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Black Rock Lodge
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

WOW. BRL is simply brilliant. My husband, myself and our two best friends just spent four days at the lodge and every day was brilliant. First night we went tubing down the rapids which was complimentary, second day we hiked to summit one which was well worth the sweat and steepness! we also did the tubing down the river again but this time we did the entire length which was hard work as there wasnt much water which meant we all wiped out over the falls (still fun) followed by a night of amazing cocktails and delicious food, third day we went caving tubing and ziplining (which was for my birthday) with one of the tour guides Victor who was incredible. Very knowledgable, funny and very chilled. When we returned for dinner the staff at black rock made me a gorgeous birthday cake which made me feel very special! each morning we woke up to the sounds of the jungle including the howler monkeys and toucans! Giovanni and the crew at black rock are simply brilliant in every way. absolutely worth the visit! we didnt want to leave!!!! we will def be making a trip back in a couple of months!!!!
if the people at black rock read this... truly, THANKYOU FOR THE BEST THREE DAYS!!! we love you all so much!!!
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Room Tip: anyroom is nice! we stayed in two different ones as we extended our stay one was more expensive by an extra $15 and it was a little nicer but its the area that makes it brilliant!!!
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1  Thank Alexandra D
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

I went to BRL in July for about nine nights. Everything was fantastic and I have no complaints! They have complimentary wifi in the dining area only and accept credit cards, something I didn't know before I left. The staff makes you feel like home and will go above and beyond to make you comfortable. We did on-site activities as well as off-site excursions. The food in the dining area is fantastic! I recommended that they start holding cooking classes so we can see how these dishes are made. I was paranoid about bugs (none in the room) so they gave us a mosquito net for our room just in case. We didn't need it but it was great they thought of us.
I would definitely go back, we had a great time.

Room Tip: Room 6 has two hammocks a great view of the river
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jetlagger00
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We chose Black Rock Lodge for our three-night stay in the Cayo district mainly based on the apparent price-to-quality ratio. In terms of quality, Black Rock Lodge is excellent. The service, led by Giovanni the manager, was superb, and everyone there was completely attentive to the needs of the guests. It was how I imagined it would be on a cruise ship (at least based on watching the Love Boat). The food from the set menu was fantastic, although my wife has a gluten-free diet and the alterations they made to the food left it bland. The location was very scenic - you are really in the middle of the jungle, and the rushing river below was the perfect touch. The rooms were clean and comfortable.

However, BRL isn't for everyone, and it is important to make sure that your expectations are in line with what BRL can provide. It is very far away from San Ignacio along a bumpy dirt road. We made it there with a 2WD car, but I don't know how we did it. Don't expect to be able to go into San Ignacio for dinner, as the trip is too far and rough. The isolation is attractive for some people, but for others it is a drawback.

What the isolation means is that you have to eat everything on site. While the food is excellent, as I have said, it is not cheap, and a seemingly affordable stay quickly becomes much more expensive. There is no way to save money by bringing your own food, as there are no self-service kitchen facilities and no fridge or dinnerware in the rooms. Dinners cost 22 USD per person (unfortunately no discount for kids), and drinks are extra (although they do provide pitchers of water and fruity mixes on the table). Breakfasts and lunches are a la carte - expect to pay around 7 to 10 USD per person depending if you want to drink something besides water. In the end, we paid twice as much for the meals as we did for the rooms, which I certainly wasn't expecting.

The lodge, like all others, offers a full range of tours, both local tours and outsourced tours to the major sites in the area (ATM, Tikal, cave-tubing, etc.). The off-site tours are much more expensive than they would be if booked directly (my tour of ATM was through Pacz, and I paid 135 USD through BRL instead of 110 USD through Pacz), although part of this goes to cover the cost of getting you to San Ignacio, where the tours normally start. Considering this, I recommend basing yourself in San Ignacio for the tours of the region and taking advantage of the fabulous local options (nature tours, horseback riding, hikes, tubing) while staying at BRL. It seemed insane that people would pay so much money for the isolation of BRL and then head back through San Ignacio every day for a tour in the region when BRL has so much to offer on-site.

The only slight fault I found was that the wifi was very weak. It is available only in the restaurant area, and even there it is spotty. I know, you are supposed to be in the jungle and ideally off-line, but it is the 21st century and some of us need to check in every now and then.

In summary, we were extremely satisified with our stay at BRL despite paying far more than we had originally planned. It certainly isn't for everybody, but for those who want to "get away from it all" and spend a relaxing time in the middle of the Belizean jungle, Black Rock Lodge is perfect. Just make sure to budget for the food, and don't kill yourself trying to get back and forth to San Ignacio on a regular basis.

Room Tip: We stayed in cabin 10, which is far from the kitchen area and therefore very peaceful. The first night was Sunday and we could hear the river below, because on weekends they don't let water out of the dam upstream, so the water rushes on the rocks. The next two nights we couldn't hear the river, as the water levels in the river were higher.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank JeffinPrague
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Spent my birthday weekend there. Beautiful place. Hospitality was excellent! The whole resort was very clean and organized. We traveled with friends who stated in a cabin next to us and we all had a great time. Plan to go back soon!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Ctomlin
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Black Rock Lodge! We had some email contact with them prior to our arrival, with some questions. We received immediate responses, so we really appreciated that. They arranged for pick up at the international airport, and our driver was ready the moment we left customs. The truck was clean, comfortable and air conditioned. Carlos, was shy but polite, and patiently answered our many questions on our way to the lodge. The drive in was very interesting, and despite the warnings, the 6 mile long road into the lodge is not THAT bad. Yes, it's bumpy, but compared to the whole of Belize, I actually thought that they were better than some.

Upon arrival, we were immediately taken to the lodge Reception Area that will be Grand Central for the remainder of our stay. We were given fresh tropical juice, and were met by the manager, Giovanni, who gave us a quick orientation, and escorted us to our cabin. I found the cabin to be rustic, but clean and well appointed. It felt very private and romantic, which was what we wanted.

The food is wonderful, and you get to look at whats on the menu at the beginning of the day. We weren't interested in eating anywhere else, and didn't have any trouble with anything that they prepared for us. The meals are large and we never left hungry. Laticia, the bartender, makes the BEST Michelada's! Rogelio, the server, has a true song in his heart, and makes these musical little sounds with every gesture he does for you. The staff were truly a joy and a pleasure.

The only reason for missing the 5th star, was because of a tour we took to Flour Camp Cave, on horseback. I felt that the horses were mismatched for their riders, and they seemed tired and weak. Being an experienced trail rider, I found all the horses lumbering throughout the trail, with no spring in their step whatsoever. The horseback riding also included some extreme hiking, which we were not warned about. There is one section of the trail that is deemed too steep for the horses to navigate safely with riders. It was slick and muddy and on the return trip, because of the heavy rains that were falling during the tour, started further up the trail. Going downhill in very slick mud with nothing to steady yourself on was nerve wracking and quite treacherous. We were supposed to have an afternoon ride to Vaca Falls, but we opted out because our morning ride was so disappointing.

We met some great people at the lodge and would definitely return. You are deep in the jungle, very remote and there is adventure at every turn. The staff are amazing and make all of the arrangements for you, and the food is top notch. We truly loved staying here and encourage you to do the same!

Room Tip: Cabin 3 overlooks the river and the new suites they are building down the hill. It was quiet and romantic and a short walk to the main lodge
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Tara E
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