Among Fort George's most appealing sights is the colonial facade of this large wooden house, across the street from the Radisson. Owner Steve Maestre converted this 1927 home into a fine inn. The large rooms have polished antique-pine floors, with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi. However, you'll have to climb some stairs to get to your room, as there is no elevator. Tiers of wrap-around veranda allow you to relax while taking in the sea breeze. On the ground floor you'll
find shops and a restaurant, Smoky Mermaid (Where to Eat).
Sep 13, 2003
We stayed at this hotel during September 2003. We booked online and were informed we'd have a king size bed overlooking the Carribean Sea, but when we got there we were given a room with a full size bed with windows onto a public porch where people were just hanging out. The front door of the room was also next to the front door of the hotel itself so all traffic and conversation was hear in the room. The room was above the kitchen and it was very
noisy when they were cleaning up late at night. So there wasn't much privacy or quiet and no view of the Sea. We found the staff uninterested and unhelpful. The Radission next door appeared much nicer with a concerned staff - we ate there and made our travel plans through them since The Great House was a bust. Inland we reccomend The Aguada which we found very basic but very nice and loved the attentive staff and refreshing pool. If we were to do it again we would stay at Ambegris Caye and again at the Aguada near San Ignacio, and skip Belize City (and skip the Great House!) entirely.
Mar 19, 2003
I didn't actually stay here, but I did visit and eat at the Smoky Mermaid (good food and service in a pretty courtyard). There is a tiny shopping area on the first floor of this hotel (boutique, realtor, cigar shop, and another restaurant). I didn't see inside the rooms, but they all appeared to be entered from the outside porches/balconies. I believe the rates were about $80 US per night. One wing of the Radisson is directly across the street, with
another wing directly next door. The area seems fairly safe, and it is close to the cruise ship terminal.