When first planning our Belize trip our 1 night stay in the Treehouse Cabin of the Howler Monkey Resort was all that I could think about. Being a lover of all things monkey it seemed like a childhood dream come true. Sadly, it did not live up to my fair expectations 100%. The treehouse cabin was the rustic "camping in a tree" feel that I had hoped for. Unfortunately, it was each of the other elements that lacked. We had arrived after dinner time, which was not a problem at all since we had not selected to have dinner at time of booking. Had I known that meant the hotel would not be doing ANY shopping for our stay then I would have checked that "dinner" box on the reservation form. Lucky for us there was a nearby shop still open where we were able to purchase our dinner (Pringles) and beer! We are both able to skip a meal here-and-there so it wasn't that big of an issue. We were pleased to find out that we made it in time for the jungle night hike, which is organized by the Visitor's Center only a few buildings away. I highly recommend taking that tour. It was quite a blast! Robert, our guide was such a kind fellow and extremely experienced with the jungle, which gave us an advantage to seeing creatures in the dark. Staying at a resort amidst many howker monkeys I did not expect that much sleep, if any at all, but did think something more along the lines of "Let the sounds of the jungle lullably your sweet dreams during the night and then wake you up to the melodious birds singing on a beautiful morning in the jungle." would occur. The only thing thing singing us to "sleep" was the very drunk man at the near-by bar. We've all been that guy in our drinking days so even that was not a huge issue. I did, however, phone the owners to make sure everything was okay since it sounded like he was in attack mode at our door-step. They seemed annoyed and informed me "he was just celebrating the new year", which was still 4 days away... For me the main complaint with the Howler Monkey Resort was the lack of friendliness of the owners. We didn't expect 5-star service, but a little smile would have been nice for our first night in Belize.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Howler Monkey Hotel Belize District
- Howler Monkey Lodge Belize