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“Great base for the Belize Zoo” 5 of 5 stars
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Black Orchid Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Dawson Lane | Belize District, Burrell Boom, Belize   |  
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“Great base for the Belize Zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2009

We were going to Ambergris Caye on vacation but wanted to spend a day on the mainland to visit the Belize Zoo and avoid Belize City at the same time. Based on the Trip Advisor reviews we stayed at the Black Orchid. It was perfect for our needs.

We were easily met at the airport for a quick ride back to the hotel. Once there we had a nice swim in the pool and a very good meal in the restaurant, including the Belizean version of Chicken Korma, which was excellent. Their breakfast, especially the fresh fruit and juices, was excellent too. Try the watermelon juice. The hotel itself was not "fancy" or modern but was a nice, clean, simple hotel / motel kind of place. Our room was large, the beds comfortable and everything was spotlessly clean. The grounds were cool too set right on the Belize River w/ Howler Monkeys and iguanas all over the place. But the best thing about the hotel was the staff. Everyone was uber-friendly and went out of their way to make sure we were all happy. As we were there w/ young kids they showed them a lot of attention, which they of course loved.

The reason we stayed here though was so we could use it as a base to visit the Belize Zoo before heading to Ambergris Caye and this was certainly the highlight of the stay and one of the best parts of our trip to Belize. The guide we had, Ryan, was friendly, educational and entertaining. I would highly recommend you ask for him by name. He guided us through the Zoo in about three hours, we saw pretty much everything and he was good at finding some of the more difficult animals to see, including the jaguar, ocelot, marguays, puma, monkeys, etc., etc. He was really good at "calling" the howler monkeys and getting them to respond back, which was very cool. It's amazing how loud they are. And according to Ryan... you can hear the loud ones from a mile away.

Although we were only here the night, when my kids are older I'd come back for an extra couple of days to use it as a base to also tour The Baboon Sanctuary, Lamanai, Altun Ha, etc.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2009

Black Orchid is a great choice close to Belize City. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and right on a river bank. The rooms are a good size and kept clean. The staff at Black Orchid is top notch, everyone is super friendly and helpfull. They offer great tours you can book at the front desk. I highly recommend trips to Lamanai, Altun Ha, Belize Zoo & Cave Tubing / Zip Lining. The resturaunt is also excellent, a little slow, but that's just Belizean time for ya! I loved every minute at Black Orchid!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mississippi State, MS
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2009

We chose to stay at the Black Orchid because our flight to Belize was scheduled to arrive at 4:45pm on a Sunday, which meant that if it was late, we'd miss flights and water taxi to an island and renting a car to the jungle meant driving on unfamiliar roads in the dark.

Dexter picked us up from the airport as promised and the ride to the resort is about 15 minutes. He was our driver for a couple of excursions. He's friendly. The driving in Belize is a bit crazy though. Please be careful if you decide to rent a car.

We stayed in a river/garden view room. While the decor is like going to grandmother's home with funny bedspreads and art, it is spotless. We kept the windows and the door to our veranda open during the day (when we were in our room) - it was very comfortable. At night, we used the AC. We could hear other televisions, but I think it was because our windows were open...we slept fine.

We took two day-trips. One to Jaguar Paw for zip-line and cave tubing. That was fun. The next day we went on a river cruise to Lamani. I wouldn't call it a cruise as you are flying down the river in a speed boat. That trip was ok....but certainly not worth $100US per/person. It was noted that the trip was a "private tour" but it included about a dozen other people from island resorts.

We canoed the Belize river, that was nice.

Unexpected perk: we were able to us free Wi-Fi which was a plus as we avoided massive roaming charges on our iphone. So we were able to send our kids a couple of pics of our sights for the day.

The food was fine. I didn't feel the prices were that bad. The best part of dinner was visiting with other guests (there were very very few but my husband and I were craving interaction, so we'd introduce ourselves. :) )

If I had a do over, I would have stayed one ... two nights max and spend an extra night on the island....or go further inland to San Ignacio's jungle lodges for a full on jungle experience.

As another reviewer noted, there is a $20BZ per/person charge to go to the marina for a water taxi to the cayes. I thought that it was free of charge since airport drop-offs were included.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mountainviewca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2009

Mr. Doug, Mr. Dexter and all the staff were exemplary. We were met at the airport as promised. Our room overlooking the river was extremely pleasant and well equipped, peaceful and even our own resident iguana on the lawn. We enjoyed the swim pool which was close by and our meals in the dining room were varied and leisurely. Trips from Black Orchid were well organized.

The day trip up river to Lamanai, was well worth taking. Out to the Baboon Sanctuary not too exciting. We think a visit to the zoo at night to see all the nocturnal creatures would be a far better experience.

Since Black Orchid is on the river you can take canoes or paddle boats out free of charge. It was great fun being on the river on our own.

At the end of our stay we were driven to the Princess Hotel for the next part of our journey. When we saw the Princess we knew we had made a wonderful choice staying at Black Orchid. It had character and such friendly staff.

Trip Advisor comments came through for us again. All the positive things people said were true and we would highly recommend getting out of Belize City and staying with 'friends' at Black Orchid. Thanks to everyone who made the start of our trip so memorable.

Margaret & Kay
Mountain View, CA

  • Stayed February 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2009

I don't know why so many people recommend this place. The best positive I can say is the staff is VERY nice, but the walls were thin (you can hear the TV and every bit of conversation next door), the decor was cheap (mattress hard as hell and ugly "America the Beautiful blankets!), and most importantly - the food was lousy. When you order something with cheese, understand you get nacho cheese from a can. They also have instant mashed potatoes, pancakes from a box, etc. etc. Hardly anything is GOOD, it is all just 'decent,' but clearly the owner is cheap and only buys the cheapest ingredients at the store. Also, they don't set up most of the trips they advertise for on their website. They mostly just tell you how to get there. Important to know: THEY CHARGE $40 EACH WAY to go into Belize City! Meaning if you want to do a trip that leaves from there, tack on an extra $80 to your expenses. My advice, stay at the Radisson in town. It's much nicer looking and I'm sure their mashed potatoes don't come out of a box.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Delaware
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

First off - there is no reason to be in Burrell Boom. It's a small boring Belizian town which houses the prison. It isn't really close to any of the attractions. If you want to do ruins stay in San Ignacio - if you want to do beach stay on a Caye or Placencia. You can book comprable resorts in botyh places for way less then here. You can also get a small flights straight from the Cayes to the airport. The local airlines will even put you on an earlier plain if you show up early. Belize is laid back and great that way. So there isn't really any reason you would need to stay near the airport. So back to the Black Orchid. This place charges about double what everybody else charges - which is odd being that it isn't really convenient. Drinks are double - rooms are double (for what you get). They do have a river - not really much to do on the river... Basically what i got from this place is that it's a nice sanctuary for scared "gringos" to blow lots of money and feel safe. If i cold do it over again - i would have stayed an extra day on Caulker and skipped this all together. I'm curious as to what everybody else got out of their stay here? Because i didn't/don't get it.
As for the room/service. i hate to dog people but this was pretty bad. They were working on a sewage line next to our room - so that smelled nasty. The TV didn't work. The fridge was still in it's box. As i said before drinks were about double everywhere else we stayed - even on the islands... I would have just bought beer and put it in the fridge i unpacked - but i was kind of stuck in the middle of nowhere. so yeah... not the best place in my opinion.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

Like virtually all of the reviews of The Black Orchid, I can't say enough about how nice a vacation it will provide. The owner and staff are truly exceptional. The food was outstanding (you have to try the River Lobster), the rooms are large and clean and the grounds are very well kept. This makes a great home base for a variety of activities, or just to kick back. All excursions can be arranged at the resort, and the staff will hand deliver you, and in some cases stay with you, so you always feel extremely safe. We can't wait to go back and take the entire family. If you are considering a trip to Belize, you should definitely consider The Black Orchid.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Dawson Lane | Belize District, Burrell Boom, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize District > Burrell Boom
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Burrell Boom
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Black Orchid Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belize has such contrasts from the beaches to the jungle to the Mayan ruins, from the rivers to the Cayes, a good base from which to see it all, is the Black Orchid Resort on the banks of the Belize Old River on the outskirts of Burrell Boom Village, just fifteen minutes from the international airport so it’s easy to reach and easy to leave from. Just a short distance away from Belize City and the airport, the resort is also within about an hour’s drive of most of the country’s mainland attractions, making it a convenient launching point for your vacation adventures. We provide accommodations with an ambiance of environmental radiance, alluring air conditioned rooms and immaculate, quiet and safe grounds. We are an excellent alternative to Belize City and gateway to all Belize has to offer; with knowledgeable guides and transportation for snorkeling, deep sea fishing, cave tubing, Maya Ruin tours, complimentary international airport shuttle, free use of kayaks, canoes, peddle boats and free wireless internet access. Your safety is our business. Come let us show you Belize ... more   less 
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