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Casa Blanca Guest House
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in San Ignacio
Cincinnati, OH
2 reviews
“Nice Stay in San Ignacio”
Reviewed January 5, 2009

This was a great little hotel in the heart of San Ignacio. There aren't very many good options in this town, but this place was perfect. The rooms are very clean, and the rate is unbeatable ($30 US for a room with a bathroom and air conditioning).

All in all this was a great place to spend a night in San Ignacio.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Longueuil, Canada
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224 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2008

There aren't that many hotels in San Ignacio, but this is one of the better ones in my book. It's situated right on the main street (King Street) across from the Scotia Bank. The lobby of the hotel is a bit disconcerting as it's actually a shop, but the owners are courteous and very helpful. All the rooms are on the second floor. They are spotlessly clean and come equiped with ceiling fans and a/c (extra charge); the bathrooms are OK and the shower has lots of hot water and good water pressure. At around 25$, this is a good bet!

  • Liked — The cleanliness of the rooms and the good rates
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
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Western Australia
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2008

The Casa Blanca is right in the middle of town and close to some great restaurants, bars, internet cafes, post office and buses. Eva's, one of the best places for breakfast, is right opposite. Guests can also use the kitchen and lounge at the Casa Blanca. The owner is very helpful and went out of her way to organise a tour of the ATM Cave with a particular guide (Carlos Panti), who was fantastic and highly recommended.

  • Liked — Central location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank TTD1
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Prescott
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 10, 2008

The Casa Blanca Guest House is the best hotel in its class in San Ignacio/Santa Elena, Cayo.
I have stayed there 5 times now over the years, from a few day to a week. I would not stay anywhere else. I have paid a lot more for a lot less elsewhere in Belize.

The hotel is super clean, safe and professionally managed. It is continually upgraded, from the addition of A/C a few years ago to newly installed hurricane shutters on the guest room windows, and wireless internet. It gets repainted regularly.

Of course the location is a real winner: Right downtown on Burns Avenue across from the best little restaurant in town: Hannah's. You can walk easily from there to anywhere in town.

The hotel takes up the whole upstairs floor of the building, and has a great balcony overlooking Burns Avenue from which you can watch the world go by. The rooms are about 12'x14' with two beds, a dresser, and a night stand, ceiling fan, a private bath and a small entry way where there is a space for your luggage and clothes. A/C is available at an extra charge.

I sometimes get A/C, mostly not. I like it warm. If you like it arctic, the units are quiet and do an excellent job.

On the street side is a large common area with a kitchen, dining set, and several couches. The kitchen has a shared fridge for guests, microwave, dishes, and sink. The furniture of the common room is outstanding! The staff (thank you Ruth!) is forever polishing the wood to a gleam. A long mirrored vitrine has the best little figurine collection this side of England.

Best of all are the service and the people at the Casa Blanca. Betty Guerra and her dedicated staff will do what it takes to make your stay pleasant. The downstairs entry way is manned (in this case wo-manned) all evening by either Kelly or Betty. There is also a security gate which requires a key, and is locked at all times. Betty sleeps on the premise.

The downstairs shop owned by Betty's family has cold drinking water for sale. The second downstairs desk is operated by K'atun Ahaw Culture and Adventure Tours. The guide Elias Cambranes is licensed in Guatemala, so he's your man for Tikal tours.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled solo
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1 Thank Movingtobelize
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Alberta
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104 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2008

This hotel was recommended by another traveller who was advised by someone else that it was a very clean, reasonably priced and safe place to stay. We concur.

Clean rooms
Hot shower
Working AC
Great kitchen and dining room
Centrally located, close to bus and river


Would recommend for anyone wanting to cook for themselves as there is a large kitchen, fridge, dining table, and appliances to use.

If you don't want to cook, the Cafe Cayo next door has great food (and internet) and Lisa the manager there is very friendly and knowledgeable.

  • Liked — Hot and powerful shower
  • Disliked — room was small
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank SunSeekingCouple
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Kensington, Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 2, 2008

My wife, two daughters aged 11 and 10, and I stayed at Casa Blanca for three nights in late March, 2008. We arrived there around noon after a dusty, five-hour bus ride from Placencia. After setting our bags down and having lunch at a nearby restaurant, we returned to find our bags neatly placed in a clean, cool, air-conditioned room with two double beds and an attached bath with hot and cold water. We soon discovered that the television received lots of channels, including CNN, MSNBC and even ZeeTV. The hotel had a common-use kitchen with fridge, microwave and coffee maker, and a balcony from which we could watch the passersby on the street below (Burns Avenue). The owner, Betty Guerra, and her staff were very friendly and nice. One of the big advantages of staying at the Casa Blanca, as it turned out, was that Betty recommended an excellent tour guide for Tikal, Guatemala, which is about a two-hour drive from San Ignacio. The guide's name was Elias Cambranes. Elias, who grew up in Belize but lived for some years in Flores, Guatemala, first drove us to the border, then stayed with us for the taxi ride to Tikal National Park and through the ruins themselves. This is not like the situation with other Tikal tours, which involve a three-stage process of a taxi ride to the border, then a separate drive to the park, and finally a new tour guide at the ruins. Having Elias with us the whole way allowed us to ask him all sorts of questions about Guatemalan culture and history. Also, since he had been an English language guide at the ruins in the past, he had deep knowledge of the ruins and the plants and animals that live there. He also knew a lot about ancient and contemporary Mayan civilizations. Casa Blanca and the associated Tikal tour were a great experience. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, common-use kitchen, connections for day-trip
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank pakdad
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natasha1980
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53 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2007

Location: pretty great, very central in san ignacio to fantastic restaurant across the street, and others on the main strip. san ignacio on the whole is not a charming town and there isnt much to do from there other than plan a trip to guatemala or elsewhere.
Rooms: small, with aircon if desired. the room was very clean, but old feeling and there was not much space. the rooms don't seem to have much natural light and there isn't really a view. bathroom is decent, overall, very basic. in june, you definitely need the airconditioner! perfect for someone who just needs a comfortable place to sleep and does not want a lot of luxury.
Hotel: Needs a relift. It kind of feels like you are staying at someone's grandmother's home. old fashioned but very clean. large kitchen available for use.
Service: really nice and friendly. very helpful. easy to contact the owner through email.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — small size rooms
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Casa Blanca Guest House
Address: 10 Burns Ave., San Ignacio, Belize
Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
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Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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