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“Should have stayed longer...” 5 of 5 stars
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River Side | Bermudian Landing Village, Belize   |  
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Fernie
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Should have stayed longer...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

We had the best time of our holiday in Belize at the Howler Monkey Lodge. Mel and Ed, the Belizeans who own and run the lodge, were so welcoming, gracious and informative. The lodgings are rustic, clean and cozy. We had cabins overlooking the river and it was amazing to surrounded by the jungle. The breakfast and dinner that are part of the stay were some of the best home cooked belizean cuisine we had on our trip. Mel even made sure I was able to get a good meal as I am a lactose intolerant vegetarian. The banana pancakes were sublime. Ed toured us around the Altun Ha ruins and enlightened us on mayan culture and history, as well as a tour of the colorful local winery. In all it was an unforgettable experience that wouldn't have been half as special without our great stay with Mel and Ed and their family. Thanks again.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a river view.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

If you are looking for a jungle style resort experience, look no further! This family owned cabin lodging is very simple but a fun way to stay close to the jungle. Be ready to be awaken by the amazing sounds of local howler monkeys and birds. The cabins are equipped with all your basic needs. Breakfast & dinner is prepared daily (included in the lodging prices) - very good introduction to the Belizean homestyle cooking. The family was very hospitable and accomodating to our needs. This is not a place for tv junkies, but travelers looking for an affortable stay during their tours and adventures in the area. Places and tours within a resonable drive from this resort: Belize Zoo, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Lamanai tours, cave tubbing and ziplining tours. Suggesting to bring lots of bug spray as the cabins are near the river.

Room Tip: River Cabin - 2 double beds on the first foor and 1 double bed upstairs (all open space - no privacy...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

I recently stayed at the Howler Monkey Lodge during a family vacation. The cabins are charming; we had a cabin with three beds and a hammock overlooking the river. The lodgings are simple and rustic, but that is what we were hoping for. A Belizean family owns this resort, and they are very friendly and accommodating. They prepare all of the meals as well, which were delicious and gave us an opportunity to try traditional Belizean cuisine. We also had many opportunities to see howler monkeys in the trees right outside our cabin, even though we were only at the Howler Monkey Lodge for one night.

My only warning is that this area has an abundance of mosquitoes, which made it difficult to enjoy being outside. I was fine, as I don't often get bit, but one of my family members got over 30 mosquito bites, even with bug spray. Come prepared with long-sleeved shirts, pants, and enough bug spray for everyone.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Central Coast California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

We are still excited about the wonderful experience we had at this family owned lodge. The hospitality was gracious and inviting. The food was wonderful. The setting is amazing. And the thrill of a true jungle, no artificial frills experience was something we will never forget. Thank you for the great stay

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lorette, Manitoba
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2011

We stayed in the Monkey Cabin and the room can be described as shoddy at best - the carpentry soooo bad that I'm sure somewhere there is a Mennonite carpenter rolling in his grave. The front door barely closed and the back door jam was broken so you had to bolt the door to keep it closed. Room had cracks / holes in wall and in need of a paint job. They advertise "2 very comfortable double beds" well, maybe for children. The fan mentioned is a stand up fan not ceiling and the "ensuite" (a generous term at best) consists of an old shower with no water pressure and a sink in your room with no towel rack.

They advertise a swimming pool on the property - the pool is not properly maintained, it was slimy and over chlorinated, the concrete around the pool is crumbling, cracked and dirty.

The owners were barely to be seen, Mel (one of the owners) seemed genuinely disinterested and the few times I did speak with her she certainly wasn't welcoming or friendly. The saving grace is their handyman Russell who was very friendly, a great resource and great person to talk to. At first we thought that Russell was the owner as Mel's husband/partner was not seen nor did he visit with the guests. First place that we stayed in Belize where the owners acted like that - most managers/owners are usually pretty outgoing and happy to talk with guests.

If you don't have a vehicle the place is difficult to get to as you cannot bus to the area and you will either have to pay taxi from Ladyville (nearest bus stop) or have the owners pick you up. If staying there I'd recommend renting a car in Belize City as there's not much to do there. Once you've done the river boat or canoe (1/2 day) and the monkey reserve (1/2 day) that about covers it.

On the upside - the place is reasonably priced and if you have your own vehicle you can use this place as your home base. Personally though I'd stay in San Ignacio for travel to Tikal, ATM etc from there.

On the positive we rented the canoe @ $30 each and saw alot of birds and iguanas from the river and had a nice time. And to give credit where it is due - the food was very good with generous quantity.

Room Tip: Pay a few extra dollars and stay somewhere else.
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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EdTurton, Owner at Howler Monkey Lodge, responded to this review, April 23, 2011
Howler Monkey is first and foremost our jungle home, a microcosm of Belizean culture, where taking care of our guests is a way of life for us-- not a job where we put on “plastic smiles”. We pride ourselves on taking care of our guests personally and our smile is genuine and comes from the heart. This is the reason why we have only a few cabins.

We cater to the eco traveler looking to experience Belize (its people and nature) as it is abundantly clear in our website. It is obvious to us that you missed this part about who we are and whom we cater to. We thank you for the opportunity to explain this point. We do not put on a façade for tourists. It is our belief that most of our guests choose to stay with us for this fact. Many of our guests have mentioned to us that if they were looking for a luxury hotel they would have stayed at home.

As we can recall your husband is a contractor/home inspector, we are sorry our humble little place did not meet your code. We are not a luxury resort nor do we have the intention of becoming one and our rates reflect this fact. The vast majority of the buildings and swimming pool here were literally built by us (with our own hands). We are mighty proud of this accomplishment. Everything here works perfectly fine and we maintain HMR year round. This place is a labor of love and we are constantly building/adding to it.

In our line of business we meet people from all over the world and 98% are nice people and a pleasure to get along with. Some people are impossible to please no matter what you do or how nicely you treat them. We welcome constructive criticism and encourage our guests to let us know personally; this is how we have been growing for the past 12 years.

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

We stayed at the Howler Monkey Resort for our entire stay in Belize and we are so glad we did. We stayed in the "Purple Berry Cabin", the one closest to the dining hall. Our cabin had a screened porch with rocking chairs and a hammock. There was also a swimming pool for when we wanted to cool off. Perfect after a long day of sightseeing. My favorite thing was to lie in bed at night and listen to all the cool wildlife noises.
Breakfast and dinner is included and there is bottled water in the dining hall where you can refill your water bottles. The food is delicious and plenty enough for even the biggest of appetites. Lots of fresh fruit and veges. Coconut water (in the coconut), purple berry juice, cho cho and gibnut were just a few of the local dishes we enjoyed.
The location is in the middle of everywhere. A car is a must. We stayed here for 10 days and day tripped to the Belize Zoo, Altun Ha, Lamanai, Crooked Tree Sanctuary, Guanacaste National Park, Inland Blue Hole, Baboon Sanctuary, Spanish Creek, St Herman's Cave and Caye Caulker.
The owners, Mel and Ed, took excellent care of us. They shared their knowledge of the country, culture, food, animals and birds, but most of all they made us feel like family. . They saved the day by loaning us their ice chest when the flimsy foam one we had bought broke before we got to the resort. When an unexpected storm came in during the night, there was an umbrella waiting for us on our porch. The day we left there was red bougainvillea in a vase on the table. When Mel told us Happy Valentines Day, I almost cried. I didn’t want to leave.
This is a great place to unwind, relax and enjoy what nature and a wonderful family has to offer.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

The choice to spend several days on the edge of the jungle was obvious: the amazing people at the Howler Monkey Resort were absolutely the best ever -- gracious and knowledgeable. The rooms were fine, the food great: do not expect to lose weight!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Howler Monkey Lodge

Address: River Side | Bermudian Landing Village, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize District
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Belize District
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Howler Monkey Resort, a microcosm of Belizean Culture, is a full-service family oriented Eco Resort offering personalized service since 1998, catering to eco travelers looking for an authentic inland Belize adventure. Located on 20 beautiful acres of riparian rainforest overlooking the Belize river. As we're in the middle of everything, we act as the perfect base for your Belize vacation - only 30mins from the airport/45 from Belize City, excellent paved roads. ... more   less 
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Howler Monkey Hotel Belize District
Howler Monkey Lodge Belize

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