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“Wonderful experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Cuxlin Ha Youth Hostel
Papishaw Rd, Punta Gorda, Belize   |  
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

what a wonderful place to chill and relax. Great people who own it with a vision to help the Mayans own their own houses and land. Tilapia in the swimming pool, awaiting the rainy season. Ducks abound, loving the new mud puddle pond slowly filling as the rains come. Huge deer meandering across the front garden. A very clean, place to stay at an excellent price. We had our own car, which was a bonus, as the entranceway in and out is about two miles down a dirt jungle road, but that is what makes this place so special and so unspoiled. Four miles from Punta Gorda main drag, where the local cafe's and restaurants are, so either bring your own food to cook or plan on commuting back and forth for breakfast. We loved it and would stay there again. Well done to the owners for providing somewhere that has all the mod cons in a mayan world. We were here for the chocolate festival of Toledo, our host was one of the organizers who managed to spirit up tickets to a long sold out event! Kudos to our hosts, and thank you for a wonderful stay.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This place is owned by an older American couple who bought the property to retire on. They really don't have the energy to run it. The man is really nice, but the woman thinks everyone who stays has gone to personally visit her. She talks to you constantly, and will not leave, she comes into your room uninvited (one time at 5 am while I was NOT dressed - and she still tried to stay and talk!) She is constantly pushing herself on your vacation, and if she finds out there's something you want to go do, she wants you to go through her and pay more for a half hearted attempt at an excursion. She acts like she is offended if you go into town without her. She ruined our vacation. Even if it wasn't for her, the room was very dirty, there were cobwebs in the dishes, piles of dirt in the corners and a thick layer of dust everywhere. When we went into her kitchen, there was food all over the floor, everywhere you went things sticking to your feet. We found a dead lizard in the pool that was about 6 inches long. I didn't even want to sleep in the bed, but we arrived very late at night and since it's so far out in the middle of nowhere, we did not have the choice to leave right away and we ended up staying a few days. The room was not well sealed, there were large insects and twice we found scorpions in our room. I was so freaked out I couldn't sleep. Even though we paid for a full week, we checked out early due to the condition of the room and all the time wasted by the woman who just wanted to chat away our whole vacation. The actual Mayans that live on the property are great, they are really nice, and the kids offered to teach my husband to fish in the river for free, and one of the local women taught me how to make fresh tortillas over a fire. That part was fun. But it still wasn't enough to overlook the condition of the rooms. That and the woman who owns the place is constantly degrading the locals. So many times while we were there, she would point at something they eat or do, and laugh and talk about how primitive it is, or how much better is the food/or whatever in the US. She would just laugh and lean in to me and loudly whisper something as if we were best friends, it was horrifying. She was embarassing, and I am afraid they may think all Americans are like that now. She also owns an island and talked us into paying several hundred dollars to go out to their island. Big disappointment. Everything is half finished. There were not even real bathrooms or doors on the bedrooms, people could see straight into our bedroom from almost anywhere on that tiny island. And our bed had bird poop all over it. It was disgusting. I was so disappointed, because their pictures made it look like an actual resort, but no, it was dirty and half finished like everything else they own. As far as I am concerned it was an outright lie the way they misrepresented that property, and I am still angry that I paid money for such a horrible experience. I would never allow my own house to be that filthy, much less pay money to stay in such a place.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2010

The hotel is an ugly concrete lump completely out of keeping with the local environment. It barely bore a resemblance to the photographs on the website. Rooms were badly kept and after a look we simply headed off the other way. The Maya people in the lodge's 'cultural Maya village' looked depressed and were very unfriendly. We later found out from local people in Punta Gorda town that they have been duped into selling off their land on a lease to the hotel thinking it would bring them money on an ecotourism scheme, but it has only brought a new form of colonialism through a timeshare sell-off and prospective golf resort. What a sad and unpleasant place. Steer well clear.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

Upon arrival we were informed that our reservation had been given to someone else. We were put into two small rooms, splitting up our party. The rooms were filthy. One of the pull out couches contained a roach. The ceiling fans were coated with dust and warped. The pictures online were not representative of our rooms. The water didn't work in the kitchen sink in one room and the showers smelled like sewage. There is no housekeeping service. Towels were discolored and crunchy and no soap or extra rolls of toilet paper in the rooms. The internet is cut off each evening when the owner goes to bed (around 8 p.m.) The road to the resort was two and one-half miles of very bad road. Must have 4 wheel drive to navigate and even then it was difficult during rain. The shopkeeper a short distance down the dirt path in the village was very nice and helpful. He had common toiletries and snacks. This resort is about 8 miles from Punta Gorda. Not much in the way of things to do within a short distance. The pool would be great if the algae and black mold were scrubbed away. A large group of folks were staying there at the same time and were up at 6 a.m. dragging furniture around overhead to clean their floor each morning.The tours listed consist of driving the village "guide" in your car for $40 and lunch.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Junction
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2008

I took a group of high school business students to Belize and stayed at Cuxlin Ha. The catered the tours and experiences to fit our goals. We wanted to learn how business and free enterprise can work to improve conditions in third world countries. The owners of Cuxlin Ha arranged meetings with business people in Punta Gorda. We met several small entreprenuers including those in Cuxlin Ha who have developed their own cooperative store. The families of Cuxlin Ha opened their village to us for a week. My students made friends with the children of the village. They played together and spent some time comparing experiences in America with those in Belize. It was the experience of a lifetime for these kids. I can't imagine another resort working so hard to make sure our needs were met, both in terms of accomodations and experiences. I definitely plan to take this trip again.

  • Liked — The cultural experience.
  • Disliked — I can't think of anything I didn't like. The entire trip was wonderful.
  • Stayed March 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Papishaw Rd, Punta Gorda, Belize
Location: Belize > Toledo District > Punta Gorda
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Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Punta Gorda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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