Casa Rosada, Livingston, Guatemala

Situated right on the riverfront, 500 metres south of the main dock, La Casa Rosada is a tranquil and charming hotel boasting well-groomed gardens overlooking the water.

Having worked there under the previous ownership, Livingston born Javier subsequently bought the business along with his Belgian wife Sandra and have now been running the hotel for a number of years. They have been able to add many of their own personal touches and the couple’s calm and serene nature is reflected in the atmosphere of their guesthouse.
La Casa Rosada offers 10 separate palm-thatched and airy cabanas priced at $20US per room (the price may be negotiable in low season). Each cabin has twin beds, fans, screened windows and individual mosquito nets that are all well maintained. The subtle lighting, wooden finish and beautifully hand pained Guatemalan highland furniture in each lend them a homely, comforting feel.

All cabanas have shared bathrooms (equipped with hot showers), which are pristinely clean and they too are decorated with the same artisanal Guatemalan furniture.

Wifi is available for guests with their own computers and there are plenty of comfortable seats and tables in the restaurant, veranda and riverside garden area.

The current set of cabins are only a few years old, yet the owners have on-going plans for renovations and maintain their good condition by periodically updating and rebuilding them. Further plans include the building of a new fence for even more seclusion, renovation of the pier end and repositioning a few of the cabins to make better use of the space available

Having lived in Livingston all his life Javier is happy to advise guests on local travel and tourist information. He also hosts group tours along the Rio Dulce or can recommend and arrange other tours in the area. Additionally kayaks for 2 people are available to hire (20Q per hour).

There’s also a small book exchange and a same day laundry service available.

The hotel has a full restaurant and bar facility serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a fully stocked fridge of soft drinks and beers for guests to help themselves and note down what they take.

Some visitors come to La Casa Rosada solely to dine here and it’s easy to see why. Sandra is a talented and passionate cook with a particular flair for Asian, and especially Thai cuisine. The dinner menu is short but enticing and is dual priced; one price for a ‘full’ order including starter, main course and home-made dessert and another for just the main dish on its own. The owners introduced this system to give customers greater choice during the current economic situation.

Sandra can also turn her skill to cocktail making. Her spin on the Caipirina is worth the visit alone!
How to get there...
From Livingston centre it is a short 5-10 minute walk following the Calle Marcos Sanchez Diaz back along the river away from the town.

If arriving from Rio Dulce by boat ask the driver to drop you at the hotel’s very own pier.

Note: Touts at the main dock may try to dissuade tourists from staying at this hotel. La Casa Rosada does not wish to financially endorse these touts and so they may attempt to encourage travelers to stay elsewhere.
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Report & Photos by: Andrew Bodgin & Chloe Baylis
Contact Info...
Calle Marcos Sanchez Diaz
502 7 947 03 03
502 7 947 03 04
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