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“Simple and Inexpensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ruby's Hotel

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Ruby's Hotel
Ranked #47 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Simple and Inexpensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Overshadowed by two resort hotels but this place is a gem for the budget conscious. We had an oceanview with a quarter the price you'd pay at the neighbor hotels. We got a basic room, no A/C, not TV but hey - who's in their beds on a vacation? Not to mention that in the Spring/Summer, there is always sufficient breeze circulating cool air through the open windows.

Great location to dive operators just below and night clubs/bars just down the street. Just a 5 minute walk from where the plane drops you off on the island. Friendly service!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Caye Corker, Belize, Belize
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

I live on nearby Caye Caulker, but I have had business over in San Pedro, and have chosen to overnight at Ruby's each time. The staff is friendly and competent, the furnishings are minimal, but the rooms are always very clean and I have never had an issue with safety. Beachfront views from the large veranda is a bonus! Don't forget to grab breakfast or a sweet treat at their little cafe . The food is scrumptious!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Abbotsford, BC
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56 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Ruby's is a family owned/operated hotel. Rooms consist of beds, 2 fans, small dresser and bathroom. Cheap and cheerful! Great for those on a budget. You wake up in the morning with ocean breezes and the view. A large patio is on all three levels. They insist on quiet time afternoons and evening so it is a great place to read, write (WiFi included) or just chill and digest the colors of the ocean. Central to all amenities. Little bakery in the bottom that makes a breakfast sandwich for 5 BZ (money is $1 Canadian to $2 BZ), ample to please even the large appetite. Their main office (palapa on beach) has ice cold Belikin to quench your thirst. When drinking from the bottle(which everyone does, as it warms quickly) you have to wipe the top and part of the inside prior to drinking. Great for those that just need a base to lay your head..:)

Room Tip: 2nd floor is the place to be, ocean side
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Helena, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We enjoyed staying here--right on the water, friendly people, nice decks on all 3 floors. Beds were good, ventilation was good (we stayed on 3rd floor in #10, corner room) and the price was right--$40/night. Is in center of town but ear plugs made it all work. And Ruby's Cafe is downstairs!

Room Tip: The 3rd floor had a good breeze, you had no one above you and a corner room (#10) gave you 2 windows...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

Rubys is definitely for the budget traveler. The great thing is that not only is it reasonable, it's clean, the water is hot and the beds are fine. The people are friendly,helpful and honest. They also have a small cafe down on the street that serves light breakfast, good coffee and a great fruit bowl. The prices are very good and so is the food. Many times I would eat breakfast and lunch there. It is far enough away from the noisy bars that for the most part it is quiet.

Room Tip: Not all rooms have an outside window so make sure you see the room before you book it.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Vancouver, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Ruby's was perfect for our first visit to San Pedro. $40 got us room #14 on the 3rd floor overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A clean corner unit with windows on two walls, 2 Q beds, private bath, WiFi, PERIOD. No frills: no A/C, no fridge, no room service, no elevator, no pool, no fitness room, no business center, no spa, etc. "no shirts, no shoes, no problem"

Outside the room was a huge rooftop patio with furniture overlooking sand, palm trees, and ocean. Each landing had a deck with oceanfront view. This property is not for everyone! We are low maintenance and don't require pampering. It was clean and friendly. We looked at other properties after the first night to compare and were happy to stay at Ruby's all three nights on the island.

We did not experience loud music or other unusual unpleasantries. It is a touristy town, the property is smack dab in the center of the shops, restaurants, bars, water sports, and across the street from a school. If you need peace and quiet, I would recommend Caye Caulker. Ruby's had a strip of beach right on the ocean under the palms for sunning or reading in the shade.

Mango's Restaurant next door was very good. Seafood pupusas on the middle street were my favorite. The fresh fruit smoothie at Melt was the best! We rented a golf cart and toured the town and VERY BUMPY roads to the north and south of town. Really, there is no need to suffer the BUMPY ride, everything is centrally located in San Pedro.

We arrived by water taxi (not a romantic boat ride) and left by plane. Lots of water activities and spas within walking distance.

Room Tip: I would choose corner room #14 on floor 3 because of two windows on two walls. I would choose a roo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Caleta de Fuste, Spain
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

I'm generally not a picky person when it comes to hotels, Just give me a safe place to sleep and i'm happy. But Ruby's failed at deliver even the basics

Sleep: It's impossible, there was loud music blasting until it was almost morning. Walls are thin and you can hear EVERYTHING. the guys drinking next room sound like they're just inches away... and that was just the least of the problems...

Dirty: I was bitten by a cockroach, the bathroom smells disgusting.

Security: After I left I discovered that my laptop was missing from my backpack. The Backpack never left the room during my stay...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Ruby's Hotel

Property: Ruby's Hotel
Address: Barrier Reef Dr. | P.O. Box 56, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#43 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Rubys Hotel San Pedro
Ruby's Hotel Belize/San Pedro

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