Overall the Conch Shell is a wonderful place, if you want to be right in town where all the action is. We were there for 3 weeks (end Feb./ beginning March) and this included Carnival, where we could stand on our verandah and watch it all without leaving our hotel (a tricky undertaking when everyone's throwing paint at each other!). We loved the relaxed vibe and the owner was very attentive and friendly, going out of her way to make us feel welcome and cared for. We had to move downstairs for 2 days (our room upstairs was unavailable for those 2 days when we booked) and perhaps to make up for this the owner Joan offered us 2 days at her beautiful beach house north of San Pedro, which we enjoyed immensely. (It's called the "Blue Dolphin". If you have a large group and perhaps a special occasion I would recommend renting her house. It's fabulous!) The manager at the Conch Shell, Eleanor, was wonderful and accommodating, and kept the place pristine.
We loved the upstairs rooms, with the coffeemaker and microwave, and amazing view from the verandah. Our downstairs room was fine too and had a bigger bathroom (missed the coffeemaker but you can buy coffee 2 doors away, so no problem) .Not as good a view though. Both floors have such a great breeze from the sea that A/C seemed unnecessary, and there's a window in back too so you get a cross draft.
There's a lot going on on the beachfront, but of course this makes it very convenient for water taxis, excursions, restaurants, etc. and you can swim close by in the "green circle". Don't be afraid of the occasional nurse sharks or even stingrays--some are tame, and get out of your way anyway.
It's a great spot for people watching, gazing at the sea, setting out on excursions, reading and getting a good night's sleep due to the VERY comfortable beds. We had a fantastic holiday there and highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated Conch Shell hotel awaits you. We are located in the heart of San Pedro Town and are surrounded by the best dive shops, restaurants, bars and tour operators. Enjoy one of our 10 Reef watching renovated rooms. Choose from upstairs rooms with mini-kitchenette and TV or Our Downstairs rooms with mini-fridge. We also have wireless internet available to our guests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Conch Shell Hotel San Pedro
- Conch Shell San Pedro
- Conch Shell Inn Belize/San Pedro