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Reviewed January 15, 2011

Before going out on tour to Lamanai I placed my smartphone in a zipped-up pocket of my backpack in my room at Lamanai Riverside Retreat.

The moment I came back from the tour I reached for it, but the telephone had gone missing. No signs of break-in so somebody with a spare key has been in the room. There's is one person in the hotel who's seen my phone the day before (when helping out with getting the hot water shower to work), no one else saw or knew there was a phone.

I feel very disappointed with this, because the rest of the stay here was good: we could use the owners phone earlier on to contact hotels for our next place to stay, breakfast tastes good, rooms are not bad and the tour to Lamanai was arranged perfectly.

Too bad not everybody can be trusted around this place......

Date of stay: December 2010
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Thank WalterAdvices
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

I loved this place, but I've got to say -- it's pretty rustic, and not for everyone. If you're looking for the Hilton, this ain't it, but if you're at all adventurous, you'll love it. They only have 3 small rooms, so it might fill up pretty quickly in the high season. They've got a decent bar and restaurant, with AMAZING homemade tortillas. I'd go back just for more of those! The whole place is right on the edge of the Dzuluinicob ("New") River, which is nice for atmosphere, wildlife (we saw a small crocodile on the far shore!), and convenient if you're going to see the Mayan site of Lamanai -- the boat picked us up right in front of the restaurant!

Don't confuse this place with the Lamanai Outpost Lodge, which is much pricier. We had considered staying there, but I'm delighted we found this place instead. About a 5-10 minute walk from the field in Orange Walk where the buses let you off and pick you up, but ask directions -- you have to go down a strange little unmarked driveway to find the place! Orange Walk is ok, but I wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else in town, and the one time we went into town to eat, we wished we'd stayed & eaten at the Retreat restaurant. There is A/C and fan in the rooms; it's a bit muggy so things always felt a bit damp (e.g., bedding; also I washed clothes in the sink & after 2 days they still weren't dry); and the plug-in shower head, I must confess, wigged me out a good deal. But I'd go back anytime!

Date of stay: September 2010
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Thank delarana
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Reviewed September 1, 2010

My partner and I showed up here by chance on Easter Friday. They were actually closed at the time we showed up but were glad to help us into a room. The restraunt and bar were great places to hear local flavor and relax on the riverside. Raul is also active with documenting the crocodile population and might show you videos if you ask. Raul and his family were incredibly sweet and accomodating. One of the sons took us out to a disco for Kareoke which is very different there from what you see in the states or Asia.

The rooms were very clean. Simple but clean and not too much more than we paid to stay other places that were in much worse shape over the same trip. I would return here or send my parents here if the were to travel to Belize.

Date of stay: April 2009
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Reviewed June 16, 2010

We stayed here just by chance in May 2010. We went on the Lamanai Ruins tour which departed near this property. As we were boating by on the New River we saw the restaurant and decided to stop after our tour to have a meal.
The staff and owner was accomodationg and the service was great. There was a function going on in a banquet room off of the bar/restaurant and it was so fun to watch the local families celebrating a child birthday. We felt like we were part of the occasion with these beautiful, friendly people.
We ended up staying in the rooms off of the bar/restaurant (noise was NOT a problem since we closed the place at around 10:30p) The rooms are standard but have air and hot water. Two items that are not prevailent throughout Belize in the moderate to standard room category.
The owner Rowell was a gracious host that got up early so as to have hot coffee for us before we departed on a long road trip. He has great knowledge of his beloved country and had numerous recommendations for us.
This property is not for everybody. But then again, Belize is probably not for everyone. I left there thinking that the Belizeans were the most friendly people I have met throughout the world. And I have travelled to alot of places.
I would go back and stay with Rowell at Lamania Outpost Resort again.

Date of stay: May 2010
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Reviewed April 23, 2018
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Date of stay: March 2018
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