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“Experience the jungle, with bug screens.”
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The deck - front row seats to paradise
A bedroom with a view and breeze
Kitchen/ dinning area
Kitchen and dinning area are open with large counters
The howler Monkeys will entertain you deckside
Typical Sunset with Iguana - this big guy lives here too
Guest from Nanimo, B.C, Canada, shooting incredible photos from the deck
An amazing photo taken by a guest from B.C. right from the deck
Photos taken by guest from deck
bathroom with shower and view
Some evenings 15 pairs of Parrots will land in the trees beside the house
Bathroom is accessible to the bedroom
Brand new kitchen!
A walk through the village on the way to the Black Orchid Resort
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Burrell Boom, Belize District

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V3366WAli...
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Experience the jungle, with bug screens.”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
1
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This is a beautiful little place. As others have mentioned it is up on stilts, so if you have trouble climbing stairs, this isn't the place for you. It has a queen bed covered with mosquito netting for the bedroom. There is a U shaped padded bench, that could be used to sleep on in a pinch, but I wouldn't recommend it. There is a second bed in a screened porch with more netting - it is bigger than a single, but not quite a full size (double). There are 2 hammocks hanging in an open area outside, but the bugs would make sleeping here overnight a poor decision. There was also a blow up mattress, but I didn't see a pump anywhere. It was probably around, but we didn't need it, so... Multiple ceiling fans and a portable one as well - although it cooled down significantly at night anyway.

There is a kitchen with a small fridge with a small built in ice chest section (not a true freezer, but sufficient). There is a stove and toaster oven (not a microwave), and a coffee maker. There is a small bathroom with a nicely tiled shower, a screened in porch with a dining table and 4 chairs, and another screened in porch with a clothes drying line.

They are currently building a nice wooden parking area and walkway directly to the house from the driveway, so you won't have to walk through the yard much longer. There is hot water and the internet there is the fastest I saw in the entire country. You can swim at the nearby Black Orchid pool. They also have a restaurant if you choose not to cook or find more authentic local food. Plenty of towels and linens.

Those are the "facts" of the place, but they don't begin to explain what a cool experience it is to stay there.

There is a family of Howler monkeys on the premises. A dad, mom, teenager, and 2 babies. Yes, they can be loud, but they only woke us up once and didn't stay active long. It was incredibly cool. Huge iguanas, gorgeous birds. Possibly a manatee in the river. We heard something LARGE plopping about, but couldn't catch it in the act. There is a juvenile crocodile in the marshy area. We named it Jeffrey. It is as close to "tame" as a croc can get and comes right up to the bank to beg for food. I hope they put up a fence or something eventually. A croc who is too comfortable with people is sure to get shot at some point, but I digress. We got some incredible pics and video.

The neighbors are all incredibly nice. Val and Tony were away, and Erlene had to leave for a family emergency when we got there. So, we saw Beans most of the time. What a NICE guy. Easy smile, good pointers, and hard working. He even washed our rental car for us while we were packing up without us asking. There is also a housekeeper Tina, who came by but I only saw her for a moment since we didn't really need anything.

We came after the tourist season and the rainy season is starting early this year. One night there was a torrential downpour. TORRENTIAL. The noise of the rain hitting the tin roof was almost deafening and yet somehow soothing. It was the weirdest thing. Anyway, I slept through most of it. Bring earplugs if you need quiet though, the birds are cheery in the morning. = ) Also, there are a couple of geckos that come in and out of the house at will. They are harmless and like to eat bugs, so I would recommend leaving them alone. They do make a super cute cheeping sound, though. It took a while to figure out what it was.

There is a journal there with tips and stories from the various visitors. Check it out, as you can learn from those that came before you. Bring bug spray. You are, after all, in the jungle. And keep the doors closed. The screen on the windows and inside doors is a smaller weave than the outside stuff and keeps out the bugs better. It really kept them at a minimum.

I really loved our stay here and would recommend it to anyone even remotely adventurous in a second. If however, you are a pampered traveler (you know who you are), this is not the place for you. It isn't fair to go to a place that isn't a good fit and then complain about it. I see that all of the time here on Trip Advisor and it isn't fair to the owners of these lovely places. Although this is a step above camping, I would say that if you can't camp for even one night, you should avoid the majority of mainland Belize altogether. There are some nice resorts in San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) that might interest you, but there aren't a whole lot of Ritz Carlton type places on the mainland.

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Liked best: The location - see the real WILDlife of the area
Liked least: Could have used a couple more coffee mugs
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Aparker12...
Marshfield, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Sight and sound of howlers was spectacular”
Reviewed 18 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Spent 4 days and really enjoyed being up in the trees ( as the house is 12ft up on stilts) giving a great view of the troop of Howlers which is why we chose to go here - The house is very open and lends itself to being one with the surrounding environment.
The house is basic but functional - kitchen could use a little more cooking equipment as well as hot water in the sink (bathroom does have hot water). Bathroom is open to bedroom so think it is important to know this before asking other people other than family to join you.
Owner is very helpful and assisted us in finding a guide for our adventure tours
We had a great time!

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Idahopatt...
2 reviews
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“Rustic”
Reviewed 17 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014

My husband and I spent four nights at the Howler House. If you want to get lost for a while to relax and enjoy the natural beauty around you, this is the place. The monkey family was entertaining and only howled one night during our stay. I recommend that you arrange to have Tony pick you up from the airport. He took us through the village and let us shop for groceries before we got to the house. We made tour arrangements through the Black Orchid. They will pick you up at your request. You will be in the middle of nowhere, but you will find the people warm and genuine. A hot water heater has been installed, so you can enjoy a hot shower. If you like the outdoors, you will enjoy staying here. There is wifi, but don't expect a TV or a McDonalds nearby. Expect to walk a little if you want to leave the house. Expect to hear the rain on the tin roof. There are only screened windows, so if the monkeys are howling, you will hear them. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We enjoyed our stay.

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Kevin_117...
Los Angeles, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed 31 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
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We stayed here for a part of our honeymoon! My wife and I had a wonderful time, we had absolutely no problems, felt at home, and safe. The managers are very friendly. Booking was easy with the owner Erika, she's very nice and keeps in touch if you have any questions.

Waking up to monkeys climbing in the trees while looking out the bedroom window was amazing! The river is beautiful, an orange iguana stopped by for a while, a small shy croc was in the pond. We saw the croc only once when the driver Tony tossed in a piece of chicken, so we could see. They're extremely shy towards people so you don't have to worry.

Getting to and from The Howler House is easy, it's somewhat central to drive to surrounding places, like Altan Ha is close by. Coming from or going to the airport is a short drive. If you asked anyone they'll give you directions, people are friendly in the village and wave as you drive by.

It rained two nights and we slept like babies. We liked to think of the shower as refreshing than cold, but they'll have hot water very soon. Its a nice showerhead, tiled, and the water pressure is fine. Honestly we found it to be a romantic place to stay. Don't hesitate to try all the local treats or food stands, we ate awesome while there. All organic fresh veggies and fruit. We didn't want to leave.

Thanks Erika and Staff!
Kevin & Wynter

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Liked best: We loved it all.
Liked least: No complaints
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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WWHart
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
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“Howler House, true to the name...”
Reviewed 24 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
3
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If you don't care for AC and hotwater, this is the ideal place to stay.
Howler Monkeys 30ft from the porch ( the Boom Family we named them, 1 male , 2 females, 2 tiny babies)
A lonely 6ft croc cruising the river in front and iguana's sun bathing amongst the trees downstairs.
Its 1/3 cheaper to rent a vehicle from the airport than joining the tours the Black Orchid down the road has to offer, the use of their bicycles is also not a given, we asked and they wouldn't hear of it.
Take lots of bug spray and coils to burn, also get some Raid for flying insects to spray inside before going to bed incase a couple of Mozzies slipped in when opening and closing the doors.
Take light weight quick drying clothes, long pants ( zip offs become shorts) and long sleeve shirts for your tours, pretty much every where you go there are bugs.

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Liked best: Tranquility and views
Liked least: The Bugs
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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