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Portofino
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   6 Miles North | PO Box 36, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize   |  
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Ranked #21 of 56 Hotels in San Pedro
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“Loved Portofino”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

My friend and I were booked at another hotel (won't mention name) and could not stay there. We were so lucky that Portofino had availability. We stayed there over New Years and the staff could not be nicer. Lovely beach and pool. We went snorkeling and had a great time.

Highly recommend it you want a great vacation. Only downside that it is far from town and the water taxi is $11 roundtrip. You can ride along on the hotel boat but it only goes once or twice a day. If you want to eat in town you need to add the price of the water taxi.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thanks for your review. It was a pleasure having you with us and we are glad that you enjoyed our facilities and our staff. We hope to welcome you again!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My husband and I just returned from Portofino..Our room was large and clean, but not well lit.The food and service were very good. Actually the week we were there not many were at the place so serivce was impeccable.All were delightful. We took the kayaks out to snorkel several times.The water is so beautiful, and right off teh Protofino beach. My only suggetion would be that they have a few bikes ther so we could have ridden and covered more ground as we had no car, and road is not a place to be. It was quaint to have to take a boat to go anywhere else on the island..Loved it and would return!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you so much for your positive review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and would come back someday. Although we do not have bikes, our concierge is happy to arrange a rental from town and have it brought up to the resort on one of our boat runs and return it when you are finished.

Once again, thank you for taking the time out to post your feedback and we hope to see you again.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

What a true paradise Portofino is. It is quiet, beautiful and peaceful. We really loved this place. The suite we stayed in was the VIP beach suite which was very nice and felt like home. From our porch a beautiful view on the pool and ocean.
The Portofino Restaurant is good, nice food and good ambiance. The portofino beach resort is a small resort with everything you need to make a lovely holiday. Pool, beach, good food and drinks and friendly and helpful staff. It is outside of the village san pedro, but you can the protofino boat everyday and there is also the watertaxi. So if you want to go in to town that's no problem.
If you go on a dive trip the boat will pick you up from the private dock of Portofino. And because you are close to the reef, the boatride will be between 5 and 30 min depending on where you are gonig. We would definately go again if we can.

Room Tip: We stayed in the VIP beach suite, which is very good and big. But if you will spend less money you c...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time out to write about your experience at Portofino. It was a pleasure having you. We are happy that you enjoyed our property, the world class diving and the unmatched hospitality of our team. We look forward to welcoming you again!
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Rowley, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

My wife and I had a great time. The staff was terrific. We relaxed on the beach most of the time and Mo took me for a trip to San Pedro to roam around the streets. The cabanas were spacious and comfortable. There is a large choice of TV channels and I was able to see the football playoffs. The staff was attentive and was ready to help with any question we had and with moving chairs to a new location etc. A great place and I would come back again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Portofino does not only offer great location, amazing food and wonderful views, it offers customer service at its best. Our staff is amazing and are always willing to go the extra mile, as we are dedicated to guest satisfaction. We are glad that you enjoyed our little piece of paradise and we look forward to welcoming you again.
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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

I have been trying to find the words to describe this place, but between all the languages my husband & I speak, we have determined there are none. Paradise, Heaven, Calmness, Peace, True Life. The second Mo picked us up & delivered us to the paradise known as Portofino, we were awestruck. Greeted by wonderful owners, Yolanda, Orville (aka Drunken Master) & Dorrell, our trip was unbelievable. I have traveled 95% of the Caribbean, and Belize & specifically Portofino resort blew my mind. We stayed in the Royal Orchid (Honeymoon Suite) & had no complaints at all. Food was fresh & local. The beach was extremely well maintained (raked clean every morning of seaweed). Every single staff member made our trip so enjoyable, to the point were we are in the process of booking for next January. You wont make a mistake with this choice!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Over the years, we have worked very hard in creating this little piece of paradise for guests to enjoy. It gives us great pleasure when we exceed guest expectations as this is what our team strives for. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and we feel honored that we are in your top choices in comparison to other destinations.

Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you again in January!
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We have nothing but good things to say about this place. We hesitated because of some recent bad reviews, but once arrived we realized what a great choice we made. We were welcomed by Yolanda and greeted by the manager with a delicious rum punch and a refreshing towel. The 15 minute boat ride from town was well worth the effort. We stayed in a Beach Cabana and o lord what a cozy little room was that! Simple, but sophisticated design with impeccable views on the pool and the Ocean. The Soaps were freshly cut upon arrival and we had a choice of our favorite variety! Never had someone cut a soap freshly for us before. We had multiple dinners in the restaurant, and although there are a few great restaurants nearby, we loved the food and the service. You must try the Conch Trio and the Grouper...the local fisherman brought it in freshly almost everyday at the end of their dock! What else you could wish for? All-in-all we had a blast and hope to return soon to this beautiful place!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. Our new soap butler service has been a great success and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed it! We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We love fishing, and therefore we came to Belize. There are great fishing tours to be organised from the resort. Unfortunately it was quite windy during our stay so a few trips got cancelled...but hey, you can't help the weather! Instead we stayed at the resort and enjoyed the pool, the friendly attentive service and the conversations with Rafael. Alex took great care of us and we enjoyed the food, though service was sometimes a little slow (not to bad!), the quality of the food was great and the Chef even checked on us. We could not imagined a better vacation, if not next time we will pre-order some better weather:)!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PortofinoBZ, Owner at Portofino, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
We are so sorry that the weather was not cooperative, but we are glad that you made the best of it and were still able to enjoy our little piece of paradise. Next time we will definitely order some good weather for fishing for you!!
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Additional Information about Portofino

Address: 6 Miles North | PO Box 36, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in San Pedro
#6 Spa Hotel in San Pedro
#11 Top resorts Hotel in San Pedro
#18 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#19 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#24 Family Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Portofino 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Characterized by its warm and friendly hospitality, Portofino is the epitome of barefoot luxury, unpretentious and relaxing… for most; it will be an experience of a lifetime. Our small, boutique resort offers just 17 beautifully appointed rooms, ranging from charming beach cabanas to spacious suites, dotted amidst swaying palm trees, in a private setting with unmatched personal attention and the modern comforts of home. It is a haven of tranquility, where guests will enjoy the subtle sounds of the nearby waves lapping over the reef, gentle breeze, breathtaking sunrise, star studded night sky and spectacular views of the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea. The perfect setting for a romantic getaway, intimate wedding, honeymoon, family and friends.Portofino offers leisure options to suit every taste. Relax in our fresh water outdoor swimming pool; enjoy a great book from our book collection or simply indulge yourself in a massage on the beach under our hand thatched palapa hut. Explore the underwater world with snorkel equipment or skim along the surface in our complimentary sea kayaks. Delicious meals prepared by our resort chef can be served in the privacy or your beach cabana or suite, on our private dock with a romantic setting or at the Portofino Restaurant. Sip on amazing tropical cocktails at the Green Parrot Beach Bar or perhaps a late afternoon snack from the Green Parrot Bistro. Take advantage of our DVD library and unwind in front of the flat TV screen in your room. Or, simply take in the view. In short, relax and enjoy! Reception in the main building is manned by professional and knowledgeable staff. From, activities bookings and directions to itineraries and dining reservations, our friendly and professional staff is eager to assist you. Access to PORTOFINO is by boat only, and therefore we offer a complimentary meet and greet service at San Pedro Airstrip and boat transfer to the resort, an approximately 20 minutes ride. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Portofino Hotel San Pedro
Portofino San Pedro
Portofino Belize/San Pedro

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