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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Shamira made us feel at home even before we got there. My wife and I stayed in her two-bedroom suite from Jan. 12 to 15, along with our daughter and her husband. Besides our two comfortable bedrooms, we had a kitchen and sitting room. Shamira helped arrange a tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) -- an experience that was amazing and won't soon be forgotten.
We were within easy walking distance to the downtown, banks, restaurants and -- in the other direction -- the Cahal Pech site.
Shamira and her lovely family were always available to make sure everything went well for us. She kept track of any problems we might run into and warned us in advance. We found all Belizians to be helpful and friendly but Shamira raised the bar. We were all very impressed and certainly got value for our money. The rooms were cleaned daily -- something we didn't expect considering it was like an apartment.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Gerry K
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Rainforest Haven was the perfect spot to stay in San Ignacio. It is located on a hill in the little town and is only 5 rooms. It was perfect for our big travel group of 8 and you can't beat the value. Shamira helped us check in and was always visible and available throughout our short stay. I am sorry we didn't have more time to spend in this part of Belize. She suggested some restaurants for us to try and they were all so yummy. The rooms were a great size. One even had a fridge in it. They also restocked our water daily. There was an indoor living room, and a common kitchen for everyone to use. Our group played cards at night in the big kitchen and it was a blast. The outdoor balconies offer great views. Town is just a short walk from the hotel. There was plenty of room. The only downside was cold showers, but the bathrooms were very clean. You can beat it for this price. We all felt like we were part of the town.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Bridget Y
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Rainforest Haven Inn is an absolute treasure in San Ignacio! It is VERY reasonably priced so I wasn't expecting much, but it surprised me how amazing this place was. The manager/owner, Shamera, and her husband Jorge are incredibly lovely people. They are so helpful and so nice and go out of your way to make you feel at home. Every room has air conditioning and WiFi (the WiFi is pretty fast too). The TV has tons of cable channels with great reception so you'll have a lot of options if you want to watch something. The location is PERFECT - it's just a 5 minute walk up the hill from the main tourist strip, so it's close enough to just walk into town but far enough away that you won't be hearing the loud music from the bars. I honestly can't imagine a better location in San Ignacio to stay at, unless you purposely don't want to stay in town. We stayed in Room 3, which was gigantic and is right across from the lounge/sitting area (which was a great place to get some work done). When we got to our room, Shamera had left us a personalized note on the bed welcoming us to the hotel. The room itself features 2 queen-sized beds, a small fridge, and tons of storage space including 2 closets so we had lots of room to hang our wet clothes after our cave tubing and ATM cave tours. Right outside our room door was also the door to the balcony, which wraps around the building and features tables for you to sit at.

Upstairs, you walk out into a huge patio that has some chairs for you to sit at and also has a hammock. There is also a communal kitchen up there where you can get water and coffee, and which also has a fridge and stove/oven and you can keep your food/drinks that you buy there and/or make yourself some food (I met some hilarious Australian travelers - seemed like college guys - up there who were also staying at the hotel and who were trying very hard to make fried rice but were failing). The very top of the building has a patio with a great view of San Ignacio - unfortunately, we didn't have much time to just hang out there as it was raining for most of our trip to Belize. Downstairs, Shamera's sister has a salon where you can get a haircut or have your nails done.

The hotel itself is incredibly clean. Their cleaning people do a great job and make sure that your towels and soaps are replenished each day (which we didn't need to have done that often, but was appreciated anyway), and they also provided bottled water every day. They are also very nice and always greeted us when we passed by them. Shamera does a great job managing the hotel. She is available literally 24/7 and provides you with her number that she can always be reached at. She and her family also live right across the street and are often on their balcony, so they always wave and greet you when they see you. You can also get all of your laundry done for a very reasonable $12 BZE ($6 USD), which is a godsend for your clothes after all of the outdoor tours and activities.

The only con I would give the hotel is that the water for the shower doesn't get hot, it only gets to be lukewarm-to-slightly-warm at best. For most of the year, I can see that this wouldn't be a problem as the temperature in Belize can get pretty hot, but when we went (mid-January), Belize was actually rainy and pretty chilly so the shower seemed really cold to me. Despite this, I would recommend Rainforest Haven Inn in a heartbeat and it would definitely be my choice to stay at again. I actually was hesitant to leave a review as I wanted to keep Rainforest Haven Inn my little secret, but Shamera and Jorge deserve this review!

Room Tip: Room 3 is huge, has a small fridge, has both air conditioning and a ceiling fan, gets a strong WiFi signal, and is right by the balcony and lounge. Also has 2 closets, lots of cabinets/storage, 2 beds, and a rocking chair.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Crystal R
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Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Great place to stay. Warm showers, kitchen, and a place to hang out your clothes after muddy tours!
Very convenient location, not very far up the hill.
Rooms had a little tv and bottled water provided daily.
Room and bathroom cleaned daily.
Would definately stay again.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank Experience21
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

An old colonial building on the top of the hill and main road in San Ignacio beautifully done up. This was one of my favourite 2 places when visiting Belize. We had a lovely, clean room with 2 big beds and an adjoining bathroom. We didn't get the shower to be very hot. The wifi worked fine. The rest of the building was also nicely done with a sitting room, a cosy kitchen with beautiful wooden furniture and big open hallways. Everything is tiled. The roof terrace is old and could probably do with some paint but many of the colonial buildings in San Ignacio are like and it makes the charm of the city. The view over the city is great.
The hotel is a bit difficult to find at first as people have stated but only because of the way cars have to drive. You can easily walk up from one of the 2 main roads in the city and it takes about 10-15 min. Shamera, the owner of the hotel, was incredibly helpful when we arranged our tours and also very nice. She was always up and around, no matter what time it was. :)
I would definitely stay here again when coming back to San Ignacio.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Travelcrazy013
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