on March 3, 2013
Victoria House was our last stop on our visit to Guatemala and Belize and we’d purposely decided on it to give us a bit of R&R before making the journey back home. The whole trip had been pretty busy and we were all ready to chill out and enjoy a greater degree of luxury than we’d experienced in the jungle lodges. My wife was just wanting to get her hands on a hairdryer and our friends were looking forward to resuming "normal service" on their internet devices. Me, well I was looking forward to getting over my digestive tract problem, resuming my love of food and taking to some snorkelling (see other review).We’d been picked up at the small mid-town airport by our agency and soon found ourselves outside the lobby at Victoria House. Somehow it wasn’t quite as grand as I’d imagined it to be, but that apart the reception we received could not have been better. The air-conditioned reception was small and intimate and we soon found ourselves completing the required booking-in form. A cold welcome drink was handed to us and then we were taken to our rooms. We were in garden superior rooms, because as you would expect we had a room overlooking the garden. We could also see the sea from our window. The room was nicely chilled with real efficient air conditioning and a central fan to help with the air circulation. A small sitting area and a roomy, comfortable King Sized Bed with more than enough soft and squidgy pillows. The room was well lit, a real plus after our jungle lodge experiences, had a decent sized safe and plenty of clothes storage space. The latter was good news because this was the time that our cases would be fully emptied to be repacked for the journey home.There were mosquito nets hanging around the bed giving it a four-poster appearance and when I asked if we would have a need to use them the member of staff smiled and said "not at all, the netting is just for appearance, to make it pretty." On the bed was a small box with two chocolates and a personalised note welcoming us to Victoria House and offering us a free drink (Rum Punch, Beer or wine) during our stay. A nice touch!The bathroom was perhaps the roomiest we’ve had all holiday and it was well stocked with good quality, soap, shower gel, shampoo and body lotion. Nice big towels and a bath robe completed the presentation. Disappointingly we notice cracked tiles and poor grouting in the bath room, just taking the edge off what should have been a show room.The view from the shared veranda was super and from here were able to see woodpeckers pecking, humming birds humming, Baltimore Oriels showing off their bright orange plumage, cormorants drying their wings on the shore line and pelicans plunging in to the sea. A great view and for most of the time it was very peaceful and relaxing. I say for most of the time because this block of accommodation was on the first floor above reception and the dining room. The more expensive rooms were further away (some even had access to a private pool) and are we assume faultlessly extravagant. The grounds are superb for sitting in and just relaxing watching the sea and the activity on the water’s edge. Occasionally a hawker would pass by offering woven craft work but a simple no thanks kept them moving. They certainly didn’t bother us. If you fancy cycling or canoing you can hire these for free. We'd made use of the cycles to get to San pedro (see separate review).Victoria House is apparently one of the top places to eat on the Caye and. Unfortunately I was just in "recovery mode" so didn’t do it justice. I had a starter of fish cakes in a gently spiced sauce and they were terrific as was the ice cream that accompanied my cookie dessert. Everyone else had a main course and they looked delightful. Empty plates returned to the kitchen is perhaps the biggest accolade! Service was impeccable and the prices not off the wall, although, in hindsight they’re probably twice what you pay anywhere else in the region.As part of our "deal" we had a continental breakfast – basically it was tea or coffee, fruit juice, a fruit plate, toast and muffins. You can’t go far wrong with that combination but once again the service was spot on.Overall we had a good and relaxing stay at Victoria House and it nicely rounded off our Central American Experience.
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