by Diana Lambdin Meyer
This boutique hotel on the beach in Belize City has just 16 rooms but all of the amenities and services of a much larger resort. Children of all ages are welcomed in room with their parents for another $10 per night and rooms are spacious enough to add a crib or roll-away without becoming too crowded. Kids will love the fresh baked cookies and bananas always available in the lobby. While there is no children’s program as such, The Great House coordinates guided tours for families with a variety of interests. From cave tubing and snorkeling to river rafting and hikes through the rain forest, the staff works to provide exactly what meets the interests of your family. Once a private home, The Great House is a block from the beach and an easy walk into downtown. The Smoky Mermaid Restaurant on property is one of the most popular in the city and open to the public even if you don’t choose to stay here.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront hotel
- Fresh baked cookies for kids
- Guided tours for families
- Onsite Dining
We spent many days researching guest houses, apartments, villas and hotels in Belize City to find the best place to stay.
My mom was traveling with us and so we wanted her to have her own room or bed and not be stuck on a pull-out sofa or tiny cot like many places offer. Our other requirement was to have a King-sized bed.
We could not find any places that offered a 2-bedroom suite or room with king-sized beds anywhere in Belize City.
We had looked at the Radisson next door, but they only offered rooms with either 1 Kind bed or 2 double beds and neither would work for us; as 3 adults sharing one bed was certainly not convenient and my husband & myself would have not been comfortable on a double-sized bed.
We were thus delighted that Great House Inn offered a happy resolution with accommodation in a room with 2 Queen-sized beds!
Built in 1927 and upgraded over the years, it is a gorgeous colonial structure that is huge on warmth and charm! From the wood floors throughout, period furniture and cosy nooks, you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time!
The room was tastefully furnished and so spacious that we could lay our 3 suitcases open and still had ample space to walk around! Try that in a standard hotel room and you’d be tripping over cases for sure!
We adored the quaint window seats, writing table and rocking chair! The amenities were ample and we appreciated the provision of complimentary fruits in our room!
We loved The Great House Inn! Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who were eager to please. Our special thanks to Michelle, Doris, Lilian, Cadine, Arlet and Gary for making our stay so memorable!
Their restaurant was under refurbishment when we visited so they provided vouchers for breakfast next door at Le Petit Cafe (which belongs to Radisson). The value of the vouchers was more than generous and provided for a filling first meal of the day.
There is much written about the crime in Belize city and tons of advice about not walking the streets alone, especially after dark, but where The Great House Inn is situated is definitely THE safest area in the city and we felt totally relaxed and secure here during our stay! Plus, there is security on the front porch right through the night until daylight.
The Baron Lighthouse and famous Belize sign are a 5-minute walk away on the seafront. While Great House Inn sits a block back from the ocean, you get the cool constant breezes at the house, but the rooms are all air-conditioned for guests’ greater comfort anyway.
We loved this place and can’t say enough great things about it! If we return to Belize city, we could not and would not stay anywhere else!
We stayed all over Belize and we loved this hotel. Close to water taxis. Wonderful bakery next door! Felt welcome and safe. Very clean. Air and television!! This was like a nice hotel you would stay at in US.