Before booking Venus Hotel I read all of the reviews on this site. I have to admit I was a little disappointed once I saw the real thing. But our attitude was that it was just a place to crash between our tours to Guatemala, Caracol and the ATM tour so we weren't too bothered with our lodgings. All in all I think we spent very little time in our rooms except to shower, change and sleep. However, this is what I can tell you about the time we did spend there. Our room was right by the front desk which was the only reason I didn't flip out about the flimsy lock on the door. Their desk was staffed 24/7 which was nice. The staff was friendly and accommodating. They were even kind enough to refrigerate our gatorades over night for our trip the next day.
The rooms were on the spartan side but I found them to be reasonably clean. There was a working fan that helped with the heat but would have preferred if the AC had been working a little better. The bathroom, like all the hotels we stayed in in Belize, was more of a partition than a separate room. And I seem to recall that it has a curtain instead of a door. The shower itself had no curtain which meant we made a mess when we showered. But all in all it was ok if you're ok with youth hostel style rooms.
It was pretty noisy at night because the hotel is located on a little strip of bars and restaurants. But if you can't beat em join the right? We spent most of our nights hanging out at the bar across the street until we were too tired to care about the college kids partying in the room next door. Best part was that our tour guide's shop was practically downstairs!
As for pricing, we may have overpaied but since I didn't have time to explore the other hotels in the area, I can't really say for sure. We booked online a week before we got there and it was just easier to stay there since we thought it was just fine. Also, as I said before, we really liked the location.
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- Also Known As:
- Venus Hotel San Ignacio
- Venus Hotel Belize/San Ignacio