Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina
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We planned to stay in caye caulker for two or three nights, five days later we thought we best move on! This place was so fun yet relaxing! It was a small Carribean island that had been split in half by a cyclone a few years back it was also the first place we had been to in over 3 months where the language spoken was English! Our first few days we spent swimming in the crystal clear ocean and getting to know the locals! After that we decided to take a fishing trip with one of ...
... We were feeling pretty good by the time we returned to Caye Caulker and decided to join a few friends for dinner and for a beach dance party to celebrate Easter weekend.
Around noon on the 31st, feeling hungover after the final night of adventure, we took a boat back to Belize City and a cab to the airport to end our adventure. After a stop in Miami, we were back in Toronto by midnight. What an incredible four months!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Fort George Hotel and Marina Belize City
The service was excellent and it is the perfect place to stay if you need a beachfront estate with great food. I would definately recommend this to anyone hoping for a great experience in Belize.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina Belize City
Stay Away from Belize City
This hotel is below average; the rest of the city is even worse. If you're expecting a tropical vacation, this is not your scene. Belize City is fueled solely by cruise ship stops. During the day, local entrepreneurs (i.e., hustlers) assault you with tours, drugs, and souvenirs. At night, it's not safe to leave the block.
Save money and grief: Stay in Ambergris Caye or somewhere else far away from Belize City and the Radisson Ft. George.
I came to the Radisson in Belize City after traveling in Guatemala for a couple weeks in February 2003. Upon inquiring about room rates, I was shown a typed price list. The clerk assisting me circled the price for the type of room I wanted. Being a hot and tired tourist, I did not read the whole page, where further down, in a separate paragraph, it said prices were in US dollars. So, assuming that a hotel in Belize charged Belize dollars, I took a room at $178, mentally calculating that the US dollar price was $89 (2 Belize dollars per US dollar). That was in line with domestic Radisson prices. Interestingly, the room service menu was in Belizean dollars. I did not have time to quibble the next morning as I had to catch a flight.
The bottom line is that there are not many options in the city of Belize City, but not a lot of reasons to stay in Belize City anyway.
Crummy high priced stay
I stayed here for 2 weeks jan 2003-I thought the rooms were average and very high priced-food in all of the restaurants was very bad. Rooms were not made up every day--but --I gave it a second chance--in march--I have friends in belize city-they were not permitted up to my room -i was told only I or residents of the hotel could do this-after a heated argument with the manager-I checked out ( I spent several thousand dollars there)-I made complaints to the central office in nyc-they said the manager could do as she pleased--later I found from friens in belize that this is a terrible place to work-the staff confirmed this-they couldn't belive I was 'thrown out'-so the moral is if you want to be in an expensive average room all by yourself-stay here!
Once we checked in, we noticed the room smelled musty and unclean. I also had noticed the door had been broken into a number of times due to the scarring of the inside of the door jam. The staff of the hotel were friendly enough however, the room was not nearly as clean as I had been accustomed to while in the U.S. Radissons. Avoid staying here no matter what the other reviews say. You'll find Belize City to be a dirty hole in the ground with a ton of unfriendlies and a general lack of anything cultural to do other than visit the Belize Museum of natural History in the old prison next to the U.S. Consulate's office. If you have questions or would like to contact me, my email address is published in this review. I would be happy to give honest answers to tough questions on Belize.
We found the Radisson a great place to start, and to take a day trip from during our recent vacation in Belize. The staff were gracious and helpful, the room was clean and comfortable, and the restaurants were pretty decent too. We especially enjoyed the outdoor bar next to the pool for relaxing cocktails and conversation - the bartenders gave us great travel ideas for the rest of our stay in Belize.
Spent a long holiday weekend here and found it to be a great location for sampling what Belize has to offer. There is not much to see in the City, but the hotel travel desk was able to arrange some great trips beyond the city limits. We made our arrangements when we arrived and had no problems. I felt safe at the hotel (ample security in a city that isn't so nice), the rooms were clean and spacious (we upgraded to an ocean view room, which was worth it - tile floors so no weird smells and a full-on ocean view!), and the staff was very helpful and accomodating. Two pools on the premises - both were welcome respites after a long day of touring. Restaurants were good, but I recommend a visit to the Smoking Mermaid at the hotel inn across the street. Overall, a great location for either a short or the beginning/end of a Belize vacation.
Good for Belize City
If you travel to the country of Belize, you will find out quickly there is nothing to see in Belize City.
I highly rec'd staying at the Vic House in ambergris caye or Cha Creek in San ingnicio.
The Radisson in Belize city seems to be the nicest in town - but sub standard compared to the above mentioned resorts.
We stayed at the Radisson at the end of July for 3 days and loved it! The rooms are tastefully decorated with antique looking furniture. The minibar is well stocked! Radisson's staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We stayed at the main building and think that that might be the nicer part of the hotel. The gym only has 2 treadmills, 1 stepper, 1 bicycle but no weights. The halls and stairways are beautifully decorated with local paintings. Really the only minus for us as non a/c lovers was the lack of a ceiling fan. Other than that I would stay there anytime again!
We have never actually stayed overnight in this hotel but were in Belize on a cruise in March 2004 and spent the entire day at the Radisson. It's about a 5 minute walk from the port. Great little hotel with an awesome outdoor pool bar and good drinks. Went upstairs to their main restaurant which is air conditioned and had a wonderful lunch and very attentive service. The lobby was very tropical looking and everyone was extremely nice and helpful.