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5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tortugal Hotel in Rio Dulce, Guatemala is a quaint, river side get away. Lots of sailors getting out of the hurricane path or just passing through moor for short and long durations. The setting is perfect for lazy days or to get a pick up for a day’s excursion to Livingston. The only downside is the loud music playing in... More 

Thank Jayne C
Tel Aviv, Israel
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152 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

A marvelous place on the river. Nothing to do in Rio-Dulce but a lot to do in this place or just go nothing but relaxing... We took a private boat tour on the river down to Livingston.  7 hours of amazing trip with hot spring and lunch at the attached restaurant. The place itsels is on the river and the... More 

Thank Shiri_Sh_10
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39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Tortugal for two nights in Sept 2016 and had a lovely time. Our room felt like a treehouse above the mangroves, yet with modern features of hot shower, toilet etc. Food was devine of huge pizzas and highly recommend the Thai salad, s well as banana smoothies for breakfast. We walked amongst the mangrove and road into... More 

Thank Peta B
iingua, Owner at Tortugal River Lodge, responded to this review

I am so pleased that you had such a nice visit. Thank you for desribing the details, Including the Hummingbird! that make Tortugal such a unique and special place for travellers. More 

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights as part of a tour and very much enjoyed it. Staff are lovely and very friendly. Food and service were great and reasonably priced. It's an easy walk into town and to the castle (both under an hour) or just relax in one of the many seating areas and enjoy the peace and quiet. Kayaks... More 

Thank Lee337337
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Great hotel. Is inside the mangroves and have a good walking in a wood bridge. The room is quite good. But maybe can have a better anti-mosquito windows, we have bitten many times last night. Prices of the restaurant are like Europe, but the food and drinks are incredible. Also got a free boat to get the village. In my... More 

Thank Yago T
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is exactly like the pictures, really nice cabins and I suppose the only downside (for the comfort part of me) was the bathrooms being shared. However they are very well maintained and you never really have any trouble. Can be a bit noisy due to the proximity to the main bridge in Rio Dulce as you get large trucks... More 

Thank Robbo_Traveller
iingua, Owner at Tortugal River Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review....would like to clarify most rooms have private bathrooms. More 

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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome. The food, location and accommodation is great. I recommend a twin cabin instead of the dorms but either way you have great wooden huts, lounge areas and a fantastic restaurant on the water. We loved lounging around so much that you could easily just chill out at the hotel and forget to see anything around you.... More 

Thank Lyndal H
iingua, Owner at Tortugal River Lodge, responded to this review

So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you! for your reminder to be sure to visit the great Canyon of the Rio Dulce, the hot springs and caves on that trip to Livingston. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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158 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

The hotel is located in a quiet area just down the river from Rio Dulce. The hotel has a boat that comes and collects you. This is a great place if you would just like somewhere to relax for a few days as there is not a lot to do at the resort. They have areas where you can swim... More 

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iingua, Propietario at Tortugal River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, much appreciated. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We booked reservations on Booking.com yesterday to stay at this hotel in a few days time, the rate advertised was great and the pictures looked amazing. I recieved an email from Booking.com confirming my reservation and the price booked. Then an hour later I recieved an email from the Tortugal saying that the rate quoted on Booking.com was incorrect and... More 

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iingua, Owner at Tortugal River Lodge, responded to this review

Sorry about your experience which was caused by a glitch having to do with wrong prices being posted. We explained right away the rate was not correct and offered two free breakfasts if the guest agreed to pay the correct rate. If the client did not agree to pay the correct rate, we did honor the posted rate. I must... More 

Appledore, null, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Stayed one night only in transit between Livingston and Guatemala city, lovely new wood cabin with fan loved the setting, there seemed to be quite a crowd of yachties who had social activities organised for the evenings quizzes, films etc if that floats your boat. Food good wifi in restaurant!! 😎

Thank Will H
iingua, Propietario at Tortugal River Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your stay, much appreciated. More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Tortugal is an oasis of tranquillity, hospitality and unparalleled nature on the largest river and lake system in Guatemala, 22 miles inland from Livingston and the Caribbean Ocean. If you have been travelling to or from Guatemala to Tikal or Belize, Tortugal is a great stopping place for a day or so to rest and relax as though you were at home. Trips to Livingston or the soothing and therapeutic hot waterfalls at Finca Paraiso, excellent massage service can be arranged. Rooms at Tortugal are said to be the most beautiful in this region and are furnished and decorated with your comfort and relaxation in mind. Several options in accomodations include a private lodge for up to 9 persons to elegantly decorated private rooms and bungalows for one to four persons. You will arrive by water to The Purple Turtle Tortugal's welcoming restaurant which is actually in the river with panoramic views of The Bridge to Castillo San Felipe. Homemade food includes many vegetarian choices, steaks, seafood, Mexican, Asian cuisine, homemade with love. The Rio Dulce region is part of La Ruta Maya, the ancient Mayan road. ... more   less 

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Address: Tortugal, Casilla Unica, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Izabal Department > Rio Dulce
Price Range: €37 - €63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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