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“Should be on your list if you're looking for budget travel”
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Hotel del Rio
Ranked #36 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Reviewed 17 June 2009

My wife and I recently stayed three nights at Hotel Del Rio and were generally pleased with the hotel. We spent the $60/night for the Cabana Casita at the sea and that's what we got. The room had a double bed with mattress supplemented by egg crate foam in an attempt to make it softer. However, the room did have hot water, a coffee maker, and refrigerator, which came in handy. The room did not have A/C, but we didn't think it was necessary as the only thing between you and the breeze are some palm trees. We had the windows open at night with the fan on and felt very comfortable.

The hotel is about a ten minute walk from the busier center of San Pedro where most of the shops and restaurants are located. It will cost you around US$5 for a taxi to the hotel. I wouldn't try to walk it with luggage! Because of the distance from the town center, it was relatively quite around the hotel at night.

All in all, this was a budget friendly accomodation in a quite part of San Pedro. If you're looking for much more than a place to sleep and shower, then you might want to pull out your wallet and consider less budget-minded hotels.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

I stayed at the Hotel Del Rio for 3 nights recently and I can't imagine a nicer stay. Our Cabana was the closest to the ocean (which is right across a sand path/road) and had a perfect little porch to hang out and just watch the day go by.

The room was large and had a little fridge and coffee maker with cups, etc.

The bed was comfy and although it was hot during the day, the breezes that came through at night when we opened the windows (actually large wooden horizontal blinds) made it more than comfortable.

It's a nice, safe, 10 minute walk into the heart of San Pedro along the beach to get into town, which is much better than actually being in town.

Considering the high cost of most hotels on Ambergris Caye, this was a bargain.

Highly recommended and I will stay there again if/when I go back.

The cabanas have to be the best bargain on Ambergris.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

Very friendly and welcoming staff, decent location and good price. Not terribly close in to the centre of town, but only a 10-15 minute walk.

Room was really basic. Just one sheet on the bed - nothing else (weather wasn't so great, so something more would have been better). No view from the room I was in (even though it was on an upper level, the view of the water was obstructed by another structure).

I would recommend it to a friend, keeping in mind it is a no-frills kind of place and you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 January 2009

We stayed at the Dream House on Ambergrise Caye. This Hotel is located about 7 minutes walking distance from San Pedro and we took a taxi from the small airport when we got there and it costs about $5 US. The loft was perfect for the 2 teenagers and the downstairs had a kitchenette, a small living room, dining area, a double bed, a porch with a great view of the Caribbean Sea. We did have problems with just one bathroom but we managed to work through that. The cabana-style house had no cable or tv but did have wireless service so we could logon to the laptop and get the US News and watch dvds. There's too much to do to stay inside and we went cave tubing, saw the Belize Zoo, went to a Mayan Ruin site and horseback riding. All of this was done on the Mainland and we went through Tanisha Eco Adventures and another outfit called Extreme Adventures (not sure of the name right now) but it's located next to the Hungry Monkey Sub shop. We enjoyed great food, rented a golf cart for getting around the island, dropped our laundry off at Nellie's laundrymat and ventured around the town. We truly had an enjoyable adventure. Would recommend this trip for traveling with pre-teens and teenagers.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 December 2008

This is my third day in the hotel and myself and my girlfriend love every aspect of this place. First of all you are greeted by naturally friendly Belizian/Guatemalan host family who look after you from the moment you step in. There are 3 cabanas here and 2 buildings with rooms. The whole property is right on the beach with cabanas closer to the water. We stay in the room in building called Casa Blanca with the ocean view from the first floor. Rooms are simple, but very clean. There are a lot of animals here from hummongbirds to racoons. I will finish the review later, because I need to give computer back to host.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2008

This is a great little spot in Ambergris. Very reasonable rates, and a perfect location near the north of the main island -- 5-10 minute walk down the beach to the main area of town. It consists of cute little cabanas (we stayed in the Casita Cabana, which was perfect) and a concrete building with rooms. It has it's own dock with an area for swimming. There is an excellent bakery on the street behind the Hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2008

Hotel del Rio was the perfect getaway! We stayed in Cabana Chica, which is two steps away from the cheaper rooms in Hotel del Rio, but it was worth it for the thatched roof and sea breeze. Clean room, sheets and towels changed daily, refridgerator in room, located a few feet from the sea, large dock (shared with Caye Casa) for sunbathing/wading. Easy, quick walk to San Pedro town and restaurants, but located in quiet area, very relaxing. Friendly staff- will set up tours and snorkeling/fishing trips for you.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel del Rio

Address: 1/4 Mile North of Downtown | Boca Del Rio Area, Beachfront, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in San Pedro
#25 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#34 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range: £39 - £84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel del Rio 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 10 minute walk from the center of town, on a quite beach north of town, Hotel del Rio has clean and comfortable; Thatch Roof Cabanas on the Beach, Air Condition units and Standard Rooms all with a great beach front view. We also have 2 large cabanas with a complete Kitchen. All our units have private bathroom with hot and cold showers and mini refrigerators. Complimentary Continental Breakfast is served every morning under our main Palapa. ... more   less 
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Hotel Del Rio Belize/San Pedro

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