- Reviews: 3530
Whistling Seas Vacation Inn: Not Fancy but On the Beach
For the rental vehicle part of our Belize trip, we had not pre-booked any accommodations. Even though I had decided in my mind that I wanted to stay in Hopkins, I was not sure what the highway situation was like or what attractions might slow-down our progress. In the end, we joined up with two Canadians we had met on Caye Caulker a few days before and headed southeast anyway. We had tried to call ahead from Belmopan while we were having lunch there, and found that all the low to mid-bracket lodging in Hopkins was full - except we had not been able to get through to the 'Whisling' Seas. When we finally turned up in the village, one look at their sign indicated that this was going to be rustic accommodations! However, we were not complaining when the owners said they happened to have two cabanas left for US$41 per night. The second photo shows our two cabanas lined up and, the strange thing is, I had brought this exact view with me from a Hopkins page print-out of an accommodation tip by VT-member "paradisedreamer"!
The concrete cabanas were basic, but functional. Each came with two double beds, a small refrigerator, standing oscillating fan, TV (we never even turned it on) and a shower & toilet. The louvered windows did not close tightly, so it was a bit chilly the first night but things warmed up the next night and we needed the fan running all night. The curtain rod on the window at the head of the bed was a flimsy plastic pipe, letting the curtain sag down onto the pillow and causing the contraption to fall on me the first night (I threw it aside and went back to sleep). A defect in our shower drain allowed the water to drop through the floor straight onto the sand below - strange to stand there looking down through the shower floor! We only had one plastic lawn chair to sit on outside, and one arm was broken on it making it difficult to use. It looks like there was once a thatched beach bar/restaurant but it was boarded up and no adequate seating was available for maximum beachside enjoyment. However, the sun was shining and the water was fresh, so we enjoyed our time here - even if it wasn't fancy!
- Reviews: 3530
Tipple Tree Beya Hotel: A bit more 'Upscale'
One of what looked like a great bargain in Hopkins is the Tipple Tree Beya Hotel, run by a German lady since 1998. We had tried to get in here on short notice (3 hours) but had no luck. Since we ended up only a few hundred feet away at the Whistling Seas Vacation Inn, we took a walk down to the Tipple Tree on our first morning in Hopkins both to check it out and to see if we could get a room that day (still no luck). The photo shows Sue with our two travelling companions sitting on the hotel beachside chairs as we prepared to walk back along the beach to our hotel.
From their web-site: "Tipple Tree Beya is a small hotel with three rooms and a private cabana, all clean, comfortable, and well ventilated by cool Caribbean breezes. In addition to the rooms in the main building Tipple Tree Beya has a private cabin with kitchenette facilities including coffee pot, fridge, and microwave. Stay at a great beach location for as little as $25 US - $50 US for a double, per night."
Although we never stayed there, it looked like a great spot from what we could see. They took pride in the establishment, as evidenced by their clean and raked beach, cleared of all debris that washes up - unlike many other beachfront places we saw here (including our own).
- Reviews: 326
Hopkins Inn: Hopkins Inn
Hopkins Inn is a lovely collection of cottages right on the beach near the center of town in Hopkins Belize. It gives you a retreat where you can enjoy beachside hamocks or dip in the gental waves while being right in the center of the garifuna culture of Hopkins.
A Cabana with one double bed costs $40US for one person and $50US for two. A Cabana with one double and two single beds will cost you $75US for 1-3 people or $90US for 4.
The rooms have a refrigerator, coffee maker, nice bathroom and shower with beautiful hardwood ceilings.
You can sit on the veranda watch the sunrise over the ocean while enjoying fresh fruit and bread in your complementary breakfast.
Greg and Rita duke can tell you everything worth seeing in town and speek English and german.
- Reviews: 483
Tipple Tree Beya: Best bet in Hopkins
The Tipple Tree is a small hotel with 3 rooms downstairs, each with private bath. The owners live upstairs. There's also a cottage in the back with a coffee maker and fridge. Our room was $35 USD per night. Each room gets 2 hammocks on the porch to take advantage of the sea breeze in the shade.
- Reviews: 11
Whistling Seas Vacation Inn: Whistling cottages by the sea
Cute little cottages on the beach. The rooms and bathrooms are well maintained. Refrigerators are in the rooms. AC in the rooms but, it did not work well in ours. The water hot was ok, more like barely warm water. They have a nice seating area outside of the restaurant. The family that owns the place are very kind people easy to talk to. You may find them relaxing outside on the porch feel free to join in with them. At home feeling restaurant with bar. Good location right next to the only store in town. I would stay here again because it's one of the nicest place in town not counting the big resorts
- Reviews: 1171
Whistling seas Vacation Inn
Whispering seas Vacation Inn
We got a really nice beach cabana which was to the right of the main road into Hopkins. The owners are very nice and they have lots of advice to give on travelling in Belize. They charge $40 a night per room. The only drawback is that the windows don't close properly so when its cold, you feel it!
- Reviews: 1
Beaches and Dreams Seafront Inn: Hopkin's Best Beachfront
This is a great spot with rooms right on the beach. Fabulous rooms at a great price. Tony is a great chef and the meals are worth the stay. The rooms are big, clean and comfortable. We stayed in Room 3 which had a tile floor and bathroom, great breeze and was quiet. The sounds of the surf pounding made me get up in the middle of the night and go for a midnite swim. Angela's breakfast(incliuded in rate) featured great pastries and yogurt with lots of fresh fruit. The papaya and tangerines were picked right from thier own trees.
The beach was great and it was kind of private, yet right down the beach from the large "corperate" hotels. Angie and Tony are the most gracious hosts we met in Belize.
Tony arranged the tours from us which all left right from the property.Sittee River night trip to spot crocs and kinkajou's is a must as is the combination fishing snorkeling trip to the reef.
Also, only 12 miles away form Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve for a great waterfall hike and swim. Very centrally located to all that was around. We spent our last 5 nights there, but wish we had planned our entire 2 week stay here.
- Reviews: 2
Windschief: The Windschief got us hooked!
Two very nice Cabanas, ours had two double beds, fridge, coffee maker. My favourite spot was the hammok on the balcony, I could almost spit into the sea!
volley ball court, Internet cafe and cocktail bar on the premises - it never got boring - although we didn't try the windsurfing, which is also offered right there.
All in all a fabulous place - we will be back!
- Reviews: 3
Ransome's Garden Cottages: hotel that "unbooked" us
Four of us needed to stay in Hopkins. We sought a place where we could get two separate rooms and have a kitchen. After research, we found Ransome's Garden Cottages to be one of the few where we could get this. One of us emailed a total of FOUR times, including two days before we arrived there, to confirm. She offered to put down a deposit but was told it wasn't necessary. The owner then told us that some other guests needed to stay over, so he unbooked us without advance notice. He sent us over to Kismet Inn, where we were promised both a kitchen and separate rooms and wound up with neither! He then came over about two days later to say that his other guests were gone & to try to talk us into coming to Ransome's. Two of us went over there to inspect the room and discovered that the room we would have been in had only a hotplate, not a kitchen, and no privacy among the four of us. I would NOT encourage anyone to book with Barry, the owner of Ransome's. Also, note that there is no way to contact Barry other than email.
- Reviews: 3
Kismet Inn: "Kismet" sometimes means bad luck!
We were sent to this hotel (really more like a youth hostel for adults) after being unbooked elsewhere in town without notice, so we didn't have a chance to assess it in advance.
Our stay was very odd. The highlight: the fellow guests, who were a variety of ages and nationalities and were very interesting.
The low points? Hmm. We had no water for about 5 of 7 days. There was one shower in the whole place (for about a dozen people), which was outdoors and had no hot water when we could get water at all. Our sheets appeared dirty before we used them and there were no mattress pads. Torn screens allowed more bugs to enter. Many doors had no latches or broken ones. Garbage was rarely emptied. Our "suite," technically three rooms, functioned as one large room because the walls didn't go all the way to the ceiling and weren't soundproofed or insulated. Our hostess washed dishes in cold water, leading to dubious cleanliness.
Had this been an accommodation in North America, the health department would have shut it down.
Beyond these sanitation issues, owner Tricia made us tense with her constant complaints about how unfairly she is treated because she is a white woman. Many complaints seemed exaggerated. I would have also appreciated it if she had not insisted on showing her brassiere (which she was wearing at the time) to my boyfriend.
We were promised use of a kitchen, which turned out to be the kitchen she was working in most of the time. So we wound up paying for bread that was provided for breakfast (although she stated that she was a "five-star chef," this bread was usually not fully baked).
We wanted to like this place because clearly the owner was good-hearted. For instance, she gave free room and board to an delightful elderly man from town and his equally delightful dog.
Generally, we agreed, the best part of our stay was the stories it generated!
This place is directly on the beach, which is lovely. (So are most Hopkins lodgings.)
The owner's charming artwork was all around, including adorable hand-painted fish in the bathroom, a large driftwood sculpture, numerous brightly painted conch shells, and more.
Family-style dinners were a nice opportunity to get to know fellow travelers.
- Reviews: 1
Hopkins, Stan Creek: Guesthouse All Season
Nice and friendly guesthouse with 3 room.
Every room is different and has his own badroom.
- Bambo room
- Butterfly room
- Jungle room.
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