I've hesitated to write this review, because I wasn't sure exactly how I felt about this resort. We had very strong pro and con experiences with our stay there. On the pro side, the hotel was very affordable, great location with lovely views, great screened-in porch, attractive grounds, extremely nice staff, and the tours they arranged were (mostly) outstanding. The ATM cave with Carlos was unbelievable- a once in a lifetime experience & our driver, Luis, was friendly, helpful and informative.
On the con side, the "family cabana" was not what we expected. It was two rooms, one above and one 1/2 underground. To get to the second level required climbing down a rickety iron spiral staircase and the lower level smelled moldy and damp. No one slept down there, we just all used the upper room. I did point out to the front desk that the room was unusable. They were very polite, but didn't offer a change from our original booking or a discount on the unusable room. The mattresses were thin and uncomfortable, the sheets, blankets and pillows were likewise. We had hot water two of the four nights we were there. The weather was unusually cool during that time and there was no heat in the rooms- that combined with the skimpy blankets and lack of hot water made for a few uncomfortable nights. The tours, as I've said, were fantastic with the exception of our guide to Caracol. He was evidently an "expert" and pictures of him were exhibited at the site, but he didn't share much expertise with the group. He didn't talk for the entire bus ride, gave cursory explanations at the site, and didn't even climb the ruins with the group (he sat below and smoked).
Far and away on the "con" side was a horrible stomach bug the entire family picked up during our stay. I'd hesitate to say it was the hotel, since it could have been acquired elsewhere, but I do know that many other guests had the same problem. The staff and owner seemed concerned. They came to our room to find out what/where we had eaten and provided us with toast, tea, and bottled water. We really did appreciate their attentiveness, but wish we hadn't had to go through the illness in the first place. Based primarily on the illness, I don't think I would stay at this hotel again. Other than that, the value for the money wasn't bad and the location, staff and tours were a big plus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cahal Pech Village Resort is located in the heart of the Mayan world, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belize. We offer professionally guided tours of local and other Mayan ruins in English and Spanish, as well as access to Mayan Healing, Culture and Art. We also offer Eco-tours, Jungle Adventure, Horseback Riding, Reef Diving and more. Relax at our Pool, or see Belize’s Beaches and Caves, Waterfalls, Sink Holes and Zoo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cahal Pech Village Hotel San Ignacio
- Hotel Cahal Pech Village
- Cahal Pech Village Resort Belize/San Ignacio