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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

The shower head needs to be replaced. The private room I stayed in was really small which is fine for a solo traveler looking to spend a few days on the island and not looking to spend much. The room is clean and bug free which is a big plus. No tv or a.c.. The window has a screen and the room has a fan, it's enough to keep the room cool while sleeping at night. It's in a great location next to everything. Not to far from the split.

Stayed: April 2018, travelled solo
2  Thank Nycscorpioblue
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DeRealMacaw, Manager at De Real Macaw, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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Thank you for your review. The hotel is now under new management, and we are in the process of updating the rooms with new fixtures and paint, plus other amenities we hope will make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Let me start out by saying I LOVED Caye Caulker. But, this isn't a review of Caye Caulker, it's a review of De Real Macaw. First of all, the location is good. It's right in the middle of the area with all of the businesses. Although, you're just a few minutes walk from everything on Caye Caulker no matter where you stay. I stayed in "the little room in the back" at De Real Macaw. It's a tiny little room meant for a solo traveler and the price I paid was CHEAP. So, I basically got what I paid for. It's essentially an oversized closet with a twin bed, a shower, and a fan. That's not a complaint, it's a description. That being said, it was kind of a cool experience, but I wouldn't stay there again. I would definitely pay a little extra money to stay somewhere else. However, if you're travelling solo, on a tight budget, don't mind staying in a tiny room with no air conditioning and terrible plumbing (again not a complaint, just a accurate description), and are just looking for a place to lay your head for a few hours every night I would give it a shot.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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4  Thank Travis A
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DeRealMacaw, Manager at De Real Macaw, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello,

Thank you for your feedback. The hotel is now under new management, and we are making upgrades to the rooms. We also have a range of rooms, all of which have more amenities and space than the budget room you stayed in. Should you ever wish to stay with us again, we suggest checking out some of the other rooms as well.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We stayed in the treehouse room, a second story small room with a delightful porch for sitting (or laying in the hammock), having a Belikin, and watching the people on the street, the ocean, or just enjoying the breeze.

Room Tip: The treehouse room sleeps up to three, and was a nice getaway after a long day.
Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
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DeRealMacaw, Manager at De Real Macaw, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

We just left De Real Macaw after a four night stay. The hotel is located in the middle of Front Street, which puts you a short walk from everything (though really, there’s no such thing as a long walk on Caye Caulker!)

The hotel isn’t fancy, but we loved the atmosphere and courtyard. We had room #3, which is located in the back corner of the property on the first floor, which kept the street noise at a minimum (though we didn’t every experience the “blaring reggae music” others have complained about). Our room didn’t have air conditioning, but between the two fans and keeping the windows open it wasn’t an issue. We had a small refrigerator, coffee pot/coffee, spacious bathroom and the shower had plenty of hot water and great water pressure (which is way more than I can say for our current hotel in San Pedro). We also enjoyed having our own porch with lounge chairs and a hammock. The room had a bit of a summer camp-type vibe, but everything was very clean. My only complaint is the bed... the mattress was hard and the pillows need replaced, but we lived.

Everyone who was staying was friendly and the staff was great! They let us store our bags after checkout so we could kayak before grabbing an afternoon water taxi to San Pedro, which was much appreciated.

If you’re looking for an economical hotel with a great atmosphere, look no further!

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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DeRealMacaw, Manager at De Real Macaw, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello,

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at De Real Macaw. The hotel is now under new management, and we're working to upgrade the rooms, including the mattresses. If you ever return to Caye Caulker, we'd love to host you again!

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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights. We would have checked out after one night but they force you to pay for your entire stay upon check in. Overall the room was basic but clean. The amenities are dated but you have everything you need. Good water pressure in the shower and hot water always available. The AC and fan work. There is no safe but a small drawer that locks. We felt safe in Caye Caulker so this is no big deal. The beds are hard but not the worst of our trip around Belize.

Our complaints relate to two things: the misrepresentations on the website and the obnoxious store we were across from.

The website said we had a sea front room. This is a lie. The rooms are not in front of the sea. They are across the street. There are multiple street vendors and restaurants blocking the view of the ocean. If you have dreams of lying in a hammock or sitting on the balcony staring at the sea and listening to the ocean then you will be disappointed. No such rooms exist and they truly are a misnomer. The website makes it looks like you will step out directly onto a quiet beach and this is completely wrong.

More concerning is the loud music from the vendor across the street. There is extremely loud music (i.e. the walls were vibrating in our room and I could hear it through ear plugs) from 7AM to 10PM every single day and night. They play the same 2-3 CDs consisting of disco, Motown, and reggae on repeat all day every day. There were also a lot of drug deals going on and people in the booth screaming “HEY” at every car or person who passed by. If you like to sleep in, go to bed early, have a siesta, or have children who need a nap in the day do not stay here. We felt that we could not get away from the music and essentially had to pay and sit at restaurants or bars to stay away from our room. I couldn’t even read a book or listen to my podcasts on the balcony because the constant bass was thumping nonstop. This was the last stop on two weeks of backpacking around the country and it truly soured our otherwise incredible vacation.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
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DeRealMacaw, Manager at De Real Macaw, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello,

Thank you for your review. The hotel is now under new management, and we are working to address the issues you've mentioned. We really appreciate your feedback.

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