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Mayan Princess Hotel
Ranked #27 of 54 Hotels in San Pedro
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joshr502
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36 reviews
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“Best location in San Pedro!”
Reviewed 24 January 2010

This hotel has by far the best location on the island. It's right on the beach (hopping over a balcony on the lower floor, you would land right on the beach) and in the middle of the town. Everything you need is within walking distance. The rooms are quite spacious and have a small kitchen/seating area. The balconies all face the ocean. My wife and I are divers and this was a perfect location. The hotel was located right next to Amigos Del Mar (the best dive operator on the island). This was quite convienient since we did about 20 dives with them. I've seen in other reviews that the beach was quite noisy at night. We didn't notice it that much. We also didn't notice any loud music or anything from the several bars/restraunts near by.

Now for the down side. All the rooms in this hotel are individually owned. They all look the same, but the up keep can definatly be different. Several of the cabinets were locked up (although we still had plent of room) and the upkeep in our room was severly lacking. Our couch was caving in in the middle and partially held together with duct tape. It rained once while we were there and our balcony door leaked quie badly. The bathroom is also quite small. We did have a few outages where we didn't have any water, luckily it only lasted about an hour or so. Now, all the rooms are not in bad shape. We had family members staying in another room and theirs was perfect. So, it must have just been our luck.

A few other good things........I could actually stand under the shower head (I'm 6'3 and this can be a problem sometimes) and the water pressure was great. It's always good to have a nice shower! Everyone in town is very friendly. Most things are within walking distance, but it would help to have a golf cart (rent it early) if you want to go to other parts of the island. Diving is world class here. If you are a diver, you have to do the Blue Hole. It's a long day (about 10-12hrs), but well worth it for the three dives. Amigos Del Mar has a nice big boat they take you out on (some dive operations use small open skiffs and it's a 2-3hr ride depending on sea conditions). The night dive in Hol Chan is awsome too. San Pedro is by far the best place I've been to. my wife and I loved it so much, we bought a timeshare and will be heading back very soon!

P.S. This hotel does have internet, but you can only pick up wireless in the lobby and it's quite slow.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2010

We really enjoyed our stay at the Mayan Princess - it has a slightly bohemian feel and the location can't be beat. Our enormous balcony overlooking the ocean became our living room for the stay. Great choice if travelling with children since it is so centrally located - easy to run back to the hotel and down to the beach in front.

Staff was very friendly and helpful when it came to arranging tours and providing information. Plenty of restaurants and activities right outside, diving and snorkeling center. The night club a way down the beach was slightly noisy at night, but I guess that's the trade-off for such a central location with a lot of bustle around it. Would recommend this hotel to those who want a genuine feel rather than a more touristy but secluded resort-style hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

We stayed in a ground level suite and were surprised at how spacious and well layed out the room is. The french door balcony is especially nice and lets in a warm breeze. We actually pulled out the couch and slept on the balcony one night. The staff is really attentive- helped me find a safety pin when the strap on my dress broke etc. And were always kind even when we had a ton of questions. Its 2 min drive from the ferry (a healthy walk but doable) and right in the center of town. The room was very clean and has tasteful decor. Great value IMO!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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Reviewed 9 July 2009

I really liked this hotel. We had a suite for four of us. A nice queen bed, a pull out sofa, and a back room (very dark) with bunk beds. The kitchen was decent too. The View was outstanding...a straight shot of paradise. The room was nice an clean with a good a/c unit. A good amount of shelves.
The staff was not too friendly, but not rude in any way, and helped it needed. If you want to be in central San Pedro, this is the place. The continental breakfast is not worth writing about either. The one complaint is that our bathroom was not the best, the toilet kept backing up...maintenance repaired it when we requested though.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2008

The Mayan Princess consists of lots of individually owned apartments. Ours was in really good condition and had a kitchen and lounge area and a big balcony with amazing views.

The hotel was literally right on the beach at San Pedro so you could walk to the shore to snorkel in the amazing waters.

Great value for money, I wouldn't stay anywehre else in San Pedro after staying here. Free internet access in the lobby too.

There's no bar/restaurant, but there are plenty of places to eat nearby and with a kitchen you can cook - there are supermarkets just next door.

The food on Ambergris Caye wasn't as good as elsewhere in Belize - it was slim pickings for us as vegetarians but we got by. The area is very touristy as well so be prepared to get lots of hassle from street sellers, they are friendly and safe however.

Great watersports right on your doorstep!

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  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Providence, RI
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Reviewed 31 July 2008

The Mayan Princess is centrally located, but that isn't exactly what you want when visiting San Pedro. The rooms have great views of the reef, but they're in sore need of updating. I don't think anything's been done on the inside for a long time and that's really sad because they're not at all keeping up with their competition. There's no restaurant, no pool, and the location gets noisy early in the morning and until late at night (there's a very noisy bar right next door, and another next to that).. Everything would have been okay until we complained about the noise and asked if we could shorten our stay. The management became rude and told us we'd prepaid our nights and they wouldn't reimburse us for the nights we wanted to leave early. They were very unpleasant about it. I know the noise wasn't their fault and they can't control it, but if a guest is disatisfied, why make them endure an unhappy stay? Most of the other places right in the center of town are budget accomodation, so if you wan't something nice with even the slightest bit of comfort, you can find some nicer places just a few minutes walk outsdie of town. The management really needs to improve in their customer service skills.

Stayed July 2008
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Billings, MT
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Reviewed 29 May 2008

This hotel is in a great location in Ambergrise. Very close to good restaurants, shopping, and a great Dive Shop. However, it is a simple hotel, with basic ammenities.
Pros: They offer a nice continental breakfast, free internet, and every room is an ocean view room.
Cons: Some of the rooms are loud due to their proxemity to a local bar. If you like night life, this won't be a big deal, as the band stops playing at midnight.
Cleaning staff are a bit stingy on towels and other extras. We had to snag towels whenever we found one, as they only gave us one per day (even though there were two people in the room!)
Staff are helpful, and although they don't outwardly say anything, they appear irritated when we needed to change rooms due to the noise, or when we needed anything.
Price was $110 in low season, although website said $100/nt.
No pool

I don't know if we would stay here again. There are a lot of options for hotels in San Pedro and it seems that places need to step up the bar if they want to remain in competition with the other hotels.

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  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mayan Princess Hotel
Address: Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#23 Romantic Hotel in San Pedro
#26 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mayan Princess Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mayan Princess Hotel is located on the finest beach in San Pedro, Belize - as a result all rooms afford panoramic ocean views from their very own private balcony. No other hotel on Ambergris Caye offers quite the same atmosphere or friendly service. Rooms are furnished with a wide range of practical amenities, and all include a well equipped kitchenette. We offer many complimentary hotel services as well, including free airport pick up, complimentary WiFi, and a private dock use for all guests. We are also less than 100ft away from both of Ambergris Caye's water taxi services. We take pride in the value that we offer to guests, and in addition to great rates, all children under 12 stay for free. Numerous activities and tours such as scuba diving, snorkeling, cultural and jungle tours can also be arranged through Mayan Princess Hotel. Our staff are here to help make your Belize vacation as relaxing (or as exciting) as you desire. If diving is part of your vacation plans, we are conveniently located steps away from Amigos Del Mar dive center, located on the Dock right across from the Hotel. Enjoy the best of both worlds - stay with Mayan Princess Hotel, dive with Amigos Del Mar! The many dive sites dotted around Ambergris Caye are renowned for offering some of the best diving in the Caribbean. The incredible Blue Hole is also a popular option with our diving guests. The nearby Belize Barrier Reef harbors over 500 species of exotic fish and a whole host of other marine wildlife, including some of the world's most impressive corals. We look forward to welcoming you to Mayan Princess Hotel and Ambergris Caye! ... more   less 
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