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The Great House
Ranked #2 of 26 Belize City B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Groningen, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Different!”
Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

If you're looking for something else than the regular business- or holiday hotel then search no further! An ancient wooden structure with character. Downside: because of the wood it's quite noisy. Breakfast is simple. Beware of the neighborhood at night! But that gies for all of Belize city.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Shelly020, Front Office Manager at The Great House, responded to this review, June 3, 2014
Thank you for staying at The Great House Inn and writing a review. The colonial architecture of the home sets us apart from a regular hotel. The neighborhood is quite in the evenings therefore we ask our guests to be careful when going out.
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Kentucky
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2014

My family and I just spent spring break week at the Great House. It is a boutique hotel across the street from the Radisson and next to the Taiwan embassy and the Delta Airlines office. This hotel used to be a guest house and was converted into a hotel. It is not handicap accessible. All rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floor, so you if cannot make it up stairs, do not stay here.

The room are large with a large bathroom. There is a flat screen TV and mini fridge in all rooms. There is no exercise facility or pool on the premises. You can use the Radisson for $5 per day. The hotel does provide a $7 per day breakfast voucher for the bakery next door. The $7 is more than enough to get a breakfast.

Everyone at the hotel was polite, friendly, and helpful. There are always taxis next to the hotel. This is a nice hotel, but it is surrounded by a bad area. The walk to the scuba shop and the shopping is a 9 block gauntlet of beggars and street hustlers during the day. Late at night it is populated by gangs. It is not advisable to go down any side streets or alleys or walk the street after midnight. If you are going to Belize for vacation, stay in Ambergris Cay or Caye Caulker.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 & 2 are in the lobby.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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El Paso, Texas
2 reviews
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

After 2 excursions to the jungle nary a bite was found on our bodies. After 3 nights staying at The Great House, any and every part of our bodies that touched the sheets was covered in bug bites. 20 or more on each limb.

That said, the employees were uninterested, at best, in helping.

We ended up going across the street to the Radisson for help on tours and info.

The price just didn't seem worth it. The location is decent, but the building offers no amenities

  • Stayed April 2014
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Shelly020, Front Office Manager at The Great House, responded to this review, April 22, 2014
Thank you for choosing The Great House for your visit to Belize City. I am truly sorry you were not satisfied with your stay.
Our rooms are checked and sprayed on a regular basis for bugs however it is not uncommon that after a single day in the jungle bug bites start to irritate that night or a day later.
We have double checked the room and found no signs of bugs and have had absolutely no complaints of bugs in the room prior or after your stay.
As a precaution however we have now sprayed the room again to insure no bugs were recently left there.
Your room does have a window in the bathroom and it is possible the screen was lift open and mosquitoes entered the room form there or an open front door.

All of our rooms have the amenities of a full service hotel and our front desk staff are fully trained and willing to assist in tour information and the booking of all tours. So much so that if there is an unusual request I am always available by phone to offer assistance.
Again thank you for staying with us and for your comments.
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Ottawa, Ontario
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2014

It was comfortable and spacious enough and the air conditioning was nice but a three story walk up was arduous and while the sheets were clean the pillows and duvet were not. A close walk to everything you might want to see.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Shelly020, Front Office Manager at The Great House, responded to this review, April 15, 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 very proud of our traditional and Colonial Heritage and we do our best to maintain the look and feel of that time period.
We can understand you may have found the walk up the stairs arduous but most of our guests compliment the open air veranda and our ability to offer upscale accommodation while maintaining the historic nature of our building. I personally checked with Housekeeping and was assured that the pillows and duvets had recently been laundered along with the sheets. We however have replaced the duvets with new stock.
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Manitoba, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Interesting place with lots of history. The room I stayed in was tired and in need of being updated and refreshed. The service in the restaurant was adequate, and leaves lots of room for improvement. A refreshment of their services and guest experience seems appropriate. I would definitely stay there again if rooms, restaurant and customer service were refreshed. They have heritage & location already working in their favour. I don't like chain hotels. This is a great alternative.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Shelly020, Front Office Manager at The Great House, responded to this review, April 15, 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.

If your travels bring you back to Belize we do hope you would choose to stay with us again. If our service and accommodation does not meet your expectations please let us know during your visit in order that we can correct it immediately.
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Burbank, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 3, 2014

We enjoyed our one-night stay in March. Like many others staying here we chose to avoid the standard US-style hotel (Radisson) and go for the character. This hotel had it. The rooms were spacious (and well air conditioned which is a must) and comfortable. Couldn't get the room safe to work properly. The location is great with a short walk to the lighthouse and pier. Had some issues with the plumbing that they addressed quickly, At the restaurant, drinks were awesome and the food was good, but not excellent (snapper was a little dry). Breakfast at the little pastry shop next door was very good. The service was outstanding and everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Definitely a great place to start your Belize adventure.

Room Tip: Remember - they have no elevator so choose a low room if necessary.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed April 2, 2014

We have been staying at the Great House for the last 15 years, and we are never disappointed. Michelle and the staff are great and always attentive to our needs. The large sunny balcony was our favorite place to relax and have a Beliken after a hard day of working in the Dental Clinic in Belize City. The view was beautiful and the location is safe and walking distance to shopping and town. The breakfast next door at the La Petite Cafe wasincluded and a great way to start our day.The rooms are clean, fresh and confortable. We will be back next year!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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