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Pook's Hill Lodge

Pooks Hill Road Roaring River Valley,, Belmopan Belize
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#1 of 4 hotels in Belmopan
Pook’s Hill is a eco-lodge situated within the primary rainforest of Western Belize. It borders a 7000 acre reserve and the Roaring River, and is only 4 miles from the ATM cave. Thatch cabanas surround an ancient Maya site and look out over the jungle canopy. Each has a private bathroom with hot water and 24 hour electricity. Pook’s Hill Tours offers a full range of day tours to attractions in Western Belize as well as transportation services to or from any destination in Belize and Tikal in Guatemala (it is a two hour drive from Belize City). Pook’s Hill provides visitors with truly unique jungle experiences in a breathtaking natural setting and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the treasures of Western Belize. All management and operations at Pook’s Hill are carried out according to sustainable business practices.
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Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Spanish
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NMHiker1 wrote a review Dec 2021
Santa Fe, New Mexico185 contributions129 helpful votes
Wonderful experience. This was my second visit here. I was here to do some birding and see Mayan ruins. Thanks so much to Ray and the wonderful staff. I managed with the guides help to photograph 20 different species of birds. I got a photo of the orange breasted falcon. Thank you Mike, what a moment. Thanks also to Israel who took me to the Caracol Mayan ruins and Mario also guiding me with birding. The food here is so delicious, while there we had Puerco Pibil, a delicious Mayan food, stuffed chicken and so many more delights the six days I was here. I do recommend jackets for night time, it does get cool.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Sarah S. wrote a review Jul 2021
5 contributions1 helpful vote
If I could give Pook’s Hill more than 5 stars I would. I spent 5 nights at Pook’s with my boyfriend and sister from July 11th-16th. The entire stay from start to finish was amazing to say the least. The land surrounding the lodge is beautifully preserved forest teeming with diverse plant and animal life. We were the only 3 visitors for the majority of our stay at Pook’s Hill and we received so much one-on-one attention from all of the staff! Before even arriving in Belize Ms. Vicki made booking everything so easy. We booked the “Best of Both Worlds” package which included stays at both Pook’s Hill and Xanadu resort on Ambergris Caye. Vicki set up all of the details including our excursions, accommodations, and travel from one resort to the next. Aside from her helpfulness she is incredibly kind and made us all feel so welcome during our stay. On the day of our arrival one of the lodge guides, Mike, picked us up from the airport. We made a casual stop at the Belize Zoo on the way to Pook’s Hill and Mike took us through all of the animal exhibits. It was a beautiful zoo with large enclosures, and having a guide made the experience even more informative. When we got to Pook’s Hill we were warmly welcomed and spent some time settling in. We stayed in the birding cabanas which were beautiful, and more secluded than the other units. After unpacking and showering (which were always warm!) we made our way to the lodge for pre-dinner chips and drinks. The bar was self-serve and the homemade chips and dips were a daily snack at 6pm. At 7 dinner was served and we made our way to the dining room for the home cooked family-style meal. Everything was absolutely delicious. Maria and Dacia knocked every meal out of the park for the 5 days we were at Pook’s. After dinner we had a few more drinks and hung out with Mario, the other lodge guide who was around during our stay. The following morning we woke up for a 6am coffee and birding tour led by Mario. The birding tours were a daily offering with either Mario or Mike, both of whom were very knowledgeable. They frequently brought a scope on the birding hikes and offered binoculars to guests who did not have any of their own. We saw lots of birds including favorites like parrots, toucans, trogons, and hummingbirds. After breakfast we went on a tour of the ATM cave with Ganzo from River Rat Tours. The tour will need an entire other review because of how amazing it was. Hands down my favorite excursion of the trip. If you are going to Belize you NEED to visit ATM cave with Ganzo. After returning from our tour we hung out in the hammocks and hiked around the trails on site until chips and dinner. On day 3 we went on the river canoeing and Xunantunich tour with Mike. We began with the river canoeing, which was very rainy but pretty! The tour began in the city of San Ignacio but quickly transformed into beautiful forest as we paddled. Lots of wildlife to see as we went, and afterwards Mike took us through the market for snacks. We went to Benny’s Kitchen for lunch afterwards, and then to the Xunantunich site for the next part of our day. The ruins were beautiful and very well maintained by archaeologists. Mike did a wonderful job explaining the history behind the site. Would recommend this tour to anyone coming to Belize as well! Our 4th day at Pook’s was rainy again, but we managed to get out and do the zip lining and river cave tubing excursion. These were the most touristy of all of the excursions we did. The zip lining was fun but short, and Mario led the cave tubing. The cave that we travelled through was much more open than ATM, but very cool nonetheless. On the ride home Mario drove us through an area with a lot of birds and let us stop whenever we wanted to for observing. Our last day at Pook’s Hill was our free day. Mike was on site for the day and we spent a lot of time with him. We took three bird walks, early morning, late morning, and afternoon. We also stopped at a few of the swimming holes on site to cool off. The day on site was much appreciated after spending so many days running around, and the area is so beautiful and abundant with wildlife. All in all we saw about 100 new bird species throughout the course of our stay! If you enjoy spending time off the beaten path in nature and birding I cannot recommend Pook’s Hill enough. Even if you do not do a lot of birding this place and the amazing staff will instill a new appreciation in the hobby. The lodge and cabanas are beautiful and unique, allowing you to immerse yourself even further in the stunning forest. I will certainly be coming back in the future!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Birding cabanas are by far the coolest but all of the cabanas are nice regardless!
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CindyandBrett wrote a review May 2021
Decatur, GA31 contributions18 helpful votes
It’s hard to imagine a better eco lodge than Pook’s Hill. Not too small, not too large. Great birding guide Mario equipped with a telescope that makes birding an amazing experience. And that’s just walking around the grounds and watching from our cabana. Every night there is cocktail hour at 6:00 and a very healthy dinner at 7:00 where the guests and hosts talk about the day and life and such. Croquet in the Mayan plaza. Howler monkeys howling. Civilized. Personal. Special.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: Go for the birding cabanas.
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Snickers42 wrote a review Apr 2020
Lancaster, Pennsylvania62 contributions25 helpful votes
My husband and I went here before the pandemic hit and this place is a God send. I wanted to experience the jungle without all the high end fuss - I wanted an authentic experience and this fit the bill exactly. First, the staff make this place. They truly care about their job and this is palatable in how they deal with you. They want to make sure you are comfortable and enjoy your stay. We were in hut ___ and this was on the hill and extra quiet, which is exactly what I wanted. We heard no noise other than birds, insects and the fantastic howler monkeys. The howler monkeys really make the Lodge - that and the trails and the river. This place is so magical that there will always be a piece of my heart at Pook's Hill and I do not say that lightly. I actually cried at the airport because I loved this place so much. If you truly want to experience a "jungle," then you must stay here.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Beth wrote a review Mar 2020
Stockton, New Jersey25 contributions8 helpful votes
We loved Pooks Hill! We had the family lodge plus one other lodge. Getting there is an adventure on the long bumpy road, but it makes you feel as if you are in a remote jungle (you are!). The property is amazing!! Beautiful trails through the jungle to explore. It was fun gathering with everyone for an amazing home cooked Belizean meal. The main lodge is a wonderful place to hang out and watch the hummingbirds, lay on a hammock, or talk with others while enjoying a drink. Our family even played croquet a couple of times right in the middle of some mayan ruins! Ray and the other team members were very professional and eager to help. When our caving trip was canceled due to heavy rainfall, they helped us rebook on a different excursion and provided the transportation. If you are looking for an authentic jungle lodge experience with good food and service, you will be happy with Pooks Hill!
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: Family hut is a great value
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US$217 - US$288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pook's Hill Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Pook's Hill Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Actun Tunichil Muknal (2.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pook's Hill Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Pook's Hill Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Pook's Hill Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Pook's Hill Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Pook's Hill Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pook's Hill Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.