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“Great resort location; cross country transportation recommendation”
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Midas Belize
Ranked #9 of 33 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
Juneau, Alaska
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“Great resort location; cross country transportation recommendation”
Reviewed March 8, 2010

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.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Renton, Wa
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Reviewed March 4, 2010

Midas Lodge is a friendly, homey, close to town site.
The owners do their best to make you feel like family.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

original cabins are nice middle and back a little nicer, and the king deluxe is a 4 plex with very nice kings and interiors. The location is off downtown, close to teh market but far away fron the noise of the city. Can walk down to river. they have good local guide connections thought you will pay. Say Tikal and ATM, very professional and easy, nit mentioned is the 7-10 patio iwth breakfast available, and Belkin all those hours, though if you plan on lotsm, ask em to put it on ice. Wifi was great, only at the office and patio area.

Only complaint was the king deluxe had to ceiling from the bathroom to the bedroom, use your imagination.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed February 18, 2010

Midas Resort is a great little complex. It consists of about 6--7 bungalos, most of which can then be divided into two rooms. Me, my girlfriend, and 3 other friends spent 4 nights in rooms 3 and 4 (One 2-room bungalo) in early February 2010. One room had a king and twin sized bed, the other had 2 fulls and a twin, so sleeping 8 is possible. Each room had a bathroom, and they were very clean.

Housekeeping came each day and didnt disturb any of our belongings (actually stacked our guide books).

There is a little common area with wifi, a kitchen for breakfast or drinks, and a good place to meet.

It is located about 10 minutes on foot to the main downtown of San Ignacio, whcih is perfect because the downtown can get a little noisy.

In terms of value, Midas resort is top notch. You get a gorgeous setting and comforatble rooms, We paid $500 or so for 4 nights, and we felt completely satisfied.

The rooms are relatively small, especially with a group, but if not spending much time in the rooms, this shouldnt be a problem.

Rooms had AC and were very nice to sleep in. Bugs didnt really get in either so there were no problems. Beds arent superior but nice.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Regina, SK Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

We absolutely loved our time in San Ignacio. This was due in part to the wonderful staff at Midas! Marie, Michael and Matthew (the owners) make you feel right at home and bend over to make sure your stay is memorable for all the right reasons. Dorita, at the front desk and the one who answers the internet inquiries was so helpful and when you meet her be prepared for her sense of humor!
They provide internet access in the great room, so I didn't have to go looking for an internet cafe. We rented the La Casita Verde and it came fully stocked with all the equipment we needed as we wanted to try cooking with local ingredients from the market. (As it is our hope to move back to Belize) The Resort is located only a short walk from the market and the main part of town. It was close enough for convenience, yet far enough from the hussle and bussle of the downtown.
Sleeping was our only difficulty, only because of the roosters a couple of doors down and a few barking dogs! I guess when you are used to silence of a Canadian winter ...
But it still is likely one of the quietest in town since everyone has dogs and roosters!
I highly reccommend Midas-economical, location and staff make it worthwhile.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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New York City
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

We spent 6 nights at Midas Resort... and wished we'd come earlier! We were upgraded for free to their deluxe king suite... very plush and not what we (as budget travelers) are used to. The grounds are beautiful with lots of plants and animals to see. The resort is perfectly located - a quick walk to San Ignacio, but outside of the hectic city atmosphere, very close to the Saturday market, and a short walk to the river. The staff was friendly and helpful, and it is such a deep silence at night - amazing for sleeping. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, SC
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Reviewed February 5, 2010

Stayed for three days and nights. Michael the GM is great, he had us eating termites one night. Provided us Kayaks for paddling on the river one afternoon. Loved sitting on our little front porch each evening. A walk into downtown San Ignacio takes about 5 minutes.

The place looks just like the pictures, would recommend you stay here if your in San Ignacio , Belize.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Midas Belize
Address: Branch Mouth Road, San Ignacio, Belize
Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Midas Belize 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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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Midas Hotel San Ignacio
Midas Tropical Hotel
Midas Tropical San Ignacio
Midas Belize San Ignacio

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