I actually thought alot about whether I should write this review or not, because far be it from me to hurt someone's income. But people need to know facts before choosing this one, and I need to share my (our) experience in Pause.
When we booked pause for three nights we were actually quite stressed, because we couldn't find an available accommodation online in Caye Caulker. Seeing that Pause receive some good reviews, and checking briefly the details, we decided to book online. The price wasn't cheap, but seeing as it's Belize, we were led to believe nowhere is.
Arriving on the island we found out right away that we made a mistake rushing into booking the room, as we were greeted with several options on the spot for half the price, and as it turned out - alot more amenities.
The place is not far from the main dock, though most of the places on the island aren't. It's about 7 minute walk from the ferry.
Upon arrival to the house, (and realizing it's 'Pause' - because there is no discernible sign saying it is) we met with Alex, the owner's cousin. Alex told us his cousin had to go away for a week, and he was charged with taking care of us.
We were shown the room and the area around the house - the dock, the cat sanctuary on the second floor (we were told they had about 80 cats there), and we also met a dude who was volunteering there.
The room itself was one space, divided to a kitchen area, a "living room", and a bed.
The kitchen area had a refrigerator, a sink and a stock of kitchen utensils (though we never used them). Other than that there was sofa and a dining room table with chairs, and the bed had a sort of a mosquito net, though it was only a flat net and did not cover the whole bed.
There were also two fans (one on a stand and the other a ceiling fan) and a portable air condition unit, though Alex (the cousin) didn't know how to operate it, and I didn't want to mess with it.
As a first impression we didn't put much stock in what was in the room, as long as we had a place to put our things and somewhere to sleep.
But our stay as I mentioned was three days, and we quickly became aware of the many problems with the room.
First and foremost - The bathroom area is only separated from the main room by a piece of cloth that hangs on a makeshift hanger, and no window. I don't want to elaborate on this, but I hope I got my point across.
The bed was not comfortable, the heat during the day and night was awful - mainly because of the fact that the whole room had only one window and one door with a screen door. No air would flow from the outside, and the fans being on full capacity did not help.
The shower had only ice cold water, the trash wasn't cleaned during our whole stay, the privacy was practically nonexistant since we had to leave the door open for some air to get in, and also the semblence of security for our things was only on the surface as the lock to the room would only turn a quarter turn.
Not finished yet.
I've mentioned meeting a British volunteer over there. The dude seemed rather miserable, as apparently the yard had lots and lots of what the owner called 'sand flies', but to me seemed like fleas (cat sanctuary and all). We were bitten by those 'Sand Flies' on more than one occasion, but the dude had it the roughest as his feet looked like he put them inside beehives.
This definitely was the lowest rated place we stayed at during our trip through Central America, and I might have been less harsh with my review had the price for our stay not been DOUBLE what we could have paid for a room on the beach with breakfast, WiFi and hot water.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pause Accommodation offers guests a unique Caye Caulker vacation experience removed from the bustle of the main tourist areas. This charming, waterfront property offers a variety of different accommodations with something to suit an array of travel preferences. Our Garden Suite has a double bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave, fan and private shower overlooking the garden. We also have A private Cabana which sits right on the water's edge, sleeps 2, with shared outside bathroom, a 10 bed & 4 bed dorm with shared bath & kitchen & a 6 bed dorm with private bath. We offer bike rentals & free kayaks, wifi & loads of coconuts for all our guests. ... more less