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Black Rock Lodge
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stayed here for three nights and also booked a cabin for my son and his wife for two nights. To enter the lodge is an experience in itself. Seven miles of extremely rocky and bumpy road that will take about 30 minutes to navigate. At night it is very scary and some parts are very narrow. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The views are breathtaking. We were lucky that my son lived locally and was willing to drive in and out each day so we could experience more of the local flavor since we didn't take any of the very pricey tours offered at the lodge. The heat and humidity really got me and there is no air conditioning. The overhead fans do not help at all. My son went out and bought a free standing fan for our room and brought his from home. That really helped a lot. Unless you tolerate heat well I would go in November when it is cooler. The food is very good but a bit pricey for Belize, but then it is a resort and you really don't have much choice. The negative parts were as follows: you are told not to use a blow dryer as it consumes too much power so I could have let my hair appliances home; the lack of ac or a pool to cool off in left us drained of energy and a bit grumpy at times. It is definitely a place for the outdoorsy hiker types. Dinner is over by 9 pm and there is nothing at all to do. No tv (although that was nice). I was quite taken back when we were told not to put any paper, even toilet paper, in the toilet but to put our soiled toilet paper in the waste paper basket. Yuk! Beds were comfortable. I was so afraid we would find a tarantula in our room because they are right out there but we only had a few small spiders, a moth or two, a few flies, and ants. The flowers they put on our bed and all around the cabin seemed to have tiny ants on them so we tossed them all right away.
When my son and his wife checked in and went to their cabin they found a part of the roof fell in and on the bed so they were moved to a different cabin. Apparently trees were being cut down and one hit the roof. They said it was okay since it wasn't supposed to rain and there was an extra bed in the room but they were told they were being put into another cabin, cabin 9, which was so much nicer than cabin 7. The following day after being out they were returning to their room, key in hand, only to find out that someone went in and packed up all their personal things and moved them back to cabin 7 after the roof was patched, and put other people into cabin 9. Needless to say they were quite upset that someone moved their belongings without their knowledge and it was never mentioned that the move was temporary. They would not have minded that but that was not the case. Not all was moved because they had to send someone to retrieve their fan from the cabin. They went to the office and complained and nothing much was said but the next morning on checking out they did comp the one night. Still, they were newlyweds and we booked this cabin for them as a present so we felt bad that they had such a bad experience when in most places newly weds are special to some extent. Needless to say our little reunion and holiday was soured.

Room Tip: Ask for a floor fan if you go during the hot season as the overhead fans do not help.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Norma_and_Vince
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had a wonderful 4 nights here, staying in cabins 10 and 11, situated at he end of the path and so very quiet. The cabins are very attractive and ours appeared to be bug proof - we accidentally let in a small lizard when we opened the door one evening, but it caused no trouble! Ceiling fan was adequate and we kept fairly cool, considering the high temperatures in the upper 30's. the hammocks provide a pleasant way to cool off and relax in the afternoon. Evening meals were excellent - sensible portions of delicious food, with very nice desserts. Eating alongside other guests at the same table, it made for a sociable evening. Breakfasts also very good, with a wide range of choices, all delicious. Plenty of fresh fruit available. Impressive conservation credentials. Service from restaurant staff was excellent - very friendly and efficient. Great views of the river and the canyon from the restaurant/social area and spectacular bird life everywhere.

The guides are excellent, especially Isaias (led a fantastic horse riding trip to the caves - he was extremely friendly and knowledgable) and Carlos. Carlos is an expert naturalist, with an extensive knowledge of local fauna, especially the bird life. His enthusiasm and expertise, and brilliant use of the telescope, made our experience of bird watching very special and we would recommend the early morning bird watching tour at the beginning of your stay, to give you a valuable start in recognising the amazing range of colourful birds around the lodge. We identified over 70 different species! Also took a trip to Tikal - well worth the journey, as an amazing experience - and walked the trail to the Summit from the lodge, with good views along the river from the top.

Altogether a great experience of jungle accommodation.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank monmouth_11
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is a lovely lodge, in a remote beautiful location. Loved the way the property is laid out through the jungle overlooking the epic view of the cliff and river. Know that it is a good 30 minute drive from town - slightly bumpy, but not as bad as people make it sound. Also, this is a jungle lodge, so do not be surprised to see spiders, ants and other bugs in the room from time to time. I thought the rooms were lovely - usually not the case with jungle lodges. Lots of wildlife around the lodge - we did the night hike, and found frogs, toads and tarantulas about a 30 second walk from our room. Free wi fi was a plus.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank traveltrotter50
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Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

This place is extremely special. Lovely cabins with great views. Unbelievably good food served in their huge dining room overlooking the valley. We stayed here for 4 nights and did lots if excursions with them. The best we're horse riding, kayaking, night walk & bird watching. Carlos and Elvis the guides were amazingly knowledgable & enthusiastic. I particularly enjoyed the free beer after staying in the tube going over the water fall on the free local river tubing.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank AndyKiddier
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Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed at the lodge for 4 nights and we had fabelous time.
First of all it has the most beatiful view we ever seen and the staff & guests are lovely.
The hotel encorouges interaction with other guests over dinner & we met new friends to travel with.
The only downsides are the distance from the city and the fact they charge u for everything even black coffee on breakfast...

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank DafnaShu
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