The town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is home to hotels in all price ranges, and as these things often happen, the more expensive ones with their own modern websites tend to be easier to find out about than the cheap places that rely on walk-ups and word-of-mouth. Since we are cheapskates ourselves most of the time, we like to occasionally highlight Belize hotels that aren’t well known, but offer excellent value for budget travelers.
Martha’s Hotel is just such a place, and it’s one of the cheapest hotels in San Pedro. When considering places like this it’s important to keep your expectations in line with the price you’ll be paying. If there is a place in the world where you can find a posh air-conditioned suite on a beach for US$20, we’ve yet to find it. Most of the hotels in San Pedro and throughout Ambergris Caye cost many times the price of this place, and there are reasons why that is the case. But if you are a backpacker or budget traveler looking for a place to sleep while enjoying the beaches and such, this might be your place.
Martha’s Hotel says it’s 3 blocks from the San Pedro Airstrip and 1 block from the beach, but checking a map seems to indicate it’s just a bit farther from both. Nevertheless, this hotel is in the center of the town and a short walk from everything, including both the air strip and the water taxi pier.
Martha’s Hotel has 12 rooms in one building, all with private bathrooms. There is no restaurant in the hotel, but there are dozens of places in this area within just a few blocks, so you’ll never have a problem finding a meal or a drink. Each room has a fan, but no air conditioning. During most of the year this should be enough, but some nights during the summer humid season might be uncomfortable for people who have a tough time sleeping in a muggy climate. There’s no TV or phone in the rooms, but there is a phone guests can use in the office.
High season (generally December through March)
Single – US$23
Double – US$35
Triple – US$47
Quad – US$59
Low season (April through November)
Single – US$15
Double – US$28
Triple – US$38
Quad – US$50
Booking a room
Hotels like Martha’s tend to do most of their business by walk-ups, and only in peak season do they typically sell out early, but you can reserve a room if you want to lock this place in.
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