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Hotel Belgica
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Ponce
Reviewed February 12, 2009

As owners of a Guesthouse on Culebra island, Puerto Rico, ourselves, we realize the effort that goes into maintaining a quality business. We arrived prior to the check in time, however the friendly woman at the front desk checked on our room for us & finding that it was ready, we were able to get right in. Her being so accomodating was extra helpful as we were running late for a 1/2 marathon race in a nearby town. She even invited us to partake in their free continental b-fast (fruits, oatmeal cookies, juice & coffee-a nice touch & FREE).

The room (& lobby/hall areas) was well appointed, the beds were comfortable, the a/c worked fine, & the bathroomn was clean with a spiffy, modern sink.

I wish that we could have spent another relaxing evening at the Belgica.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2009

I am from Ponce and am familiar with the hotels in the plaza area. Belgica is one of the oldest, a quaint hotel with an old world type charm. My problems stem from the reservation via the desk clerk at the time. Essentially, she booked the wrong day, I was charged and had nowhere to stay. I had the credit card company reverse the charges, but then the manager wrote a letter in dispute with falsified dates and the charges were put through.

There are other places in Ponce with modern amenities that one would favor. Tthe only reason for booking @Belgica - was to give my fiancee a whimsical look at Ponce and that fell through.

If you're not booking via a website, please save yourself some aggravation.

Luis.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2008

My husband I stayed at the Belgica for 3 nights during a business/vacation trip to Ponce. The personnel at the hotel is very warm and friendly (like family)...especially Maria (the daytime clerk) while we were there. She was helpful in recommending restaurants, give us directions to other towns and took the time to share some of the culture of Ponce. The hotel is OK for a short stay (no pool). However, if you are looking for a clean room with a great view of the town, this is the hotel for you. You cannot beat the price per night and they also offer a continental breakfast. There are several other cafes and resturants for full breakfasts and also lunch and dinner. We will be returning to Ponce very shortly and will again stay at the Belgica. Oh, by the way, if you are a couple, ask for room #19...it has a balconey and a wonderful view of the city. Can be a little noisey if you are a light sleeper. However, it is worth it...spacious room, modern bath and great bed!!

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

My husband and I had a good experience at the Belgica Hotel. We were there for one night from May 22-23. We arrived almost 10pm to check in, and the lady at the front desk was very nice. She was not able to direct us properly to the hotel when we called earlier to ask for directions, but, she turned out to be so apologetic, sincere, and helpful afterall wtih settling us in, that we did not even think of the inconvenience we had driving to the hotel. The facilities were excellent as well. We had a balcony, had a good view of the street and the quaint buildings. The bed, the sheets, the sink, the toilet, the TV, the whole room was beautiful. I love the preserved windows and trimmings of the room. They even had breakfast in the morning. Personnel were polite. Hotel was very clean. VERY NICE!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2008

This hotel is near to everything in central historic Ponce. It's an ecconomical staying place. Nice and friendly staff. Comfortable rooms and well preserved building. Not a fancy hotel, but really cozy.

The only thing that I didn't like was: no parkin or reserved parking lots..

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 11, 2008

Went to visit historic Ponce just this week. First the only problem with Ponce is that all the highways are doing construction. Once you find the Hotel Belgica it will be worth all the wait. You walk into this historic old building in literally the center of ponce. Dont stay at this hotel if you are looking for the most up to date services. Rooms dont have phones, there is no pool, and there is no elevator. This hotel is truly for people who like old world charm at very cheap prices. Emma and Joel are great and they will give you detailed maps of what to do. Beware though that typical spanish restaurants close very early so make sure you eat a big lunch. My personal recommendation is the restaurant literally across the street. Dont remember the name but its the only thing across the street. Enjoy Ponce

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 13, 2008

Found the place as reviewed. An older, adequately maintained property that is within 20 yds of Ponce's main square. No elevator so you will be carrying your own bags up marble staircases. Take an inner room as it is quieter, but each floor has a common veranda which you can use at will.

Friendly. helpful staff who allowed us to park right in front of the hotel rather than have to use the public parking lot which is a few blocks away. NB it is in a night life area so you may not be able to park directly on the street the hotel is located on if you try to park on a weekend night. However there is plenty of street parking nearby and within walking distance.

Also if you visit the City's tourist office located in the old firehouse on the square before you register, you will get a discount booklet which, when we visited, had a coupon from the hotel with a 3 nights for the price of two deal.

All in all a good value.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank IJK01
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Additional Information about Hotel Belgica

Address: 122 Villa St, Ponce 00716, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Ponce
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Ponce
Price Range: $94 - $156 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Belgica 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are in the heart of the historic district of Ponce. Rooms with cathedral ceilings and traditional balconies. Next to Plaza las Delicias and the Trolley Tour. Family owned and operated. ... more   less 
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