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Cahal Pech Village Resort
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in San Ignacio
Clarksville, TN
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pros & Cons”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2010

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.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Ontario
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34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2010

We wanted to thank everyone at Cahal Pech Village resort for making our vacation an amazing experience.
The tours organized by Cynthia were awesome, excellent guides and adventures. Our drinks and meals served by Oscar, Gaby, Alan, Dodie and Annabella(another lady also but never caught your name, sorry) were always tasty but the staff is what made it wonderful.
The drivers, Louis, Hubert and Bruce were always professional and helpful.
Thanks again to everyone at Cahal Pech for a wonderful trip!
Danielle and Dave, Toronto, Canada

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank bedhogz
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Lewes, Delaware
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71 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2010

Cahal Pech is a great location. We overlooked the town and were very close the Cahal Pech ruins. The cabanas with the screen porch provide for a total relaxing atmosphere after visiting all the sites around the area. Cynthia, the tour agent, provides very good information about the various tours and they have outstanding guides. The bartender, Oscar, makes mean drinks - try a Belizian snow. Overall, this is the right place for those who want to relax comfortably after bone weary tours, especially the ATM cave.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Happybackpacker
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New Orleans
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2010

We stayed at Cahal Pech unexpectedly -- we had stayed one of three planned nights at the Macal River Camp at Chaa Creek and were completely horrified, so were desperately looking for anything else. We landed here, and were SO happy with it. For a very reasonable price, we got our own (sparkling clean) private cabana, bathroom with hot shower (not to be taken for granted, in our experience). There was a gorgeous pool with a lovely view of the surrounding countryside, and the staff were lovely. Oscar, the bartender, has real talent. (I recommend the Belizean Fever cocktail...)

Some other reviewers have made negative comments about the food. I would recommend the hotel very highly for the accommodations, with a bit less enthusiasm for the food. But my husband and I aren't the kind of people who want to eat three meals at our hotel, anyway-- we like to taste different things and experiment with different places. Cahal Pech is just outside San Ignacio, and I would recommend eating your breakfasts at the hotel (it's fine, the dining pavilion has a great view, and it's convenient), but have your dinners in town. We did eat one night at the hotel and it was fine, but you can get really good meals in town for a bit cheaper. I would recommend Hannah's, Evra's, and Serendib. We ate at all three and were very pleased. We had our own car, which made it easier to come and go at the hotel. We also ate once at Clarissa Falls, which had been written up in our Fodor's Guide, and really enjoyed it. It's just a few miles (driving west, away from San Ignacio) from Cahal Pech. Ditto with Benny's, very close to the ferry to Xunantunich. Not one of these places felt overly touristy and the quality was great (as was the price).

Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this place, highly.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jem83roma
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Boulder, CO
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2010

Liked
Family Cabana
Hot Water
Friendly staff who loved their jobs
Tours of Barton Creek and ruins
Waterfalls into pools which masked other noise from restaurant/bat above
Cable TV

Disliked
Bad mattresses
Limited restaurant seating
Family Suite in main hotel

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank RockyMountainFamily4
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Western Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2009

Good things:
-beautiful, relaxing cabana's
-nice grounds, pool and fountain
-nice looking bar and dining room
-great view
-quiet and relaxing
-free wi-fi

Negative things:
-restricted menu (i.e. we couldn't order from the breakfast menu, we had to eat from the buffet, from which there was not enough food for everyone)
-expensive drinks (for Belize)
-the shuttle did not pick us up at the airport, even though we had arranged with staff. They also lost our return to airport shuttle booking. Disorganized!
-Out of the way, would have preferred to stay in town
-We took a tour with a local tour company, but we saw the Cahal Pech tour group on our Caracol tour, and they looked bored (the tour guide sat on a bench, while the guests explored the ruin on their own)
-the staff seemed confused and disorganized, specifically around meal times.
-free wi-fi would cut out every 10 minutes

Overall, we regret staying at Cahal Pech. It is the second most expensive hotel in the Lonely Planet guide, and not worth the price. We recommend staying in town, eating at the local restaurants and doing your tours with local tour companies.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank BKZSGZ
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Sudbury, Ontario
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2009

We booked into Cahal Pech Village Resort in the town of San Ignacio near the Guatemalan border. The resort was magical, you felt surrounded by the Mayans while you were there. We stayed in one of the thatched cabanas and this is definitely the way to go. Huge screened in porch with hammock and chairs for relaxing, large bedroom, what more could you ask for. It was private and comfortable. The pool/restaurant/bar area was awesome. There were two large pool levels flowing into one another as well as a hot tub and large pterodactyl fountain. The water was crystal clear and the grounds were absolutely beautiful with gardens all over. The staff were soooooo amazing, setting up our daily excursions, singing happy birthday to me, and just nice and considerate. You feel welcomed and appreciated from the moment you arrive. We saw the most amazing Mayan ruins, one of which in the resorts backyard, did the all day hike to see the Tomb of the Crystal Maiden (this is worth the visit to Belize alone), went zip-lining and ventured out for the most amazing local cuisine. Every tour guide the resort arranged for was better than the last. They were knowledgeable and friendly, but most of all, at the end of the day if you have the chance to buy them a beer and just talk, the wonders you will learn about will be one the most sacred memories of your trip. All in all Cahal Pech allowed us to fully experience Belize away from the touristy beaches and crowded resorts. We felt immersed in the culture and couldn’t have asked for a better environment to start our vacation. Thank you very much.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JohnyMac75
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Property: Cahal Pech Village Resort
Address: Cahal Pech Hill | P.O. Box 1, San Ignacio 00000, Belize
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Location: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in San Ignacio
#4 Top resorts Hotel in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cahal Pech Village Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 53
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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