We stayed here for four nights. We didn't want to go to the heavily touristed parts of Belize. We were mainly there to relax and explore a new country. With that in mind, Joyce & Frank's was a good choice.
Strong points: right on the beach; great pool overlooking the Caribbean; private dock with roof and hammocks; rooftop deck perfect for having a glass of wine while watching the stars and chatting with other guests, or for watching the sun rise or set; super breakfast; friendly owners and staff.
Not-so-Strong points: very odd rooms - not so much uncomfortable as just odd. We had a room with a bedroom, sitting room, private bath, looking out on the water. The bed filled the room leaving almost no room to even walk around it. The sitting room was moderately comfortable, although the TV was mounted so high on the wall that it almost touched the ceiling, and we actually got stiff necks from looking up at it. The bathroom was oddly laid out and the vanity had zero room to put anything on. These aren't complaints, just frank observations. We don't mind such things (they can add to the stories of the trip), but I point them out incase others aren't so interested in such anomalies.
There isn't much to do, so if you want anything more than relaxation and an occasional trip down the road to Placentia, this might not be the place for you. There is a small store across the street where you can get this-and-that. There are some very good restaurants in the area. One I don't really recommend - for the environment rather than the food: immediately next door to the right is Captain Jack's (if I remember the name correctly). The building is totally open-air. The food was really excellent. It couldn't be more convenient to Joyce & Franks. But, there is a bar smack in the middle of the dining area - and the heavily drunken ex-pats are crude and offensive. We're far from prudes, and are not put off by colorful places, but, by way of example, one man was talking about how sexy his teen daughter was - and it seemed to be standard conversation. We didn't return. Too bad - the food was excellent.
Again, we're hardly prudish, and this didn't really bother us so much as it might be worth pointing out. Joyce and Frank are both physically present on site. They live on the entire second floor of the building. There are exceedingly friendly. But, although physically present, they didn't seem to be very involved or present to the guests. Every hour of the day seemed to be happy hour. No judgment - just reporting a noticeable factor of staying at this B&B.
All in all, it was a fine enough stay. Not worth a second trip, however.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Changing ownership ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Joyce And Frank`s Bed & Breakfast
- Joyce & Frank`s Hotel Placencia
- Joyce & Frank's Bed & Breakfast Belize/Placencia