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El Rey Hotel
Ranked #5 of 17 Belmopan B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton, Canada
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91 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“It was ok, paid too much on Expedia”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

Very friendly service. The room was pretty clean and the AC worked well but was pretty loud. We did have some ants in the room in the morning when we woke up. They were biting ants. Paid too much for what we got. Again the service was great though.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Pedro, Belize
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Reviewed 24 October 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a couple of nights in late October on our way from San Ignacio to Belize City. We stayed in one of the budget rooms. I really loved it because it was simple and uncomplicated but super clean and as a bit of a clean freak this suited me perfectly. It was dust and damp free and spotless. Our room had two double beds and a telly. Breakfast was great, the owners were lovely and really interesting, welcoming people. They helped us find places to eat in Belompan ( not a lot to choose from) so we went to a huge Chinese place nearby which turned out to be excellent, tasted like good home-cooked Chinese food. Highly recommended hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 It was a little outdated but everything worked to perfectly.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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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
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London, United Kingdom
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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
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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
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1 Thank Chrissy850
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Sacramento, California
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20 reviews
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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
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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 #5 of 17 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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