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“Rooms decent but grounds could use a little upkeep”
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Midas Belize
Ranked #9 of 33 San Ignacio B&B and Inns
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RapidCity,SD
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160 reviews
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“Rooms decent but grounds could use a little upkeep”
Reviewed 11 February 2012

If the hotel was in the USA it would be rated a 3* at the most but for San Ignacio area it is one of the better places to stay within walking distance to town & room prices were reasonable. PROS: Rooms were spacious and clean, rooms cleaned everyday & they gave you fresh dry towels, breakfast cooked on site & was good & cheap, you could book tours there with PACZ tours-good company, security guard on site at night, jungle surroundings, they sprayed for mosquitos.
CONS-Rooms were not insulated well and you could hear people in adjoining rooms, restaurant only served breakfast. When we were they it rained every day so the grounds were very wet & muddy. The humidity was so high our dry clothes even felt damp in our bags & because all the trees it didnt get much sunlight except over the pool area, so it seemed a bit dreary.
There are 3 big dogs on site-German Shepards & Boxer Mix. They slept on our porch most of the time. The dogs are very sweet and NO they do not have fleas (like one reviewer commented). They are watch dogs and they do bark at night if something is going on.

Room Tip: Maybe try stay in the main building
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Please dont get me wrong but it was just an average hotel. The staff were friendly enough but the hotel definitely is a bit tired/scruffy looking around the grounds and entrance.
The room was decked out nicely (could have done with some drawers) and the shower was tiled nicely. However the shower was hard to get to the right temperature. There are two keys for security to get into the main complex which you would think is great but you cannot lock your windows and there is a fire escape that anyone off the street can walk up at the other end of the building?!?
The bar looked nice, but the pool however was dirty / murky. The little touches seem to be missing in this hotel, like tidying away equipment, paint tins, broken chairs etc.
This hotel is very expensive for what you get. Perhaps when other people have raved about this hotel it was cheaper? It was just an average stay with a top range price.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

I remember church camp being more comfortable! Frommer's definitely steered me wrong on this one. We had been warned by a traveler in Caye Caulker. She had just had a bad experience there, but we were still looking forward to it. When we first arrived, we were offered an "upgrade" to the main building but thought the cabanas seemed more inviting. That was mistake #1. The beds were amazingly uncomfortable, and there are flea-ridden dogs all over the yards. When I asked to move to another room the next day, I was told I had been given that option and had not taken it when I had the chance. While Bielizeans elsewhere were very nice and accommodating, that was not the case here. I also recommend signing for each charge, as we were overcharged by the pool server the first day. When I noticed this at checkout, I was told that employee wasn't at work yet, so nothing could be done. Speaking of the pool,it was supposedly new but looked very dirty. Lessons learned by a very experienced traveler!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

My husband and I we went for the first time to San Ignacio, Belize. We decided to stay at the Midas Resort. We had the best time, the staff is great, the rooms are very spacious and clean.
Midas Resort is a small place and just outside of town we walked every day and night to town. When we were there it was a bit under construction, a new pool and another addition to the hotel. We absolutely loved this place. You do hear in the morning the birds. Great place, super staff. It has been a while we went in December of 2010.

Room Tip: End Unit , next time we maybe will get a bungalow, you have no neighbors next to you.
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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

We stayed in Midas for 5 nights in early January 2012.
If you are looking for a place to stay in-town, Midas is in the middle of it all: it is between 10 and 15 min walk from all bars, restaurants, tour operators’ offices, town market - try sapote and cocote (coco plum) fruits - and 2 general stores that they call supermarkets. At the same time Midas is not in the dusty centre of San Ignacio – grounds are nicely landscaped, so that you feel like you are in the middle of the forest or at the very least in an oasis removed from hustle and bustle of this busy little town.
Midas is a midsize, nice and clean hotel that offers different levels of comfort. The owner/manager Michael Preston will be the first to tell you that the cabins are somewhat outdated – they were last renovated in mid 90s. Personnel do their best to maintain cabins in order but you can see that some window screens on these cabins are a little damaged and I’ve even seen an occasional leak of plumbing under these cabins. Cabanas are the most popular midrange type of accommodations. They are in perfect order, relatively new and well maintained. As far as I could see the only down side is the total lack of screening on the doors which is problematic because of insects. Same problem applies to the 3 ‘deluxe’ rooms in the garden building where we stayed. Otherwise the deluxe rooms are big, beds are huge and comfortable, and decorations are artful and nice. Weak water pressure though.
There is also a 3 story building with a number of ‘deluxe’ rooms. These offer standard 3 star/2 diamond amenities. Our friends stayed in one of these rooms. Apart of some strange ideas of room designers (like having no doors on bathrooms) one can think of these rooms as very similar to rooms in well maintained Quality Inn in midsize American city.
All types of accommodations are air-conditioned and en-suite.
Pool is big and relatively clean – we actually used it. The bar works late and Michael will mix some unusual drinks for you.
Staff is very helpful. When negotiating reservations over email Dorita was very open and upfront about everything in the hotel including the service fee that is mentioned in other reviews. Think of it as part of the rate. Midas is still worth it. It may be $15 per night more than Martha’s Guesthouse but it is so much nicer. So unless you are on a shoestring I would stay at Midas. BTW Michael explained to me that he doesn’t want to roll the service fee into the rate because it goes directly towards his employees. Sounds fair, isn’t it?
Given where it is located and how difficult it is to maintain a decent establishment in this part of the world, I would have rated Midas 5 stars, if not for one very serious problem that we encountered day after day at breakfast time: it takes forever to be served. You have to allocate at least half an hour for it. I gave up twice in 5 days and left for a tour without breakfast because tour cars were waiting for us. Given that you are going on a tour every day early in the morning this is no minor drawback. Plus breakfast is the only thing in Midas that is somewhat overpriced.
There is no restaurant on premises. But Hodges (a decent establishment) is about 500 feet away so this is no problem even when you come back from tour late. Otherwise go to Hanna’s or Evra’s in town.
They can arrange tours for you but you can save a few bucks by doing it yourself. All tour operators are open late (until 8:30pm).

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Midas Belize
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 33 B&Bs / Inns in San Ignacio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Midas Belize 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Midas is the only 7 acre resort down town that can offer a tranquility of nature at its best, birds tweeting their musical charm squirrels jumping from tree to tree, river flowing by the resort, iguanas resting on the limbs of the trees, and freshness of the condensing air rising as morning breaks daylight, and yet only a 7 minute walk into the town center where you can meet the unique people of Central America. ... more   less 
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Midas Hotel San Ignacio
Midas Tropical Hotel
Midas Tropical San Ignacio
Midas Belize San Ignacio

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