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“Great for the price” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ruby's Hotel
Ranked #47 of 53 Hotels in San Pedro
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34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great for the price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

We had to check in during an emergency and after some initial hesitation, they let us check in quite early in the morning (about 6:15 am), for no extra fee (they initially wanted to charge us a whole extra day!) the room was clean and basic and comfortable enough. Ours faced the street, but there were decks on each level and loungers on the beach. I don't really recommend this island in general - the beaches aren't too great, the streets are dusty, and literally everything is crazy-overpriced (example: $4.50 USD for a cheap pre-packaged ice cream bar in a deli. What?!) Caye Caulker, although it has its own annoyances to be sure, is a better base if you want to be in the area for snorkeling or diving. You can't swim anywhere here but if you want to sit in the sun near palms and don't mind it being very very crowded and guys constantly offering to sell you weed, go for it. If I had to stay on this island again I would happily stay at Ruby's again (although the shower curtain and rod did fall down on me.) We paid $40 USD for a room with two twin beds facing the street. Seems crazy for Central America but probably a good deal for this overpriced and overrated island.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

I have stayed at Ruby's twice now, and both times I was happy with the experience. It is VERY basic but also incredibly cheap; a private room with shared bathroom goes for $20 a night. It is located right on the beach in central San Pedro and has decks on the 2nd and 3rd floors that look right onto the ocean. The cafe downstairs does takeout breakfast and lunch that is good and super affordable. I agree with the reviewer that said to bring earplugs; there is a bar right across the street that has music blaring pretty late, but with earplugs I slept just fine (and my room was facing the bar). It's a good idea to make reservations ahead of time, because this is a very popular spot.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Durham, North Carolina
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Ruby's is a budget hotel with basic accommodations. It's right on the beach and close to many of the restaurants and shops in San Pedro. We stayed as a member of a mission team group. The rooms are comfortable. Our room had good beds, sea breezes, and bathroom with shower. While there is no AC, the provided fans made the room quite comfortable. There's cold beer and drinks for sale on the beach all day. The coffee shop on the first floor serves good coffee and some baked goods. If you're looking for basic accommodations at a reasonable price, Ruby's fits the bill.

Room Tip: Pick one on the ocean side if possible
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

This was our first time to San Pedro and Ruby's; we were not disappointed at all. We had room #10, 3rd floor, end unit (room) so we actually had two windows and a door to open and let the trade winds circulate our room! We also had a fan, so it was just great! I was originally concerned with the bed, but found our room to have a queen sized pillow-topped mattress, which was VERY confortable!! The view from our room on the 3rd floor was the best, because the second floor was blocked by foliage. We ate at Ruby's, had the Johnny Cakes and Fry Jacks, but also found that Neri's (1 1/2 blocks west, on the left) had great b'fkast and so very very inexpensive! Our favorite place to eat turned out to be Warugama's, on middle street, a couple of blocks north of Ruby's. You must have the lobster Pupusas there!!!!
There is also an Internet Cafe, about 1/2 block from Rubys, that you can use for $2.50 (US) for 20 minutes.
The younger crowd is crazy, and yes, with your windows open, you will hear the LOUD music, talking, the bass of the music with boom , boom until the wee hours of the morning. But, it is what it is.
We found a styrofoam cooler, and put it in our room with ice for drinks. The Belikin beer is really good in San Pedro.
We did a couple of snorkeling excursions, both with Tuff-E-Nuff tours, right on our dock. We enjoyed them both immensely. Talk with Jacky and Raqul, they are very helpful, and we found that they were less expensive than most.
We would go back, and would request room #10. Enjoy your stay in San Pedro!

Room Tip: We recommend the third floor, because of the view -
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Emmalyn22
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Sebastopol, California
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52 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Yes yes the rooms are old, the sheets are threadbare but the third floor deck is absolutely perfect and the location "can't be beat"... bring earplugs for sure because the young crowd is pretty loud, all night long....
San Pedro is party town, so just know that there are always trade offs and this one is location, location, location....it feels like an adventure, just being there....

Room Tip: Room 11 has a good view!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Ruby's Hotel

Property: Ruby's Hotel
Address: Barrier Reef Dr. | P.O. Box 56, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye > San Pedro
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#43 On the Beach Hotel in San Pedro
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,348 - ₹ 3,370
Number of rooms: 23
Also Known As:
Rubys Hotel San Pedro
Ruby's Hotel Belize/San Pedro

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