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Hotel de la Fuente
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Orange Walk
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
44 hotel reviews
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“Very Clean and Strong A/C!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

From our guide book I was expecting this hotel to be on the river. Well, the river is somewhere back there but this is definitely an in-town hotel. And boy is the town ugly and dusty. That said, if you want to see the Maya ruins of Lamanai and don't want to pay and arm and a leg for the more expensive lodges down river this is a great choice.

We paid about $20 USD each for a room with a double bed and a single (we were a party of three). This was a great deal as the room was spotlessly clean and included free wifi, cable, a fridge, a microwave, full-force A/C that's adjustable, and a very hot and strong shower. Breakfast is included: bananas, coffee, toast with PB/jam (good enough for me!). It's very close to the river departure point and near the Orange Walk downtown strip.

The staff were helpful and booked our Lamanai trip for us and let us store our bags while we were away on the tour. I didn't love Orange Walk but this hotel was cozy and well-equipped and it made our stay enjoyable enough.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We have travelled for 4 months in South and Central America.
This would be one of the best hotels overall we have stayed in.
The room was spacious and clean.
The bathroom a good adequate size. Tons of hot water.
No problems with Wifi (excellent strength), Air Con or TV.
Staff were absolutely excellent.
They booked tours for us and our onward travel up on to Mexico - no problems at all.
They kindly printed off some paperwork we needed.
They even introduced us to Tacos for breakfast - all at no extra charge.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

De La Fuente may be the best hotel in Orange Walk but it does not make it a good hotel.
We booked 5 months in advance and had junior suite # 307 (most expensive room)
1) When we arrived, we asked about the tours to Lamanai (the reception desk is also a travel agency) : the prices quoted at the reception were higher than the ones displayed in the room !
2) We had to pay the Lamanai entrance fee for our 3 years old son even if it is free for children below 5 in Belize: As I said so to the guy at the reception, he told me he would charge us anyway and... he charged us (5 USD)
3) This is the only hotel in Belize where we saw in the room a comparison of the prices of electricity between US / Mexico / Belize... to make us understand we should save it
4) Air conditioning was very very weak, not much better than a fan: Very difficult to sleep. When we mentioned that at the reception, the guy did not seem to care at all.

One positive point nevertheless: Though having booked for 2 nights, we checked out after the 1st night without any problem (and without any attempt to make us stay...)

To make it short, it is probably better to get up earlier and leave, for example, from Belize City to make the Lamanai Tour: Boats leave at 9:30 AM and are back at 3:30 PM.

Room Tip: Avoid junior suite 307
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stayed in Orange Walk for two nights and based on the reviews of this and other hotels didn't even consider staying anywhere else. Just about everything was perfect at the Hotel de la Fuente. Our room (number 204) was large and in the back of the main building, so quiet. The beds were comfortable, and the TV had something like 200 channels. The wifi was the strongest of any hotel we stayed in during our 16 days in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. The service was fantastic - Yvan was very helpful from the reservation to check-out. We arranged a trip to Lamanai through the hotel and it was great (you can see my review elsewhere).

The only thing that I could fault the hotel for was its breakfast. They don't have a restaurant, so there is no place to serve breakfast, but they have a little continental breakfast available in the lobby. I don't think they make the most of the opportunity - there was only pieces of watermelon, coffee and bread to toast with some butter and jam. When the bread ran out, someone ran to the store to buy more. If they are going to offer this, they should try a little harder and offer some juice for those who don't drink coffee and maybe some rolls or bananas.

Otherwise, a perfect stay at the Hotel de la Fuente!

Room Tip: We stayed in the main building but in the back (room 204) and it was very quite.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Sacramento
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Stayed 2 comfortable nights in this clean and quite hotel. Great staff. Delicious continental breakfast each AM. Free bicycles and a canoe for guests to use. Enjoyed riding around Orange Walk and seeing the sites. Would happily stay there again. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: The rooms in the front are less expensive and have some street noise, but it quiets down at night...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Amherst, Virginia
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We have traveled to northern Belize several times and always stay at Hotel de la Fuente. The staff is so attentive and the rooms are always clean and comfortable. The hotel is very modern and the beds at extremely comfortable. Great price per night and safe with an off street parking so you never have to worry about your rental car. Longer stays, they have wonderful apartment type rooms. Great value for the price. Very good continental breakfast with fresh fruit.

Room Tip: Stay on the side and rear rooms- street rooms have early morning noise but if you like a street view...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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weltbürger
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2013

On a brief stop in Orangewalk to change the bus from Corozal to Sarteneja we wanted to change US dollars into Belize dollars.
It seemed to us that there were no money exchange places and the bank was closed on a Tuesday afternoon at 2:30pm.
Yvan of the Hotel de la Fuente was the only person who was willing to change our bills. He got a runner who took of with his bicycle.
While we were waiting we had a very nice and informative chat with Yvan. He gave us so may valuable traveling tips for our trip.
10 for service. Thanks for the great conversation, Yvan!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel de la Fuente
Address: 14 Main Street, Orange Walk, Belize
Location: Belize > Orange Walk District > Orange Walk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Orange Walk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located on Main Street, downtown. We offer 22 rooms of which 3 are junior suites with kitchenette & 10 upgraded premium rooms on the newly built "East Wing" with queen beds, flat screen TV, fridge & coffee maker. Wireless internet access throughout the property, complimentary computer with internet access & coffee in lobby. We serve a hot breakfast daily 6:30 am to 10 am. Breakfast items include omelettes, french toast, fruit plates, traditional Belizean items such as fried jacks and Johnny Cakes, and fresh fruit juices. Banquitas House of Culture, La Popular Bakery, Scotiabank, Belize Bank and Atlantic Bank are all within two blocks. Daily Tours to Lamanai, Altun Ha and Community Baboon Sanctuary. 24 hr. security & parking. ... more   less 
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Hotel De La Fuente Belize/Orange Walk

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