Travel Blogs from San Ignacio
So obviously grandma and I made it safely to Belize. It's quite the shock on the body to go from Edmonton, where the plane was delayed because they had to de-ice the runway, to Belize where, let me tell you, there is definitely no ice.
We stayed in Belize city the day we arrived and the next day we …
I saw a Toucan this morning! I actually saw three. When I told Berti at breakfast she asked if it was the yellow or red toucan. Great, just when I thought I scratched one item off, I learned I need to add the red toucan to my bucket list. We were supposed to go to Xunantunich today but the rain has made the river too high to be able to cross the ferry over. No worries, we went through San Ignacio to an older Mayan site, Cahal Pech, and there ...
... Altar 6 and 24. His wives were Lady 1 (son Knot Ajaw) and Lady Batz’Ek (son K’an II). Tombs in B20-2nd (577 AD) and A34 (577 or 582 AD) were used.
8. Knot Ajaw (Smoke Ahaw, King Serpent, Flaming King, Ruler IV) 24/6/599- 613AD. Ajaw/ahaw means “ruler/ lord/ king” and is a specific glyph on stela/ altar. He was the elder son of Yajaw II and may have co-ruled for a short time. A lord, Chekaj K’inich, called a ...
... as the last group were just leaving and we decided it would be nicer to go through when it was empty of people (for a more authentic feel). So, let’s go now, we replied.
We put on our life jackets and Carlos led us to the canoes. I believe we were lucky here, as Carlos turned out to be hugely informative about the cave and deeply interested in both the Maya’s use of it and the cave itself. He had been very involved with the recent cave ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Midas Resort San Ignacio
Good as Gold!
We arrived in San Ignacio on a Saturday and a friendly coffee shop owner pointed us in the direction of the Midas Resort for a peaceful alternative to the town centre hostels. It's a five minute walk from town centre and our cabin on stilts was one of about a dozen set amongst nicely kept gardens and it was a breath of fresh air to have our own personal space in the cabin and on its porch after so much time living in hostels with lots of other people.
Roger and his family were all extremely helpful, giving advice on local tours and activities and being all round good eggs. Speaking of eggs, the breakfasts were just wonderful.
We'd definitely recommend the Midas Resort to others, it was a really great few days of relaxation amongst some pretty full-on travelling, with lots to do in the area too.
I arrived in the afternoon and was greeted by the owners daughter who was very polite and helpful.
I stayed in one of their bungalows which had satelite television, an en suite, reliable hot water for shower, airconditioning and an extremely wide and very comfy bed. The bungalow was clean inside and was set in a rainforest environment.
I had already stayed at 7 other hotels/resorts and found this one to be the best in terms of amenities.
In the evening the owner came and introduced himself and checked i was happy with my accomodation. I told him i was thinking about moving to Belize. He offered to take me into town and introduced me to an estate agent who helped me by giving me plenty of information the following day. The owner also helped book me an appointment with a person in Belize City to discuss work permits and citizenship. The owner was very friendly and helped at every opportunity.
Nature at its best in San Ignacio
I had a wonderful experience at the Midas Resort on the edge of San Ignacio Town in western Belize. The property is walking distance from town (5 minutes or less) and has a beautiful natural setting....in fact, its not uncommon to see hummingbirds, geckos and other amazing wildlife right outside of your cabana.
The rooms are nice and very clean, the beds are firm and the only sounds you will hear at night is nature. The management/ownership has recently changed and, it is clear to see, the new owner is committed to making each guest's stay as comfortable as possible.
Make sure not to miss breakfast....it's made fresh on site and is, without exageration, to die for.
Enjoyed my stay so much that after poking around Guatemala for a few days, I returned to stay at the Midas Resort for two more nights before leaving Belize.
Nice quiet location, just a short walk out of town. Stayed in nice little hut, which was clean and comfortable. Good overall experience.
Ask for Abe he was very helpful!
The Midas Lodge was a pleasantly affordable surprise in San Ignacio. We were especially happy to discover they had just added an air conditioner to our little cabin. Very clean as well. New owners could not have been nicer. Even took us on a tour of the town. Right next door is the restaurant Hodes. My favorite in all of Belize. Will definately go back to Midas.
The Best Place In Town
I thaught that San Ignacio wouldn't be interesting and the people were going to be a bit of pain in the ass. Oh boy, I was wrong. Not only the people in town but at the Resort my wife and I stayed were excellent. I am speaking proudly of Midas Tropical Resort. These people know how to run a place. They are clean and try their best to satisfy you. The employees beginning with the cleaning staff to the owner of the Resort were always keeping in touch with our comfort and safety. If you do not visit Midas in San Igancio Town you are surely going to feel far from home because we personally felt the warm feeling of a family out there.
Pretty good, but you can get better
At Midas we stayed in a wooden cabana with private bath. The room was clean and cool (two fans). The shower also had nice hot water. Although the price was good (about US$40), you can pay the same price and stay in town at Martha's for a much nicer hotel that isn't rustic. Although Midas has property that offers a lot of "nature" I really didn't need that considering the activities I did during the day in the area showed me plenty of natural beauty and wildlife. If you are doing active things during the day, you might prefer to stay in town in a regular hotel, which would be closer to restaurants. (Midas was a 10 minute walk to "downtown.")
Bedbugs and unresponsive staff
My wife and I booked three nights here, payment in advance, on the advice of our guidebook. What a mistake. At a glance, the rooms appeared average for Belize budget rooms, which for those who have not been to Belize means "moderately clean with no AC or amenities and an inconvenient location for $40 US per night." But as soon as we got under the sheets, little red bites started to appear on our bodies and we couldn't sleep. The next morning, we checked out and asked for our money back for the two nights we had paid for. No dice. We called every day for the next three days, but the owner was always at a meeting or something and never did even talk to us. Don't stay here--you're much better off at Martha's Guesthouse, where we checked in the next day, which is cheaper, more conveniently located, and far, far, better than Midas even if you ignore the bedbugs.
What a beautiful place
my name is katie and i am from manchester in england. i stayed at midas resort on the 11 of march 2005. i had such a wonderful time there everyone was so pleasant and really helpful. i stayed at midas for 3 nights and this is my judgement of midas resort as follows
the staff are really nice and helpfull
the rooms are great at a reasonable price and the location is excellent because i have never seen so many birds at one location plus the resort is only 10 minutes from town and also having the river at the back of the resort was just a bonus especially when i was informed that you can swim in it.
i would advise anyone who is visiting belize to stay at midas resort and hope that you have as much fun as i did.
Awful experience at Midas Resort
I want to warn travelers away from the Midas Resort, which is featured in many guidebooks. Our cabana was not secure; it was at the end of the line of cabanas, near the river; no security watched over the area. There was a low outbuilding attached to our cabana, which made it easy for someone to climb on its roof and smash our window. They stole most of everything we had left in our locked room, on our first day. My bag was locked and they took the entire thing, and also sorted through our other unlocked bags. We hadn't left items of great value, but having all your clothes stolen is a big drag. The manager was completely unhelpful and unapologetic. We changed hotels immediately and over the next three days kept trying to find the owner of the hotel, but were continually stonewalled each time we asked. When we returned home we sent her an email and she never wrote back. She also owns the Venus Hotel and Cahal Pech Villages. Please don't stay here and make the same mistake we did.