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“Budget travellers heaven!” 5 of 5 stars
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Pause Accommodation
1 Pasero Street, Caye Caulker, Belize (Formerly PAUSE for Peace - P.A.W. Cat Sanctuary)   |  
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15 hotel reviews
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“Budget travellers heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

We spent a fantastic week on caye caulker staying with Madi and her cats and dogs.

Rooms are decent size very simple but clean. There house is situated with its own dock and small bay where you can sit an watch the sunset. You can even sit on the boat and enjoy the spectacular views. What we liked best was how quiet and serene the area was, away from the hustle and bustle on the busier side of the island.

Some people have reported a smell-we didn't find this and actually Madi keeps the place very very clean! The cat are kept in a separate area and only a few at a time are let out to wander, which is nice because they are so friendly!

It was a joy to meet Madi and contribute to her very worthy cause. We highly recommend anyone on a budget coming to stay with Madi you will not regret it!
Ps:
You must visit the bakery and try the amazing cinnamon rolls located next to the Atlantic bank!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Palenque, Mexico
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Place is really adorable. The honeymoon suite ist just awseome and the dorm is really comfi! The Lady who is working there ist a heroine in my eyes. The place ist great. Madi is such a great person. When you hear her story and the reason why she funded a cat sanctuary, you get really emotional, because of her strongness and the good she is giving to inncoent living beeings.

I enjoyed my stay there so much and i would like to help her and the animals any way! The room we stayed was great an clean.

I recommend to stay at this place to everyone, who likes animals and the beautiful view on the sea, while relaxing in the sun on her new dock, with peaches - the most cute dog ever- sitting next to you!! Thnak you Madi!! Lots of kisses

Room Tip: The room for the couples is closer to the bath :)
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

If you love animals and want your tourist dollars to go towards something worthwhile, stay here! Madi is an incredible woman with an enormous heart and seemingly boundless love and patience. The money you pay to stay at Pause goes directly to helping care for the 90 cats and 4 dogs who reside there. Unfortunately the culture of pet adoption is not common in Belize, so a lot of the animals will live our their days with Madi, and by staying or volunteering at Pause you can help them immensely. We stayed in the garden room and it was perfect. A little hot at times, but sleeping was no issue as there are 2x pedestal fans to use. I felt so at home at Pause that I was genuinely upset that my time there had to come to an end. Thank you Madi for all that you do, and for being such a kind and friendly host. Hopefully we'll be back one day!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

First off Madi, the owner, is a super hero sort of person! She runs a cat sanctuary while maintaining a mix different level accommodation, from hostel to apt style. I stayed in the garden apt at 40$ a night, and it was amazing. I am a science researcher and pull long hot days in the sun. When I came home, I was looking for peace, a hospitable vibe, and was delivered this PLUS a gorgeous private back side of the island beach and dock to watch majestic sunsets at! Caye Caulker is tiny, so there is no problem getting around, front street (a couple blocks away) is where the hustle bustle is, but Pause is located on the back side, tucked behind a tropical wall of foliage. Cats and dogs everywhere to greet you, and security is no issue, you are safe here. Also, the middle street of the island may be where some if the best eating, coffee and markets are, which is only 1 block away. My apartment, was perfect, kitchen, full bath (shower no tub), bed area, and sitting area! I could cook breakfast each morning before heading out, and I could work from a comfy cushy lounger. The bed was very comfy too! This is not a luxury trip stay, it's an adventurers haven, and meant for relaxed vibes and kind minded folks! My friend came out and spent a couple nights in the hostel room, his bed at 10$ a night was perfect. We seriously could not believe where we were. This place is actually so wonderful, I venture to bring my husband (a luxury traveler) back next summer. Also a good sign, I met other return lodgers who actually come back regularly to Madi's home away from home.

Room Tip: No pool, no fitness center. The Caribbean Sea is all around you!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Kingston, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Face it--not everyone is even going to consider staying at a cat rescue/refuge. That being said, if you move past that description (and are not determined to stay at a 4 or 5 star hotel with AC and cable) then you'll come away from Pause with great memories and a sense of purpose. Madi creates a place that's welcoming, comfortable and relaxing. The cabana we stayed in was spacious and while it could be a little stuffy during the day (for lack of breeze) the seaside/dockside location of her place gave us swimming spot right there. The animals on site were well-tended and a fun component to our stay. Pause isn't easy to find (find it on Google Earth ahead of time so you can see it before you go), but because it's off the beaten path (yet not at all far from the main part of town) it's a quiet and relaxing refuge. Madi is an awesome hostess, helpful and friendly. It was second time on Caye Caulker; if/when I return I'll definitely stay at Pause again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I stayed 3 nights at this Hostel, on the dormitory with microwave, I can tell Madi does a lot for travelers! the place has its own dock where you can relax on the sunsets! as mentioned before it's a cat sanctuary so there will be a few running around and playing with the objects! Madi also accepted paypal as a paying method which helped me on my budget as I had money on such account, there are often volunteers around or Madi's friends! I liked my stay, Caye caulker was great!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Madi is terrific, sincere, and hard working. The property is beautiful, relaxing, The rooms are comfortable and affordable. Bring mosquito spray. If you love animals and want to help homeless kitties, help Madi tackle the very difficult challenge of caring for the island's cats and dogs! Heads up: Madi doesn't have any signs for Pause so when you think you've found it you are probably right. The island is tiny, so it is not difficult to find.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Pause Accommodation

Address: 1 Pasero Street, Caye Caulker, Belize (Formerly PAUSE for Peace - P.A.W. Cat Sanctuary)
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Caye Caulker
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Caye Caulker
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pause Accommodation offers guests a unique Caye Caulker vacation experience removed from the bustle of the main tourist areas. This charming, waterfront property offers a variety of different accommodations with something to suite an array of travel preferences. The Ocean Suite is our fully furnished room with double bed, kitchenette, private shower, A/C, floor & ceiling fans, dining table w/ chairs, fridge, microwave, stove, sofa and night table and a huge deck overlooking the Caribbean sea. Our Garden Suite also has a double bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave, fan and private shower overlooking the garden. We also have the Beach Cabana - a dorm style cabana which sits right on the water's edge, sleeps three people, with outside bathroom. ... more   less 
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