If you stay over in Belize City area, here are recommended hotels:
(information from "San Pedro Cool" by Lan Sluder... see BelizeFirst website)
Near International Airport
475 Cedar St.
(Directions: from the Northern Hwy., turn west on Chetumal St., turn right at the police station, go 1 block and turn left, then turn right on Cedar St.) D’Nest Inn is a B&B run by Gaby and Oty Ake. Gaby is a retired Belize banker, and Oty is originally from Chetumal. The two-story, Caribbean style house is on a canal 50 feet from the Belize River. It’s in an area called Belama Phase 2, a safe, middle-class section between the international airport and downtown. Oty’s gardens around the house are filled with hibiscus, roses, and other blossoming plants. The three guest rooms are furnished with antiques such as a hand-carved, four-poster bed, but they also have modcons like wireless internet, air-conditioning, and cable TV. With a private entrance and your own key, you come and go as you like. Rates are US$60 to $70 double and include a delicious full breakfast. Highly recommended. Nice reviews in Trip Advisor.
Mile 3, Northern Highway | PO Box 959, Belize City, Belize
The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel offers accommodations in Belize City, approximately seven miles from Philip Goldson International Airport and about 28 miles from Altun Ha Ruins.The property's amenities include an outdoor pool, restaurant, room service, bar/lounge, pool bar, laundry valet, doctor-on-call, gift shop, currency exchange, safe deposit box, and free parking. Rooms for the physically challenged are available upon request. Standard room amenities include cable TV, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, and telephone.
A couple of options for "things to do on the way to Placencia" are the Belize Zoo (not far out of Belize City on the way to Belmopan). If you do that, a good place to stop for lunch is "Cheers"
(on the left, 3 miles after the zoo). Another place for a brief stop
might be St Herman's Blue Hole National Park, after you pass Belmopan
and get on to the Hummingbird Highway. Having said that, you may
instead, just want to head on down to Placencia, and get some beach
time in! Here are driving directions to The Maine Stay.
HHHH+ Great House, 13 Cork St.; tel. 501-223-3400, fax 223-3444; www.greathousebelize.com.
This small jewel offers spacious and well-equipped air-conditioned
rooms in a modernized and expanded private house, originally built in
1927. All 12 rooms, half on the second and half on the third floor,
have a balcony, private bathroom, mini-fridge, safe, TV, phone and
dedicated fax line. There is also a good, if somewhat pricey,
restaurant in the courtyard, the Smoky Mermaid. Owner Steve Maestre,
one of Belize’s most experienced hotel proprietors, takes great pride
in the personal service here. Doubles around US$110-$130.
HHHH Radisson Fort George, 2 Marine Parade; tel. 501-223- 3333, fax 227-3829; www.radissonbelize.com. This is the flagship of the city’s hotels, and the most expensive, though you can often get substantial reductions from the rack rates. All rooms have cable TV, fridge and minibar, and those in the Club Wing, reached by the only glass elevator in Belize, have unbeatable sea views. Most of the rooms, including those in the villa wing across the street, have been remodeled recently. There’s a good restaurant and the grounds are an oasis of calm on the edge of the sea. The hotel has two pools and a private dock. The marina can take large boats of up to 250 feet in length with a 10-foot draft. The staff is usually friendly and helpful. Rates US$169-189 double, Dec. 20-Apr. 30, about US$10 less the rest of year. But as noted, rates are often heavily discounted – ask.
HH+ Hotel Mopan. 55 Regent St., Belize City; tel. 501-227- 7351, fax 227-5383; www.hotelmopan.com. Character is the Hotel Mopan’s middle name. This hotel in an old wooden Colonial house on the South Side became a well-known meeting place for naturalists, archeologists and backpackers under pioneering tourism operator Jean Shaw, who died in 1999. Her daughter and son, Jeannie and Tomy, operate the hotel today. Don’t expect luxury here, and the neighborhood isn’t exactly grand (walking around at night is iffy at best), but the rooms are bigger than average, they’ve been upgraded, and there’s still lots of atmosphere. All rooms have private baths with plenty of hot water, and A/C is available. Construction next door (mid-2006) may mean some noise. Rates US$50 to $70 double.
information from "San Pedro Cool" by Lan Sluder