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“Nasty and ignorant”
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Hi-et
Ranked #17 of 32 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 May 2012

Stayed at this hostel on my way back through San Ignacio after a month in Guatemala.Owner is Junior, whose wife was away at the time, so maybe she is nicer and more intelligent than him. Initially Junior was merely abrupt and unfriendly but things degenerated rapidly.....when he discovered that 4 weeks before I had stayed at another hostel in San Ignacio which was unfortunately for me infested with huge bed bugs!
He was so paranoid that he assumed that 4 weeks later I was bringing them to his hotel and started yelling at me when I explained that firstly the other hostel was infested with them, I was merely the innocent victim and that it was impossible for me to be carrying them after 4 weeks at other hostels. I explained that being a zoologist, I understood the life cycle of these particular insects and politely suggested he could use the internet to get accurate and up to date information on the topic which he obviously needed. He really started yelling then and ordered me to leave thenext day. He is unfortunately a very unpleasant and ignorant little man!!!

Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We arrived in San Ignacio in March 2012 without a hotel reservation. We wanted to stay at Martha's, which is across the street from Hi-Et. However, when we travel, we are there to explore the area, not to sit in a hotel room. The Hi-Et was perfect for that. It isn't a hotel, but a guesthouse. The owners of the home were incredibly friendly, and they have transformed several areas of their home into guestrooms for travelers. We looked at one room, which was a room with a private bath for $25usd. However we decided on the room for $12.50usd. What a deal! There were four rooms that shared one bathroom. We stayed there for four nights, and they take cash only.
The room was very small, had a fan, and a private balcony. The walls between the rooms appeared to be plywood, and the wall at the front door to the rooms didn't go to the ceiling, but had about a foot of open lattice at the top. So you can hear your neighbors, and not the most private. The door locked from the inside with a slide latch lock, and from outside with a small padlock and a key. It may not sound secure, but again, this is someone's home, and the only people that come and go are the guests staying there. The owners are always there, usually in the living room which is where you enter the guesthouse.
Hi-Et has free wifi, towels, soap, and a great common balcony to watch the people below. The owners have an adorable friendly little dog who will sit with you on the balcony. It's centrally located to everything, and is quiet. Our room was cleaned daily, as was the shared bathroom.
This was a great budget place to stay in San Ignacio, with great, friendly owners. I would recommend staying here if you're looking for an inexpensive, basic place to stay in a central location with nice people.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank jackieca
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

A local suggested this place after over hearing us talk about staying at Martha's which is across the street. We were on a tight budget while in San Ignacio because we wanted to go on multiple excursions while in the area. This is a great, centrally located hotel for that. There are no frills here but if you just plan to sleep here after a long day of exploring, it is great for that. If you are a light sleeper then earplugs would be great for the morning time. The town wakes up about 6am, the rooms in the back are much quieter.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Thank Amandalopez27
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

We travel to San Ignacio and chose this hostel by hazard we spend 2 nights there other than our room was in front of the building we could ear everything going on in the street until 0500am the place feels super safe and super warm maybe because of the fact that you have to walk across the owner's living room say hi to the family and then in the hallway to salut the parrot and then in the beautiful garden before getting to the hostel part of the house. I recommend this to anyone looking for a different experience and a good price.

Room Tip: ask for a room away from the front street noise
Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
Thank Guy-Paul L
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

We wanted a room that was in the center of town, near all activities, clean, but not expensive. That is exactly what we got. The rooms do have thin walls, but this did not affect us at all. Ceiling fans kept the rooms cool at night. Pillows on the beds were a little uncomfortable. We found the owners to be friendly and helpful. We paid 50BZ a night, and found it to be affordable, but functional. A refrigerator is available for guests to use, so you can stock up on the fresh fruits from the market!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank diverbe49
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

This is a hostel like atmosphere, Super friendly owners. I stayed here for four nights and I would stay here again. The only draw backs are thin walls with alarms starting around 5:30am and limited hot water.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank DeGrog
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

this is a great deal, for around $20 a night i was in a private room with a bathroom including a nice shower. also use of the community fridge was a huge plus, ill stay there again for sure. owner is on premises and super laid back and helpful. he also let me use the kitchen utensils and microwave which was great

Room Tip: don't get the front room right off the balcony its really loud
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Thank Shona77
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Address: 12 West Street, San Ignacio, Belize
Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
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Ranked #17 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range: £10 - £21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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