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Conch Shell Inn
Ranked #30 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
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Golden, BC
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Convenient location, great staff!”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Heed the warnings about it being noisy! It is directly in front of the ferry terminal, which is very convenient but there is quite a bit of foot traffic. And as someone mentioned Cholos, a locals bar, is right next door. It closes relatively early though so that's not much of a problem. The 5:30 am garbage truck is more disruptive.
We stayed here pre and post sailboat charter and found it a convenient base, close to shopping, restaurants and bars. It's clean and very reasonably priced. And Ivan, Vivian and Marie were great, keeping things clean, available at all hours, very helpful friendly folks.
We stayed both upstairs and down. I liked the upstairs room, the glass block bathroom let in lots of light and had better views. Downstairs was shadier and the room had a better storage with a nice dresser for clothes etc.
Try to avoid rooms one and six which are right next to the alley where the ferry traffic and garbage truck pass by, and are across the way from the bar. One night there was a huge concert in the park in honour of Bob Marley's birthday and we were worried we'd be kept awake all night but the sound didn't carry that far.
The Conch Shell really can't be beat for the price if you're staying beach front downtown. Quaint rooms, efficient and friendly staff, handy to everything.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Owatonna, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is our first trip to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye! The rooms at the Conch Shell Inn were just as we expected, clean and accommodating! The entire staff took such great care of us! Even the owners, Joan and Mark, stopped by to say hi each day! Mari, Ivan, and Viviana were so helpful!

So much to do. You really are living with the wonderful local people! Walking the beach or around the town were always fun experiences! A great central location!

We were warned about the busy-ness of the location of the Conch Shell. But it didn't bother us that much. We took naps during the day and still slept good at night!

Room Tip: We stayed on the lower level. It is cheaper, but also more shade in the morning. One of our party...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Canada
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

A group of us spent a week here and loved it! The rooms were nicer than expected. The owner and staff were very helpful. Naturally a hotel facing the beach, water taxi and gas dock with a local favorite bar next door was not the quietest place in town but it was truly a central location. If you are looking for peace and quiet with five star treatment go to Cancun not the center of San Pedro Town's busiest section of beach. I enjoy the sounds of San Pedro (ok maybe not the garbage truck at 5:00 am). There will be plenty of time to sleep after I'm dead. I will return to the Conch Shell Inn.

Room Tip: If sleep is really important to you go stay somewhere north of the bridge away from busy San Pedro T...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

The Conch Shell was as expected! it is in a very busy part of town, close to everything. Joan, Mark and Staff Marie and Ivan were absolutely amazing, The room was very clean. A little known fact is that you can have laundry done and Order a pizza. The porch is quite a hit!!! we were on the veranda and got to know our neighbors and spent time sharing stories of all the travels. I felt the Bed was very comfortable. I would recommend staying at the Conch. I would recommend traveling light and having the staff do the laundry. We did a snorkeling day on a Catamaran with a beach lunch. That was one of my favorite days. Thanks Joan and Staff.... It was a memorable experience.

Room Tip: Rooms near the alley can be a bit noisy. The windows are just shutters with screens not a lot of ser...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

I've been coming to this hotel for the last three years in a row now. There is no hotel in San Pedro that competes with this one on price & location. The first thing I noticed was the bright fresh paint on the exterior. The salt air combined with the constant breeze can wreak havoc on the paint. New this year was heavy duty chairs & tables on the upstairs
verandah. Also new was inroom safes. Not that you really need a safe because I would trust Ivan & Mari the two caretakers with any valuables that I may have left out. Joan did a great job finding these two! They are hard workers making sure the place is spotless inside & out. They will also go out of there way to make sure everything is right for all the patrons & always
with a smile. We had Mari do a load of laundry for us for only $10us! A much better option than lugging your clothes to Nellies. I've read bad reviews regarding smoke & noise. Yes there are coconut ash trays on the outside tables, but with the constant onshore breeze the smokers were never a problem for us. #2 the bar & beach noise. Cholos next door is a small sports bar with a pool table & a few TV's. The noise coming from Cholos is nothing compared to the Dance clubs on the town square with their speakers blaring outside! No matter what beach front hotel you stay at there are always people walking & talking on the beach. Just the average voice will carry far on the beach at the dead of the night.
Thanks Joan, Mark, Ivan & Mari for a wonderful two week vacation! We're looking forward to coming back next year!

  • Stayed January 2014
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Medford, Oregon
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

We spent a few nights at the Conch Shell Inn and found the rooms to be clean and affordable. The staff was excellent and owners Joan and Mark went out of their way to accommodate our needs. It was a bit noisy, but when we asked about switching, we were given the opportunity to move to their other location north of town for the remainder of our stay. The Conch is right in the middle of the beach front area with lots of good restaurants and access to all of the dive/snorkel shops on the island. It's perfect of folks who want the Caribbean nightlife along with comfort, affordability and impeccable service. We highly recommend this fun spot!
Jean and Doug
Medford, Oregon

Room Tip: Rooms on the north side of the hotel are a bit quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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ohio
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

I stayed at the Conch from Jan 1st thru the 6th. This place is right in town. When I say right in town that is exactly what I mean.There is no privacy whats so ever at the conch. You are in the middle of everything. There is a very noisy bar right next door that is very active in the evening. If it wasn't for my fan and air conditioner running I would have gotten NO SLEEP. The room is so basic and I was disappointed in this. The walls had cracks in them and the bathroom had a mirror the size of a small cantelope. There was absolutely NO lighting to see your makeup and no immediate plugs around the sink area. Luckily I brought an extention cord because you couldn't have plugged in a curling iron or hairdryer and reached the sink. It didn't really matter anyway due to not being able to see yourself because of no light. I took a mirror off one of the walls and propped it up on the window in the front of the room so I could see .. There were NO hangers for my clothes or a place to hang only a dresser. I enjoy hanging up my clothes, dresses to get the wrinkles out after a long ride there.The shower had a roach in it one day which for that climate wasn't surprisng but I was still turned off. The water pressure sucked as well. Water kind of trickled out which drove me crazy and the water only gets semi warm and that ran out by the time the 3rd person got in to shower. There is no phone in the room to call the front office so if you need anything you have to go ring a bell on the side of the building and someone comes to your aid. RIght in front of the place had chairs and loungers and hammocks which was nice and the Conch kept their immediate property clean and kept up but to the right of the hotel by the street area is dirty and full of trash. Also the beach area directly in front of the hotel is not really a beach area for swimming and laying out. Dive shops and boats are all over the place, really super close to the shore line. That was disappointing for my two teenagers but the view was beautiful. This was to bare bones for my taste. I would spend more money next time and stay somewhere a little nicer. But when booking online and sight unseen it's hard to tell just what you're getting. Joan, the main contact for the Conch was wonderful. She took time for each one of my emails which there were many and answered quickly and with kindness. The staff on the premises were nice and polite and tried their best to help with my needs. The rooms on the upper veranda did look more appealing inside, at least with a small kitchenette . The rooms upstairs are blocked with palm trees so seeing the ocean is obstructed but it doesn't matter I will not stay here again or recommend this place to anyone that I know. The conch could do a few things to spruce up the entire feel of this place but perhaps they get enough business to not really care.

Room Tip: Lower veranda is not very desireable. Upper veranda looks better and rooms on the edge on the right...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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ConchShellInn, Owner at Conch Shell Inn, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Conch Shell Guest,
In reviewing each of the 38 emails we shared I realized you were confirmed originally for upper veranda during the holidays and due to flight difficulties flying standby, were unable to enjoy your stay at that time!
Although we have a written cancellation policy we provided 2 of your 5 nights complimentary and waived the fee for the 3rd adult in your room but were unable to accommodate your group on our upper veranda as we were sold out!
We completed renovation of our main floor in January, adding more shelving and places to hang clothing but oddly we have always had hangers in our rooms and our staff is readily available to offer anything to improve our guests stay so with this I'm baffled!
I personally know that the island doubles in size over the holiday as all the children are out of school and families from the mainland flock to the Caye's as well making our spot a very busy area!! We also realized the weather was very atypical by raining most everyday all day as most seasons we do not see a drop of rain from November until May, this makes it hard to appreciate all the wonderful "jewels" Ambergris Caye has to offer! We do wish to thank you as some of the rooms did have poor lighting and this has been corrected.
Warm regards,
joan
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Property: Conch Shell Inn
Address: 11 Foreshore Street | Beach Front, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Location: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in San Pedro
#22 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#29 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly renovated Conch Shell hotel awaits you. We are located in the heart of San Pedro Town and are surrounded by the best dive shops, restaurants, bars and tour operators. Enjoy one of our 10 Reef watching renovated rooms. Choose from upstairs rooms with mini-kitchenette and TV or Our Downstairs rooms with mini-fridge. We also have wireless internet available to our guests. ... more   less 
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Conch Shell San Pedro
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