Princess Hotel and Casino (PHC).
It's hard to describe PHC, it was definitely substandard when compared to American standards, but it was decent. I had looked at some of the other hotels in the area and this one was by far the nicest and also had free parking, they also had a nice little casino which I enjoyed.
Here's the thing, the place is a little run down, but the room was of decent quality. I usually just like a nice, safe place to lay my head so this was good for me. We had an amazing view of the Caribbean Sea and I got to watch the sun rise, which I haven't done in years.
You have to look at this hotel from the perspective of a non-American tourist. In America even your most basic of rooms is larger than most city apartments, furnished with tables, Egyptian cotton towels, and marbled floors. Those of us who are from Europe are not accustomed to those luxuries when we enter a bargain hotel. The hotel was more than adequate for 2 persons at $120 a night.
Included in the $120 a night was free parking and a free breakfast. The breakfast was out of this world, it was 100% fresh and homemade. My car was safe and did not get broken into or damaged in any way.
Now, people are right about the customer service to a degree. I was being helped by this Belizean woman at the front desk when all of a sudden this American guy, who was about 6'5, comes up, pushes me to the side and starts barking at this woman. I kindly told her I would be back and that she could help him first. Everyone was very polite to me.
The only problem I had with customer service was the fact that people expected tips for things I am not used to tipping for, things that I am pretty sure were part of their job description. But this is the standard in 3rd world countries, so I didn't give it a second thought.
No, when you enter your room you aren't going to find 1000 thread count sheets or piles and piles of the fluffiest towels you've ever felt in your life. But my friend and I sufficed with 2 towels and 2 wash cloths. Somehow we managed to survive.
The casino was nice, believe it or not. I won about $45 USD/$90 BLZD there, so I was happy with that. They give you ample liquor for free.
Calypso, the restaurant, was actually really good. We had no idea what they did to a basic hamburger and fries to make them so good, but they were just amazing.
Don't be such a snob, you're in a 3rd world country and you're not even paying enough to get the cheapest room possible in New York City. Get a grip and try to have fun.
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