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Historical Traveler Reviews Yamashiroya Ryokan Kaminoyama
Belize Yacht Club
We arrived at the BYC and the pool and the bar were out of service, and they didn't care to tell us that when we reserved, and Belize is really hot and it is unfare that you plan your holiday and there is no amenities in the hotel, so we had to go somewhere else to use the pool, they didn't clean the beach, so also we couldn't use it, and the noise of the workers there that had the radio full volume. Great pictures in the internet, not what they say they are. I will go back to Belize but there are nicer places like Ramons Villages, great staff, really good food, and beautiful place.
Okay but not great
I loved this hotel and hated it at the same time. The rooms are great...the first night we stayed in a superior oceanfront room...it was amazing, really big, aircondiitioning throughout and with a big kitchen and patio area right on the beach. Unfortunately this room was booked for the remaining nights so we moved to an oceanfront room. There was only a $20 difference in price and what a difference that $20 made....the oceanfront room was much smaller and only the bedroom was airconditioned. The bathroom was so hot it felt like a sauna.
The main problem with this hotel is that the owners do not pay attention to the maintenance and upkeep of it which is a real shame as it is a beautiful hotel and one of the more spread out and spacious for the price range which its in. The rooms have become a bit scruffy and need redecorating, the doors are really hard to open and close, there was no hot water in our second room (which didn't bother me that much because of the heat but just annoyed me as we were paying $100 a night) and the telephone didn't work. It was all little things which don't sound like much but were irritating and you don't need that during your holiday.
On my second visit to the island I stayed at Banana beach and really noticed a difference. Although the room wasn't as big or secluded, they paid attention to the little details and there was also a much nicer, friendly atmosphere. However, the location wasn't as good as BYC.
If BYC changed ownership to owners which pay more attention to the upkeep I would go back there in a shot. Otherwise, I would go elsewhere.
A fantastic stay!
We stayed at the Belize Yacht Club and absolutely loved our time there. The staff was completely helpful and friendly. They set up anything we needed, gave helpful advice, and were very nice to talk to. We did not expect a four-star resort when we arrived, so were not at all disappointed. The first night we stayed in an upstairs one bedroom ocean view then for the remaining nights we stayed in a beachfront. I think the key is staying in a beachfront unit. Our place was big, clean, well equipped, and we had a great sand area in front of our units. In the six nights we stayed there, we did not experience one problem. The location is great! We walked to town at least twice a day. When we rented a cart for the day, we saw that there were a several luxury resorts, but for the price and the location, BYC was just what we were looking for. BYC did not have a restaurant, but that was fine because we got to go out and explore other restaurants in town. The snorkeling trip they set up for us was wonderful, we had the best guide! I would highly reccomend BYC for families or for couples that are not expecting a honeymoon type hotel because BYC is definitely condos. It completely felt like home there, I didn't want to leave.
Do not come here!!!
This was our second visit to Ambergis Caye and I 'thought' I would be going to a better hotel. We arrived late to the hotel but they still did not have our room ready. You could not sit on the furniture in the living room because it felt so damp. The cleaning lady did not clean the bathroom. Our AC in the bedroom was not working the first day. The phones did not work in the room the entire time we were there even though the front desk said it would be fixed within a few hours. When we made phone calls from the front desk, they overcharged us. The hotel also had a convention held on their lawn outside of our room (overlooking the beach.) They held a BBQ party except they placed the Grill and Garbage cans right outside our door so we could not open our door without smelling 'grilled garbage' or burning our eyes from the smoke...that was very unprofessional of them. When we were checking out...their computers were down. They said they will fax the invoice to us but they never did and charged our credit card without getting our authorizations for the charges. I am still fighting them about unexplained charges...Do not come here!!! They are more interested in their time-share plan than the customers.
We just got back from spending 10 days in Paradise. The Yacht Club was wonderful. The condo was clean and well equipped. The staff at the club were always ready to meet our needs. They are very hard working people! It was very easy to get to know them! We have many friends in Belize now! Our 2 and 5 year old children also had fun. They want to go back soon. We will definately return!
Watch everything they snoop
We Loved the Island but would never stay in Belize Yacht Club again. Someone went thru our things while we were out. Manager told us we burned a hole in the bedspread. We noticed the night we got there a cigarette burn "we dont smoke" charged us during checkout so I went to get it. the bed spread was gone I asked the front desk and they said we threw it out I told them well I paid for it I want it please get it. They came back it was in the laundry being washed ..... Not thrown away but being laundered to put back on the bed to charge the next guest I am sure.....
Stay at your own risk......
Overall a good experience
Since I used this site when booking my trip, I thought the least I could do was post a review.
The Belize Yacht Club was a nice place to stay....great location....pretty grounds....friendly and helpful staff....adequate accommodations.
A few things to note....upon check-in our room was not ready for about 2 hours. We were exhausted from travelling and sitting around in our winter clothes waiting, so it was not a great arrival experience.
We found that the resort could use a "real" restaurant. There is a small outdoor bar with a few plastic tables where they serve the meals, but it is located in the walkway that leads to the front desk. Not great ambiance and not sure what would happen in the rain.
The rooms are nice and large. It is convenient to have the kitchen, however ours was not that well equipped as far as pots and pans. We had to boil water for pasta in a saute pan. Also, groceries were extremely expensive!!....so not sure it was all that much of a savings by having some meals in the room. Great for snacks, drinks and breakfast though.
Air conditioning in the room did not seem to be working, however, after mentioning it to the front desk, it either decided to kick in, or they fixed something. After that it was ok.
The town was just a short walk away. The walk up the beach was nicer and less dusty than walking on the road.
We booked several tours through the front desk and the company that was used was Searious......great tours! Would highly recommend. A lot of travel is involved, but you leave right from the dock at the hotel and see lots of sights along the way. Well worth it. We did the full day Lamanai tour and the Zoo and Cave Tubing tour. Also did 1/2 day snorkeling to Shark Ray Alley.
As a final note, none of the resorts here are super luxurious with freeform swimming pools and lots of pampering......it's just not what this place is about. So if you are looking for that, you'd be dissappointed.
If you go with the correct expectations, you will LOVE it!!! The people here are some of the best I've ever met. Always friendly, nice and you never feel as though you are being taken advantage of. If you don't want to buy something, you don't buy it. No one is pushy.
The beaches and the water right off the beach aren't great......but again, this is not the place for that. I knew that before I went, so I wasn't disappointed. Had I been expecting a gorgeous beach and swimming right off the beach, I would've been sorely disappointed.
The wildlife, jungles, ruins, food, people are not to be missed!!
Upon entering my room, late on the day of arrival, I quickly dropped off lugage and went to a meeting. Upon returning I found the following.
I could not shut the blinds, as they were broken.
Upon preparing to take a shower, I found I did not have soap. Upon calling the front desk, I was advised I would have to come to desk and
retrieve, as the clerk was the only employee on the premises. Upon walking to the desk, I recognized another employee sitting at the bar.
While I was out, I had picked up some shrimp, and wanted to saute with
spaghetti and sauce.....guess what.....no pans, and the stove would not ignite (and this is suppose to be a full service, self contained, condo). I complained again to the front desk, as was told nothing could be done until morning, but someone would be there at 8:00 am, as I indicated that I wanted to be able to prepare breakfast.
Well, guess what. They didnt show up, until I complained again after 9:00 am. Needless to say, I didnt prepare breakfast either.
I had to return to Belize City, thursday evening, so I checked out thursday morning. Because I had paid for three nights (as I thought that
was going to be the length of my stay) I requested that I be given a credit back on the credit card as I had only stayed 2 nights. I was told no because I had "pledged a three night stay".
While the grounds are very well maintained, the rooms are worn out, and the service is bad.
Plan to stay there at your own peril.
If you like the smell of mildew
We arrived to the Belize Yacht Club and as we opened the door and started up the stairs to our second floor condo, the smell of mildew hit our noses, the tile floors were dirty, I used wet towels to clean a path to the bathroom, the furniture needed to be replaced probably four years ago, the cushions were damp and smelly. Our first morning, we had no hot water and did not have any until later that day. For almost two hundred U.S dollars a day it was hardly worth it. The staff was great and very helpful however and the food at their restaurant was pretty good.
Great Place to loose oneself
Great accomodations and a real value for the money. Try their breakfast it is a great way to start the morning after partying all night a Fidos and Wet Willys.
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... relaxing day while we were waiting for Rob. I think we needed it after our action packed week.
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... made for themselves and shared with us, washed their dishes as thanks, and then went out with the boys where I got to meet David. David is a rich American that just moved to Belize permanently. He was blatantly hitting on me and being really awkward by saying he and Hans were competing for me. We went to the reggae bar again, staying for a bit and getting talked to endlessly by different people. Eventually we escaped and walked back to our rooms where I immediately passed ...
... to pick up our bags we had a bit of a nervous wait for an hour or so until Georgie's VCE results were available online. At the nominated time (2pm here) Georgie logged on and then a big smile broke out on her face. We took a taxi down to the water taxi dock and bought our tickets. We had to wait around until 3:30 for the 3pm boat but eventually we got underway. It travels REALLY fast! About half an hour ...
... and that was just when they came up on the beach but to actually see one in the ocean and to be able to swim along side it was unbelievable. Once that had sunk in, okay not really but then we headed over to where some fishermen were and they were throwing in their bi-catch so loads of things were coming to feed. Ready? About 10 huge sting rays were there, probably about 2m wide each, then the turtle came back over and was feeding there too, THEN . . . A ...
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