Pictures are really nice, but actual resort, not so much. The staff was really friendly from check in to the restaurant staff. Great service! The rest, well - I was ready to leave when we got there. Rented a 1 bed, 1 bath. Got a 2 room kitchenette with 3 beds - a double, a twin, & a mattress in the front room sitting on top of a futon???? Only one AC unit in the bedroom. If you watched TV in the front room, you sweated. The bathroom was bad. Rusted fixtures had been painted white. Ants everywhere. Shower curtain rod kept falling down. Microwave didn’t work. Front pool was filthy & closed most of our 8 day stay. Pool by our room was clean, but open to locals. Packed on the weekend - couldn’t enjoy what I paid for. Seaweed was horrible & smelly. Other hotels attempted to clean it up. Not here. Over all - made it work, but will be the last time i stay here.
This hotel is disgusting due to the lack of clean up on THEIR beach from the rotting seaweed and seagrass. The photos in the listing are old, inaccurate and very deceiving. The smell penetrated all the way from the beach to the pool and smelled like toxic sewage. We were supposed to stay 4 nights but checked out within an hour bc it was so foul. I understand the seaweed is an issue throughout the island but this property clearly made no efforts to maintain or clean it up like the property next door that had multiple employees working on it. Even 1 of their own employees at the BB told me they needed to clean up the seaweed. Our taxi driver said that hotel has done a poor job of maintaining the property recently and the owner doesn’t care about his guests.
The Banana Beach Resort seems to be aging and in need of a good facelift on the property, though it was actually built in 1996. Some of the plaster work appears to be crumbling and could easily be fixed. The small room we were given felt distinctly like a motel room with no kitchenette and the king-sized bed we were promised turned out to be two single bed pushed together under a king-sized mattress. The mattress was thin, so my lady and could not comfortably cuddle with the distinct hump in the middle where the twin beds met. Water pressure was notably inconsistent, sometimes dropping to faucet trickles but other times giving us the shower of our dreams. On the plus side, however, the green, yellow, & orange colours were cute and their plants were well-cared for. I really liked the swimming pools within the complex, and it should be noted that it has its own pier where we were picked up to go scuba diving. (However, at the time we were there, the seaweed was being raked out of their harbour onto the land, and it stuck like sewage, so no lingering on the beach.) The restaurant, Il Divino, offered a complete breakfast of our choice, free for guests, plus more choices for which one could pay. It was very good though the waiter consistently calling me "buddy" required an adjustment. We never ate dinner there for it was a bit expensive and offered mainly mainstream dishes like steak, lobster, etc. We wanted Belizean food. I still recommend the Banana Beach for its economic prices and great breakfasts. It's just a walk down the beach or through town to get the main harbour, so you don't need to add to the growing golf cart congestion.
Room was clean, staff was very helpful and 2 pools were nice. Sargassum is mother nature’s fault. Construction is ongoing all over the island. MUST rent a golf cart or get taxi to hotel from ferry. Golf cart was used to go North for better beaches.
All of the staff was very friendly, courteous and professional - Front Desk, Housekeeping, Groundskeepers, Restaurant Staff and Support Staff. Nice pool area(s) and beach area; however, the entire coast line (all hotels & resorts) have problems with seaweed/stinkweed drifting to the shore (beach). Whether it's a "1 Star" hotel or "5 Star" hotel, they all have to deal with the same problem. Rooms are nice, clean, well furnished, good A/C, good cable TV and good bed(s). Price also includes a full breakfast daily and one free drink ticket per stay.