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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We traveled to Belize and stayed at Athens Gate. Very good choice. The property is beautiful, the staff is very friendly and "E" is the man. He helped make reservations for outings and made pretty amazing drinks at the bar...make us feel very welcomed. Athens gate is in a good location for getting around to other places and close to Lone Star, which is a really good place to have any meal of the day.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Thank melissapryor
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

We had a fantastic time at Athens Gate. It met our expectations for a family vacation (2 adults, 1 6 year old). The place was not busy so only 1 day did we not have the pool to ourselves. Typically it was 1 other couple strolling by....

Highlights:
-"E". He's the man, and knows it all. He made our dinner and fishing reservations, and made us feel very welcome and comfortable...and he makes some very nice drinks as well. He made the stay at this condo most enjoyable. It would not have been the same vacation without him. We relied on him for info, and food recommendations etc.
-beautiful rooms, with huge balconies. The rooms were very nice. The kitchen was gorgeous. The fridge was nicer than mine at home:)
-beautiful view
-great pier to walk out on
-nice spot to walk the beach (although only a little bit)
-3 tvs with tons of channels (my son enjoyed having his own in his room)
-very clean
-great staff!

Lowlights (this is me being VERY picky...remember: I loved this place!):
-internet!! you could get some internet if you sat on the edge of your balcony, but it was spotty and seemed to cut out (when the bar opened?). Reliable internet could only be received at the bar. This was tough, as I had to work some while away.
-a few miles from town, although we loved our golf cart trips in
-no full length mirror in the room (and I'm a woman who cares about this type of thing:))
-thought the second bedroom was a queen size bed but it was 2 doubles, quite small and a bit dark.
-bed spreads were tired looking and sheets wrinkled
_too many light switches, tough to figure out
-balcony outlets did not work
-seagrass prevents swimming on the beach...too bad:(
-prices are expensive in Belize in general...food, restaurants, drinks, etc.

Loved it! I would go here again in a heart beat!! My husband would like a little more business and "resort" feel...but not me. Loved it and Ambergris!!!! Beautiful!

Room Tip: 3rd floor...great view. Would not want to climb the stairs to a 4th floor...as no elevator
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank onmich
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, clean and well kept. One of the most beautiful places to visit. We will definitely be back for one of E's specialties at the bar!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank jcolby13
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

The people at Athens Gate were wonderful. They were very helpful in making reservations for all activities on the island. It didn't matter if it was dinner, diving, snorkel trips, golf carts, cabs they would do it. E, the concierge, was awesome and helpful.

The property itself is beautiful. The rooms are very spacious and nice, clean, and decorated tastefully. The kitchens are nice with brand new appliances and full refrigerators, granite counters and plenty of seating. The televisions are a little small, okay a lot small, but I can give that up for a week when you think of all the other things you can do here. The pool is nice and the common areas are very welcoming.

My only complaint is that the wireless internet would not work in our room. I had to go down by the pool to log into the internet, which isn't all bad but we thought the internet would be accesible in our condo and it was not.

I would stay here again and would recommend it to anyone going to San Pedro for vacation. They also have a restaurant next to the property which was very good also.

They are located south of town so you will either need to rent a golf cart or pay a small fee for taxis everytime you want to go in and out of town. We did the golf cart and were glad because we had freedom of movement. There are many good restaurants in close proximity to Athens Gate and would take 10-15 minutes in the golf cart to reach. They are actually closer than you think its just that roads are pretty bad and you cannot drive as fast as you would in the states.

We liked going into town and we used the golf cart to go to a local grocery store for supplies for our kitchen.

Room Tip: Prepare yourself for very bumpy roads. Take twice the sunscreen you thought you needed. Dive the blue hole.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Yourluckyday
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

My husband and I recently visited Belize for the first time. Through reading, Trip Advisor and Vacation Rental By Owner, I came across Athens Gate. From the first moment we landed in Belize we thought we were in Paradise however it wasn't until we arrived at Athens Gate were we sure. As other reviews have said, it was an easy process booking our condo and Rhonda also took care of making reservations for our Island Hopper to San Pedro. Our condo was on the second floor and overlooked the pool and the beautiful ocean. The balcony was huge and held a table with four chairs, which is where we ate most of our meals. We were visiting in February and the weather was wonderful with little rain and we only saw mosquitos on our last evening. The breeze kept most of them away. The inside of the condo was beautifully decorated and I found out later it had been planned and decorated by Rhonda. The kitchen, dining room and living room were open concept and wonderfully spacious. The kitchen had granite counters and all the essentials for making supper and of course, cocktails. The condo easily had enough room for four people and guests for supper. The master bedroom was huge and had a king size bed that was very comfortable. Attached was a master bathroom with a walk in shower, double sinks and a soaker tub. The second bedroom although small was big enough for two and we would have easily been happy with it. A second bathroom although smaller had everything needed for another couple. The place was spotless and added touches had been made by the housekeeper who took the time to make sure everything was perfect. The outside gardens were also beautifully kept and everyone was always at work making it the perfect spot to relax. As everyone else has mentioned "E" is the real backbone of the property. He did everything for us including making reservations for supper, renting our golf carts, booking our excursions and just spending the time to talk to us about Belize and it's attractions. It was our anniversary when were visiting and I had mentioned it to Rhonda during our phone conversation. On arrival there was a bottle of champagne waiting for us. And when we went for dinner that evening on E's suggestion we made reservations at one of the more romantic restaurants in San Pedro. Unknown to us E called ahead and told the restaurant about our celebration and they decorated the table with flower petals and gave us complimentary the most wonderful dessert we have ever had. We also ate across the street at the Lone Star which had wholesome, down home cooking (mind you the food wasn't for the calorie conscious, but then your on holidays after all). Did I also mention the snorkeling we did right off the beach down at Athens Gate's sister resort? We saw all types of fish but also some barracuda, angel fish, sting rays and eagle rays. We didn't however see the shy octopus we heard lives under the pier. I highly recommend you stay at Athen's Gate if given an opportunity. You will not regret it and please say hello to "E" from his friends in Ontario, Canada (Debbie and Greg)

Room Tip: None to add as everything was perfect...really it was paradise.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Coastal802792
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