The One Stop Guide for Where to Stay in Belize City 

by Larry Waight

The country of Belize is quickly becoming one of the world’s hottest destinations for vacations and retirement — and this beautiful Caribbean paradise has even attracted attention from celebrity investors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Francis Ford Coppola. But for most visitors to the country, Belize City is just a point of transit passed through on the way to or from somewhere else. That doesn’t have to be the case. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, Belize City has a lot to offer travelers. Belize City deserves to be more than a jumping-off point for your destination, and you can find a hotel willing to roll out the red carpet if you know where to look.

Belize City: Your Gateway to Adventure

best Western Belize Biltmore plaza pool

Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza

A majority of people who land in Belize City hop right onto the ferry to get to a tropical island like Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker, or else they journey west to the Cayo District — recognized as the so-called “Wild West” of Belize thanks to its high density of Maya sites and its expansive natural beauty. Unfortunately, Belize’s Caribbean islands and the Cayo District are on opposite sides of the country — but Belize City offers relatively easy access to both. In other words, it’s a great place to set up camp if you want to see everything Belize has to offer.


The newly re-painted BELIZE sign by Baron Bliss Lighthouse. Image courtesy Belize City Council

But Belize City has plenty to offer in its own right as well. It’s the country’s old capital rather than a resort town — and while that means everything in the city isn’t catered to your exact needs, it does allow you to experience a more authentic version of what Belize has to offer. Roughly 15% of the 400,000 people who call Belize home live within the city, and it’s developed a rich art and music scene that’s worth exploring. And as the commercial hub of the country, Belize City is also a frequent home to business travelers.

Belize City waterfront sailboats

Belize City waterfront. Shutterstock

Fortunately, there’s plenty to do if you find yourself stuck in Belize City as well. The six different districts that make up the country are each rich with their own culture and aesthetics, and a few landmarks are must-sees during your stay. Baron Bliss Lighthouse is both a landmark of important historical importance and one of the best views that you’ll find in the city. Belize is known for its abundance of lazy beach towns, but Belize City is a modern metropolis with all the advantages that has to offer.

Best Western Biltmore Plaza: The Only Place to Stay

Photo by Belize Biltmore Plaza

Belize City may not be a resort town, but the Best Western Biltmore Plaza will treat you with the care you deserve. They’re in close proximity to the airport, making it easy to get where you need to go and hit the ground running as soon as your flight lands. You’ll find all the amenities you need to make the most of your vacation or keep your mind sharp for business meetings in town. The front desk offers concierge services 24 hours a day, and the fitness center and full pool provide the opportunities to clear your mind and keep your body in shape even when you’re away from home.

Lobby at Belize Biltmore Plaza

But there are plenty of opportunities to relax too. High-speed internet is available throughout the entire hotel, and you never even need to leave the hotel for a solid meal. The staff at the on-site Belize Bistro Restaurant are dedicated to sharing the traditional meals and newer creations in Belizean cuisine, and you can even enjoy your meal out on the Terrace as a way to make the most of Belize’s gorgeous year-long weather. And when you’re done with the day’s activities, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a drink at the pool bar. It’s fully licensed and is open seven days a week for your needs.

best Western Belize Biltmore room base

Photo courtesy Duarte Dellarole

And while you’re there, you may as well treat yourself to a visit to Pure Harmony Spa. Whether you’re looking for Thai or Swedish massages, aromatherapy, or body treatments, you’ll find knowledgeable and gifted masseuses ready to work out the anxiety that’s been building up in your muscles. Biltmore Plaza also houses its own gift shop, and the Palm Court terrace provides a way to host business associates, friends, or families of any size in style.

The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza is a pet-friendly establishment too. If your dog or cat helps you stay in your place of zen, that won’t be an issue. Biltmore Plaza is dedicated to making sure that every guest leaves feeling pleased with their stay in Belize, and they pull out all the stops in ensuring that the hotel is sanitary and safe from top to bottom. Book a visit today, and learn why life is different in the Caribbean. 

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