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The Funky Dodo Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 December 2017

We have stayed at the Dodo three times now. Anna and Roy are great hosts and they have worked hard to improve what was a run down Hostal. We have met backpackers from many countries there. The setup encourages sharing travel experiences. Hopkins is a laid back Garfuna village. People are friendly, it is safe and the drumming is great. We will be back again. Bob and Mary Lou.

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Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Roy N, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2017

Thank you so much from the entire FunkyDodo team!
We can't wait to see you again, come back soon!
Safe travels!

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Perfect size of a hostel, get in touch with other backpackers easily in the nice garden with hammocks. Cheap water. Unfortunately, my mattress was very uncomfortable in the dorm, but the rest was perfect. Perfect place to chill. Clean bathrooms!

Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Roy N, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Thank you so much from the entire Funky Dodo team!
*We are in the of replacing all the mattresses in the dorm- finding quality mattresses at a decent price is a big challenge here, but we should have all new ones soon!

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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We arrived to Hopkins late (5pm) on a Monday evening and most things were closed. We checked out Funky Dodo at the recommendation of a person we met on the beach and we were really glad we did. We splurged and stayed in the beautiful, newly renovated, private room upstairs. The room was simple, but quite lovely. We extended our stay for an extra night. The owners were very accommodating and gave us great restaurant recommendations. We had read mixed reviews about Hopkins Village, but we really found it charming and authentic.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Roy N, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words from the entire Funky Dodo team.
We're really glad you stopped by, and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Would be nice to have chairs available for beach whether rent or deposit some lightweight durable plastic would be convenient they are gracious helpful easygoing clean occasionally sense of humor kitty

Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Roy N, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Thank you for your kind review. Safe travels!
We do offer large beach towels (for a deposit) that our guests can take to the beach.

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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

The place is beautiful with hammocks and a decent kitchen but this is not really a backpackers. We did not feel welcomed and the first evening we ended up going back to our room to hang out as the owners of the hostel were having a dinner party with their friends in the common area. The place has a lot of potential however the management does it make it a welcoming or friendly place to be.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Roy N, Owner at The Funky Dodo Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thank you for your review.
I am so sorry you did not feel welcomed. I wish I would have noticed that you weren't happy, and we would have invited you to join all of us. The common areas are for all to use, and quite often it turns into a party, with people mingling that had not met before, and we like to mingle with the guests as well.
We try to make sure everyone who comes through our doors leaves feeling like family. I apologize from the bottom of my heart that we missed that opportunity in your case, and will redouble our efforts so that it does not happen again.

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Additional Information about The Funky Dodo Backpackers

Address: Main street, Hopkins, Belize
Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Hopkins
Price Range: $156 - $258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel is located right in center of the original Garifuna village of Hopkins on the Caribbean coast of Belize. We offer comfortable budget accommodation in the spacious 14 bed dormitory in full size single bunk beds and we have 8 private rooms that accommodate from 1 to 4 people with either shared or private bathrooms. We have free high speed Wi-Fi everywhere on the property and a cool shaded sandy yard where you can relax and chill out. We have hammocks and plenty of seating, a well equipped kitchen free of use and plenty of new clean bathrooms. We assist our guests with the finding the best, lowest cost tour operators; you can book adventures and will be able to get out there and see the sights for the best prices in town. We are here to help and we will make sure you know where you are going and you know how to get there and that you are fully aware of all the things to see in and around the village. The Hostel always has a good vibe, and a wide range of fun people from all over the world to meet. If you are backpacking or on holiday in Belize or traveling through Latin America take some time to check out Hopkins for water sports, wild life and nature reserves and true Garifuna culture. Within a short walk are bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, the beach, and a supermarket. We will help and assist you with any information you need and make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. The village is known as the safest place in all of Belize. You can walk the streets anywhere in the village alone at any time of day or night without a single worry. The local crowd is really friendly and kind and people and will smile and wave as you go by. The Funky Dodo is located 60 yards from the Caribbean Sea, close to all amenities and a perfect location to catch a boat out to the reef for some snorkeling and diving, floating about in the river and lagoons for some fishing. From here you can visit all the inland sites. The Cockscomb basin Jaguar sanctuary covers 130 000 acres of tropical jungle, crystal clear rivers, streams and waterfalls where you can swim and relax on the rocky formations. The Mayflower reserve is also very close by where you can study abundant wild life and stunning vegetation and see the highest waterfall in the country, Antelope falls. Just beyond Mayflower reserve is the longest Zip line in Belize which has 8 white knuckle lines, one of which is half a mile long and you can hit 40 Mph... There is a vast network of lagoons where there are crocodiles, iguanas and a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. There is a lookout tower where one can view the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. 1 and 2 person kayaks or canoes are available to hire in town to take into the lagoon on the north side. You can take a boat out along the river for a night time river trip with a guide and experience the phosphorescent plankton in the wake of the boat and the glowing eyes of the crocodiles in the dark. Several of Belize's archaeological sites can be comfortably seen on a day trip from here. We can assist with finding tours; including marine excursions in the blue Caribbean waters, jungle treks & swimming in waterfalls, night time crocodile spotting adventure on the river, and Mayan ruin exploration in the whole country of Belize. ... more   less 
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