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Destin, Florida
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here for three nights! We booked on booking.com. The value was well worth the money! From the room, the bed, the bathroom, the staff, the food, everything was wonderful! The fact that they offer free kayaks and free lancha transport was a great bonus! They honor a tab system, so you pay via checkout! They accept credit cards....

1Thank christinels1
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Loved the bamboo and wood rooms - stayed in a bungalow as well as an Arboles 1st Fl room with balcony. The latter had too few lamps to see your way round the room, nor bedside lamps. The showers are great, beds too, and there are fans. The yachtie types are entertaining and you can eat, drink, and even watch...

Thank Museumlynn
Fronteras, Guatemala
Reviewed 3 February 2017

I would like to praise the service at Tortugal. The staff is there to assist you before you have time to ask for help. They seem to appear out of nowhere when needed. It is a place with character and modern conveniences. My husband and I have returned there many times.

Thank Doris500
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I have stayed at El Tortugal quite a few times and it never fails to impress. Very clean, comfortable rooms all give the feeling of being miles away from civilization (when in reality you're only a five minute boat ride from the local town)! Very comfortable beds, good quality sheets and pillows, reliable hot water and water pressure, beautifully decorated...

Thank David Y
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
Reviewed 28 January 2017

When I asked other expats in Guatemala to recommend a place to stay on the Rio Dulce, I received several responses, including Tortugal River Lodge. The deciding factor was Tortugal’s website, which says "We cater for vegetarians and vegans.” Since we knew we’d be eating our meals there for our two-night stay, it was a great relief to be going...

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

We thought we were catering to vegetarians but we did not realize we were catering to vegans until this review came in!! Our website sure enough says we cater to vegans. After a small conference explaining exactly what is a vegan.....hopefully this will never happen again. We also now know not argue with clients and if you want fruit without...

London, UK
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. Had the 'beach bungalow' on the river with a lovely balcony overlooking the Rio Dulce. This bungalow is away from the main buildings and restaurants and overlooks one of the marina jetty's. This is great if you want some privacy. Really liked the 'eco-style' cabanas and made for a comfortable stay. The restaurant...

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

This guest just made my day. What a lovely review! Especially for mentioning the restaurant!! which serves what many think is great food, salads and soups that cannot be found elsewhere, homemade bread and yogurt, dietetic and vegetarian dishes, really good drinks made from scratch, like our Strawberry Margarita made from fresh strawberries.

Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We booked a night through a web site at a reasonable price. When we reached the hotel, the actual price was 80% higher because the reservation engine on booking.com was not updated (could not handle reservation pricing for more than 2 people, we have 2 children).What made it worse was the employee at the reception not willing to find a...

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

So sorry that you had this experience. The booking engine can only accept the number of guests allowed in each room! What appears to have happened is that you needed reservations for four persons and were only able to reserve two because that was the maximum allowable in the room available or selected. And the price as well as room...

new zealand
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Beautiful rooms, amazing food and lovely staff. I would highly recommend this place. We were only supposed to stay for 1 night but ended up staying an extra night. Free kayaks were a bonus. The whole place is great and has the world's most comfortable beds!!!

Thank NewZealandStu
Reviewed 6 November 2016

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...

1Thank Jayne C
Tel Aviv, Israel
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...

Thank Shiri_Sh_10

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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 Tortugal's welcoming restaurant built over the river to offer panoramic views of what is happening on the river from sunrise over San Gil 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. You can dive and swim in the clean water of Rio Dulce here. ... more   less 

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Address: Casilla Unica Fronteras | Between the Bridge and Castillo San Felipe, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Izabal Department > Rio Dulce
Price Range: $64 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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