I was here for the Garifuna festival (Settlement Day)-I began making my reservation 3wks before arrival. That experience left me a bit frustrated. The communication between email and phone calls was a challenge-there was no response when emailing, and placed on extended hold when calling Ugh! Then they sent me a email requesting information which was beyond what is needed to secure a room without a secure server. I did not submit it. That said this a family run hotel. When we arrived there was, nor was there ever anyone at the desk. There is a sign above the desk that says to ring the bell for assistance HOWEVER there is no bell...inside. The bell they are referring to is outside, 3-4ft to the right of the entrance, behind some plants, about 5.5ft up, on a wall...okay! The first room we were given had a leak in the bathroom-from the tub, not the toilet and the door knob to it was broken. We were reluctantly moved to an upstairs room, with a broken shower head, or rather no shower head and a temperamental tv remote control (but I didn't come to watch tv anyway). The beds with soiled mattresses, no mattress pads and ill fitting sheets were a bit unsettling-I slept on top of the covers with my own personal blanket. Miss. Eleanor, appeared to me to be more focused on finance than insuring a comfortable stay-her husband and wonderful, wonderful sons just the opposite. Mind you this is not the cheapest hotel in the area.
Let me now get to what was totally right with this place-location, views, the staff.
1block to the water, 2blocks to everything else. The view from the roof was amazing and a very cool place to relax, read, eat and drink. The hotel is structured like dormitory so you have interaction with other guest which was nice but also allows for privacy. The cleaning staff was EXCELLENT! Despite the short comings of the room, they kept it clean, clean, clean. Lastly, the owner's sons are some of the nicest young men you want to meet-helpful and polite.
I will be returning to Dangriga-for the price this would not be my first choice but I would not totally rule it out. In spite of the cons it has it has a quirky charm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chaleanor is the tallest hotel in town with prime views of the Caribbean Sea located just 2 blocks away. There are both standard rooms and economy rooms available. The standard rooms in the main building are spacious and include cable TV, air conditioning and hot and cold water. Fresh fruit (usually bananas) and coffee is always available for snacking. In a building on the side lies the economy rooms, which consist of a bed and a fan with shared bath starting at US $13/night. The main lobby area is large and welcoming with a gift shop and display of various artwork. The neighborhood laundry-mat, internet and post office is less than one block away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chaleanor Hotel Belize/Dangriga