Cahal Pech Village Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCahal Pech Village Resort San Ignacio
Has a nice view, warm showers, tv, pool, air conditioning, and hammocks
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cahal Pech Village Resort San Ignacio
Good service, bad rooms!
On our three-stop honeymoon to Belize, my husband and I were most looking forward to staying in a cabana in Cahal Pech Village Resort. We'd been emailing with them (who set up several trips and transportations for us) for several months, and their service with this was excellent.
The pictures and descriptions on the website make the cabanas seem cool, clean and up-to date. The one we were shown the day we arrived was terrible! My husband has backpacked through Europe in hostels, and even he was appalled by it. FIrst, we were greeted by the overwhelming musty smell of mold/mildew. Our "screened in" porch was FILLED with insects. The room inside had a low fabric ceiling filled with holes, with no overhead light. The linens in the two beds in the room looked filthy and old, and the bathroom was appalling as well. We don't need luxury, but at the very least, cleanliness is nice.
We asked to be shown a room in the main building. This room had a beautiful view of the city, and was quite a bit better than the cabana (not saying much). We still dealt with the strong smell of mold/mildew. (You'd get used to it after being in the room for awhile, but I'd wake up at night and smell it on the linens). The doors don't really seal, so we had a nice variety of crawling insects, and occasionally lizards, on our floor.
The landscaping of the hotel grounds is very pretty, the pool is nice and clean, and the restaurant is a nice location to sit. The meals are reasonable (Breakfast around $US 10pp, Dinner about $6-8pp) Food was pretty good as well, but if you are on a meal plan the menu did get old after a few days.
Not sure if the good service makes up for the nasty rooms.
Best Resort in San Ignacio
We have stayed at Cahal Pech Village three times. It is family owned and operated. The family is wonderful. The staff is excellent, the food and drinks are excellent. All about this resort is excellent. It overlooks the entire city of San Ignacio--the Cabanas as well as the rooms are well furnished and relaxing. The owner and his family and staff assure that your stay is rewarding and comfortable. They are able to meet most of your needs that you may have during your stay there, including car rental, tours, property to purchase, you name it--they have it someplace.
Don't be fooled by the nice website!
I booked the family cabana and it was not what I expected. There were holes in the floor slats, no AC, the rooms were dark and dusty, and the bathrooms were dingy. We couldn't walk around inside without wearing sandals. From talking to the locals, a lot of visitors complain that it was not worth what they paid for. The restaurant food is mediocre and the service is slow. You can pay a little more and stay in a nicer resort outside of San Ignacio. It was nice having the pool but it was often crowded with students. To top it off, they charge a lot more to book your tours when you can just call the tour company directly. I would not recommend staying here.
The rooms are basic and not so well kept but the view is fantastic
It is a very pretty and relaxing resort though the rooms are just a little too basic and not so well kept.The cabanas with the big deck at the front is the best part of the rooms. Unless you have a desire to be near town there are nicer resorts for the same price. Though the town is very close (about 5 minutes by taxi) walking is not advisable as the roads are pretty rough to walk on.
Everything about Cahal Pech Village was above and beyond expectations. They have flexibile packages for rooms / food/ and tours. Talk to Lenny. The rooms were clean and comfortable, although the towels were a bit small. The food was great, the tours were fabulous. The staff at this place makes it memorable. They remember your names, help you out - even if you are out on your own. There were times we were walking on the street and some of the staff would stop and offer us rides to where-ever we were headed. We stayed in a cabana with a hammock and clam chairs- very Belizian ! I totally recommend you stay here if you are going to San Ignacio - you wont be sorry
Good value - basic room, friendly staff, great food
My boyfriend and I just returned from an 8 day trip to Belize, the last 4 of which were spent at the Cahal Pech Village Resort in San Ignacio. This is a cute little hotel, a 5 minute walk from the Cahal Pech ruins and a 15-20 minute walk from the center of town. Unless you're staying right in town, CPVR is the only other accommodation within walking distance of the town. The hotel has both cabanas and rooms. The cabanas are spread throughout a lovely garden setting. All the rooms have A/C, a balcony and face the town. We had a corner room on the 3rd floor with a fantastic view. It was very basic, but quaint and clean. Canteloupe-colored walls, turquoise ceiling, brown tiled floor, wooden desk/chair, queen bed, TV, 2 wooden nightstands and a closet/dresser. The bed was a little hard, the sheets/pillows a little thin and the water pressure was sometimes off, but the room was budget-friendly, comfortable and cooled us off after coming in from the hot Belizean sun. Everyone who works there is super nice and friendly, and it was cool getting to know everyone by name. The pool is clean and it was fun to hang out there with a Belikin beer and rum punch at the end of an active day. We were most impressed with the food. Everything we had there was delicious and the menu has a pretty good variety. Service in the restaurant was great, we only had slow service one morning for breakfast and every other time was really good. The hotel also did a great job of arranging our daily activities. We did the ATM tour (hike 2 miles through the jungle, cross the river 3 times, don hard hats and headlamps, swim to a cave entrance, and then walk/wade/swim/crawl through the cave looking at Mayan artifacts) and this is a must do. We also took a day trip to Tikal in Guatemala, and toured the ruins at Caracol. The hotel also picked us up and dropped us off at the airport, which was better then taking the bus.
One other thing to mention, I hope it's appropriate to post it here. After touring the ruins at Caracol, our group drove to the Rio Frio Cave in the Mountain Pine District. As we got to the end of the road, 5-6 masked armed men surrounded our truck and motioned us to pull to the side and exit the vehicle. Our backpacks were searched and we were patted down. They took our cash, cameras, watches, and some food that we had on hand. There were 2 other tourists vans already there and 10 minutes after were were searched, another van came down the road and was stopped. The bandits took what they wanted from them we were then all told to get back in our vehicles and were allowed to leave. No one was physically harmed. This type of thing can happen anywhere and this is in no way a reflection of my wonderful experience in Belize or of Cahal Pech Village Resort. We told the hotel what happened and they were stunned. We were given a credit and a free round of drinks. Everyone was very nice to us.
Stayed in one of the cabanas very basic but really unique, (no hot water in sink) but shower was hot. The staff were all very helpful good resturant and bar. Easy walk into town =take a taxi back up the hill if its hot only $ 2.50 american. Luis Goday was outstanding guide one of the best I ever had. Took their shuttle back to airport and stopped at Belize City Zoo very interesting. Driver was great guide. (don't let the tapir turn her back to you!!!) I thought the resort was a real value. Lots to see and do in area.
What's that smell?
I was really looking forward to staying in this hotel, it was going to be one of the highlights of our trip, or so I thought. When we arrived we were shown 2 rooms from which to choose from, it was hard to decide because they were both as bad as each other. The first thing that hit you when you walk through the door was the smell of mould and midew, it was quite overpowering. There were 2 beds. one pushed up against the musty wood panelled wall and the other was inches away from the A/C. The sheets were paper thin, I can only assume that they have been using them for years as there is very little fabric left. The mattress was concave and extremely uncomfortable, again I think that they were purchased with the sheets when the rooms were decorated back in the 80's. The thing that most horrified me though, was the bathroom. Not ony was the sink barely attactched to the wall but the toilet was not attatched either, or so it seemed. But the thing that I was most afraid of, was the black mould growing up the wall (see photo). I was so upset with the room that I changed the reservation to stay less nights. I had unfortunately booked in advance and paid a deposit, otherwise I would have turned around and found another hotel.
Despite what other reveiws have said about this hotels location in the past, it is not a quick 10 minute walk into the town, it is a very long 20 minute walk, or a $5 cab ride. The food and drinks are twice the cost of what you woud pay in the town, and they are nothing to rave about.
I really cannot imagine why anyone would want to stay at this hotel, the only good thing about it is the pool (which I never used - I was scared to) and the view, but they do not in any way make up for the terrible rooms.
If this was an inexpensive budget hotel, then I woud not complain, you get what you pay for. But this is advertised as a resort and they charge resort prices. I would not recommend it to anyone.
The Cahal Pech package plans are a real bargain. We stayed 4 nights there, with breakfast and dinner included, and one night in the more elaborate Jungle Lodge at Tikal. We had 4 different tours combined with 3 nights at Banana Beach in Ambergris and the savings were huge! Lenny arranged it all over the internet. LizBeth at the front desk in Cahal Pech helped with details and was always smiling. Alvin, the driver to and from Belize City was there to help in any way. Food was good, all workers friendly, but the room is VERY basic, not quite Motel 6 level. All guides arranged by Lenny and LizBeth were exceptional. Tikal was a must, and they arranged the border crossing so it went very smoothly. Be ready for bumpy roads to most excursions, once you leave the one main highway. Cahal Pech ruins next door has an informative video, Xunantunich very interesting ruins, too.
Great location and service!
The staff was super-friendly! Lenny (the reservations manager) arranged for us to be picked up from the airport (soooo much better than the bus and well worth it). Alvin the driver was kind and welcoming, and we stopped at Lenny's bar on the way in. They treated us like family-- his wife even cooked us some dinner! And I must say it was the best Belizean rice and beans I ate the whole trip. The cabanas were simply furnished and clean with a spectacular view of the city. You really can walk down to the city no problem-- we never once took a taxi. We arranged all of our activities through Lenny and the guides were also sooo welcoming. We had a wonderful time!
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