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“Lots of character, unpretentious”
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The Great House
Ranked #2 of 26 Belize City B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

The Great House Hotel was just what I wanted-lots of charm and not cookie-cutter like the chain hotels. Our room was darling, clean and fresh. The staff was lovely. For breakfast, we were given a voucher for the the bakery next store. Best pastries this side of France! We took our pastries and binoculars out on the porch of the hotel and saw many gorgeous and (to us) exotic birds in the surrounding trees. If you are looking for a swimming pool, fancy lobby and gift shop, this is not for you (though you can go right next door to the Radisson to get those things).

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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Stayed only one night before catching water taxi to cayes. Beautiful building showing signs of lack of upkeep. Smokey Mermaid restaurant on ground floor has nice layout and cute bar, but big thunderstorm forced us under cover and loss of electricity caused us to skip dinner. The bottled water for drinking must be purchased at the desk, and ice comes from a cooler. If you want a real breakfast, go across the street where there is a killer buffet with everything you could possibly desire.

Room Tip: If you have trouble climbing stairs, you are out of luck.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Booked this hotel through Expedia. Looked nice, old colonial building with wide decks. The room we were given was very disappointing. Small, well worn, musty bathroom with a view through a barred window of the building next door. Nothing plosives to say about the place.

Room Tip: If you do stay here make sure you ask for a second floor room with a view.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Shelly020, Guest Relations Manager at The Great House, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Please accept our apologies for not meeting your expectations at The Great House. I thank you for your review as all guest comments are important to us in order to insure we meet their expectations.
We are constantly improving and upgrading our facilities and the guest room you stayed in is part of our ongoing plan and has been scheduled to be completely upgraded this season.

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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Charming accommodations, pleasant staff and great location. We only stayed one night, but it was lovely. We enjoyed spending the evening on a rocking bench outside our room and overlooking the water. It was relaxing and peaceful after a hectic days of airports and travel.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

This hotel exemplifies the charm and character that one might expect from old world colonial Belize.
The staff were very friendly and very accommodating. There is an onsite tropical courtyard restaurant/bar. You are able to use the Radisson pool across the street for a very small fee. The hotel is located in the tourist/ historical center of Belize City so there are several interesting sites that are easy to reach on foot.

My wife and I really enjoyed our stay here and would not hesitate to stay again. Very relaxing...

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

We stayed in Belize for a month and ended our last night there at the Great House because it is close to the airport. Nice quaint place but not a place to stay if you are challenged with stairs. The check in desk is on the second floor and if you are like us, you have another flight of stairs to your room from there. I would give this place 5 stars for cleanliness, and friendliness. The rooms are large but not fancy and it is located right across from the Radisson which has a nice place to eat as we did not care for the menu offered at the Mermaid. You will be given a voucher to the café next door for breakfast that has wonderful sweetrolls and quiches. We were in #13 and my only complaint is that you could hear lots of footsteps even in the middle of the night. I am not sure if it was coming from outside or the next door room.... It was nice to be able to park our rental car at the Great House and to be able to walk to the touristy shopping areas and downtown too.

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Reviewed February 14, 2014

If you're staying in BC, I recommend this hotel. Lovely, updated rooms (recommend the second floor although I don't think there's a bad room in the building) Food at the Mermaid restaurant was good, not great but we only had one meal there. You can read other reviews for hotel features, so I'll cut to the chase about Belize City. The little info we found made it sound somewhat dangerous with no tourist benefits to speak of. On the contrary, it has character and we found the people very friendly and during the daytime, felt safe. We were, however, cautioned about night time excursions and straying too far from the beaten path. We walked down the main street to St. John's Cathedral. Lovely little church- make sure you go behind it to see the graves of past bishops.Recommend Lunch on the patio overlooking the lagoon/harbor at Spoona Photo Cafe.(best seat in the city for a light bite) Belize City Museum is very interesting, worth the visit (and air conditioned)
Have dinner at Celebrity restaurant- good food and good people watching to experience Belizean middle class society.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed good. Second floor has big wrap around (shared) balcony.
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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: $152 - $197 (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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