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Banana Beach Resort
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We made our first trip to Belize this February (2013), and our experience at Banana Beach Resort helped to convince us we don’t want it to be our last. Belize is a wonderful country and Banana Beach turned out to be just the sort of place we were hoping to stay: not too fancy, not too plain. We don’t care for pretense and Banana Beach turned out to be just right for our tastes and needs. We also lucked out in getting one of the 1st floor beachfront suites and I doubt we’d be happy with any other for future visits. It was great waking up to Caribbean sunrises over the offshore barrier reef.

The strength of the hotel is in its staff, especially its public face and voice in Shawna Diaz who is simply delightful and if something needs doing is the one to make things happen. We just can’t say enough about Shawna – Banana Beach is lucky to have her.

The hotel is not without its problems and challenges. According to one of the long-time returning guests we met (and there were many), the original partnership sold the hotel a few years ago to a Canadian buyer who let the place run down and failed to make payments, and the original owners had to take it back. They have been trying to restore the facility since then and are apparently succeeding. But they still have some work to do, such as replacing the deck planking around the main pool (verging on dangerous), replacing the water heating system (it was rarely hotter than ‘warm’), and investing in new furniture and furnishings. But even with all that, we still found the place enjoyable and would return. (You learn to watch your step on those aging planks.)

For us, Banana Beach was like the Goldilocks story: just right. And Shawna was a big part of making our experience enjoyable.

Room Tip: Get a beachfront suite.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Seafood_Eatsame
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

I didn't expect much and wasn't dissapointed. The staff are all very friendly, our room was the lowest cost balcony room for around $655 for the week. It came with a breakfast every day, and not a typical continental breakfast, but a choice between 4 different breakfasts. My wife and I rotated ours every day between 2 of them-the American with eggs, toast, juice, and a serving of fried potatoes,peppers and onion. And the Belizean-with eggs scrambled with peppers and onions, refried beans with a little kick, juice, and either a tortilla wrap or fry jacks to stuff with the eggs and beans. More than enough to eat. Coffee was free. All very good.
Our room was large enough, the bathroom was large but showing it's age. The shower head needs to be replaced and the pressure and hot water was lacking if you like steaming showers. I don't so it was fine for me. Having a mini fridge is a plus as you can buy snacks and sodas from one of many stores down the road, including beer, wine and booze. Cheaper wine and booze at the duty free in the Belize City airport when you get off the plane. Cheapest beer at the beer factory a mile from the hotel if you buy by the case. We could hear people in the bathroom next door, and doors closing in the hallway, (no carpet to muffle sound anywhere) but otherwise fairly quiet with the air conditioning on all the time. I wear earplugs every night anyway. Beds and pillows were comfy for us. The air unit is new with a remote. Very handy for adjusting to your liking.
The beach area was kept clean, plenty of palm trees to find shade under, and Marlen the beach bar bartender is always looking to serve you with a smile. 2 for one drinks from 3-6 every day.
You can book a golf cart or excursions on site at Monkey Business. We didn't rent the bikes, and yes they are old but so is every other bike we saw on the streets. Cabs are $10 Belize or $5 U.S. to town. You can walk to several local restaurants, some only a couple blocks away.
We really liked the other friendly guests there. Almost all are from the states and Canada, many staying for weeks and months. If you're on a budget, this is a good place to stay, and the pictures on the website don't lie-the grounds are beautiful. It's not a 4 star hotel and not priced as one either, so again, for the price we paid it's a good value, esp. with the breakfast.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank frozentundraguy
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Amazing Hotel! The rooms were huge and always kept clean. Ours included a kitchen and living room area so we loved the extra space. I stayed at this hotel for a school trip and being 18 at the time we were not picky about really anything. Great pool area and great staff. They dealt with our group of 40 people very professionally and were always friendly. Beach wasnt the greatest but the walk along the beach to the town of san pedro was lovely! the walk to town was about 20-30 mins. you could take a cab but the beach along the way is beautiful. We booked activites through the hotel and they did a great job at recommending anything. Overall great trip and would love to go back!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank sammclean99
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Banana Beach is a lovely place to stay, the rooms are cleaned daily the grounds are kept well groomed and the staff is very attentive, especially for Shawna she went way out of her way to help us out with several issues we had encountered (not with the resort) while we were there, a big thumbs up for you Shawna and the rest of the front desk staff. It may be an older resort but as I said it is well kept. If your looking for luxury there are plenty of other places to stay for 4 times the money, but for a reasonable rate you can't beat Banana Beach. We would go back.

Room Tip: Ocean view are great
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Bruce P
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

I knew this wasn't a new property and that it isn't a big resort with loads of amenities. I believe is was a nice property at one time, but it is far from that now.

We started out the first day, after hours of travel, with only a trickle of water and it wasn’t hot. The front desk sent someone who turned on all the faucets and told us to let them run until it warmed up. This was strange because fresh water is a commodity on most islands and they ask you to reduce use. After 10 minutes it was a lukewarm trickle and we pseudo bathed. It was this way for a week. The last night there was no water at all from the hot. We reported it, again the same response. An hour later we had a flow from the hot tap that was nasty red from rust.

The tub and tile were in bad repair. Tiles repaired with caulk, black mold on tub fixtures and in tile grouting. The same tile "repairs" were made around the sink in the kitchen.

The ocean front 1 bedroom suites are not truly "ocean front"; they are what most would describe as "ocean view". They are along the side of a building and other 45-degree views of the water. We were lucky to be closer to the ocean than many others, but still not true ocean front like the 2-4 bedroom suites.

There are no dead bolts or other devices on the doors. Even a chain would give you some comfort.

The mattresses are typical of what we have experienced in Central America: hard or lumpy. In this case lumpy.

I do have to say the staff was friendly. The free breakfast items were limited, but good. Service in the restaurant is slow. The location is close enough to town, yet much quieter.

The property just needs major renovation.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank TNWilliam
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