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“It's All Good...as Frank would say!”

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Corona del Mar Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #5 of 21 San Pedro B&B and Inns
Watertown, NY USA
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“It's All Good...as Frank would say!”
Reviewed 14 February 2009

Corona Del Mar is small and therefore very intimate. The staff at CDM absolutely guarantees my stay there next year.

Ernesto and Marlemi will handle your room booking and your multitude of questions with ease, they'll also happily call and reserve any number of excursions for you. Frank will bless you with his "I'm 110% GOOD" attitude and maybe fry you up some yummy plantains for breakfast! Addy and Mariam will keep your room clean with snowy white sheets and towels, and even chat for a few minutes when they have time. And finally, hotel security, that would be Gilbert, will chat with you about the weather, the island or what it's like where you live when he's making his rounds at night. Take the time to speak with Helen who owns the hotel when she's out with her dog Sunny....she's a lovely lady.

Now for the secondary stuff, (as far as I'm concerned)..... the hotel is well maintained, clean and very comfortable. I stayed in one of the lagoon facing rooms and was quite happy since the hotel is on the beach anyway. Every morning when the staff arrives they get the coffee brewing right away for breakfast at 7AM on the patio facing the ocean. Shortly thereafter they begin to bring out boiled eggs, fresh fruit, (watermelon, papaya, pineapple, oranges and delicious bananas from a tree on the premises) whole wheat bread for toast with jelly, peanut butter and margarine, along with cinnamon bread and bisquits. This is a great place to meet other people staying at the hotel.

Woody's Wharf, owned by Corona Del Mar is right in front of the hotel. There's a good sized deck at the end of the pier for sunning and swimming. Excursion companies will gladly pick you up right there for your trips. Many interesting local fisherman and guides have their boats docked here and it's fun to talk with them. The beach is clean, raked by Frank every morning and there are plenty of chairs and lounges, including a palapa to get out of the sun.

I happened to use Searious Adventures for my excursions. They do a super job, are very professional and provide a lot of education. Ernesto booked many hotel guests with the sailboat, Rum Punch, and when I spoke with these people they were delighted with their trips, so I would also recommend them.

The hotel is an easy 1/2 mile beach walk to town or you can walk the street side. Highly recommended dining is George's Kitchen on the street side of the hotel, it's convenient and tasty, served up by George and Maria. His grilled shrimp are fantastic. There's a pizza place next to George's called Pepperoni's that's quite good. In town I enjoyed eating at Elvi's Kitchen, Caliente, Jambel, and Wild Mango.

I love Ambergris Caye and can no longer imagine surviving the horrible winters without an escape here. Corona Del Mar has spoiled me...and no frilly, stuffy resort will do. I'll never stay anywhere else again!

  • Liked — The Staff
  • Disliked — I loved it all!
  • Stayed January 2009
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San Pedro, Belize
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Reviewed 11 February 2009

Clean environment, convenient but not to close to the center of everything. Friendly family atmosphere.

  • Liked — the breakfast was included
  • Disliked — internet access was not exceptional, but not a real issue.
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
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Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2009

Corona Del Mar is the absolute Best! I would never stay anywhere else. If you are looking for a place to call home while you are on vacation this is the place to stay. The staff is wonderful! We had a couple of great dinners with them with the fresh fish we caught right out in front of the hotel on the beach. Couldn't of asked for a better dinner. They are soooo helpful at the front desk, anything you ask for they can do. Housekeeping was great, the room was always cleaned and they even did our laundry for us!! Frank is great at horseshoes except when we come to town! haha! The rooms are very cozy and have wonderful views of the ocean and sunrises. I have traveled to many places in the Carribean and this is by far my favorite place to vacation and of course my favorite hotel. This is our second year here and plan on returning next year again. You get free rum punch all day long!! Not far from town, it is a very nice walk down the beach. I felt very safe at the hotel and anywhere on the island. This is the place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Kansas City
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2009

We loved Cororna Del Mar!! Friendly staff, nice rooms, excellent view, good free breakfast, all in all a great overall expereince!

  • Liked — Our room and private balcony
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Cochrane, Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2009

Excellent place to stay. Recomended by friend. Place was as good as stated by friend and even better. Staff @ hotel were wonderful and very pleasant. Staff were able to accomodate all of our needs and wants. Staff also had great suggestions for trips to do and also resturants to satisfy our hungers and such. Our experience in San Pedro was that much more rewarding after following suggestions from staff @ Corona del Mar. It is so nice to see a staff that are not only willing to fulfill your holiday needs but follow up to make sure that you enjoyed your stay and that you also enjoyed the suggestions that were made by the staff. But beware if your horseshoe skills are not up to par then Frank from the hotel staff is quite willing to teach you some finer points in horseshoes as well as a little leason in humility. Our crew can't wait until the day we return to enjoy Corona del Mar's hospitality again.
Rik Wedgwood and crew
Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.

Stayed December 2008
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Olive Branch , MS
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 13 November 2008

My girlfriend and I just came home from the BEST vacation either of us has ever had. Our stay at Corona Del Mar was way above our expectations in every regard. The wonderful staff treated us like family and greeted us every day with an enthusiasm that is sorely lacking at other caribbean destinations. Our room was plenty big enough, very clean and the view was to die for. We could find no faults with the facilities, and the staff took care of our every need. We would highly recommend the Corona Del Mar to anyone who wants a very casual, laid back and tourist friendly hotel in Belize. Our sincere thanks to Ernesto and the wonderful ladies that operate this quaint little piece of paradise. We are already making plans to return this time next year..

Bill & Bonnie

  • Liked — clean, friendly and felt welcome
  • Disliked — nothng at all
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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London
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2008

I booked this hotel on the strength of the positive reviews from trip advisor, but was very disappointed.

-The room was badly in need to refurbishment - the furniture was shabby, the soft furnishings were old-fashioned, the fixtures in the bathroom were corroded and the whole place smelt of damp.
-On the first night there I was shocked to find that a cockroach had managed to find its way into my bag.
-The free continental breakfast was so stomach-turning that we gave it a miss every morning - it was simply some bread and fruit but when we went down to help ourselves we found that everything was crawling with flies.

On the plus side, I must say that the staff were very helpful and it was lovely sunbathing and swimming at the end of the jetty outside the hotel. But on balance, I would definitely stay elsewhere next time.

  • Liked — The friendly, helpful staff
  • Disliked — The dirty, shabby feel of the place
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Corona del Mar Hotel & Apartments
Address: Coconut Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Corona del Mar Hotel & Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Corona Del Mar Hotel & Apartments, your home away from home. A nice beautiful 15 minutes walk along the beach to town. Not too far from town but yet far enough from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy our free rum punch and fruit punch all day long. Once you are here, leave everything to us. We guarantee your vacation of a lifetime. ... more   less 
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