I stayed at the El Rey Inn three separate times during my month-long trip in Belize, and each time it was like home away from home. Nick (British) and Shannon (home-grown Belmopan Belizean) are excellent hosts - intelligent, friendly, hard-working people doing their very best to make their hotel better and better all the time - and succeeding. They have a true understanding of the word hospitality. They took over this hotel in April 2012, and it is fast earning a well-deserved reputation as the best affordable accomodation in Belmopan. It is located on a quiet residential street, but very handy to a large supermarket and internet cafe a couple of short blocks away. The rooms are very clean and well-maintained (all the ones I stayed in seemed to have been freshly painted not long previously), and the staff are well-chosen for their efficiency, attentiveness, genuine friendliness and eagerness to help (Juan in particular was excellent). Both Nick and Shannon have an in-depth knowledge of what to see and do in Belize, and are happy to share their extensive knowledge.
I stayed in a room with TV, a spotless bathroom and a ceiling fan (I don't usually bother with air-con, though they have this option in some rooms too if you want it) and it was only $45 US (90 BZ$) per night. This was March 2013 - prices obviously may differ in the future, or depending on the type of room you choose. If there are a choice of rooms to choose from when you arrive, they're happy to let you take a look first and pick your preference.
If the overly-touristed Belize hotspots like San Ignacio, Caye Caulker and San Pedro have left you exhausted and dazed, I can highly recommend the laid-back town of Belmopan (close to some nice cave tubing and other activities/sights). There's a good pizza/pasta/chicken wings place (beware - enormous portions!) called Pasquales in town, and the Bullfrog Inn down the ring road has good meals too. Of course, if you don't want to leave the El Rey Inn, they also serve excellent meals right there - Shannon often does the cooking herself (beware- addictive cheesecake!). I think the most expensive dinner item on their menu while I was there was a very nice home-made lasagne, garlic bread and salad for a mere $12 US. They do some quality pizzas, burgers, pastas and quesadillas too. The breakfasts are great too.
Awesome value food and accomodation - you won't find a better family-run hotel in Belmopan.
Sincerely, Kevin Casey (the Remote River Man)
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