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Hotel Belgica
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Ponce
Reviewed 27 September 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed 2 nights here. The location is great, within walking distance of a bunch of little museums and historical landmarks. The beds in the rooms are super comfy, which is basically all I require while on vacation. Cheap room, comfy bed, we're good to go. They offer a little free breakfast every morning. It's light: toast, mini donuts, yogurt, orange juice, coffee.. you get the picture. For free that is good enough for me! Our second night we switched over to a room with a balcony for the same price. The only complaint I had was the wifi only worked when I stood by the door. Also the shower took forever to heat up but that was because it was solar powered which didn't bother me too much especially since they warned us about it with a sign in the bathroom. I would definitely stay here again, it is such an adorable european-style hotel with great ambiance.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Then again... neither , likely is Ponce. If you're looking for modern and glitzy.. stick to San Juan. If you want a slight step into the past and some muy autentico, Ponce delivers in spades....as does the Hotel Belgica. Spotlessly clean old high ceilinged rooms, a superbly comfortable bed, a charming second floor sun terrace, and a lobby straight from 1900 made for a delightful two night stay. Staff simply could NOT have been more friendly or helpful...suggesting we simply opt for available on street parking in front of the hotel since meters were "no pay" for our weekend, but reminding us to drop our quarters beginning at 8 am monday for the short time before checking out, versus using the parking garage two streets down. There's no elevator so if stairs to the second floor are an issue, keep that in mind. You're but a few steps from the main plaza, the beautiful Catedral, some great chicken pinchos if you need a street food snack, King's Ice Cream (a cup of half coconut and half pineapple were to die for..or take it back to the sun terrace, add your own splash of Ponce's home brand Don Q golden rum...and NO finer pina colada has EVER been made:-) ) The side streets are a living museum of colonial architecture...and Ponce's superb Museums --and DON'T miss the Ponce Museum of History-- only rounded out our weekend. And a Sunday lunch at Las Tias----all made this break from San Juan well worth it.

Room Tip: Rooms with "no view" are not an issue. In this charming city....your best views are out...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Joe S
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

When entering the hotel, I already knew it would be the most beautiful rooms of our trip. We try to keep it as cheap as possible but without going for the cheapest room.

When entering the room (219) We knew we had hit the jackpot! The ceilings are so high! I can't even estimate the height. Probably more than fifteen feet. The room is big and the wall are perfect squares! There are two double doors that lead to a balcony! You can open only the flaps of the doors and it acts as a window.

The staff is nice, the breakfast is okay (continental). The only downside is the internet didn't work for most of the stay. The concierge told us upon our arrival. We found the computer room and it worked there (wifi as well).

I found a parking spot right in fromt both days (free from 4:30 pm to 8:00 am) otherwise it's a quarter per halfhour. Weeknights, there isn't much to do around. Boutiques and most restaurants close at six pm!

Otherwise, everything is perfect!

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Ken T
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We stayed here for two nights in august 2013 and were very happy with the quality of the hotel. Our room was very beautiful, clean, and quite roomy. I was a bit disappointed at first that the room had no windows (and the lack of strong lighting made it impossible to really light up the room), but actually, we had absolutely no noise from the busy street this way, so this was probably a blessing in disguise! As other reviews mentioned, the hotel does not have its own parking, but we got to park right in front of the hotel doors on a "reserved for Hotel Belgica" spot, which we appreciated a lot.

What did bother me a little:
* the breakfast: it's very basic, just toast with peanut butter or nutella, some sugary sweets, coffee, juice and yoghurt.
* no elevator: no fun when you're travelling with a heavy suitcase that has to get up all those stairs...

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank atlantiske
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

we stayed here July 23,2013 for one night and absolutely loved it.
Great room, great architecture.
Granted, the balcony room was a bit noisy at night because there's quite some traffic and that badonkadonk from the cars hitting the gutter, but we were prepared and brought earplugs and everything was fine.
There's a taxi stand across the street and added fun was watching the cab drivers whistle after the occasional girl and a gay guy... at the corner to the square is a little "papas" stand, outrageously huge and delicious wraps, that made up for the skimpy "breakfast" of coffee and some mini donuts.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Unfortunately, our stay was not great. Pros, one block from town, continental breakfast, beautiful decorated rooms, Cons, no parking, right next to a dance club. Among other things, our room did not have any windows so the airflow was limited, particularly with 3 people in a room. We also found a cockroach in our room, which turned us off completely. We shorten our stay and moved on with our trip.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a window, and away from street noise.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Love this place! Such throw back to the past, yet clean and cozy. Conveniently located in downtown Ponce, a block away from the main street, coffee shops, galleries and a legendary fire station. Excellent breakfast, kid friendly, parking right in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Belgica

Address: 122 Villa St, Ponce 00716, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Ponce
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Ponce
Price Range: £68 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Belgica 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are in the heart of the historic district of Ponce. Rooms with cathedral ceilings and traditional balconies. Next to Plaza las Delicias and the Trolley Tour. Family owned and operated. ... more   less 
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