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#62335 - 01/30/03 03:13 AM what hotel would YOU pick?
FreekyTim Offline
Given the choice of the following budget places to stay, which would you pick?

Conch Shell Inn
Hotel del Rio guesthouse

All are economy-style cheap rooms, around $45/night.


#62336 - 01/31/03 02:44 AM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?

#62337 - 01/31/03 03:40 PM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?
govikes Offline
I would definitely 2nd that--Rubie's. I'm sure the 3 you mentioned are fine budget places to stay (if not, they wouldn't still be in business!), but if you're looking at budget, Rubie's is right on the beach, in town, has a great deli right downstairs, wonderful staff and you'll meet all kinds of people when you're hanging out on the big decks/balconies!

#62338 - 01/31/03 04:41 PM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?
jasonamiles Offline
I just stayed at Rubie's last week and it was great. Clean rooms, great decks and balconies, and you'll meet some great people. Wendy is a pleasure to deal with as well.

#62339 - 01/31/03 08:47 PM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?
Mel S Offline
Oh well, once again I'm the odd-ball. My vote is from hotel Del Rio. I love it. the cabanas are right on the beach, and they are almost out off the city limits near the cut or el rio. The garden is really nice and it is overall a great place. Best-wishes, mel s.........
Mel Sinderman

#62340 - 01/31/03 09:54 PM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?
FreekyTim Offline
Many Many Thanks! I love this message board...good people...good info...So now I have to look more into Rubie's vs. del Rio...life is hard.

#62341 - 02/02/03 05:28 AM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?
trina Offline
Rubies is a tough one. First year I went there was fine. This past year...NOT. Noisy, loud, not overly clean. And security was an issue both times. First year, a Brit had $500 US cash stolen from his room. Last year someone had their room keys stolen, and the lock had to be changed to safeguard. It's right on the beach, which is nice. BUT, anyone can wander in off the beach into any room. There's no security guard. Oh wait, there was one, but the night we came home he was asleep in the hammock. ooops. frown It is cheap, though. How about trying Lily's, Martha's, San Pedrano, Hideaways' (I think that's the place just south of the airport?)?

#62342 - 02/04/03 02:54 AM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?
mah243 Offline
Help! I am overwhelmed with choices. I am going to Belize in March and looking for recommendations. My first question is I know I want to spend the majority of time on Ambergis Caye, but is it worthwhile to spend a few days on the mainland. I want to see Mayan ruins and the rainforests, but can most be accessed through day trips?

Also, any hotel recommendations for 3 people in their 20's????

#62343 - 02/06/03 04:25 AM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?
Diana72 Offline
If you stay on the mainland, look up Caves Branch. You can stay cheaply if you stay in theor bunk house. The excursions can be pricey but well worth the money. I can personally recommend the Hike with the repelling (for the adventurous), the cave tubing and the horse back riding through the jungle. They give you a number of options at a reasonable price. Great people there too!!!
Enjoy Belize, I will be there again in September!!

#62344 - 02/06/03 06:20 PM Re: what hotel would YOU pick?
scopeman Offline
Originally posted by planning a trip:
Also, any hotel recommendations for 3 people in their 20's????
Myself and two friends (in 20s) stayed at the Conch, top floor, middle room, in the early 90s. Great breeze off the ocean, great view. Close to great dive shop (Amigos). Met my wife on that trip - GOOD trip.

Conch is fun - just what I expected after backpacking around the world. Basic, keeps the rain off. The view and the breeze made is perfect.


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