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El Rey Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Belmopan B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“NICE STAFF”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

i stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel is located only a couple minutes from downtown. It is close to the embassies. I initially booked a standard room but they only had one left that was under a room which was under constructions. The staff moved me to a suite on the second floor. They were very helpful. The room was nice but small. it had a full sized bed just big enough for two people. It also had a futon someone could lay on. The tv was tiny but if your not planning to stay in the room that much it should not be a problem. The bathroom was a good size. It was a little outdated but everything worked to perfectly. It had a/c which was a plus in humid Belize. I read they had a policy of locking the doors after a certain time a night so just be aware of that when booking. I like the hotel but probably would have stayed at Hibiscus Hotel down the street. It was about 15-20 cheaper. It was also more spacious which to me means more comfort. This is a good option though a very nice hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

We spend 2 nights at the El Rey Hotel (El Rey Inn was the old owner) during our trip to Belize.
It is located 10 mins walking from the bus station, walking straight through Belmopan park.
The neighborhood is very quiet as the hotel is located in a residentiel street, so you can get a good rest.
The rooms are spacious and very clean while the beds are very comfortable. Private bathroom with hot shower ads up to good quality.
The Budget room was 90 $ BZ at the time of our stay. (Prices from Lonely Planet are not uptodate as that was El Rey Inn.)

Belmopan itself might be small and not so busy as one would think but there are some restaurants and bars not far from the El Rey Hotel.

Belmopan offers a good location either as getting a bus to every direction of Belize or as a hub for some excursions in the Cayo District like cave tubing, blue hole national park and many others that are 20 minutes driving away.

Last but not least the staff is very friendly and helpful and the owners are very lovely people.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

Loved the El Rey Inn so much, it really made our stay in Belize very special. The staff here are amazing and so helpful and really make you feel at home. The dining area is very social and gives you the opportunity to mingle with other guests from all over the world as well as locals. I highly recommend El Rey Inn and would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Saffron7uk
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Two friends and I stayed at the El Rey Inn in Belmonpan (run by Nick and his beautiful wife, Shannon) for a few weeks. We stayed in the basic room due to our budget, and as the name suggest, it was a basic room, but clean and very comfortable. The shower was clean, had hot water and a good pressure. We had satellite TV in the room, a fan and the room was cleaned everyday.

The main attraction of our stay were the staff!!! The staff were amazing!!! Absolutely brilliant. So friendly and helpful. Definitely made our trip. The other clients at the hotel were also great. We met so many amazing people from different walks of live. It's clearly a favourite hotel amongst holiday makers and businessmen in Belmopan.

We also had the opportunity to swap our room in Belmopan with a room in their newly acquired hotel in Placencia (a beautiful beach resort) at no extra cost.

All in all, we had a great stay at the El Rey Inn. Will definitely recommend.

P.s: Shannon's cheesecakes were amazing! A must try...

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chrissy850
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Sacramento, California
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

We stayed at El Rey during the "business" portion of our most recent trip to Belize...we were mostly going to be checking on our family farm which was inland, so Belmopan seemed to be a decent locale...my main criteria that I gave my husband was that we had to have AC since we would be inland...and for that, I am very grateful that the split unit AC worked very well and was quiet at El Rey.

The staff were friendly, but since we really had our days mapped out, I can't really say to what extent they can help you find "activities" to do (i.e. book tours, etc.) It was a little frustrating that our room was not cleaned beyond taking the garbage out a few days and that they kept taking towels out but not giving us towels back...several days we had to ask the night staff to get us towels...after working all day and wanting nothing more than a shower, it's kinda a bummer to not have a towel...The bathroom was very clean, just a linens issue...

My biggest "disappointment" with the hotel was related to the size of the room for the price we paid...We have stayed throughout Belize (Corozal to Placencia and Cayo to the Cayes) so we know what rooms cost...I must admit...we had 3 adults staying in our room, so that obviously made it feel more cramped...but we have paid much less for much more room plus breakfast in other locales and with more amenities...

So, if you need a clean room for a couple nights in a convenient location (we could walk to almost any restaurant in Belmopan), El Rey is a great option...

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CAwaldoMD
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Mulhouse
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18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed two nights in probably the most boring capital on earth to visit the Bluehole National Park before we took the Bus to Mexico. Its hard to find a room in Belmopan for a reasonable price so we booked two nights in a budget room for 45 US$ per night. They just finished painting the walls of our basic room when we checked in so we smelled fresh paint all night. Not that nice. Wifi worked well in the room. Staff was friendly but told us the rules of the hotel at first so we felt treated like small children somehow. We had diner at the first night, but it wasnt really good so we went to the chinese restaurant down the road the other day. However, the homemade cheese cake is pretty good there. The fact to be locked in at night is also not very nice especially if you are a smoker. All in all we think that the room rate is overpriced and we would choose another place if we would stay in Belmopan again.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

El Rey Inn was great. Had a room with a very large bed for two, tv and wi-fi and A/C. The staff were very helpful as well. The location of the inn was pretty good, we went out and walked around the town and we didn't feel unsafe at night. They also have a little seating area in the front where you can order food and listen to some music, very relaxing.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lorsaliba
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Property: El Rey Hotel
Address: 23 Moho Street, Belmopan, Belize
Region: Belize > Cayo > Belmopan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Belmopan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — El Rey Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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