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“Clean and simple”
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J & R Guest House
Ranked #14 of 34 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
Portland, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Clean and simple”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

The private room here was very clean and came with private bath, fan and cable TV as advertised. San Ignacio in general is a city we could have skipped, but this hostel was clean and friendly. We enjoyed having a free breakfast, even if it was just rolls with jam and instant coffee, and the book exchange. Other than that, John was really friendly and a good guy- really wants to make sure that what they get you what you need and help you have a great stay in Belize. There was internet and kitchen use, but we did not take advantage of those things. A couple things to note: if you walk up and rooms are open the rates are less than with reservations, and if you have a rental car there is space to park but I would suggest staying just outside of the city itself so you have access to all the local attractions in a quieter, more picturesque surrounding.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2012 via mobile

John the owner is a sweet old guy who makes you feel comfortable as soon as you arrive.
Cheap private rooms, hot shower, free water, free breakfast and great knowledge of the town.
The owner went out of his way to help us organize border crossing, dinners and tour of ATM (a must do).
Not a party hostel at all but only 2 streets from centre.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2012

WARNING: Unless you are a backpacker, beware! This is nothing more than a hostel
with separate rooms sharing a dirty, tiny bathroom and kitchen.
My friend and I were promised a room with a private bath... which for a variety of excuses, never
became available. Their advertised breakfast was non existent- unless you're satisfied with day-old rolls and instant coffee. Absolutely no internet of any sort available to guests.
We stayed two nights and eventually left due to the rudeness of the owner who showed
no interest in accommodating to fulfil ANY of his advertised promises.
If there was a better business bureau or hotel board of standards, this place
would never stand up to code.

Room Tip: terrible tiny rooms (only a bed... nothing else.) The private room w bath never became available...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 May 2012 via mobile

We were only able to stay one night here (due to a reservation), but wished we could stay longer! The place was clean, cost was cheap, and John was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the Cayo area! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We stayed here for two nights, Rosa was away but John was there and really welcoming and chatty. He definitely knows everything about the area and we should have talked to him before booking the ATM tour. Room was comfortable and very clean. Also you're only a few minutes walk from town but away formally the noise.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2012

Accomodation is very basic but what makes this place so special are the owners, John and Rosa. They offer a very friendly and informative service. John used to be a travel guide and he enthuses about Belize and it's history. He knows everybody and can get good discounts on trips, tours, restaurants and care hire. It's like being back at home with my Dad listening to his many stories of the past.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

my husband and I moved to stay here after arriving at a really noisy hotel. We wanted to be away from the night club but still walking distance to downtown. John and Rosa are super sweet and knowledgeable about things to do in area. We ended up staying 3 nights because it was a good base to start our adventures. Very budget friendly and basic , but hey we were backpacking and just needed clean bed and shower. John has so much stories to share. It was just great talking to him and meeting other backpackers.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: J & R Guest House
Address: 20 Far West Street, San Ignacio, Belize
Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
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Ranked #14 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
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