In the spirit of full disclosure, I stayed at the Bakadeer with a group as a part of a church missions trip to Belize. It was our first time in the country and these accommodations were arranged for us by an outside source, so I'm not even sure what the nightly rate was (I'm assuming we got a "deal" of sorts). Because of that, it's difficult for me to assess the "value" of a stay at this hotel, as well as it's comparability to other hotels in the area.
As it is, this place is in a fairly sorry state. A lot of things are broken/worn/need replacing, and amenities-wise it's pretty bare bones - don't expect much other than a bed, a bathroom, and A/C...though in our case, that was all we really needed.
We had three rooms, they all smelled sort of musty, like someone had been smoking in them (although they are billed as non-smoking rooms). We had some key difficulties in our room upon check-in... I spotted another review which mentioned that the desk staff do their best, with not a lot of support from the owners. I would say that is true absolutely - in the key problems, the employee eventually found that the key to our room had been removed from the premises by the owners and we wouldn't be able to get said key until later that night until they returned. The girl at the front desk was very apologetic and tried her best to be helpful, but I would definitely say this hotel suffers from poor management overall.
Location-wise, this place is right in the heart of the city - which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. If you're looking to explore the urban area, great - you may want to be a little cautious if you are planning on walking around, especially at night in this neighborhood (even the hotel locks its front doors after dark, and will only open for guests). Belize City is a busy place and can get a little sketchy. We were travelling with a group of teenagers and didn't venture out on foot very often, only one night to go to dinner. There are not very many restaurants within close walking distance, but there is a Chinese place a couple blocks over that was great (ask the front desk staff for the name, they should know it).
If you want to do touristy stuff (ie, take a boat out to the cayes), the dock/boating companies are not far from here either - it was perhaps a 5-10 minute drive for us, and I would suggest a cab unless you are up for a walk.
Next time we are in Belize, we will probably look for a chain hotel - there is a Best Western on the outskirts of the city on the way to the airport - as we can probably get a better value than this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bakadeer Inn is located in the heart of Belize City, with quiet comfortable rooms and a beautiful court yard. We can accommodate singles all the way up to a group of 20 people, so if you just stay with us on your way through town or use us as a base from which to see this beautiful country. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bakadeer Inn Belize/Belize City