The lobby and public area of the hotel look very nice – in fact, I though the hotel’s website did not do the place justice. There is a beautiful pool and a little garden. The hotel also has a restaurant and an airconditioned bar. Along with internet service (3.75BZE for 15 min I believe)
The rooms are ok. They are clean but they feel damp ( I don’t think there is anyway of getting around that, it had been raining a lot and it is the jungle). They could use a little updating too … but over all and in comparison to the accommodations in town this is a very nice, reliable choice.
The view was nice, the food so-so. Not bad, not great. I had this feeling of all the restaurants in San Ignacio. My advice - Stick to the basics, don’t try anything fancy.
I thought the location was very good. It is uphill from San Ignacio town (which is tiny itself). It is close enough to walk and also far enough away that your are close the jungle and some wildlife. The hill is not nearly as dangerous and steep as other reviews had commented. If are coming to Belize, esp the Cayo district, you’re not here to lay around so a little hill should not bother you. At night you want to be careful, the road is straight highly unlikely you’ll get run over.
ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) – if you are in relatively good physical condition, this trip is MUST!! Personally, it was one of the best tours I’ve ever taken out of anywhere I traveled. It consists of a jungle trek for an hour where you have to wade through 3 rivers. Then another hour of climbing, swimming, wading and squeezing through clausterphobic crevices in a network of caves …all the while it’s pitch black and the only light is coming from you helmet lamp. In the end you get to a huge cave that the Mayans used for religious rituals, including human sacrifice. You see the cave as it must have looked when it was first discovered, there are pottery jars and bowls scattered all over the place … and the most exciting part of course ..is you see human remains. I’m not talking a bone here or there … there are like 5 skulls and a full skeleton – How cool is that! … you totally feel like you’re Indiana Jones.
Horseback riding – We went on a tour with NABANTUICH FARM , just a 10 min ride from the San Ignacio hotel. The guide, Rudy, was very nice. We when on a 3 hours ride through the country side … it was beautiful. we saw some wild life and also a typical Belizian village. The rates were very reasonable as well, lots of companies wanted to charge us 45USD ..but this place only took 25USD per person. We booked it through Eva’s restaurant in town, I like them especially because the don’t a huge chunk of change as the middle man, so most of the profits go directly to the NABANTUICH farm
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Open to guests since 1976, San Ignacio Resort Hotel provides unsurpassed levels of luxury and Belizean hospitality. The Resort has been awarded with the title HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2016/2012, RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2016, and HOSPITALITY AWARD 2015 by the Belize Tourism Board. Perched on a hillside located within a 17-acre private estate, 72 miles west of Belize City, gives the Resort its unique name of "the only jungle in town". A short walk puts you in downtown San Ignacio or in the middle of Belize's ancient Maya temples known as Cahal Pech. The Hotel offers various amenities where visitors can relax and enjoy amazing views of Belize. In addition, it is home to the award-wining Green Iguana Conservation Project, located on-site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Ignacio Hotel San Ignacio
- San Ignacio Resort Hotel Belize