The best thing about Nefry's Retreat is the beautiful family that runs it!
As other people have mentioned, the next best thing is it's location: the fact that it is away from the hustle bustle and noise of downtown St. Ignacio. It is the perfect walk into town and if you don't count or can ignore the dog that barked incessantly most of the night, the location IS perfect. I finally turned the window air conditioner on "fan only" and it was noisy enough (Room 3) to provide white noise that drowned out the dog.
Our accommodations were liveable. The following description is not necessarily a deal breaker for many people. If you are looking for a bargain, this is it. Nefry's Retreat was the cheapest room we stayed in in Belize by half so one can't very well expect luxury accommodations (although the sheets were very fine quality).
The room itself can only be described as funky. The "kitchenette" did not have any means of heating food and there was no hot water in the sink. The water dispenser leaked a huge puddle and so did its replacement. The table did not have any chairs, but they were provided when we requested them. The bathroom floor was not particularly clean. The hot water in the shower took a long time to reach temperature and then fluctuated wildly. Bath towels were thin but I think that is for ease of drying. There were no wash cloths provided unless requested. The white floor tiles in the main room were extremely slick to the point of being dangerous. I made a mistake and hand washed some clothes. They took three days to dry with a fan and the window unit on full time and the humidity was such that I finally had to open the louvered windows and then the barking could not be mitigated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Here at Nefry's Retreat, we offer a spacious yet intimate home away from home that will satisfy the needs of every kind of traveler. We take great pride in our accommodations and are pleased to be located just a quick 5 minute walk away from downtown San Ignacio. Owned operated by a local Belizean family who lives on site, we make sure you feel like one of the family when you stay with us at Nefry's Retreat. We offer you the privacy of your own room, as well as the opportunity to socialize with our family and our 4 young children if you choose to. A stay at Nefry's Retreat is like an authentic Belizean homestay! Nefry's Retreat is a great base for travelers looking for a leisurely escape or an adventure-filled vacation. We have many suggestions on local activities and connections with trusted tour operators. Please inquire with us directly about booking vacation tours. ... more less