The owner is a good guy, he had friends over and they were all very polite. He even put in the time to chat with us. Highly recommended. Would have been a perfect place to share some beers and meet some new friends.
We stayed gere for 2 nights and had a nice experience. People are very friendly and helpfull in arranging activities and transport. The food is great! Only minus is that the double rooms are a bit small.
Originally we wanted to stay at Finca Tatin, but ended up at Kangaroo and didn't regret it for one second. We stayed there for three nights in a lovely privat cabin behind the main building. The cabin had a comfy double bed, a modern bathroom and a very good ceiling fan. All was very clean. If you're lucky, you'll even see a couple of exotic birds while looking out the windows. The WiFi worked only in the main building, but it's only a stone's throw to the common area/restaurant from the cabin. The owners are nice and very helpful and freely give information about the area, possible tours and your onward travels. The food in the restaurant was good, but nothing too fancy. If you want to relax a bit from your travels or go for a swim, this is a great place to do so.
I remember when back packing through central America I was told about this place . So I read the review and at that time the only review was bad . But I took a chance and I am so happy I did .7 yrs later and this place is still my 3 best place i have stayed in 8 yrs of back packing. Was initially only gonna stay for a day .but the hospitality .the food and the peacefulness of this place kept me for a week . Gary the owner couldn't do enough to make us feel at home . Couldn't have asked for a better host . All that were working there made us feel at home . It's like ur personal oasis away from the loud city nights . I hope I can make it back there again soon .
Remarkably bad. Picked up by hotel worker and the hotel owner's drunk son, who spoke nonsense to us the whole boat ride to the hotel. Paid for best room--a little cabin. Filthy! The bedding had not been changed in weeks and there were hairs and even a dead roach between the sheets. Asked for a room change, Mexican owner did not apologize at all. Woke up to the owner's son and his wife screaming at each other outside the next morning. The poor girl was the only one actually working there. In the morning there was a rush and people had to fight with the Mexican owner to get out on time for the boat. Food was pretty poor, too. Honestly, stay anywhere but there...We left disgusted.
Me and my buddy arrived in Guatemala City after a long flight and went straight to the Kangaroo Hostel in Rio Dulce. Our choice could not have been better. The owners Gary, the owner, is extremely helpful. Before we arrived he sent us the exact itinerary by e-mail. Upon arrival he let us rest for a bit and in the evening he would come talk to us about our plans in Rio Dulce. He gave us, again, the exact itinerary for the next day (hot waterfalls and awesome canyon). The day after we went for Belize and again he was really helpful in explaining how to get to our next destination. His Mexican wife is the boss in the restaurant and will cook great meals for you. Accommodation The rooms themselves are really clean in spacious (both the private rooms and the dorm). The shower is not warm, but what do you expect of a place in the jungle at the river. Location One of the best parts is that the location is at the river but not at the main part of the lake, which makes it more quiet and relax. Whenever you want to go into town or come back from town they will pick you up or drop you off. Overall During our 3 week holiday in Guatemala and Belize we recommended this hostel to everyone visiting Rio Dulce. Truly an excellent one!…
Spiderwebs all over the room and a single bathroom for 15 people with just one roll of toilet paper a day is far from ideal. Service is mediocre, but food is pretty good. The Australian owner, however, is an absolutely horribly arrogant person, who gives (often false) advice to anyone without being asked. This aggressively imposed arrogance is not only offensive to visitors, his in-your-face "I know everything about Guatemala and better than anybody else" attitude is also quite surprising, given that he doesn't speak a single word of Spanish. Oh and by the way try to refrain from love-making in your private room as this may result in you being publicly exposed and treated like an outlaw... There is absolutely no reason for staying here! There are wonderful places further down the lake towards Livingston (Burn Key, Round House and Finca Tatin being excellent choices for budget travellers). If you do need to stay in Rio Dulce town for some reason, Backpackers and The Shack are good budget options.…