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“Amazing Staff - Great Stay”
Review of Midas Belize

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Midas Belize
Ranked #9 of 35 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

We found this little gem on TripAdvisor when we traveling into San Ignacio to visit the ATM Caves. It was a bit of the jungle but with all of the comforts of home. Hot shower, A/C, WI-Fi and a TV. Outside the cosy cabana were many lizards and birds, it was fantastic. The staff were amazing, we arrived very early for our check in and they got our room ready for us within 15 minutes, which after the bus ride we were very grateful for. After we checked out the following morning we were able to leave our bags at the office for the whole day while we were on our tour as well as leaving valuables in their safe. As soon as we returned from the trip we were due to be picked up to continue on our adventure, as we waited for our ride a lady opened up the bar so we could enjoy a cold beer before heading off. All in all a fantastic place, we only stayed one night but it definitely made our whole trip even more enjoyable.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

I was sorry our time was up and we had to leave the Midas hotel. We had a great stay. The cabana rooms are quiet, cool, large, and beautiful. We could walk to restaurants in town. One day we drove to the Mayan ruins and saw the iguanas at the San Ignacio Resort. Very fulfilling.
We had the Belizian breakfast with some wonderful fried dough that was called Jack Fry (I think.) Unbelievably light and delicious.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank arlene70
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

Midas is a good enough place to stay in San Ignacio, especially on a budget. Their rooms tend to run at least USD$30/night cheaper than some of the higher-rated resorts/lodges in the area, yet Midas is also very safe, modern, close to town, and rooms are very clean. My deluxe suite (recommended over a cabana or cottage) was actually the nicest and most modern hotel room I had throughout my recent trip to Belize. Gorgeous floor tiles, comfortable king bed, and lovely cedar scent throughout the room.

But, there are a number of reasons I will never stay at Midas again. And, I wouldn't recommend Midas to anyone who can afford a better hotel, either. Here's why:

1. The pool towels are totally micromanaged. Each guest gets a yellow placard, which must be taken to the front desk in exchange for a pool towel. Losing this placard results in a USD$50 fee per placard -- these are 3"x5" plastic pieces, not hunks of precious metal! Ridiculous! Then, one must return the pool towel to the front desk after use, thus walking up to your room still dripping wet -- one cannot wear the towel back up to their room and just let housekeeping take it away the next day! Goodness, these are just cheap-o pool towels! I thought perhaps Midas' procedures were standard Belize customs, but every other hotel I stayed at in Belize had pool towels sitting out, that guests could grab at their convenience, and that housekeeping would collect from rooms the next day. So I don't know why Midas has to micromanage pool towels this way. It's annoying and an inconvenience.

2. Bugs are a problem throughout Midas. I left a burrito, wrapped in foil, then in a plastic bag, in my room for less than 2 hours. Upon returning, a stream of ants had entered the room through an uncaulked window and had enveloped my burrito. The swimming pool is littered with bugs. And the kitchen/restaurant area is swarming with mosquitos -- sitting there for 25 minutes left me with 7 bites on the right leg alone, even AFTER applying OFF!.

3. WiFi is not available throughout the resort, and was certainly not available in our deluxe room. It is only reliably available in three areas -- the pool, the restaurant, and the front desk. Each area has its own password. Why don't, instead of having three crummy routers, they invest in one good router so that everyone can get WiFi throughout the property, including in their rooms???

4. Front desk staff doesn't tell you enough information. We had to ask about the drinking water -- they don't just tell you not to drink the tap water, where to buy bottled water, etc. We had them book a Tikal trip for us, and again, they didn't tell us any details about the trip. Nothing at all about the length/duration of the tour, what costs were included, whether we needed to bring extra cash, whether lunch was included, what clothing/shoes were recommended, etc. If you have any questions, you really need to pry answers out of them.

5. The hotel sells bottled water for BZ$3/bottle, but only when the front desk is open. Every other hotel we stayed at in Belize just provided free bottled water to each room and had 24/7 access to refills.

6. Breakfast kitchen staff is painfully slow. The waffles are from pre-mixed batter, the kind you just pour onto a waffle iron for 4 minutes -- so I thought this would be a quick to-go breakfast before our Tikal trip. I arrived and ordered at 6:50 AM, but did not receive the waffles until 7:20 AM. Yet, a couple who arrived at 7:00 AM received two full English breakfasts by 7:10 AM! And, all the while, I'm getting attacked by the mosquitoes -- an extremely aggravating breakfast experience.

7. Housekeeping completely turned off our A/C each morning, making the room even hotter and more humid than outside! So when returning from day trips, and all we wanted was a nice cool A/C blast, we had to wait 45 minutes for the room to cool down again.

Overall, Midas is a nice hotel, but there are a lot of little things that added up to an aggravating experience. I would definitely not stay at Midas again -- some of the equivalent or better hotels are further outside of town, but if you have a car or can dine on-site, they would probably be better options than Midas. I regret not just shilling out the extra money for a better hotel in San Ignacio.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank stargirlssc
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

We stayed here for two nights, in a double room in the main building. From the outside it doesn't look up to much, with a big wall blocking off a view from the road and an automatic wooden gate at the car park entrance.

Once inside, it is actually quite a good looking setup. A "resort" it is not, but it is a pretty good hotel.

The bedroom itself was a reasonable size with two beds. The air-con worked well, and everything was clean and tidy. The shower room was OK, with a fully tiled walk-in shower. There was a small balcony for the room, but which was OK to dry clothes on but too small to stay on for any time and lacking a view. The balcony door didn't look particularly secure, even when locked.

The swimming pool at the front of the hotel was great, and a nice place to relax after an active day sightseeing. The bar area beside the pool is also a pleasant environment for a drink.

The staff were OK but service wasn't great. I felt that I was causing the bartender an inconvenience when asking for a drink at the bar.

The location is pretty good, a 10 minute walk up into the centre of town.

Room Tip: The rooms in the main building look better than the cabins out the back.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank The_Bogtrotter
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

In May 2013, we spent several days at the Midas Resort and really enjoyed our stay there. We stayed in one of the cabanas with two rooms and found the unit to be comfortable and quiet. There is air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans in each bedroom and a ceiling fan in the living room as well. They also provided floor fans as well so the unit was very comfortable. Another nice feature was that they provided drinking water which was very convenient. They had a very nice pool and an outdoor bar by the pool which was fun. While we did not eat there for dinner, they did have a dinner option every night which was nice if you didn't want to leave. We did eat there for breakfast and the meals were very tasty and a good size. The fruit plate was delicious and huge. The resort is also in a great location, it is an easy walk to the farmer's market which is huge and lots on fun on Saturday morning (great spot for breakfast) and into town. It is also right next door to Hode's which is a very good place to eat. While we were there, they finished installing an electronic gate which makes the resort and parking area very safe. Probably the best thing about the resort, however, was the staff. They are all friendly and helpful and make the stay great. It is definitely not fancy but it is a great place to stay in San Ignacio.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank escocali
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

We had a large group of students, teachers and parents who enjoyed every second at Midas. Apart from al the fun and hectic activities we had during the entire day, staying at Midas was like the cherry on top of the cake. We had a great time in the pool were they provide us with towels for everyone and even a volleyball to play with the group, the pool was of good size and depth and had a section for young kids too. Some of us stayed at cabanas, some cottages and some at the deluxe were all rooms were clean, ready and on time for us. The beds were very comfortable with cozy pillows that we even overslept. The location was very good we were close to town, restaurants and the market.The receptionists were friendly, kind and very helpful with every thing we needed. For our next trip we wont hesitate to contact Midas Resort again.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are spacious and elegant.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Yani17
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

I gave this hotel an excellent rating mainly for the staff and how helpful they were during our stay. I wouldn't call this a resort by any means, but the cabana we stayed in was nice enough and had a/c to keep us cool at night. We had a bit of an ant problem in our bathroom, but some bugs are to be expected in this area. On the positive side, the staff was very helpful in arranging tours for us to the ATM cave as well as cave tubing the next day. They even offered to arrange transportation for us to get to Belize City after coming back into Belize from Guatemala for much cheaper than what our hotel in Guatemala offered. They have free wi-fi, a pool, and a nice bar area. They also have a restaurant on the property, although we never had the chance to eat there, and it's only about a 10 minute walk to town. This is definitely the place to stay if you're looking for friendly, helpful staff!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Napoleonjr1
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Address: Branch Mouth Road, San Ignacio, Belize
Region: Belize > Cayo > San Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range: £32 - £137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Midas Belize 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 minute walk from the Farmers Market in San Ignacio. Midas has a large swimming pool 50x40ft with hidden entrance into a grotto pool is open from 11am to 11pm 7 days a week. Breakfast served from 7am to 10am Choice of rooms Cottage for couples, Cabana for couples or friends King Deluxe for the romantics Deluxe set up as a hotel complex Junior Suite for that additional space Family Cottage 4 to 8 persons Casita Verde 2 bedroom house Casa de Cahal Pech 3 bedroom luxury house Spare Room who don't mind sharing a bathroom. All our rooms have Air Conditioning, Fridgerator, Safe, Cable TV, Fans and Keyless Entry 7 acre property with Macal River at end of property attracts lots of wildlife Iguanas Otters, Gibnats, wildcats, Birds Toucans, Quetzal, Hummingbird and so much more. Bicycle, ATV and Golf Cart Rentals on site Tours are also offered the famous ATM Actun Tunchil Muknal, Mountain Pine Ridge, Cave Tubing, Horseback Riding and also our Neighbour Mayan Temple Tikal ... more   less 
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