The Red Hut Inn is my home-away-from-home in Belize City, the starting and ending point for frequent travels in the country and in the region. Unless you are there on business, the national commercial capital is not a place where you want to spend much time as a tourist. But Julie and Lewis will make your stay pleasant enough. Besides, all the country's tourist destinations are only a few hours away by air, land or water, so you can base yourself here throughout your visit or use it as your transit hub. There are transportation services also to other Central American countries.
Within walking distance you will find a major supermarket, as well as banks, bars, restaurants, and stores. It is worth noting that many domestic flights touch down at the nearby municipal airport, without extra charge. Consequently you can save time and money on transfers by flying internally out from there and back, instead of through the international airport.
The inn is situated a few hundred yards from the seashore in a safe, northern, residential suburb of the city, amid canals and private tropical gardens. I was going to say “quiet” suburb, which largely it is. However, Belize suffers from the common developing-country problem of barking dogs. The Inn's own pets are disciplined but one bark in the neighborhood, one passing stranger, or perhaps just one dog's bored yapping, can set off a cacophony at any time of the day or night... the same as anywhere in Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the Caribbean. (In Manhattan I see people walking their dogs all the time. I think it is weird and cruel to keep a large animal in an apartment; but at least the owners there clean up after them and I rarely hear the dogs bark. Perhaps they remove their vocal chords at the same time as they have them neutered; I dunno.)
The reasonable price will tell you that this is not luxury accommodation; nor does it have the anonymous efficiency of a motel chain. It is the kind of friendly place where you help yourself to beers and drinks from the hotel fridge and jot them down on a notepad to be added to your account. It was not custom-built to be a hotel, so be prepared for uneven floors and unexpected steps.
It has a homely character, mostly due to the attentive help of Julia and Lewis. They will provide you with convenient transport to and from the airport or around the city, as well as extra services. Their local knowledge means that you will have introductions for many needs, as varied as as medical, massage, tech support for your laptop and phone, not to mention travel requirements.
The Inn has clean and well-appointed rooms on two floors, each with full bathrooms, fridges, cable TV, air-conditioning, and fans. There is a fully-equipped, common kitchen, whether you want to use the oven and stove top or merely pop something in the microwave. For me, the facility to prepare tea and coffee, or re-heat delivered meals is a convenient extra that saves time and money.
For a fee of course, Lewis, an internationally-trained cook, will prepare any of the three meals a day. Dinner is his specialty and provides an opportunity to socialize with other travelers and expats.
The public roof deck is also the dining area. Except for this space, the hotel is “no smoking”, so be prepared on the deck occasionally for the worldwide disregard by smokers of the health and comfort of the non-smoking majority.
The visitors come in all ages, newly-weds and elderly singles, politically right- and left-wing, Church leaders and atheists. Typically they seem to be socially liberal types with inquiring minds that propel them to visit somewhere off the beaten track, to lodge at some place out-of-the ordinary. Mostly there I have met North Americans, Brits, and other anglophones. I have rarely noticed children, though I have observed nothing that would suggest that the hotel is child-unfriendly.
In brief, if this is not your type of place, then this review will probably have made that clear. Conversely, if you like the sound of it from my notes, then I trust that you are equally informed.
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