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Casa Blanca Guest House
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in San Ignacio
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Great base for the budget traveler. Right in the middle of downtown San Ignacio and across the street from Ko-Ox Han-nah's (one of the best breakfast spots in town) as well as ScotiaBank, BZM tours (awesome...highly recommend), and multiple Chinese supermarkets/cellphone shops. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Wireless internet worked well. AC also worked well and was a relief from the tropical humidity. Betty and her staff are really nice and went out of their way to make things go smoothly. They will do a load of laundry (wash, dry, and fold) for $10 U.S. which which was wonderful considering how dirty we got on our various adventures. Of note, the room offers only a small bar of soap so make sure to bring toiletries or buy some in San Ignacio. Also, bath towels are provided but need to stay in the room so bring your own small towel if you are going cave tubing, etc.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

When in San Ignacio, a hotel serves as a home base so that you can take the various tours available departing from the city. As such, this hotel fits its purpose nicely. The room was fairly comfortable and clean. The hotel has wireless internet and satellite TV. The AC is extra (and expensive at 20USD per night), as are other services such as laundry. The hotel does not have a restaurant, it does not serve breakfast, though there are many eateries around. There is a communal kitchen available. The room can get muggy, especially because there is not much in the way of bathroom ventilation. Walls are thin and noise travels fairly easily. Compared to other options in San Ignacio, this one is very acceptable.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

While the outside of Casa Blanca isn't much to look at, the hotel itself is quiet, clean, and pleasant indoors. Rooms are basic but comfy, and the prices are simply fantastic. Sure, you won't get breakfast in bed or a sweeping panoramic view (ours was a construction ditch), but if you need a good homebase for Cayo adventures, Casa Blanca is a good choice.

It's centrally located, within a 6 minute walk from all the stuff worth doing in San Ignacio. You have several of the best city restaurants on the same street, as well as easy access to ATMs (the bank kind, not the cave!), groceries, cabs, and more. While there is a gate on the hotel door, the area generally feels safe. Just keep your wits about you and try to limit your late-night rum binging.

The staff at Casa Blanca are nice, though they're not exactly warm. Everyone is accommodating enough, but don't expect the employees to make chit chat with you or probe for ways to improve your experience. You're basically paying for the room, and will have to make small talk with other guests if you're not interested in stilted, one-sided conversations.

If you're considering taking a tour from Casa Blanca to ATM, Tikal, or the like, go for it. Casa Blanca is partnered with an exceptional tour company whose guides are easily the most knowledgeable in the city. Better still, their rates are far lower than those of many competitors. My wife and booked a tour to Tikal from the guest house, and while we were initially worried about the experience, it was a delight. In fact, we ran into another couple we knew who booked through someone else, and they complained their guide was lazy! Don't hesitate to trust Casa Blanca when it comes to a better adventure experience.

Room Tip: The air conditioner is worth it – take it!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

This Accommodations website is being hijacked by people in Malaysia!!! BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN BOOKING!!! We were booked into a hotel in Malaysia with the same name while viewing a Belize website! There were 4 other couples who fell into the same AGODA.com website ruse and duped by this unscrupulous group. Make sure you are on the right site before completing your booking.
The guest house in San Ignacio, Belize is clean and the proprietor (Bette) is very friendly and helpful. The restaurant across the street is excellent by Belize standards (Hannah's). The Casa also books tours to the ATM, etc. and they are a great tour company! This place is right in the center of town and you can walk anywhere.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This hotel was arranged by a group I was with and was a great place to stay in San Ignacio. The lobby upstairs was a great place to meet before heading out. There is a kitchen if you want to cook and a fridge to keep water cold. Great restaurants very close by. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Betty the owner is so nice.

The rooms are a decent size, with A/C and cable TV. The wi-fi doesn't work in the rooms which is inconvenient, and it has a weak signal in the living/dining room area. The kitchen has a fridge you can use to store stuff, and instant coffee if you need to start your day with some caffeine. It's very centrally located to the restaurants, tour companies and center town. You have to have fresh watermelon juice from the place across the street. Delicious.

We weren't really in the room much, so the room was fine and we felt safe since there was a master gate you get through in order to get to the rooms. They have a cute balcony that overlooks the main street, you can dry clothes there or smoke or just people watch.

The only problem i had with this place other than the wi-fi was the fact the beds were so uncomfortable. Put for the price, you can't beat it.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Super clean. Real hot water (like, from a water heater!). An actual dining-room and a living-room and kitchen, straight out of a plantation-style home. Wonderful common areas!

The A/C was a huge treat, after a week in the tropics- and the owner was warm and smiled, when I asked for it for just one night (of our three night stay).

My partner whined that it was 2x the price of the cheaper place we'd been at the night before (Elvira's), but it was still very inexpensive. The other guests were also backpackers, and while we ended-up socializing with the folks we met at Elvira's the whole time we were there, the small collection of other world-travelling, polite and cordial backpackers, also staying there, added to the charm.

The street it was on was also wonderful: one of the best restaurants (if not thee best place!) in town was just across the street—the owner grows all the vegetables and raises the meat, herself!

Just really loved this place. Was a perfect place to stay, after our more rustic diggs, earlier in the trip.

Room Tip: Hot water heater for all. I don't think there could be a bad room in the whole place...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Casa Blanca Guest House

Address: 10 Burns Ave., San Ignacio, Belize
Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
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Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in San Ignacio
Price Range: $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Casa Blanca Guest House Hotel San Ignacio
Casa Blanca Hotel
Casa Blanca Guest House Belize/San Ignacio

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