The Bellvue hotel
The previous reviews all have it about right in their own way. I have spent the best part of 6 months of my life staying at the Bellevue during the 80/90s when I saw everything that has been said numerous times and I still fell in love with the place. I cannot imagine it has changed much since then. Yes the place has seen better days and the staff seem to go out of their way to be unhelpful to the passing tourist trade (Mostly rude Americans, who get short shrift) but remember they have seen it all before over many years. The GIMME THIS and I WANT THAT attitude DOES NOT WORK HERE. If you want Starbucks and diet mayo go to Miami. You are not in the states but in a foreign country, respect that.
You want it yesterday means a 30 minute wait for a club sandwich, so just sit in the bar and enjoy one of the best pina-coladas I have ever tasted (Belikin beer is an acquired taste) and CHILL while looking out over that blue Caribbean sea and take in the atmosphere of the place and not just the sometimes shabby appearance. Compared to most of the town this is good!
The restaurant is probably best avoided apart from breakfast. There are plenty of places around (mostly Chinese) that will provide a good meal at reasonable prices.
Most folks who are just passing through for a couple of days never get to know the character of the place or the warm and friendly staff (some of whom I will treasure as friends till the day I die) who will go out of there way to be as helpful as they can, bearing in mind their somewhat limited resources and the fact that you are in a third world country.
If you want better surroundings with staff that kiss you’re a**e to get tipped and a sanitised Belize, use one of the big hotels. If however you are a little adventurous and are prepared for a few minor (or major) inconveniences to get to know the real Caribbean then this is the place for you. Have a PC for me!
P.S the idiom ‘Trust NO one’ is best remembered on the streets.
- Also Known As:
- Bellevue Hotel Belize City
- Bellevue Hotel Belize/Belize City