O.K. if you judge by 'American' standards this place may come up a bit short. For fancy pay more and stay at the San Ignacio where the Queen once stayed. Even if you choose not to pay more and stay there do visit The Iguana Project at that hotel...one of the best things to do there if you have kids! Umberto was a fabulous guide; there was a traditional medicine trail leading up to the structure that houses the Iguanas. Also, Friday and Saturday are the market days downtown- so someone who says there is nothing to do is wrong or not interested in the local culture. We loved the abuelitas making puposas on market day and drinking watermelon juice!
If you want to book a tour go downtown....every tour operator has a storefront.
The towels were a bit frayed around the edges but they were clean, as were the rooms. The AC was not up to snuff in my room- it was cooler outside, so we just turned on the fan and opened the windows at night. The bathrooms were newly tiled, beautiful even by U.S. standards, and we had all the hot water we could use. We stayed at the end of February mid-week and the pool area was fairly empty but beautiful and immaculately clean! I felt safe leaving my 13 y.o son to swim while I took the 7 minute walk into town to go to the internet cafe. It is an election year so the roads are ripped up in town and 'construction' is going on (and on). This place was away from the dusty downtown. The price was great $59 per night we got a free upgrade because what we booked was not available; I think of what $59 gets in the U.S. and I usually shudder. Any tour operator will pick you up there for free (or should) but it is only a short walk to the dusty downtown. If you will be away on tours of the ruins and the caves all day why pay more to stay someplace fancy? The beds were comfortable, the staff were friendly, the place was clean! Is it a 'resort' by American standards? No, but I'm not going to another country to sip tropical drinks by the pool and be waited on hand and foot; I do enjoy clean, safe and comfortable. By this measure Midas Resort exceeded my expectations. I think we place to much value on 'luxury' and not enough on meeting local every day people. My mother became ill while we were away and the clerk kept watch for when we arrived back to the hotel to personally make sure that I knew my husband had called.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Midas Hotel San Ignacio
- Midas Tropical Hotel
- Midas Tropical San Ignacio