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Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Belize City
New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Discusting, filled with smoke and unsafe”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

The hotel was dirty, dated, and allowed smoking everywhere. There were metal detectors at the doors and the community uses the pool. This was not safe for a family at all. Avoid this
hotel. The pillows smelled of mold and smoke.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

We only stayed there one night. When you walk in, you are hit with overwhelming cigarette smell; it is as bad or worse than Vegas casinos. When we arrive 5pm-ish, the room was not ready but they gave us two drink tickets.

The room was very outdated but there was nothing wrong with the place. The view was great but too bad, the window was too dirty to fully enjoy the view.

It is located about 15-20 min walking distance from the water taxi and downtown but there is really nothing around the hotel.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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65 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2014

When the climate is hot and humid, a working air conditioner is very important. The air conditioner was very loud, and failed to cool the room to a comfortable temperature when set to max cool for the entire time.

We had spent the day on a tour, and arrived damp, dirty and sweaty, to find that our reserved room was not yet ready. We were given tickets for two complementary rum punches, which were the poorest of our trip. I would have preferred a shower on arrival to the hotel instead of having to wait. We were not able to go to the room until about 6:00.

Breakfast buffet included very wet scrambled eggs, with standing water in the bottom of the pan for some reason. The main course was chopped hot dogs. The coffee wasn't gone, and when the coffee pot was replaced full a half hour later, nearly all 40 or so people in the room ran for it like it was the only exit in a fire.

After 8 nights in a very small, poorly funded, sparsely staffed hotel with excellent service and a strong, quiet air conditioner, it was a little surprising to find the fancy hotel with many employees so lacking.

Room Tip: Check your air conditioning unit before settling in. Go somewhere else for breakfast.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Powell River, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Stayed here for one night the end of February before we flew home. Lots to do here, especially if you like casinos. Breakfast buffet was quite good, lots of variety. The restaurant on the water, which was lovely, had disappointing food unfortunately. We would stay for a few nights again if we came back to Belize City.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed here on a layover at the end of our trip. After a couple weeks of more primitive digs I thought it would be a fun change for the family. And it was! Like many things in Belize, the Princess felt like going back in time. Maybe 1985 in this case. The bowling Alley was great! The arcade games and bowling equipment were all fun, serviceable and at least 25 years old. Having only sandals and no socks with us, we appreciated that we didn't have to wear bowling shoes. The lunch buffet was a mysterious yet not unsavory hodge-podge of meat casseroles and stews. Some curry, some beef stroganoff, some eggplant-itallion-something.... curiously, the desserts were almost all yogurt based. Other oddities included a staircase that terminated in a giant pile of discarded floor lamps, and a pool that is *enormous* and yet bafflingly shallow. A meter is about as deep as it gets. It is the worlds largest kiddie pool! Some downsides: we did not have enough towels and the first room we had had a semi-functioning AC and a crappy cathode ray TV. The club on a Saturday night was SUPER loud and annoying. But, the view of the sea was lovely and we enjoyed watching the birds fly at eye level on the 5th floor. We got a $10.00 voucher for the casino and had a good time playing that, watching the show-girls and drinking several free drinks. I thought the breakfast buffet was fine including the aforementioned hot-dogs and also a small olive bar (?!). I feel like if you approach the Princess with a sense of humor, knowing that all hotels in Belize City are expensive and not great, that you'll have a good time. We stayed at the Radisson at the beginning of our trip - it was much nicer but way less fun/wacky.

Room Tip: Get a room on the opposite side from the club. As high as you can.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2014

This hotel was definitely worth the money. It has no beach but you can look at the river (it wasn't the best thing to look at though). The room was nice and the bathroom was clean as well, however, it has a smell to the room when you first walk in (It may be because the air conditioner isn't running until the room is occupied).

Room Tip: I don't have a tip for a good room but I will say the view was nice.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2014

This proved to be a good choice for a layover in Belize City. The room was clean, comfortable and quiet and the staff was very friendly. I had some very good ceviche for dinner and absolutely loved the big (included) breakfast buffet. I ended up eating so much at breakfast that I skipped lunch! They have a great pool and a comfortable bar area with lots of seating. Overall this isn't a super fancy hotel, but it offers great value for the money.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel

Property: Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel
Address: Newton Barracks | Kings Park, Belize City, Belize (Formerly Princess Hotel & Casino)
Location: Belize > Belize District > Belize City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Belize City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 170
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Also Known As:
Princess Hotel And Casino
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