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“3 nights in hopkins bch belize” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kismet Inn
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“3 nights in hopkins bch belize”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

In Belize 6wks, was so tired of rice/beans & cole slaw with every meal! BUT at Kismet we had 3 great dinners, all served with lots of veggies & wonderful salads. Everyday Tricia made fresh delicious whole-grain breads & the coffee refills were free. Also prices were the best value for food & rooms. It was nice to sleep on real cotton sheets instead of synthetic ones that make you sweat, like most places have. Tricia was so nice & a wonderful hostess, she let us use her computer & even offered to throw a few things in laundry for us. The other guests were interesting & intelligent, which made for fun family style dinners. On north end of town, beachfront it was quiet & safe & an easy walk anywhere. BUT we didn't need to walk much because Tricia has good bicycles free of charge for her guests to use. The place was clean, a variety of plants & artwork around, & a great veranda with hammock & super views to wake up to!!!! I'm a budget traveler, but i like things clean especially bathrooms, I would recommend Kismet to anyone.

Room Tip: We liked the upstairs dorm style, as there were only 3 beds in a large room. It was airy & we sl...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

I stayed at Kismet for xmas holiday. This was my 8th trip to Belize in the last 2 years. My first stay at Kismet was in 2009. I have stayed in a few of the other places in Hopkins. I am a low budget traveler, so I have stayed in the other cheaper places in Hopkins. I have found that I have the best time when I stay at kismet. Trish and Elvis are great hosts and will do anything to make your stay an enjoyable one. I have been there *many* times when a guest from one of the high end resorts in the area stops in for a one of trish's home cooked meals and says it was a better meal than what they had at the resort. Many times I have seen the same guests come back for other meals. Some end up changing their vacation plans and staying at Kismet. Kismet is directly on the beach and I can say that nothing beats waking up in the morning to trish's fresh brewed coffee and going to lay in one of the hammocks to stare out at the calm sea. Talk about relaxation!!! Kismet has HOT showers unlike most of the other lower budget places in hopkins. I have stayed in the culture house for a week. It has a stove and a small refrigerator. My girlfriend was able to cook up some special meals she had wanted to cook.
I have stayed in the "suite" off the veranda. It has 2 private bedrooms, both with nice comfy beds. In the front room there are another 2 beds and a table/chairs. I have stayed in 2 of the rooms downstairs that open up to the beach. They are great too! I have taken the tours of the reef that have been offered and had a really enjoyable day. We were able to catch some nice fish that Elvis cleaned and trish cooked them for our dinner. There are bikes to use to tour the village on, or a quick trip to the grocery store. Best of all there is FREE WIFI!!! Internet is not a easy thing to find in Hopkins, and it is really nice to shot off a couple emails to my family back in the states to assure them I am fine!! lol

I love Kismet!!! For the money, you cannot beat it. Its laid back, no worries, I *always* meet interesting people from all over the world. The food is great. The fresh brewed coffee in the morning is great, and the beers are always cold! And I have found it to be a very romantic place, not sure what thats about, but hmmmmm it brings out the best in me!!! lol Kismet, meant to be!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Ignacio, Belize
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55 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

I recently stayed at the Kismet for the weekend. Over the years, I have stayed there at least a dozen times. For a great dollar value, this is a great choice. Located right on the beach, Trish and Elvis will go out of their way to make you feel at home. I must add, that I usually will eat supper there at least one or two nights whenever I stay. Although the evening meal is usually not ready until 7/730, it is always worth the wait. This time I savoured fresh lobster in a hollandaise sauce, with a delicious vegie salad, home-baked wheat bread, steamed vegies and brown rice. It was wonderful... Kismet offers various accomodations - there is a private "Culture House" locacted behind the lodge, which is fully contained for cooking. In the main building, there is a large rental off of the veranda, which has 2 private bedrooms w/fans, private bathroom and another large/spacious front room with 3 single beds, table and chairs, etc. I was impressed with the great range of reading material in the room. Freshly cut flowers were also waiting for me on the table! There are also a few other private rooms on ground level, which open up onto the beach. If you are looking for great prices, great location and great food (Trish is also well-versed in vegetarian cooking), then the Kismet is the place to be! Check it out for yourself!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Altos, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

My daughters and I wanted to stay at Kismet..We arrived in the middle of the afternoon, and the Lady "welcomed" us in a very strange way...She had just painted her hens in blue, she said we were sent to her by a Spirit or something...Actually, she seemed to be so "high" that we just went away. We didn't feel safe at all in this place. (We are used to "layed back" places and do not enjoy all inclusive, buth at Kismet...it was really "too much". ) Instead, we found a wonderful place in All Season Guest House where Ingrid welcomed us and made our stay unforgettable.

Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Miami, Florida
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47 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed one night at Kismet Inn. First, the positive: I'm not sure you can find a much cheaper beach front location in Belize. In addition Trish and Elvis were very welcoming. They went above and beyond to make us feel at home. It was almost like living with a host family.Trish offered to make us dinner for about $11 US each. It was worth it--she made fresh bread (my boyfriend is still talking about it days after), two different kinds of fish, a delicious salad, and sauteed veggies. There was water and beer for purchase. The atmosphere was very chill. The two dogs were so sweet and the roaming chickens were fun to watch. We took long walks up and down the beach as well as several swims. Now, the negative: While the rooms are really inexpensive, they are very basic and rustic. My boyfriend had no issues with our dark and dreary room but I have to admit I might have paid more for something a bit nicer. The room was by no means cozy--it was dark and the bathroom could have used a good cleaning--especially the toilet. I did appreciate the mosquito bed net which allowed me to sleep without worrying about mosquitoes or other beach bugs. But overall, I was not thrilled with the room. In conclusion, you'll love this place if you don't care what your room looks like and just want a friendly place to chill on the beach.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Kismet Inn

Property: Kismet Inn
Address: 1 Kismet Street | North Hopkins Village, Hopkins, Belize
Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Hopkins
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,072 - ₹ 2,206
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kismet Inn has beach front property located in the North end of a predominantly Garifuna fishing village called Hopkins in Stann Creek District Belize. It is an eclectic Inn on the beach with 2 private cabanas, with complete kitchen and all with private 1/2 baths with fans, and mosquito nets.$50US, all prices need to add a 5% GST. The family cabana has 2 separate dbl bedrooms and 3 single beds in the day room or, it can be a dorm at $15 us a person. Kismet has other private rooms with double beds $15 US per person. 1 with a dbl bed and a single bed. It was designed to look like a ship looking out the large port holes viewing the beach. It is one of the most affordable accommodations available in Hopkins. We are well known for our Vegan, Vegetarian, Seafood, Pizzas and Caribbean cuisines. The restaurant is always open. Belize Times quoted "Best food in all of Belize and affordable!" We provide free bikes and WIFI. Due to the increase of crime in Hopkins. Kismet has added surveillance cameras, motion lights, room decors, burglar bars on the windows and as always lock boxes in all rooms. At junction we offer free pick up if you call. Visit our web site for reservation with quick confirmation , or email. ... more   less 
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