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Beach Guesthouse Holbox Apartments & Suites
Ranked #3 of 32 Holbox Island B&B and Inns
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London
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“A stunning view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

Holbox Apartments is a small gem tucked away on Holbox Island. It is a simple place with a real Mexican flare. The palapa roof and the beautiful wood interior give the apartment charm. The view from the upper balcony is spectacular. It has sun and shade with hammocks to enjoy afternoon siestas. The property is close to town and is easy walking distance on the beach. It is a rare find with reasonable pricing. Would return again and stay at this unique apartment on the beach with amazing views.

Room Tip: Two Apartments. Upstairs has a refrigerator and downstairs has a full kitchen
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

the site is fantastic. arriving ffrom the "port" is great to see this beautiful house handmade by John and Mandy. each angle has a specific theme, all the sand garden is full of seashell, iguana, flowers ...
let's spend some days here to live in paradise ....
from the room you can see fantastic sunrise and sunset... some of the best ever seen...
and the owner are very kind, and available to help you to visit the island..

do IT, you will be HAPPY !

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2011

We stayed in the upstairs left (looking out at the gulf) apartment and loved it. I slept for hours in those hammocks. It's very cozy and a great place to stay for a couple nights. Nice to have a coffee maker and refrigerator in the room, and the shower had good heat and water pressure. There were a couple iguanas who hung out with us on the veranda each day.

I hate that I can't remember the name of the caretaker, but when we were there he was staying downstairs, and is the local veterinarian. And this is important, as it is how my first negative turned into a great big positive---

When we arrived on Holbox, though we had a reservation, we hadn't received any information on location of the Apartments. It was raining, and we walked up and down the beach looking for it. And so you know- it's to the left of the main road from the ferry, about three blocks down on the beach (a block and a half past Holbox Dreams). I had a cell and called the number I had and they told me which way to head, without a lot of detail. When we found the Apartments, there was no reception, and I had to call into the room of other guests to try and get some help (still raining). She told us we had to walk a block and a half back the way we'd come and go to the Veterinarian's office to get the key. So away in the rain we went and found out he'd gone out to do something with his hair. So we had to wait another 10 minutes- in the rain....

Well he showed up with a hair drier in his hand, and was extraordinarily friendly, apologetic, and wasn't going to let rain or disappointed guests ruin his charming disposition. He brought us to our room, again apologized, told us what we needed to know and was off. The next day, as we were lazing the afternoon in the hammocks, he showed up with a big bowl of guacamole, chips, civiche and two ice cold beers. He must have made them himself downstairs, and to be completely honest, this was the best guacamole and best civiche we had in our entire time in Mexico and Belize. To top it off, he let me borrow his ipod charger, as we'd left ours at home. Any miscommunication and misunderstanding was cleared up.

Other negative, no a/c. You probably don't need it most of the year, but after a day getting too much sun and starting to burn, and under a mosquito net in July, it can be a bit too much. I understand that the palapa roof pretty well rules out the possibility of having an a/c, so it's a trade-off. Ultimately I preferred the palapa for the experience, but if you're pampered- you might rather go with a/c in July.

Mosquitos- never in my life, until I arrived on Holbox, had I heard an audible, collective hum from mosquitos (and I've been in some bad mosquito spots). This, naturally, is no fault of the Holbox Apartments, and they've got the room pretty well sealed off so they don't get inside, but still- there's a lot of mosquitos; just be prepared. It's worst at dusk and bad at dawn. And if you're downtown and see the fumigator truck come by- run! seriously.

It could be a little closer to the water, though it's really no issue to get to it, other places have a better 'beach' area (not really beaches on Holbox, rough, shelly beaches I'd say).

Internet didn't work in our room, and fortunately no one was in the other upstairs room, so we could walk over to the end of their veranda and hang over the side to pick up signal. Kind of a pain.

All in all, it's a Very Good place to stay, and if I ever go back to Holbox, I would definitely stay there again- nor would I think twice about recommending it to a friend.

Room Tip: Top right room (facing the beach) may be better for internet, but top left room has slightly better...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2011

LOVED Holbox Apartments! Just got back from there after a romantic week with my boyfriend on the wonderful little Isla Holbox. We had an upstairs apartment with a fabulous view. The apartment was well appointed and comfortable. We practically had the beach outside the place to ourselves. Louis the caretaker of the property was sweet and helpful and the owners John and Mandy provided us with so much information before we got there. Its blocks from town but still far enough away to feel private. Honestly one of my new favorite places - highly recommend!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2011

My husband and I along with another couple just returned from a week stay at Holbox Apartments. It was SO lovely. We rented 1 lower apartment and 1 upper suite. It was just perfect, the best of both worlds. The 4 of us had a kitchen downstairs and the AMAZING deck with beautiful views of the sunset and beach upstairs. The property is immpeccably kept with simple and comfortable furnishings. The gardener cut us fresh coconuts everyday he was there, and the caretaker Luis (also the town veterinarian) and his sweet dog Paparita took GREAT care of us. We would definately return and reccomend to anyone who wanta quiet and relaxing stay! The beach was beautiful!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2011

This was our third trip to Holbox, and each time we have stayed somewhere different. We would return to stay at Holbox Apartments - hands down. The apartments on the second floor are beautiful, with views that would make anyone envious. Wood accients make it feel rustic, along with the palapa roof, but the fresh white linens on a king size bed create luxury. Although no kitchen, you can't beat the view, and the mini fridge (super cold), cerveza delivered to your door (cold), along with a coffee maker, cutlery, plates, and a drinking water jug (alwasy full), make this perfect for the independant travellers that want to eat out, or bring food home. There are lots of places in town where you can get food "para llevar" so you can enjoy your view while you eat. As an avid cook, I found it hard without a kitchen, but enjoyed many meals out, and managed to get to the fruit market a few times and made awesome gacamole at the apartment. There is a bakery where all the locals buy bread which also comes in handy. Odd hours though, so you need to be there early in the morning, or later in the day to find them open. If you want a kitchen, rent one of the down stairs apartments (full kitchen).

mandy and john - the owners of the apartments are friendly, helpful, pleasant and great to have around. If you want privacy, you have it. If you have questions, or need something, they are more than willing to help. Heraldo is there too (always - when Mandy and John are not), and he is equally as helpful and kind.

The room was always clean, and fresh towels, toilet paper and water always replaced/replenished. Sheets are changed and cleaning is provided every three days - perfect. We are not all-inclusive types that need "new" everything and constant cleaning, so this was great.

There are hammocks - one inside, and one on the balcony. Two lounge chairs on the balcony, and a great view of the water, and the sunsets. you can see the water from the king size bed too...you can hear the wavs crashes, the birds and wind in the palms.

Some days you will also hear some music, or dogs barking, but that is Holbox - no matter where you are on the island within reach of town. Don't worry about the airport being across the street. We heard one plane on our 11 day stay, and it was exciting ;)

Holbox is not for everyone...it is rustic, muddy streets (if it rains), sandfleas on the beach (unless there is a breeze - and depending on the time of year). You need to be a laid back, adventure type to go here. Attractions and atcivities include: kiteboarding (windy season), shelling, snorkeling, whalesharks (when in season), hiking, kayaking, windsurfing, shopping (go to Arcoirics -Rosy's shop across from los pelicons restaurant - awesome stuff- you'll find Mexican treasures there), boat tours and fishing tours (go with Tanchi - he is the best- seriously - ask Rosy about these trips).

Holbox is safe and relaxing. Some day I hope to bring my future kid there...

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2011

I went to Holbox with a few expectations and a lot of curiousity. At times what you see on the web site doesn't match what you get. WIth Holbox Apartments, that's not the case. The room on the second floor west side was AMAZING! The view was spectacular and its a short walk to the village. The busiest time at the beach was during the sunset, otherwise quiet. The beach is vast so make sure to head east to explore when the tide is low. Luis, the property manager was wonderful. Always smiles and very gracious. We had a fabulous time and was my most relaxing trip ever down south. Our biggest worry was where to eat. Ask Luis about recommendations and where not to eat. People are friendly and the Island is VERY safe. It is recommended that you speak some Spanish. If you like prententious places to go - don't go to Holbox. It's a very real place, not walt disney world. As for the apartment, the water takes a while to get hot but don't worry, it will come. Patience in Mexico is a requirement.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Beach Guesthouse Holbox Apartments & Suites
Address: Av. Pedro Joaquin Codwel 126, Holbox Island 77310, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Holbox Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #3 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Holbox Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Beach Guesthouse Holbox Apartments & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BEACH GUESTHOUSE HOLBOX APARTMENTS and SUITES is a wonderfull private Mexican Beach questhouse,located on a private beach,on the quiet part of the island,into 3 minutes walking distance from Holbox village.The house is divided in two BEACH FRONT Apartments,* in one of it lives the owners* , on the groundfloor and two beautyfull OCEAN VIEW suites on the first floor.The aparment has 2 seperate sleeping rooms garden-and ocean view.,A fully equiped kitchen,with cooking facilities,fridge stove . The OCEAN VIEW suites have a wide private balcony with,,hammock and amazing oceanviews with spectacular sunsets.The OCEANVIEW suites have a fridge,coffeemaker,but no cooking facilities and a kingsize bed. The BEACHFRONT apartmenthas one bathroom as well as the suites have private bathroom, in room safe,purified water On the private beach there are sunshade palappas with wooden loungers and hammocks. The owners will advice you with pleasure about all available tours on and around the island. Mexican or French breakfast included.On site staff ,no minimum stay requiredOne of the highests rankings on ,Holbox island!PERSONAL ATTENTION, Service to provide you with the best advices about restaurants ,tours and TRANSFERS, arranged by ourselves from Cancun Airport,hotel to and from Holbox ... more   less 
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