I just completed an 11-night stay at the Blue Tang and had a wonderful time. This was my second stay at the resort. I’m going to put a lot of info into this review because there are so many different kinds of accommodations in Belize. What one person likes, another won’t and vice versa.
First, when making a reservation, I suggest e-mailing them and asking them if there are any promotions before using the reservation engine on their web site. When I e-mailed them, I received a response telling me about a promotion code to use on the web site that saved me 20%. Also, the web site does not let you check the availability of specific rooms. If you want a specific room, you will need to request it. I made the reservation using the web site and then received a call from Kristin asking me which specific room I wanted. Based on what she said, I opted for room 12. The staff offered to book my in-country transfer and told me a cab would be waiting for me at the San Pedro Airport. They will also be glad to put some items in your refrigerator and charge them to your room as well. Communication from the Blue Tang was fantastic.
I made it to Belize City a little bit late and then connected to San Pedro. The cab driver was waiting for me as promised. He knew that my flight into Belize City was a little late and waited. In less than five minutes we arrived at the Blue Tang Inn. Allan Lima was waiting to greet me and arranged for my bags to be taken to my room.
As I said, I chose room 12, a third floor room that faces the ocean. The room was rectangular with an enclosed bathroom in one corner, a kitchen against one wall, and a living/dining area.
The kitchen included a full size refrigerator, coffee maker, blender, electric range with oven, and a microwave. There were plenty of plates, glasses, utensils, and cutlery. There was a bottle of dish soap, salt & pepper, and napkins. However, you should assume that you will need to purchase supplies if you want to cook. There are two reasonable markets up the side road (Richie’s and Caye Mart) and one a few minutes further away (Super Buy) not to mention all the little stores. Purified water is available from dispensers on each floor so you do not need to be concerned with buying water. The staff had placed a pitcher of water in the
refrigerator so I’d have something chilled upon my arrival.
There were two double beds. The mattress was extremely comfortable. I had no problem sleeping. The bedding also included a lightweight quilt. Also, there was a futon/couch in the living room area that was very comfortable as well. I took a nap on that a few times. The bathroom came with soap and shampoo as well as a full assortment of towels. My room also had a Jacuzzi tub which was nice for a little relaxation.
The room was equipped with a split-unit air conditioner. The unit was fairly quiet. I had no problems sleeping. The staff had turned it on before I arrived but it took around a day to fully cool the room due to the humidity. I did not turn off the A/C during my entire visit. Belize is often very humid. There were also two ceiling fans.
Electricity is the same as in the US (120V/60Hz). All outlets were three-prong. Wireless internet access was free. The internet speed was quite fast, especially at night. There were only a few periods in the day when it was slow. I was able to watch a YouTube video without any problems. There was also a 32 inch TV mounted near the ceiling with cable. I didn’t watch much TV but it was nice to be able to watch the news. Please note that TV is not included in all rooms and is optional.
The room was also equipped with a small electronic safe. For whatever reason, it was not mounted to the cabinet. I took it out and put it on the bed a few times to access it more easily. I did not have a ruler, but was able to insert an 8.5x11 inch piece of paper into the safe diagonally and set it down. I had no problems inserting my subnotebook (MSI 110) into the safe. I don’t think it could hold a laptop much larger than that.
Blue Tang provides a complimentary continental breakfast each day on the ground level from 7 to 10am. There was one hot item (pancakes, self-made waffles, or fry jacks) along with bread, peanut butter, and jam. Coffee and juice were also available. It’s nice to have that convenience when you are going diving. If you want a larger breakfast, there are many delis that offer things like scrambled eggs and bacon.
Maid service is offered daily. Blue Tang does follow the common environmentally-sensitive guidelines regarding towel exchanges. If you want the towels changed, leave them on the floor. If not, hang them up. Also, if you hang the “Do not Disturb” sign on your outside doorknob, the maid will stay out of your room. I like that because I don’t necessarily want someone in my room every day.
The pool was on the smaller side but it was quite comfortable for quickly cooling off or for reading a book or for relaxing during breakfast. The beach area out front has some sandy areas but there is a lot of turtle grass. From what I was told, it’s standard to leave the turtle grass in place since it plays a role in the local ecology. There is also a rooftop deck that offers views of the Caribbean and the city.
The location of the hotel for me is ideal. It is in the northern part of the downtown area. It is far enough away from the core of the nightlife but only a 5-10 minute walk from all the restaurants in the center of town. There is one major bar nearby (Wet Willie’s) but I barely heard it and had no problem sleeping because of it.
There are at least two dive shops within a five minute walk (Chuck & Robbie’s and Ecologic Divers). There is also a dock next door at Paradise Villas where you can get picked up for tours.
In terms of hotel security in general, there were always people around during the day. The office closes at 5pm and there is a caretaker on site until 8pm. A nighttime guard is on duty until 6am after which the morning staff arrives. At no point did I feel uncomfortable.
I have a few comments about the architecture of the hotel. The rooms are on three floors and are laid out in a “U” shape with the opening of the “U” facing the Caribbean. Although your room may have an ocean view, you should not assume that you will be able to wake up in the morning and see the ocean. This has to do with two things: the positioning of the furniture and the nature of the balconies. In my room the beds were placed against the front wall which faced the ocean. The only place from which I could see the ocean while sitting was in the dining area. It wasn’t a big deal to me since I was there to dive and would be in the ocean most days. In terms of the balconies, even if your room is described as having a private balcony, it is not truly private. All of the balconies connect to the main walkways on each floor so there is nothing that prevents someone from walking on to your “private” balcony. The balcony is “private” in the sense that it is meant for your exclusive use, but again anyone can access it. You really couldn’t leave the curtains open at night since anyone could walk by and peer in.
The staff members at this hotel are fantastic. Everyone was super helpful. Allan and Fanny at the front desk are very resourceful. The housecleaning and maintenance teams are very polite. I had a blast watching one of the guys climb a ladder to get some coconuts.
Overall, I love this hotel. The price is great. The location is great. The staff members are great. I will definitely consider staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On San Pedro’s north edge, experience a private paradise at Blue Tang Inn, one of the town’s most charming beachfront inns. Fourteen exquisite suites each offer full kitchens and air conditioning. Relax by the private pool or rejoice on the third floor sundeck with inspiring panoramas of the ocean and reef. Set your own schedule for amazing daily activities such as diving & snorkeling, fishing tours, sea kayaking, numerous inland tours and omnipresent romance during your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Tang Hotel San Pedro
- Blue Tang Inn Belize/San Pedro