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“Clean, reasonable priced, Rustic!” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Garden Cabanas

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Garden Cabanas
Oakbank
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39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Clean, reasonable priced, Rustic!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

The Cabanas are definitely conveniently located as advertised. Everything really needed was there. Bathroom was actually quite decent with a real good shower. Tap water is drinkable, Really!
The large cabana we had was quite spartan but functional. Area is fairly quiet with the exception of traffic down the dusty street very close to cabana. With all the wndow shutters wide open, the dust is fairly annoying. Overhead ceiling fan was good, nights were cool enough to sleep with windows open. Tom was quite helpful to our needs and the housekeeper Nellie did a great job for us.
Overall, the experience was quite good if you are prepared for "rustic". The price for a week dictates that you will not be in luxury.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Canada
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

Garden Cabanas are a group of seven cabanas located a block west of the main road in Placencia. There are four large and three small cabanas - I had one of the small cabanas for a month in Feb-March 2013. If you don't have high expectations, you won't be disappointed. The cabana I had was 12' x 18' in size with a 6' x 6' bathroom, and a kitchenette filling the other back corner. The furniture and kitchen equipment was simple and basic, but sufficient for the needs of one or two people. The blender was a bonus as I soon began making smoothies from the ample and inexpensive fruit that is available locally. An overhead fan would have been nice (provided in the larger cabanas) but the floor fan was sufficient during the time I was there (no a/c in any of the cabanas). There is no office at this location and the cabanas were self-serve in the sense that there was no housekeeping offered, just a change of bedding, towels, etc after a couple of weeks of being there. Tom, the site manager, was around often enough (and available easily enough) if there were any questions or problems, or if one needed more soap, toilet paper, or other items. The cabanas are close to the everything in the village and there are three good restaurants (Crowsnest, Galley, and Excellent Chinese) within a block. Both Wallens and Nang Kee supermarkets are within a 5 minute or so walk away. There are a couple of downsides with the location of the cabanas, one of which is that they are on the lee side of the peninsula. The breezes on the east (Caribbean) side tend to fade out by the time they get to this part of town, which makes for some calm, hot afternoons. The other is that they are located next to a fairly main road which kicks up a lot of dust when the road is dry, and also the usual noises of vehicles passing close by to where you are staying. One suggestion I have is that if you like to read at night, as I do, bring some type of plug-in or battery powered reading light as there are only overhead lights in the cabana. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for, and this was no exception. For 3 or 4 times the price of these units you could enjoy a better location, but not necessarily a better cabana - I checked several out. On my budget I was quite satisfied with the value I received and would consider staying here again on my next visit to Placencia.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank islandiver7
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2012

My fiance and I had found this place after much looking and it looked pretty great on the map location wise. We contacted the property manager, Tom, and choose stay 2 months (Oct.15th-Dec.15th). This place is a great option for any one person or couple that is looking for a longer stay in the area since there is a kitchen, bathroom (only a shower in our cabana), plenty of space for clothes, fan and your own private porch. We even bought our own hammock and set it up right in front of our cabana (check the pictures).

I will admit I was a little nervous putting down a 50% deposit since I was still back in the United States but we used Western Union to provide Tom the money and it was problem free so you can do it as well with no worries. We had never visited the area before but it was worth the risk. We had a great time at the Cabanas.

What was really nice was when we had to leave the country 2 weeks early due to obligations back in the U.S. Garden Cabanas was more than willing to refund the portion of money for the dates we were not going to be present.Talk about good will and karma.

I know people always want to hear that the space is clean and nice and don't worry because it is clean and nice. It's also close to the beach, grocery stores and restaurants that accept credit cards and plenty of ATM's. I would definitely return back to the Cabanas when I return to Placencia because I will be returning.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Karimnadir
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Charlotte, NC
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

We were concerned with the couple of posts that complained of the heat, but we were delightfully surprised with a newly painted cabana (the tin roof being painted is the key) that stayed cool all day. Granted it's not like you're in A/C, but with a fan keeping the air moving even I (who likes to keep my house at around 65 degrees) was pretty happy all day and slept fine at night. Stefano and Tom are easy to get a hold of with a quick email and they will do whatever they need to to make your stay delightful. The places were still under construction when we were there in July 2012, but they only worked on Sundays so we just left early and came back late when we wanted to get away from the noise that day. If you're looking for a nice roomy place to stay at a great price, look no further. The cabanas are a short walk to the beach, but removed enough to offer a getaway when you need it. Thanks Stefano and Tom!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Nick S
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AlaskanSnowbirds, Owner at Garden Cabanas, responded to this review, 23 July 2012
Thank you Nick for your welcomed review of our Cabanas. Stefano and Tom and the crew have worked very hard these last months to remodel and refresh the property. I am so glad that it is appreciated. It is also good to know that the new color on the roof has helped so much. We are also in the process of slowly adding AC to the larger cabanas for these very hot summer months. We hope to see you back again when you re-visit sunny Belize.
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Calgary
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012

While Garden Cabanas was cheap and decently sized, there is no air conditioning, so the place was hot, 24 hours a day. Impossibly to cool down in here during the hot day, and difficult to sleep in. Unfortunately we had horrible "neighbors" staying next to us, and the cabana offers no noise protection either (there are no glass windows, only screens), so we were kept up nearly every night. The place wasn't very clean, and perhaps worst of all there is no office to go speak to anyone about our complaints. And once we saw cockroaches going up and down our shower drain, it was time for us to leave!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tyler B
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AlaskanSnowbirds, Owner at Garden Cabanas, responded to this review, 23 July 2012
We are very sorry that your stay at the Cabanas was not as you had anticipated. We appreciate your candid review and as you can see from later reviews we have worked to address the issue of the heat. The foliage on the grounds has been cut back drastically to take advantage of the Caribbean breezes. Additionally the cabanas have all been re-painted and this includes a new, lighter roof color. We are also in the process of adding AC a little at a time to the larger cabanas. These two things will make them much more comfortable in the summer months. I hope that next time you are looking for a nice cabana on a budget that you will give Garden Cabanas another try.
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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

i stayed in the small cabana. i paid only 25US/night witch is very cheap for placencia. the cabana had everything i needed kitchen, hot shower, wifi and tv. the cabana seamed to be in bad shape and it could real need a new coat of paint, hay i am not complaining, you pay what you get. i have to agree with the comment below the lack of an office makes things complicated, i would have to wait until tom came by, not that he did a bad job and you can not expect from him to be chained to the cabana until all my needs are met. all in all the garden cabanas was an awesome place for me. i would definitely recommend it to any other budget traveller.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 666Milly
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AlaskanSnowbirds, Owner at Garden Cabanas, responded to this review, 23 July 2012
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Garden Cabanas. I agree completely that the small cabanas needed some some attention. They are the oldest of the Cabanas and had been neglected for some time. We, as newer owners are trying to gradually work our way through the property and make the required changes. We have in the last two months cleared out much of the overgrown foliage to allow more air movement in the property. All of the cabanas have a fresh new coat of paint and the smaller cabanas have new concrete work around the porches and stairs. We also will have AC in at least one of the larger cabanas very soon and hope to have more completed within the next few months. We hope to see you again on a return trip to Placencia.
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San Ignacio, Belize
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2012

We stayed in a large cabana, which was pretty comfortable and met our needs for a 3-day stay. Best part was the location convenient to restaurants, shops and the beach. One disadvantantage was that the manager is off-site and not easily available when we needed to reach him (to get keys, to get more toilet paper).
However, this was good value for the room price.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank califromains
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Additional Information about Garden Cabanas

Property: Garden Cabanas
Address: | Placencia Village, Placencia, Belize
Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Placencia
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in a growing garden setting in beautiful "down town" Placencia Village; Garden Cabanas is the ideal hideaway for your visit to the Placencia Peninsula. While not located right on the beach Garden Cabanas' convenient location is just minutes - that's walking time, not driving time - from the most scenic and popular spots around. These newly built hardwood one-room cabanas are equipped with a full kitchen, one queen & one twin size bed and private bath with hot/cold/pressure. Ceiling fans add to the ever-present Caribbean breeze. Perfect for a couple or single traveler for a few nights or a few weeks, Garden Cabanas is the place for those that like to do their own thing while in paradise. ... more   less 
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Garden Cabanas Belize/Placencia

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