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“Wonderful Experience at Black Orchid!”

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Black Orchid Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Burrell Boom
Certificate of Excellence
Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Experience at Black Orchid!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

My daughter and I spent 2 nights at this resort while we were on the mainland. It's close to Belize City but far enough away so you get the feeling you are in the forest. If you're looking to party it up then look else where. This is a quiet resort right on the Belize River. A very peaceful and tranquil setting makes for a relaxing stay. As you lounge around the pool reading a book, the howler monkeys are in the trees nearby. Birds are chirping, monkeys are howling and people are relaxing. It sure couldn't get any better.
The staff picks you up at the airport and they are more than happy to explain the villages and culture of Belize. Orlando, Eddie, and Ryan were all very helpful and enjoyable to be around. The food was very good.... not made by a 5 star chef but even better. A Belizan woman who cooked for the guest as she would her own family. The rooms were very clean and comfortable and the shower was very hot!!!
They are all friendly but also did not envade your privacy. On our way to the Belize Zoo, Eddie let us stop a a local market to check it out. I was very interested in seeing how people live in this country and we were lucky enough to have the drivers show us.
I would highly recommend families spend a couple of nights here so that your children can learn that there is more in life than TV and video games. It was a wonderful cultural experience and I will be going back to Black Orchid Resort again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Two of my girlfriends and I, having done Cancun last year, decided to do Belize this year. We chose the Black Orchid for our 6 day stay. Their many options for excursions was the main reason, as the three of us had different interests. Between us, we did the Zoo, Crooked Tree, Lamanai Ruins, snorkeling on Caye Caulker, 1000 foot falls, the Rio On Caves and pools and the monkey sancuary. Oh, and I got a massage. And Doug, the owner, took us on a night river cruise, spotting crocodiles. We even had one free day at the resort, to lay around the pool and drink. Our package included breakfasts and dinners, and most of our excursions included lunches. Drinks and extra meals were available. We could order off the menu, or also in the morning, eat from the breakfast buffet set up in the pool house. The buffet included several fruits, juice, tea, coffee, and usually several bread choices (muffiins, cinammon rolls, journey cakes, scones, etc). For dinner, one could order from the "specials" list, which always included a soup, several entree choices, and a dessert. Or you could order from the menu as well. Between the three of us, over six days, we had only one disappointing meal-the chicken strips that day were overcooked. All other meals we had were great. They know how to cook shrimp! And btw, their coffe is awesome.

The only issue we had the entire time was that we had booked a room with three seperate beds, but our room only had two. We were given the option of moving to the cottage, which had seperate beds but is not on the riverfront, or staying in our room and having another bed added. We liked our room and it had enough space for the extra bed, so we stayed. Also, the bathroom was plenty large enough for three women and accessories. The sink/closet area is seperate from the bedroom, and the toilet/shower is then seperate from the sink area. The closet was good sized, and there were also 5 big shelves along the wall so there was plenty of storage area. We had a lovely large covered deck overlooking the river. There is construction going on as they are adding another building to the resort, however this never bothered us. The room had a/c and a ceiling fan, which was more than enough to keep everything cool. The beds were comfortable, and everything is up to date and kept clean. I'm sure that can be hard to do in the jungle.

Let me just say I have never stayed anywhere where the people were as helpful, friendly and welcoming as they are here. Within a day we knew everyone's name and they knew us! I don't think I ever hear the word "no". Everyone was eager to make sure we had whatever we needed. We loved all the staff and we were so sad to leave! The three of us agreed, wherever we go next year for our "girl's trip abroad" will have a tough time competing with this one.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Orient, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed for just 2 nights in March 2013.

The Black Orchid is a beautiful resort. It has all the amenities you could ask for. Plenty of hot water, air conditioning, adequate lighting. The room was large and nicely decorated. We had a balcony overlooking the river. It was a great place to relax with an afternoon drink or morning coffee and listen to the birds.

Although we are not much for swimming, the pool looked very nice. Also, there were canoes, kayaks and a paddle boat to take out on the river. I thought the paddle boat would be easy but it wasn't. Bikes were also complementary but we did not take advantage of them.

There is a complementary continental breakfast and plenty of good coffee. The restaurant had a nice menu. We only ate dinner at the restaurant. The first day, we walked down the road and ate lunch at a food stand. The next day, the tour included a lunch.

Many tours can be booked from the resort. Also, there is complementary transport to and from the airport.

Everyone was super nice. The only drawback is that it is remote and unless you book a tour or have a car, it would be hard to get anywhere else.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms overlooking the river would be my choice.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed at Black Orchid after two weeks of traveling throughout Belize and Guatemala. The staff is helpful and friendly. The complimentary breakfast was more than adequate with cereals, muffins, and fruit available. We went canoeing on the river after arriving and saw nhowler monkeys in the trees and a variety of birds. The service was very good and the staff very pleasant. The beds are not the most comfortable but the room was large and clean with wifi and free airport service.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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South England
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66 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Hotel is fine, food is pretty good. Could be a good base for stuff around Belize City as has reasonable access but out of town. Would probably be cheaper/easier to travel from here than Crooked Tree (which needs taxi).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stayed at Black Orchid on our last night in Belize. Though we were very sad to leave the country, this was a great night before flying out. Someone picked us up from the airport when we arrived and took us back for our returning to the U.S. free of charge. The afternoon we arrived we kayaked down the river and relaxed by the pool. Our room was clean and comfortable. The food was great and the beer even better!
The front desk arranged for us to see the Baboon (they are actually monkeys) Sanctuary before our flight home. This was totally worth it as we had been there for 2 weeks without seen them.
Such a fun trip!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Beth G
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Elliot Lake, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

We stayed at the end of our trip at the Black Orchid Resort, mostly to get to the airport easily. They offer free shuttle. The resort is on a river and there are canoes and kayaks available. We loved going on the river in the morning and evening. Lovely pool and hammocks available for guests. The restaurant food was very good and the service, excellent. We booked a zoo tour with Ryan and it was a wonderful half day. The front desk does a professional job of handling all of these matters. The only changes I would recommend are:
Don't turn the TV on in the bar. It is loud, there was no one in the bar and it is CNN which is abrasive.
Some kind of bureau or place to put luggage on in the room. We just spread out on the floor!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Black Orchid Resort
Address: 2 Dawson Lane | Belize District, Burrell Boom, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize District > Burrell Boom
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Burrell Boom
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Black Orchid Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belize has such contrasts from the beaches to the jungle to the Mayan ruins, from the rivers to the Cayes, a good base from which to see it all, is the Black Orchid Resort on the banks of the Belize Old River on the outskirts of Burrell Boom Village, just fifteen minutes from the international airport so it’s easy to reach and easy to leave from. Just a short distance away from Belize City and the airport, the resort is also within about an hour’s drive of most of the country’s mainland attractions, making it a convenient launching point for your vacation adventures. We provide accommodations with an ambiance of environmental radiance, alluring air conditioned rooms and immaculate, quiet and safe grounds. We are an excellent alternative to Belize City and gateway to all Belize has to offer; with knowledgeable guides and transportation for snorkeling, deep sea fishing, cave tubing, Maya Ruin tours, complimentary international airport shuttle, free use of kayaks, canoes, peddle boats and free wireless internet access. Your safety is our business. Come let us show you Belize ... more   less 
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Black Orchid Belize City
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