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Athens Gate
Ranked #2 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence
Redmond
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

Athens Gate is an exceptional Resort! My husband & I visit there every year we go to ambergris Caye! We always have to go to the lighthouse bar &. Visit with Eliazar, (best bartender) who can meet any drink to perfection!! Eliazar can arrange any trip you would like to do: snorkeling, diving, ruins, or tubing!!! The resort is right on the water and had sunrises!! The pool is perfect, condos absolutely beautiful!! We just love this resort!!

Room Tip: All are GREAT!!!none are different furnished same, 1st class resort!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

We loved the whole experience at Athens Gate. We could not get a room at The Athens Gate for our first night on Ambergris Caye and were forced to stay at another hotel down the road. It was horrible, broken screens on the windows, bugs in the room, screaming kids in the pool. I was terrified that this was standard fare on the island. The next morning we quickly packed and arrived in paradise.

Athens Gate is exceptional . Spectacularly maintained, every convenience you could dream of with amazing views, plus staff who organized our every whim and are more like the best of family.

We stayed in top door 2 bedroom. Super modern w every convenience imaginable.

Eliazar, the manager of the property, and his right hand at the bar were so helpful w everything from organizing diving trips and, unfortunately, ear drops post dive, to best food on the island, to rum punch on the beach. I don't know what we would have done without their kindness.

We are looking forward to our next trip and hope to make it a yearly event. Can't say enough goodness about it.

Room Tip: Loved top floor for extra peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Minnetrista, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Just returned from a week at AG - myself, my S.O. and another couple. EVERYTHING, from making the reservations all the way up to our departure, went seamlessly - an absolutely "No Stress" holiday. Even though our flight into Belize City was delayed and the other couple missed their flight so were coming in much later than expected- Tropic Air got us onto flights out to San Pedro and Carlos was waiting there to bring us to the hotel. From there, E pretty much takes care of everything! He arranged our snorkeling and fishing trips and a massage on the beach (see below for more info on activities), made us drinks in the afternoon and filled us in on all we needed to know.

We stayed in Unit #7 - a third floor 2 bedroom unit. It was gorgeous! Plenty of space for 2 couples to hang out and not feel cramped. The kitchen was big enough for us to all chip in and cook our fresh catches. The unit could use some wine glasses and a corkscrew but E will lend you some from the pool bar. The back bedroom had two twin beds when we arrived - which wasn't going to work for us, but the staff came up and bolted the frames together and remade the bed up to be a king size within a few hours of our arrival. The beds and linens were top notch!

The hotel is small (no elevators) but very serene. The views from the porches/balconies are breathtaking. The rooms are very clean and nicely decorated. Add this to the warm and friendly people working at Athen's Gate and you have a new home away from home!

We had a golf cart, which I would probably recommend for exploring the island - unless you really just want to stay put. There are a couple of restaurants and a mini-market within walking distance from AG and several restaurants will send a car to pick you up/bring you home. Otherwise, it's a bit of a hike on a dusty road to get to the closest end of town (and that's not really "downtown"). The roads south of town are bumpy and you have to go slow, but it wasn't all that bad. Some of the reviews had us really nervous about the roads - I think the worst roads are to the north of San Pedro.

GOLFCART WARNING: Seems like the police like to target the tourists for parking violations. We were warned about not parking in front of the red curbs. In fact, when we parked at what appeared to be a brown stripe in the cobblestone street we all agreed that it looked OK to park there, but the brown stripe was actually faded/dirty red paint and we received a $25 ticket ($12.50USD - so no biggie) BUT we talked to others who got tickets and their fines were higher so make sure you are parking at least 30' from the corners and on the same side of the street with the sidewalk and not in front of any marking that may have been red once upon a time!!

ACTIVITIES:
We did the all day sailing and snorkel trip to Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley and Caye Caulker. E arranged this for us through Tuff Enuf Tours. My guess is you may be able to get tours cheaper if you did the arrangements yourself, but pretty sure E is picking out the best companies to work with. And how nice to sit at the pool bar with a cocktail one evening and make the arrangements for all your activities for the week??

The all day Sailing/Snorkel/Caye Caulker trip was good - but not the best sailing/snorkeling excursion I've been on. Our guide on the snorkel trip did not point out different fish or explain what we were seeing in the marine reserve. He was mainly there to keep us together as a group and make sure we made it safely back to the boat. We had several older guests on our snorkel outing that needed a lot of help, so that may be why our guide didn't have much time to point things out to the rest of us. Still a bit disappointing when you see other guides explaining what fish were being seen to their groups. You do the snorkeling on your way to Caye Caulker. It felt a bit rushed, so if you really want to take your time with the snorkeling - you may be better off doing just the snorkel trip without combining in Caye Caulker trip. The captain radios ahead to order lunch at a restaurant when you are under way to Caye Caulker (you pay separately for your lunch). Lunch still took a long time to get and we only had an hour to explore Caye Caulker. Again - felt a bit rushed - if you really want to explore, I'd take a water taxi there and spend a longer time there. Overall this is a good trip if you want to see a lot in one day.

We also had E book a fishing excursion for us. This was through Tuf Enuf Tours as well. Dave was our guide for the day and even tho he had been told there would be 2 people fishing, he accommodated the 4 of us with no problem. We fished several spots in the morning. The last fishing spot we could get out and snorkel. Then Dave took us back to Shark Ray Alley. The sharks know the fishing boats and come swarming - it was really something to see. On the way to our lunch spot, we saw sea turtles and dolphins. We thought we were going to remote beach to have our fresh fish cooked for us, but ended up back at Athen's Gate, where Dave cooked our lunch on the grill there. I personally appreciated this, since there was a bathroom handy and we didn't have to worry about getting bit up while sitting on a remote beach (yes, there are biting bugs, use bug spray) - but it was different from what we expected. I'm guessing the fish were biting better on the south end of the island where there are less undeveloped beaches? Whatever the reason, it was the BEST meal we had on the island (fresh fish in homemade tortilla's Dave picked up that morning).

After lunch, we went to a spot where we could dive for conch. Ended up with enough conch to have for dinner that night and as ceviche the next day! Dave was very knowledgeable and kept up a comfortable conversation throughout the day. I would highly recommend a fishing outing with Dave from Tuf Enuf tours. He personalized the day to our interests and everyone (even me, the non-fisherperson) had a great time!

Traveling there had my back out of sorts, so had E arrange a massage for me on the AG beach. This was through Ocean Essence Spa and was very good. It was quite a bit more money than you would pay if you went downtown (at one place on the beach you could get an hour for $35 vs $85 at the hotel) but you were spared the bumpy golf cart ride before and after and could easily make the transition from the massage table to a shady chaise lounge for a long nap. It was a nice splurge and the massage therapist was very good.

This was our first trip to Belize, but it won't be our last. We were a little skeptical reading all the excellent and above average reviews for pretty much every thing in the area - could a place really be that good??? The answer is a resounding YES!

Room Tip: NO ELEVATORS! If you can't handle stairs be sure to get ground level rooms. All the rooms appe...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Pedro, Belize
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

We Loved Athens Gate , it's a wonderful boutique hotel, on the island. E is the go to person, he takes care of all your needs. He had our golf cart waiting for us. He booked all of our day trips. One day of snorkeling, zip line and cave tubing for us Incredible :-) this boutique hotels rooms , are so spacious, they are 2& 3 bedrooms condos. Very morden clean & beautiful.
We enjoyed our daily trips into town, on our golf cart. We leave Monday, we can't wait to return to Belize, and stay @ Athens Gate.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bernice K
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

On the spur of the moment, my husband and I decided to go to Belize for our 34th wedding anniversary. We had only 4 days to find a place to stay and was blessed to make contact with Kim. She booked us immediately into a third floor apartment with baloney. Kim also took care of our flight from Belize City to San Pedro Island and our transportation by Carlos to Athans Gate. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by E with a wonderful rum punch. E made our stay exceptionally wonderful. E took care of tour and dinner reservations immediately and made sure we were always properly hydrated with a variety of wonderful drinks. Mornings on the balcony with a cup of coffee, turquoise water and palm trees was one of my favorite moments. My only negative remark is we had to leave. We will definatly be returning to be spoilt once again. Thank you E, Carlos and Kim!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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North Bennington
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

My husband and I just returned from a week's vacation at Athens Gate. This boutique, condo experience was the epitome of a no-hassle getaway. Lori graciously made all the arrangements before we left, Carlos met us at the airport and "E" made every arrangement and anticipated every need for the entire week. For the most part, Athens Gate is "E."
We chose a condo on the fourth floor and hugely appreciated our "crow's nest" view (tho' all the condos face the water). The four flights of stairs meant no guilt eating or drinking. Our condo was spacious, well-equipped and clean. We were glad we rented a golf cart for the week and thought the dirt and cobble stone drive into town was a quaint part of the Belize experience. A wide range of restaurants was easily available for our evening fare but we chose to eat breakfast and lunch at the condo. There's a great grocery store right across the street from the airport in San Pedro and we did our grocery shopping while we were waiting for our luggage to arrive from the mainland. We took bug spray with us and used it as a precaution but really had no problems in this department. We chose a couple different day trips - our experience snorkeling far surpassed any other place we've snorkeled in the Caribbean.
Without reservation we recommend Ambergris Caye for your next vacation and without a doubt urge you to consider Athens Gate for a wonderful experience.

Side Bar: Apparently, J-Lo has a home in the neighborhood. We caught her lounging by the pool at Athens Gate a couple times last week!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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boston
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

Loved Athen's Gate. We stayed in a 3 bedroom on the first floor. Unit was well equipped, clean, modern and very nice. E is Fabulous. He will take care of all of your needs. The location is out of the middle of San Pedro but getting into town is about a 15 minute golf cart drive. There is a very nice restaurant located directly across the street (Lonestar Grill) that is very convenient for lunch and dinner. They have a big selection from Tex-Mex to American. Our only complaint (and this is NOT the fault of Athen's Gate) is that a large family was occupying the unit above us with a very loud baby! There was NO sleeping late for us this vacation. Just be aware if you stay in this type of hotel/condo you will probably be staying with large families and lots children.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Athens Gate
Address: Beach Front, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
#5 Family Hotel in San Pedro
#9 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swaying Palms, sandy beaches, and warm ocean breezes welcome you to Athens Gate Resort. Experience unparalleled luxury, and service that is raising the standards, in one of our 2 or 3 bedroom villas. Athens Gate blends deluxe amenities and breath-taking views with a discreet location 2.5 miles south of San Pedro to give your trip seclusion with real panache! ... more   less 
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