Bruno's Hotel and Marina

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Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Bruno's Hotel and Marina Rio Dulce Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Yes they do have pool May 14, 2012
Sticking to the backpackers policies, I was looking for the cheapest sleeping in town I found it in Bruno’s. Minivan dropped me at the parking lot with few buildings around and restaurant in the front of the few private docks for sailing boats. Lady at the bar that also doubled for a reception, was spacing out doing her thing and did not really pay attention at me. It was a bit tricky to get talking or getting any kind of information from her without adding to her bad mood…

Couple regular westerners in sailing shirts were busy with their beer quota mostly sitting around the bar and pool area. One of the waiters took me across the parking lot to two story building and pushed cage door that had dormitorio written above it.

Dorm looked like a bit larger cave and smelled like bears were occupying it during their yearly sleep. After 8 hours of traveling, searching for other place to stay for one night in the town I have never been to was not something that was not an option.

Whole area of the hotel/hostel is a bit shady due to proximity of bridge and not much lights in the complex. Room has a cage doors, but they are not locked and room is a bit away from the restaurant and hotel area, which make it very easy target for anyone that wants to rob you. There are spacious lockers that can fit most of the large backpacks, but if someone really wants your stuff, they are easy to break in. Dorm has a bathroom with shower and it is big, clean and well maintained (cold water shower only). There is AC in the room but we did not turn it on because there was no reason to do that. Simple fans were keeping whole room airy and chill so everyone could sleep just fine. Dorm is spacious with ten beds on two levels, and those beds are surprisingly sturdy and clean.

At the entrance of the dorm there are bunch of shelves full of books in different languages. Most of the good books are not in English, but if you are into crime and romance, this is the wall called heaven. You are free to take any of the books and leave the ones that you finished reading.

Bridge is the focal point of this city for it is the only one crossing the river, and all traffic goes over it. Street that goes to the bridge is full of market stalls and people buying, trading, and waiting for the buses. It is very hectic, and vehicles are going very slow approaching the bridge. This area serves as a winter/bad weather garage for sailing boats and yachts, so there are many boat captains hanging around. Both sides of the river are more or less protected area so the vegetation is lust and tick. When going around in the boat you will encounter really beautiful and big buildings with nice docks and fast boats (Main road and closeness of the border and port are perfect setting for the most profitable trade in the area…drugs) . Some of the buildings are finca's that offer affordable stay and tours, and they are great place to stay and explore the area.

I would look for another place next time, probably across the river.
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