Portofino Resort Hotel, San Pedro
Reviews - Portofino Resort Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Young Couple
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Honeymooners
- Age Group: 51 - 60
- From: Belgium
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Portofino Resort Hotel
portofino so-sofrom A TripAdvisor Member
Home away from Homefrom momsinmexico
Loved Portofinofrom csbaug
FOOD: Food was fresh and tasty. We would rate it a 4 out of 5. We saw several parties from other resorts return for other meals over the course of our stay. We ate about 50% of our meals at the resort and the rest in San Pedro and other resorts such as Rojo.
ROOMS: Rooms were clean, comfortable, and pleasant. We were a little surprised to learn that 3 of the cabanas were duplexes rather than single cabanas. Privacy was still adequate. Showers were slightly salty but not a problem. Hammock and chair on porch were a great place to relax.
BEACH/OTHER: We did not find the lack of a pool a problem. Kayak and snorkeling gear were available for guests. We took the kayak out to the reef but did not snorkel this time. Portofino is located just off Mexico Rocks which is where tour companies take you to snorkel! Beach was private and manicured daily.
We booked a tour to ATM cave and it was a true adventure but also somewhat physically challenging.
The entire staff was very caring and responsive to our needs. Special thanks to Lorraine (Manager), Stacy (Reception), Rafael and Armando (Bar), Waitresses (Karen & Jessie), Mo (Boat Captain) and Tyrell (Security).
My husband and I were looking for a resort to get away from our stressful lives and we found it at Portofino. Thanks for a great stay!
Dream vacation in paradisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The resort is 6 miles north, so we used the complementary speedboat service a lot, Mo, the captain is the best!! We rented a golf cart once, and went sightseeing, which is great fun; don’t use it for transportation to town though because you can’t drive very fast because of the condition of the road.
The rooms are right on the beach (we stayed in beach front cabana #6), approx 50 feet from the ocean, with an incredible view. I was curious whether the AC would work with the thatch roof (ac is a requirement for my husband), but it did; we even had to switch it off several times, because it was getting to cold.
The view from the restaurant is even better because that is on the second floor in the main building. Loved the food; they have a fixed menu, and a different special every day. Lunch is excellent, and they serve the best French fries in Belize, or anywhere else.
We went fishing, which was great fun, and Ramon, the fishing guide cooked us lunch on the beach! When we got back, we had the chef cook us dinner with our catch. We gave the rest to the staff.
Other trips we did were: Snorkeling at shark & ray alley, and we visited the ATM cave with Gonzo which is expensive but definitely worth it! When you want to go snorkeling at Mexico rocks, you can use the free sea kayaks at the resort.
Thank you so much, everybody at Portofino..
t wait to returnfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We can’t wait to return!
Loved Belize... Portofino just OKfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We really loved Belize and plan to return, but we will not return to Portofino.
t (Mixed Review)from A TripAdvisor Member
One thing I was disappointed in at the Portofino was the A/C. There is a window A/C, but unless you are right in front of it, it was a bit of a waste. The GM provided us with an extra fan which made things a lot more bearable. Food was presented beautfully, but it was nothing to write home to mom about. My husband and I ate in town as much as possible mainly because we wanted to try new dishes, but also, Portofino prices were almost as much as Victoria House without the same quality. You can save on the cost of the Island Ferry by catching a ride into town on the Portofino boat. Mo (the Captain) was great, easy going and flexible (not to mention, free!). Lastly, I was very disappointed that I did not get a fresh shower in the 6 days that we stayed there. The water is salty so even after a shower, you are still sticky. I used the bottled water when possible to wash my face and brush my teeth. Other than that, my hair almost turned into dreadlocks. As mentioned, no pool. The beach is shallow so a pool would have been a nice alternative. There is a jaccuzzi, but it stays covered so it is not very inviting. One positive for families that I noticed was kids there had a great time during the day, so even though it is remote, I think adventerous kids will find plenty to entertain them.
The staff is what makes the resort feel comfortable. My husband booked this trip as a surprise so I'm not sure exactly how much we paid. If there is not much difference in the price, I would recommend The Victoria House hands down. Sorry Portofino, I think VH is just a tough act to follow.
So-Sofrom A TripAdvisor Member
We found the food to be decent and very fresh. We took a lot of day tours so we would usually eat in town since the food in town was great and very affordable. The tour will pick you up right at the Portofino and take you to your destinations.
The beach at Portofino is very nice but it's not so great to swim. My only complaint was that I'd love a pool or a better area to swim in.
Feel free to email me if you have any other questions about the Portofino, or day trips.
We spoke to numerous guests complaining about the place and unfortunately complaining about Belize. Very unfortunate because Portofino is NOT Belize ... thankfully!
Top Local Tips for San Pedro
The ocean is King Take advantage of the many water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking,and diving right a t Mexico Rocks close to Portofino. The most beautiful water in the world is right there.
Bring USD USD is accepted everywhere at a 2 to 1 exchange rate. Bring cash with you because you won't do any better by using your credit card or ATM. Bring a lot of singles as well as they are great for tipping.
Be careful when you choose your location in San Pedro Portofino resort is miles away from anywhere however, you don't feel more private there than anywhere else, you'll end up paying a hefty fee for water taxis more than anything else. Get a hotel closer to the village and you will still feel secluded as the property are usually relatively far between and if you need to take a water taxi, and believe me, you will - then it is not going to cost you so much.
Other names for Portofino Resort Hotel
- portofino san pedro
- portofino hotel san pedro
- Address: 6 Miles North - San Pedro - Belize
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