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“A Bit of Paradise in Orange Walk Town”

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El Gran Mestizo Riverside Cabins
Ranked #4 of 8 Orange Walk B&B and Inns
Pinole, California
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“A Bit of Paradise in Orange Walk Town”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

While working across Belize in April we spent 2 nights at El Gran Mestizo, on the banks of the New River. We had a referral from a hotel worker in Belize City. The drive in was a bit challenging finding the way, which really was well signed. When we arrived we discovered a wonderful, new vacation spot. Registration was at a small restaurant/bar overlooking the river. Several families were there with kids kicking soccer balls in the spacious yard. Small boats traded up and down the river. After getting set with a room the hostess asked if we wanted her to arrange a trip to the nearby Mayan ruins, which unfortunately our work kept us from. Our "room" was a great two-story cabin with kitchen, balcony and porch. Everything was new and the room was full of gorgeous woodwork.

We arrived on Easter Saturday so the restaurant was closed for the day but we were given directions to a nice restaurant in town. Breakfast was provided, but at their in-town hotel, Hotel de la Fuente.

The grounds were well kept, very open and well-endowed with orchids and bromeliads. All sorts of birds were flying around. While I did not have time for real birding, a cursory walk around revealed a lot of species. Hummingbird feeders near the restaurant/bar would be an excellent addition. The owner, Orlando, was very attentive and full of information about the area. I would have loved to have loafed around there for a few days.

I could envision using this as a base for birding, botanizing, fishing and exploring ruins.

Room Tip: All the cabins/rooms looked brand new and we would have enjoyed any of them. All face the open yard...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We're birdwatchers so when we heard about new cabins on the river (owned by the same folks at Hotel de la Fuente), we were there! The cabins are amazing! They range from a sweet little "tiny house" to larger cabin/suites. We stayed in a REALLY nice suite with an upstairs and downstairs deck/balcony. The interior is light, beautiful and comfortable. Full kitchen. The beds are perfect. Bathroom spacious. It's a really nice place - right on the lovely New River so a lot of birds. It's a great place to kick off a trip to Lamanai Maya site. There's a huge thatch bar-restaurant there too where boats and cars can drive right up to. Incredible wood work and trees built in/around the structure. It was a lovely and peaceful stay. We'll definitely do this again when we travel to Orange Walk!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We stayed both in a Standard cabin and Premium cabin at the El Gran Mestizo part of Hotel de la Fuente, which is next to the New River, for a total of four nights. It is in a beautiful natural setting and the staff was top notch - very friendly, sincere, and totally accommodating to whatever needs we had. We couldn't have had a better experience. We like to birdwatch and saw numerous birds here as well. The rooms are gorgeous - expertly made with fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. The onsite restaurant/bar was convenient and the food was delicious - try the chicken piccata or the stewed chicken. We drove to town for breakfast at the Hotel as well. Staff also provided other recommendations for meals in Orange Walk. For something to do in town, get some tasty bread/sweets at the nearby La Popular Bakery, visit the Farmer's Market, and see interesting historical displays at the free Culture Center. We will be back!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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bambambz, Guest Relations Manager at El Gran Mestizo Riverside Cabins, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Hello, Jean. Since your visit, my young son bought a booklet titled "Birds of Belize". Every time we take a boat ride we add a new specie to our list.
So far we have not yet seen the Bare Throated Tiger Heron though. Thanks for the birding lessons!
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

The owner of the nicest hotel in Orange Walk, Hotel del la Fuente, Orlando, took us out to his new property El Gran Mestizo. The property, situated on the river, has plenty of wide open space and has a serene, comfortable feel to it. When he showed us the units we were floored. The woodworking and cabinetry is exquisite. All the furniture is beautiful and the appliances brand new and state of the art. The unit we saw also had a loft, making it perfect for families. There is even a bar/restaurant on property (although we did not eat there). The private boat Orlando arranged to take us to Lamanai picked us up at the dock on property. If you want to do Lamanai right, stay at El Gran Mestizo for 2 to 3 nightslo;,;['
and get a private boat and tour to Lamanai in the afternoon after all the cruiseship crowds leave.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 19 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed in a standard cabin on the riverside. It was very peaceful. The interior decor was very romantic! Perfect for couples. Our cabin had a small fridge and a coffeemaker, which is all we needed.

The bed was the best piece of furniture. They said it was made of Logwood, which is apparently excellent quality. The night security guard told us that Logwood was prized by the British when Belize was a colony. It releases a purple dye that was used for textiles, or something.

We had a few meals at Maracas during our stay. Unfortunately, Maracas opens only Thursday to Sunday - a small window to get to them. The manager gave us a map of the town and restaurants they recommended.

We would definitely rent a cabin again. I'm Belizean and was happy to be home enjoying luxury in a rustic cabin!

Stayed February 2014
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Additional Information about El Gran Mestizo Riverside Cabins

Property: El Gran Mestizo Riverside Cabins
Address: Naranjal Street, Orange Walk, Belize
Region: Belize > Orange Walk District > Orange Walk
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Orange Walk
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Gran Mestizo is located on the outskirts of Orange Walk, on the banks of the New River. We offer Standard Cabins and Premium Cabins in a rustic, romantic and luxurious theme. Maracas Bar and Grill is located on the property and serve lunch and dinner Thursdays to Sundays. If your reservation is on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, Please check in at Hotel de la Fuente for the keys and a map of the town with restaurant recommendations. We will also make transportation arrangements for you to the property which is 8 minutes away from the hotel. Bicycles and canoes are available to guests if they wish to take the short ride to town. Birders welcome! Early morning is the best time on the property. If you've got nothing to do, come to do it here with us! ... more   less 
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El Gran Mestizo Riverside Cabins Belize/Orange Walk

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