When visiting Belize, most visitors come by way of plane.
Since most international flights to Belize arrive in Belize
City, there is a good chance that you will need to
stay for a night or more at one of the Belize
City hotels. The lodging choices in Belize City are
somewhat minimal when it comes to numbers, though there
are enough in the different price ranges to satisfy the
city's tourist demands. For those traveling to Belize
on a tight budget, finding cheap accommodations is usually
on the agenda, and in Belize City, your cheapest bet are
the Belize City hostels. Like the hotels here in general,
the Belize City hostels are not exactly found in great
number, though there are a few that can be recommended.
Like most hostels in Belize,
the Belize City hostels aren't always exactly advertised
as such, and they are not exactly like your typical hostel
found elsewhere. Many times, this is due to the fact that
the establishments are not hostels exclusively. They will
also tend to offer more deluxe rooms also at a good price,
and the "hostel" accommodations are just part
of the hotel's overall makeup.
Enjoying the Belize City shopping and dining options is one of the best parts about visiting the country's largest city. Though the Bachelor Inn is found north of the downtown area in a residential neighborhood, you're just a walk or bus ride away from downtown. The University of Belize is close by, and as such, there is a bus stop within easy reach to guests at this nice pick for cheap Belize accommodations. The Bachelor Inn has been a work in progress in past years, and the newer units found here offer quite a bit in the way of comfort. You'll pay more for the deluxe rooms than you would for an standard room at this and other hostels in Belize City like it, but you do get air-conditioning and a private bath. There are dorm-style rooms available for those not interested in paying more than they have to. You'll find a few neighborhood stores nearby where you can pick up some drinks or snacks, and overall, the area is very safe. There is no curfew here, guests can enjoy 24-hour hot showers and reception services, and you'll find washing machines on-site. Internet access is also available.
The Red Hut Inn is also located in a quiet neighborhood, and you're just 6 miles from the airport here. The nearby supermarket should provide you with the necessary wares, and there are also some close restaurants you can drop in on. Breakfast is served here at a minimal price, and it costs about an extra dollar to store your luggage. The rooms here are more "upscale" than the average hostel, offering air-conditioning, a small sitting sofa and coffee table, a private hot and cold shower, and cable TV. Guests can feel free to use the on-site kitchen, which is very convenient, and you can also prepare your meals with the help of the Red Hut's BBQ grill. Hanging out with old or new friends on the hotel's deck is a great way to spend some down time after you return from a day trip to area Maya sites or things the like. It's a fun place to swap travel stories, that's for sure. Wireless internet access is available to all guests at this great pick for hostels in Belize City, and there is also no curfew to worry about.
O.K., so the Maya Kingdom Resort-Hostel is some 30 miles north of Belize City, but it deserves recommendation among the cheap Belize accommodations. Plus, you're within walking distance of the impressive Altun Ha Maya ruins, which are some of the best you'll find in Belize. For the price, you can hardly beat this place. It's found in a tropical jungle, has its own Garifuna and Maya cultural museum, a butterfly aviary, and an outdoor pool. That's just the start. Your rates can be all inclusive of sorts, including 3 traditional Belizean food meals a day if you choose. Otherwise, breakfast is included in the rates. In addition to the restaurant, there is a bar and lounge area and sometimes live music entertainment is provided. The rooms at this excellent pick for cheap Belize accommodations consist of Bunk Houses and Hammock Houses with shared bathrooms. You can also camp here as well, which is the cheapest alternative. In the Hammock House, your bed with be a Maya hand-woven hammock, which is interesting indeed. Internet access is available, daily maid service helps keeps the units clean, and complimentary toiletries are a nice bonus. The Maya Kingdom Resort-Hostel pretty much has it all.
The Belcove Hotel is one of the cheap Belize accommodations that is hard to beat. It's located downtown in the Business District, and guests can enjoy great views of the Swing Bridge and Haulover Creek from the communal balcony. Rooms here vary, some a bit more deluxe, and thus pricier, than others. All are well-priced regardless of where they fall in. A budget single or double is your cheapest bet. They feature beds and fans, and some have a shared bathroom, while others a private one. The single, double, and triple deluxe rooms all have private showers and baths, cable TV, and air-conditioning. All of the rooms are clean and generally more spacious than the other like-priced Belize City hotels. There is free parking here for those with rental cars, and you can arrange an airport pick-up with the Belcove Hotel that is more affordable than if you were to hail a cab. The hosts here are great, as they are at all of the other cheap Belize City hostel recommendations found above, and the level of service is certainly part of what makes this a top spot candidate among cheap Belize accommodations.