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Hopkins Bay Resort
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
Newark, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Pretty rental houses, terrible resort”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

The house we stayed in was beautiful, but the resort as a whole was a mess.

The bad:
We had a huge leak with water coming in the front door that took way too long to fix (~1 day). The food at the restaurant was horrible, even when they managed to give you the right dish.
We were charged different prices for the same drinks depending on who waited on us.
We were not given bath towels after hours of requesting them - instead of telling us they had a laundry facility problem, they just kept saying the towels would be right there.
There was an overall lack of management - no one seemed to know what was going on, like how to get an extra key. After being there for ten days, I couldn't tell you who was in charge.
Getting a ride into town was not always possible.

The good:
Even though the staff was clueless, they were very nice.
Our house had a great view of the beach.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank monismp
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Missoula, Montana
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

We recently stayed at Hopkins Bay Resort while we were on our honeymoon. We wanted to go somewhere that would allow us to see the local culture. The resort is on the north end of Hopkins and has bicycles you can use and easily find any meal, fruit stand, or event. (Such as a cultural drumming session.)
The resort has great rooms with gorgeous ocean views. There is a nice pool with a great ocean view and a tiki bar located by it. The front office staff was wonderful. They were very helpful in helping us set up our snorkeling trip on the keys. We would absolutely recommend taking a trip out to the small islands to get lunch and snorkel. We loved it. They also new the local restaurants and could help match us to what we were looking for. (Check out Thongs for breakfast)
Hopkins is a small town. If you are looking for a crazy night life and lots of street activity, Hopkins might not be the best match for you. We stayed for 3 nights and found that to be a perfect amount of time.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Elise W
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Tomball, Texas, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I came to Hopkins Bay Resort in December 2012 for our honeymoon. We came in the off-season on purpose, and in fact the first night we were there we were the only ones in the whole place!

Our room was absolutely beautiful. The staff took care to make every detail perfect... there were even little towel animals and rose petals on our bed when we got there! The room was comfortable, had reliable TV, beautiful deck and view, comfortable bed, beautiful bathroom (loved the open shower in particular!)... everything you could possibly want.

The resort overall was also very beautiful. The grounds were well kept and at night all the path lighting reminded me of fireflies. The beaches were swept (very important in Belize, which has a tendency to sand fleas) and the pathways, benches, chairs, etc., were always clean. The pool was sparkling as well, although we didn't actually swim in it.

The staff was excellent and extremely attentive. They helped us arrange several excursions and their recommendations were always sound. We felt safe and that we were getting a good value for our money on every one. The HB staff also went above and beyond to take care of us... for example, one morning we headed out into town for breakfast (walking) and halfway there it started pouring down rain. The staff drove out and got us! They drove us to the place we were going for breakfast and then came and picked us up when we were done. Truly over and above service.

The one and only caution I would put is to make sure to verify whether the on-site restaurant is open if you're going in off season. It wasn't open when we went (it was opening two weeks later) so we had to go into town for every single meal. We're the adventurous type so we didn't mind too much but someone who is planning to sit on the beach at the resort and relax with a drink would be dissapointed.

Would definitely recommend Hopkins Bay Resort! You will have a wonderful vacation.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Melissa H
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Bainbridge Island
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31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

This turned out to be a great place; bar on the beach, good bistro, pool, kayaks==everything as propmised and a reasonable price. Hoikins is an interesting, relatively untouristy town, although it is horrifying to see them tearing out the mangroves and filling in the wetlands to build condos.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jeannette115
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Carlsbad, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

I was recently there for a week for the 1st time. I had a house on the beach front, but all of the houses were close to the beach with views. Everything was well maintained and the restaurant was excellent. With the flat screen and WiFi I could keep in touch with my business. The grounds are exceptional and it was a welcome paradise. I am now planning to return next year and do more fishing and snorkeling.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 798David
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Pasadena, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

We travelled to Belize last month and had the best time at Hopkins Bay Resort.
We stayed in one of the 3bdrm villas and loved the comfort and luxury of it.
We enjoyed all the tours we were able to book through the resort and got a chance to see some local wildlife on the monkey river tour. We fished and snorkeled the reef and loved the local foods. The staff was wonderful in assisting us with our every need. I cannot wait to return to this resort again. It's a great place to celebrate a special event or just to relax and melt the stress away.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CatalinaH4407
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Ann Arbor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

My husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Hopkins Bay a couple of weeks ago. We travel as often and as far as we can, and can honestly say that this was one of our favorite trips. We stayed in one of the gorgeous 3-bedroom villas, and loved every minute of it. The house was beautifully decorated and a true comfort: hardwood floors, 4-poster beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and views of the ocean. The staff was also incredibly helpful and attentive.

We rented a car for the trip, and having never been to Belize before, we were a little concerned about having difficulty finding our way to Hopkins. The drive was straightforward (although avoid the Coastal Hwy), and when we arrived we were welcomed with a couple of drinks at their beachside bar. Awesome. We did not book any of our tours or day-trip excursions through the staff, but feel confident that they would have been great.

Lastly, the Beachside Bistro that is attached to Hopkins Bay was another highlight to our stay. One night we got there a little late and the kitchen was closing, but they went ahead and prepared us a great meal regardless. We were well taken care of!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank balasek
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Additional Information about Hopkins Bay Resort

Property: Hopkins Bay Resort
Address: P.O. Box 87 | North, Hopkins, Belize (Formerly Hopkins Bay Villas)
Phone Number:
Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Hopkins
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
#6 Family Hotel in Hopkins
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hopkins Bay Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hopkins Bay is an upscale Belize beach resort ideally situated on the Caribbean Sea near the Garifuna village of Hopkins in the Stann Creek District. Our private Belize beach resort offers comfortable garden and beachfront accommodation in a lush tropical paradise. Hopkins Bay Belize is the ideal spot where couples or families can enjoy a relaxing setting. Couples can enjoy a romantic getaway in a one-bedroom beach loft and families can make themselves at home in a two or three-bedroom beach house. Whatever accommodation you choose, you'll be just a stone's throw away from the beach and an unforgettable Belize vacation. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hopkins Bay Villas Hotel Hopkins
Hopkins Bay Hotel
Hopkins Bay Resort Belize

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