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“Blew Us Away” 5 of 5 stars
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Hidden Valley Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4 Miles Cooma Cairn Road, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize   |  
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Blew Us Away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2006

Hidden Valley Inn is the place to stay in the San Ignacio area. There are so many good things to mention. Butterfly Falls is beautiful. It is only one of the many waterfalls, pools and hiking trails located on the property worth exploring. The food is outstanding. The staff is friendly and helpful. They greet you with a cold lime juice when you arrive and will help you book a tour or suggest areas on the property to explore. Estella makes about the best pina colada I've every tasted. Our room was great. The fireplace was a nice touch, especially during the wet season. On the downside, the hot tub was broken while we were there but that was just a minor disappointment considering all the other positives this Inn has going for it.

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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SF Bay Area
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2006

We spent our first four nights in Belize at the Hidden Valley Inn. We could not have asked for anything more. Every single staff member was unbelievably friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious. They even grow and roast their own coffee and have it available all day long.

Although we had our own rental car, we ended up booking tours through the Inn after getting a flat tire on our second day there (the dirt roads are VERY bumpy). We didn't want to risk getting another flat since we no longer had a spare. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The tour guides at the Hidden Valley Inn (and the ones they contract out to) are incredibly knowledgeable. We could not say enough great things about Ric. He pointed out all sorts of flora and fauna along the roads, and told incredible stories about the Mayans. The road to Caracol was "closed" during our visit due to recent robberies and a rape, but we visited other ruin sites and Barton Creek Cave. We didn't visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, but the other guests who did said it was without a doubt the highlight of their stay in the Cayo district.

The Hidden Valley Inn grounds are gorgeous and the rooms are impeccably kept. There are numerous waterfalls right on the reserve, and endless miles of trails to explore. The pool was a nice added luxury. They do not have air conditioning in any of the facilities, but surprisingly, we didn't miss it at all. The days were very hot (near 90 with high humidity), but the nights cooled down enough such that we were comfortable enough with the windows open and the ceiling fan running.

Overall, we had an incredible stay at Hidden Valley Inn and would love to return!

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2006

In the 6 months since we were in Belize (mid-December 2005), when I think of Belize, I think of Hidden Valley Inn. For me, it surpassed the beach and the 3 other places we stayed. The food is fabulous (I bought their cookbook and have made a number of the dishes), the service was great, the mix of natural landscaping and lovely casitas, the trails and waterfalls, the sunken hot tub where I soaked at 6 in the morning to face one direction and watch the sun come up, and at 5:30 or so in the afternoon to face the opposite direction and watch the sun go down, dinner some nights by the pool.

Most of all, I enjoyed it because of the people -- the innkeeper couple, the other guests, the employees, the communal gathering time with conversation just before dinner.

Every time I want to take a mental vacation, I think about Hidden Valley Inn.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2006

My boyfriend and i recently returned from our trip to belize. We stayed at Hidden Valley Inn for 3 days. The car ride alone was an adventure in itself! We opted to rent a small suv and make the trek to HVI on our own. It was a bumpy road to say the least. At one point i seriously thought the windows on the car were going to fall in and break. My boyfriend seemed to enjoy the drive, but also agreed it was not something he would look forward to anytime soon.

When we got to HVI, Elmer greeted us with cold towels for our face, and fresh limeade juice that hit the spot as it was very hot and humid. He gave the rundown and showed us around. The cottages were clean and private. We had no complaints with the room, although i would have liked if there was a mini-fridge to keep cool water in from time to time. The couple next to us had an incident with a scorpion in the bathroom, but luckily we did not have that story to tell! Although, it did make us a little more cautious in the room. The meals were all planned out, and you picked from a few choices what you'd want for dinner in the mornings. The food was all good and the portions filling. It was all very professional and the staff was always helpful. They were all really hard workers, which is diff. from some of the other experiences we had on the cayes later.

Elmer set us up with a plan of hikes and waterfalls to explore. They can also provide you with lunches to take along which is nice so you dont have to go back to the inn for lunch. The area is amazing. They had some fires a few days earlier and while we were there, so smoke filled the air at times for what would've been very nice, clear days. But it really never stopped us from doing everything we wanted. You're given 2-way radios in case you need to contact the inn, which is good as you literally feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere when you're out exploring. Thanks to Elmer for bearing with our questions/fears should we encounter any animals, snakes, etc on our hikes. He said we'd be lucky if we saw anything and should have nothing to worry about, but a small part of us was still a little scared. In the end we did not run into anything and actually found ourselves wishing we did.

Butterfly Falls is a must see!! Make sure you take a dip in the water! Definitely the most beautiful sight in the area. We would definitely recommend Hidden Valley to anyone looking for adventure and nature lovers. It was nice to have a rental car too, as we were able to see many more sites on our own vs. had we been completely on foot. Plus its easy to navigate the area. Watch out for the no see-em's as they are unforgiving during the day!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2006

This is indeed an awesome place to stay. There are a few things you should know first though. The most important thing is timing. This is not a place to visit in the summer. It is very, very hot here. There is no AC, only a single ceiling fan to cool you. To see all of the wonderful waterfalls and views offered at HV you have to work for it. If you decide to hike or bike, I hope that you are very good physical shape. The times stated to get to the destinations are a bit off. The 45 minute hikes turn into 1-2 hour hikes. I would recommend having someone at HV drive you as far as possible and then hike the rest of the way to the falls. Even from the drop offs it takes 10-20 minutes to reach a destination. Don't get me wrong, they are well worth it. Each waterfall is different and very beautiful. At least there is a nice, very chilly pool of water to cool off in at each waterfall.

I recommend the package deal at HV. It includes all of your meals and a private guide on your tours. The guides have such a wealth of knowledge to share with you. Our favorite guide was Albert. He seems to know everything possible about Belize and all of it's rich history, environment and culture.

One of the things I was worried about for this trip was the food. I am a rather picky eater, but this was not an issue. The food at HV was some of the best I have ever had. They had several choices for each meal and were very happy to make changes in the foods preperation. They would either send lunch with you on the tours or have it waiting on you at a remote location if you were hiking. The staff was very friendly and always there to help as needed.

I would highly recommend a stay at HV for a large number of reasons. It is very romantic (waterfalls) , historic (Maya ruins), and adventurous (cave exploring and hiking). There is something for everyone in Belize and at HV.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that there is no AC and the hot tub was broken the entire time we were there.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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56 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2006

We recently spent 2 nights at Hidden Valley Inn. The rooms are very tastefully decorated, with a large, comfortable bed. The pool was a refreshing oasis after our day of mountain biking and there's a screened-in room where you can watch the sunset, read your book and enjoy a Belkin beer or two! The food was very good, although there is a set menu with a couple of choices at each meal. They will accomodate dietary requests. The staff were very friendly and hard-working. We borrowed the inn's mountain bikes and had a beautiful (although at some points gruelling!) ride on their trails, stopping to hike into a breathtaking waterfall. The roads do require a 4 wheel-drive vehicle, especially if you're going to drive beyond Hidden Valley to 1,000 Foot Falls. We highly recommend a visit to Hidden Valley Inn!

Stayed April 2006
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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2006

Super place. We loved it. The cabins are beautiful and work well. The restaurant is fabulous and service is second to none. The waterfalls are great fun. We rented a Ford Ranger and drove ourselfs. The 18 miles off the western highway where the Inn is located is the worst road I have ever seen. We waited until the wheels fell off the truck and they eventually did. We drove to Tikal and there a pretty nasty stretch of 13 miles in Guatemala but not as bad as Belize. Feel free to drive yourself but rent something like a Land Cruiser and be patient.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4 Miles Cooma Cairn Road, Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hidden Valley Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden Valley Inn, a Luxury Life Style Boutique Hotel with only 12 rooms, is located on a 7200 acres private reserve in the Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District in Belize. This intimate eco resort offers quality accommodation, fine gourmet food and attentive service in a natural environment. The flora, wildlife and bird watching here are truly unique in the region. Guests staying at this Intimate Luxury Boutique Hotel enjoy exclusive access to over 90 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as many secluded Crystal Pools and Waterfalls set in a tropical rainforest. For those seeking romance, one of the waterfalls may be reserved exclusively for the day.Situated in the Maya mountains, also serves as a convenient base for visiting the various scenic and historical attractions of the area. ... more   less 
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