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The Funky Dodo Backpackers

Main street, Hopkins, Belize
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fairport, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Funky DoDo is THE PLACE to Stay in Hopkins! Central to Everything Hopkins, the Staff is Experienced, Knowledgeable and Fun! From Marlon the Artist and Gyuri the Guru, Matthew, Tanya and Ronny in the TreeTop Bar, The DoDo is Awesome!

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all I need to say that for the bigger part during my four night stay I was not feeling well, which disabled me from enjoying this place more than I should have. It's a very welcoming place with always present and helpful personell. Marlin and his colleague with the dreads (Very very sorry for not remembering your name!!)... More

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Ashland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We showed up at this place after two days of long travel through Guatemala, we're trying to find the beach and the ultimate place to relax. We didn't know where we were going to stay but after talking to a few of the incredibly friendly locals we came here. The staff is the nicest I have ever met at a... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here for 5 nights, which was longer than I'd planned but I really liked the hostel, and Hopkins and the surrounding area. You can do so much here, I went diving, cave tubing, hiking in the jungle (you can do zip lining) kayaking on the lagoon, relaxed on the beach, and so much more. The hostel is clean... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first impression when we arrived to The Funky Dodo was ok, let's stay here the couple nights we booked online and move on. Pretty quickly our feelings changed and we just couldn't leave and ended up staying for 11 nights, once we actually paid for everything the night before but when we woke up we felt too sad to... More

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Albrightsville, Pennsylvania
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Laid back and inexpensive, bar/restaraunt and 1 block to the beach. RIght in the middle of the Village and a short walk to everything in Hopkins Village. Shops and restaraunts within a few blocks, bus to Dangriga picks up 1 block away.

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thefunkydodo, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for your awesome review. We try hard to provide more facilities for guests to enjoy and places for people to hang out and relax. I am blessed with amazing staff who do a good job of doing my job as the business grows and I do not get the chance to meet all of my guests. In... More

London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We stayed at the Funky Dodo for the two nights that we were in Hopkins. We did some research online before we arrived in Hopkins and it seemed that the Funky Dodo was the best hostel for our tight budget, plus it looked cool too. We didn't book ahead but managed to get a private room upon arrival. All of... More

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DodoWill, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Guys!! Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the place and you felt comfortable and relaxed during your stay. You know along with many things that have surprised me since becoming a hostel owner i would never come to guess that i would become knowledgeable on fans... :) but after the first... More

Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

When we arrived in Hopkins we had only planned on staying for a couple nights but after staying at the Dodo, we ended up there over a week and we came back a week after we left as well. We were greeted by smiling staff and friendly guests. If you like hostels this is the place for you. The (new)... More

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DodoWill, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello guys!! Thank you so much for your awesome review. Giovanni the new manager is gleaming with joy now that he has read your kind words and i will show Mat the bar tender also when he comes in for work today. Thanks for your appreciation of the staff, the place and the people and we hope that you will... More

Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

My experience at the Dodo could have been a lot better. The owner and his girlfriend were very helpful and accommodating (when they were there) Other than that it was confusion. Messed up bookings (not just mine), no tour of the facilities, no hot water... It truly is a funky place that I know many would enjoy. Very cabin-like. Better... More

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DodoWill, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for your comments and I am sorry there may have been a mistake with your booking, but we are dependent on hostel world who do sometimes randomly send us more guests even when we have blocked the availability for the room in question. (this has happened twice now) Having said that, we did not leave you to... More

16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

The Funky dodo Is definitely the best place to stay in Hopkins. The staff and owners are great people and really helpful. The dorm is really crowded and noisy because of its proximity to the bar. The whole place has a great atmosphere and is clean and well maintained. Quirky and fun

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DodoWill, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thank you for you nice review. Much appreciated. The noise levels and the time of day.. or night that the noise occurs will vary immensely depending on who we are accommodating at the time. Of course there is often a mixture of people but quite a few times a pattern seems to form and there will be nights when... More

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Additional Information about The Funky Dodo Backpackers

Also Known As:
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Belize/Hopkins
Address: Main street, Hopkins, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty lodging in Hopkins
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel is located right in center of the original Garifuna village of Hopkins on the Caribbean coast of Belize. We have a pool, a treetop bar under a Mayan thatched roof where we serve a selection of drinks as well as breakfast and bar food all at backpacker's prices. We offer comfortable budget accommodation in the spacious 14 bed dormitory in full size single bunk beds and we have 6 private rooms that accommodate from 1 to 4 people with either shared bathrooms or ensuite /private bathrooms. We have free high speed Wi-Fi everywhere on the property and cool shaded sandy yard with a swimming pool where you can relax and chill out. We have hammocks and plenty of seating, a well equipped kitchen free of use and plenty of new clean bathrooms around the place. We have a tour desk right at The Funky Dodo from where you can book trips and will be able to get out there and see the sights for the best prices in town. We are here to help and we will make sure you know where you are going and you know how to get there and that you are fully aware of all the things to see in and around the village. The Hostel always has a good atmosphere, a wide range of music and fun people to meet and folk have good things to say about the place. The bar up under the thatch amongst the trees is a cool spot to come and relax and feel the breeze with a pina colada to hand If you are backpacking or on holiday in Belize or traveling through Latin America take some time to checkout Hopkins for water sports, wild life and nature reserves and true Garifuna culture. Within a 30 second walk from the hostel there is The King Casava bar and restaurant, internet cafe, cafes, the beach, and a supermarket. A 5 minute walk will take you to several more bars, restaurants and shops. We will help and assist you with any information you need and make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. The village is known as the safest place in all of Belize. You can walk the streets anywhere in the village alone at any time of day or night without a single worry. The local crowd is really friendly and kind and people and will smile and wave as you go by. Located 60 yards from the Caribbean Sea, close to all amenities and a perfect location to catch a boat out to the reef for some snorkeling and diving, floating about in the river and lagoons for some fishing. A great location from where one can visit all the inland sites, the Cockscomb basin Jaguar sanctuary that covers 130 000 acres of tropical jungle, Cristal clear rivers, streams and waterfalls where you can swim and relax on the rocky formations. The Mayflower reserve is also very close by where you can study abundant wild life and stunning vegetation and see the highest waterfall in the country known as Antelope falls. Just beyond Mayflower reserve there is the longest Zip line in Belize that has 8 white knuckle lines one of which is half a mile long and you can hit 40 Mph... There is a vast network of lagoons where there are crocodiles, iguanas and a wide variety of birds and wildlife in general. There is a lookout tower where one can view the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. 1 And 2 person kayaks or canoes are available to hire from Driftwood Pizza Shack to take in to the lagoon on the north side or you can also hire canoes and kayaks from Palmento Grove which is 10mins walk north on the North side of Hopkins Where they have a canal that leads in to the lagoon. You can take a boat out along the river for a night time river trip with a guide and experience the phosphorescence plankton in the wake of the boat and the glowing eyes of the crocodiles in the dark. The trip lasts about 3 hours and your guide will show you the amazing wild life along the banks of Sittee river and in the lagoons. ... more   less 

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