After previous experiences with budget guesthouses in Belize, coming to the Western Guest House was just what I needed! This place is a little more pricey than other options in town, we paid about $35 USD without aircon (which you don't really need during the autumn/winter months) and it was worth every penny.
The guest house is run by a Belizean family who were so accommodating and lovely. Basically the guesthouse is their humongous home with numerous private rooms running off the hallway. There's a giant living room space followed by a dining area and the biggest, most well-stocked home kitchen I've ever seen. It was a treat to be able to cook dinner after being on the road for so many weeks without a kitchen.
The house and rooms are immaculate. You could seriously eat off the floor the place is so clean and a maid comes daily to make your bed, give you fresh towels and spruce up your room.
The location is perfect, it's maybe 100-metres walk to the "tourist" area in San Ignacio and the location felt safe though we never strayed too far after dark. The guest house itself is like fort knox with a giant security gate so we never worried about our possessions.
Lastly, I cannot reiterate how kind this family is! Rodolfo, the owner, is a great bloke who let me share his hot sauce and his wife, is such a fantastic woman. I loved hearing her stories and learning about her family and she was kind enough to cook us fry jacks on our last morning in San Ignacio so that we had a snack for our bus trip/border crossing (they were greatly appreciated halfway through our never-ending collectivo ride to Flores!
If you're looking for a little luxury without having to spend the big bucks this place is it! It's amazing how much more value you get for money when you're willing to pay an extra 5-10 bucks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Western Guest House is a nice little hotel located at the far end of Burns Ave. The Owners live on site, so security is never an issue. They offer free WiFi, a kitchen for guest use, and fully furnished room with private bath and A/C. If you are looking for somewhere to stay and feel like you are home - this is the place. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Western Guest House Belize/San Ignacio