My husband and I stayed 5 nights in one of the Midas Resort suites in late February, 2010. We generally stay at moderately priced hotels and spend most of our budget on tours, but we found Midas’ new suites (not shown in their video on the website) to be as well appointed as what we might expect at a more costly hotel. Our room was large, the bed comfy, windows screened, fans effective (we did not use the AC), lighting good, outlets convenient, and the water is hot with adequate pressure. The tile work in the spacious bathroom was beautiful. A big drawback to the room is there is no door on the bathroom (visual privacy only); we have encountered this arrangement as well as a lack of bathroom ventilation in various other parts of the world. WIFI was available in the breakfast area (bring an extension cord) and the grounds were pleasant and well maintained. A bar down the road and large groups of talkative young people staying at the resort kept us awake a few nights - turning on the AC might have drowned them out.
Breakfasts were hot, generous and reasonably priced. You can order from the menu the night before a morning tour, but be sure to show up 10 minutes sooner than scheduled - all sorts of interruptions create delays in service. Midas is a 10 minute walk to a number of restaurants in San Ignacio proper - 3 minutes from Hode’s, a large nearby restaurant with bar, “casino” and arcade (separate for kids), friendly staff and moderately priced food with local specials every night - very convenient after a tough day of touring!
At each of the places we stayed in Belize, charges for tours arranged by the staff, Belikin, water, laundry, and applicable taxes were added to our bill for one final payment. I'd suggest asking to review your charges every few days to make resolving discrepancies easier.
Midas' staff is small and very friendly. Dorita is a wonderful manager - friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. All the staff work hard and do a good job keeping up on a long list of daily chores. At Midas, predetermined “service fees”, a.k.a. tips, are automatically added to the bill at a 10% rate of your room charge. We understood from a non-employee that the tips at Midas are actually distributed to the staff.
If you don’t want to rent a car, getting to and from San Ignacio can be a challenge. Though he is not connected to Midas, I want to recommend William’s Shuttle, based in San Ignacio. William Hoffman is a tall, friendly, bear of a guy who speaks fluent Creole - unusual for a transplant to this country.
We made reservations for William to shuttle us between Belize City and San Ignacio so that we could have a narrative of what we were seeing as we went along. William was a great commentator and we learned a lot about all aspects of Belize during our trip. Sometimes his sardonic opinions seemed a bit depressing, but the longer we stayed in Belize, the more we heard echos of the exact sentiments William expressed.
Frequent stops at restrooms and eating places were offered during the trip, and he was helpful with luggage and suggestions about tour companies and restaurants in and around San Ignacio.
When William discovered that he had a conflict on the day of our next shuttle reservation, from San Ignacio to Independence, he made very suitable arrangements for a different driver and van. And before we left for Independence, William came by the resort to apologize once again that he was not able to drive us that day and to say good-bye - a very nice gesture! We were highly pleased with the excellent substitute - a native of San Ignacio who provided a very personal perspective on Belize’s economy and culture.
Both drivers were safe, efficient, knowledgeable, entertaining and considerate. I would highly recommend William’s Shuttle Service to TA readers.
Transportation can be a little tricky within Belize, so I suggest that before you travel, look into the options for the various modes of transportation from one district to another. Check out this website: http://belizebus.wordpress.com/
It’s a very informative site with lots of links to more than just buses and shuttles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Midas is the only 7 acre resort down town that can offer a tranquility of nature at its best, birds tweeting their musical charm squirrels jumping from tree to tree, river flowing by the resort, iguanas resting on the limbs of the trees, and freshness of the condensing air rising as morning breaks daylight, and yet only a 7 minute walk into the town center where you can meet the unique people of Central America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Midas Hotel San Ignacio
- Midas Tropical Hotel
- Midas Tropical San Ignacio
- Midas Belize San Ignacio