The hotel is pretty good for the city.
COMPARISON - BELIZE CITY GENERAL
Even the other big more expensive hotels around, like the Radisson Fort George or the Princess might be nicer inside (and much more expensive), but their location is pretty removed from the center (maybe for a reason). My husband thinks that nobody should stay in Belize city if they don't have a reason, but I disagree. Although they are all on the water, the river meets the sea near the city so, no sandy beaches and clear Caribbean water near Belize city.
The Mopan is a renovated colonial house and clean (they change towels and sheets every day) and is in a nicer area of downtown (near
two of a handful of places to go sightseeing, the cathedral and the Government house). Otherwise I would take a taxi ($2.50) to everywhere in town.
Our dissapointment came from the staff, with some being terribly unfriendly and their eagerness to get more money for you. I had read raving reviews for the hospitality and we didn't see it. Especially the founder's daughter who maybe has forgotten the values of hospitality. Examples:
- no help in organizing a tour although they advertise it (they are way too expensive anyway! Go elsewhere),
- a dollar or two for any local phonecalls (buy a phonecard instead. Please compare with taxi fare for perspective),
- $50 for a stay + $10 for second person (!) +10 for AC + Tax + Service charge (A Belize thing) you are looking for at least $75 or $80 total before you leave.
-Then double check your receipt for "extra bar charges" even if you didn't use it!
- And don't accept a ride from them they overcharge you anyway, use a regular taxi. There are no friendly discounts because you live there, quite the opposite I would say...
By the way the Hunter guide book was very helpful for Belize.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Mopan is a family oriented hotel located in the heart of Belize City with easy access to bus terminals and water taxis. We are a home away from home environment. Our aim is to help you feel comfortable with us as you come to explore Belize. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mopan Hotel Belize City
- Hotel Mopan Belize/Belize City