Centered in the very heart of San Pedro... on one of the nicest stretches of beach on the island is this unique, historic and iconic San Pedro colonial boutique inn, the Holiday Hotel. The name Miss Celi is synonymous with the property...the amazing woman that planted the seed for the very first hotel on the island back in 1965, which has flourished over the years to become one of San Pedro's best loved resorts. A true pioneer in the tourism industry of the island and an admirable lady whose life long good works have left a lasting mark upon the community.
This is NOT an overblown, isolated, and misplaced Disneyland styled, corporate run version of a tropical resort...this is San Pedro at it's TRUEST and MOST AUTHENTIC! Choosing to stay here means the amazing staff will know your name and interact with you with genuine care and sincerity. You will be in touch and directly a part of the island, it's culture and people... San Pedro, the heartbeat of Ambergris Caye. You can walk almost everywhere... and experience almost everything you desire without the worry of water taxi expenses & schedule deadlines or the overpriced and severely limited choices of the more isolated resorts. The hotel is an easy walk from the airstrip and only beach steps away from the coastal water taxi. No need for a golf cart or bicycle rental unless you choose to do some outer island exploring.
There are sixteen lovely, affordable, secure oceanside rooms to choose from... all of which are simply and pleasantly appointed, CLEAN, comfortable and inviting. Crisp white linens and towels, comfortable beds, tiled floors, ceiling fans, lovely shower/tubs, louvered colonial windows to invite the sea breezes in, hammocks beachside on your own covered patio or balcony... room choices can include AC, cable TV, refrigerator and microwave if you so desire.
Some reviewers have commented on the outdated TV's and noise from neighboring beach bars... HUH?!? Who cares about TV in paradise or is seriously irritated by a little evening reggae music drifting down the beach? None of which is a deal breaker for me, nor would it ever deter me from this being my sole choice of where to stay when I am in San Pedro. If this seems as it may be an issue for you, pack a pair of earplugs and a good book. We don't read enough these days anyways. Let's move on...
Everything you could need or desire is either on site or just steps away... the hotel has the wonderful beachside restaurant, the Caprice Bar and Grill... casual elegance which serves some of the best drinks and dining choices on the island, including preparing for you any fresh catch you may have caught yourself! My favorite place for pina coladas and mojitos... fresh and delicious! Plus you will get a complimentary drink of your choice when you check in! The town is full of excellent and affordable dining options all either a beach stroll or quick walk through town away. I can't even imagine myself staying at an isolated resort and having few, if any choices! There is just too many amazing offerings in San Pedro to miss out on any of it! When you visit, you will quickly learn... there is much to do and never enough time to do it all in!
The wide beach (sprinkled with groves of shade providing palm trees) is one of the nicest on the island... turtle grass (essential to the continued existence of the island and the health of the reef) happens to be well cleared here and provides an inviting place to take a swim! The hotel furnishes comfortable beach lounges for it's guests and a low fenced off section of beachfront (removed from overzealous beach vendors) for a bit of privacy too.
You can even get a therapeutic and relaxing massage right on the beach! Also.. check with the staff for excellent fishing charter & guide recommendations... Felipe is Holiday Hotel family, raised on the island, knows the reef intimately, is both affordable and reliable. A fantastic choice, he is often at the hotel and can easily be contacted through the desk. Snorkeling with SEArious Adventures is steps away from the hotel and offers reasonably priced and excellent trips... (request the best reef guide I know... Eddie Lover!) Don't pass up the Blue Cafe on the Pier, right there in front of the massage hut... the very BEST blended ice coffee you will ever have, peel n eat shrimp with a bucket of cold beer and excellent breakfast and lunch choices! Tell them all Denise sent you and says hello!
Not enough can be said about the awesomeness of staff here at the hotel... each and every person loves their work, does their job extremely well and are such a huge part of making the Holiday Hotel the very special place that has become so well known for. I can't thank them all enough for their valued friendships and making my stay so incredibly special each and every visit.
I have a deep seated, genuine love for this island, the culture and the people here and is a big part of who I am. This has become my second home and It's my hope that you too can come to appreciate all of it's natural beauty and cultural uniqueness by visiting Ambergris Caye and choosing to stay here... a choice I strongly believe you will never regret!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first, the original in San Pedro....Holiday Hotel...The most recognized name in San Pedro, Holiday Hotel stands newly renovated while maintaining its colonial charm. It sits directly on a stunning beach, where you can enjoy a relaxing massage through our spa services! As our pampered guest, you'll be able to experience fine dining at our very own Caprice Bar.Grill! All rooms offer a spectacular view of the world's second largest barrier reef! Stay at Holiday Hotel and immerse yourself in all we have to offer! Visit our very own "Celi's Deli" Open 7 days a week from 5:00am to 5:00pm - is situated in front of the hotel, and is the perfect place to find your delicious local treats that can be accompanied with a warm coffee or drink of your choice. To give it a special touch to your breakfast please walk to our restaurant deck to sit down and enjoy your treats while contemplating the mesmerizing Caribbean sea that washes along our shoreline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Hotel Belize/San Pedro