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The Great House
Ranked #2 of 26 Belize City B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

If You Ever Find your self in Belize City This is a great place 2 stay very clean great staff and it's right off the water. There Are a Ton of thing's 2 do in Belize and Many Great People That wil Help. But me&my wife found our self w/ a great guid 4 the week His Mame is Mr. Homer B and this man know's his stuff very safe and very fair w/ his price 2 take u were u want 2 go so if u need a gide give him a call ---------- from Airpot 2 the hotel of your choice if no the great house and back he will take great care of you let him know jim&stacy say Hi

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

On arrival, it is a fine site, strikingly white and colonial. Its welcome was warm and the rooms were comfortable.Relaxing on the verandah is fun even if the views are somewhat blocked by fauna. Breakfast in the bakery next door (with your BZ$5) was different but dinner in Radisson was not what our fellow contributors reported. During our overnight stay we were not particulary taken with Belize City except for its fine British Colonial buildings but had fun jumping on the chicken bus and going out to the Belize Zoo which if only for the jaguars, pumas and large birds of prey is really worth a visit. Overall, the Great House (a guest house not a hotel) is probably worth half the cost but gets from us a 'recommended'. Remember not to go for rooms on the reception floor. Their wifi did not work while we were there.

Room Tip: Make sure you don't have room 5 which is right behind Reception. Try and get a room on the top f...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

The location is good, and the water pressure was good. Other items that contribute to a pleasant and memorable stay were regrettably lacking.

Room Tip: As my originally scheduled room was not ready, and was going to take several hours to get ready due...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

Having received advice to choose an hotel away from the city centre, we felt we made the right choice in staying at the Great House for our one night in the city before driving inland.

Our room (no 2?) just off reception, was spacious, well appointed and very comfortable. Some hotels would probably have called it a suite, having a table and easy chairs as well as the very large bed.

It was very hot and humid, so we were very grateful for the efficient air-conditioning and ceiling fan.

Despite arriving some time after lunch, the friendly and helpful barman quickly arranged for some food to sustain us until dinner which we planned to take in the outdoor restaurant area. At dinner, many of the menu items were unavailable - but it was the low season, so perhaps unsurprising. What was surprising was the look of shock on the face of the waitress when I wanted to order a bottle of wine. She then would have seen the look of shock on mine when she told me the price of a very ordinary bottle. Stick with rum or beer!

The hotel is but a few steps to the sea front so we had a blow of sea air before taking breakfast in the coffee shop, which is part of the Radisson, but accepts breakfast vouchers provided by the Great House.

Free WiFi is available in Reception.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

A friend and I stayed at the Great House for a few days this past September. The rooms are huge - at least 2 times the size of a regular hotel room - and are all uniquely furnished. Our room had hardwood floors and french doors that entered off the huge wrap around porch in the front. It also had a double vanity in the bathroom, wireless internet (free!) and cable tv (if that's important to you). Be aware that this is an old house that has been converted to a hotel, and is not handicapped accessible, although if one could get to the hotel area (second and third floors), a wheelchair would easily fit through the doors and around the rooms. The ground level is shops, a new wine/cigar bar, and a restaurant, so the front desk is on the second level. The people were vere very friendly and accomodating (especially when I couldn't follow the directions on the safe and locked all of our valuables inside on a Saturday night :< ) It's across the street from the Radisson and you can use their facilities/restaurants if you want. We thought it was much nicer than the Radisson and less expensive as well. Overall, would highly recommend and would definitely stay there again if we were going to go back to Belize City again.

As an aside, we saw another reviewer's note about a local driver named Homer B, and took his name/number with us. As luck would have it, we bumped into him, though it was after we had already made plans. We did get hire him to take us to the airport ($25 US total for us both). He was in the Belize Army for many years, and has integrity and is honest and trustworthy. He was also very knowledgable about the history, culture, and area. If we were going back, we would definitely hire him to take us around and show us the sights. Local Cell: 604-4619.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice - we saw a few - do not think there is a bad one, though would recommend tryi...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

I've been to Belize seven times and published a history of the country. Before it closed, I used to enjoy staying at 4 Fort Street, a converted mansion. The only other place worth staying in Belize City that I have found is The Great House, also a renovated mansion. Most importantly, it's safe. Secondly, many of the rooms (with views of the ocean) qualify as romantic. You don't want to stay at the big hotel across the street, but you can take advantage of their readily available taxi service. Getting a safe taxi in Belize City is important. Do not venture into the streets of Belize City at night, even in a seemingly safe area. Essentially The Great House is the most comfortable refuge I've found. There's even a lovely little breakfast place next door now, where one can procure a latte. Belize City is hotel poor, but it's often necessary to stay there before and after discovering the (much safer) delights of the rest of the country. The Great House is also relatively close to the municipal airport. This hotel will likely rank as the best thing that happened to you in Belize City. The management is relatively sophisticated, friendly and informal. For what you get, The Great House is definitely my top pick.

Room Tip: I prefer the upstairs rooms, but there are wide verandahs for both floors. Shuttered windows and fan...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

The hotel is in a great location. The rooms are quite big & A/C worked great. The only problem was that we spent our meals and evenings @ Raddison across the street. We might as well had stayed there instead.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Great House

Address: 13 Cork Street | PO Box 85, Belize City, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize District > Belize City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Belize City
Price Range: $143 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Great House 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belize is fast becoming the English speaking Central America destination of choice for those seeking adventure, a host of natural wonders, and beautiful people. We invite you to experience the awesome wonders of our world-renowned barrier reef system, to bask in the warmth of our numerous offshore and costal destinations, to be humbled by our magnificent archaeological sites, to be awed in the depths of our cave systems, to be totally swayed by the unique qualities of our natural and protected areas, and to be mesmerized at the biological diversity you will encounter in your daily adventures. More importantly, we invite you to be consumed by the passion, gentle embrace and authenticity of our diverse culture and people. As you travel the length and breadth of our home, we will greet each of you as friends but will let you leave as family. My staff and I invite you to choose The Great House Inn as your headquarter for your Belize Adventure. Old world charm with all the amenities for the Business and Leisure Traveler. It would be our pleasure to welcome you to this wonderful Colonial Home, which we have meticulously appointed with all the amenities for your comfort and convenience. The look and feel of yesterday with today's modern conveniences make The Great House Belize's most desirable "outpost" away from home. Our colonial heritage and ambience are faithfully preserved in all of our sixteen guestrooms. Each is individually color coordinated with a host of tasteful and comfortable appointments. All of the spacious rooms feature: Wi-Fi, Air conditioning, Ceiling Fan, Private Bath, Hair Dryer, Mini Refrigerator, Coffee maker, Direct Dial Telephone, Desk, Remote Control Cable TV, Alarm clock, Iron Board and In-Room Safety Deposit Box. Daily Complimentary: Wi-Fi, Light Continental Breakfast, Coffee, Tea, Bottle Water, Bananas and Cookies From polished pine floor to fresh fruit on arrival, our guestrooms and staff let you know you made the right choice. ... more   less 
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