Me and my family chose this resort because of its water park. The park did not disappoint. It kept my 11, 10, and five-year olds reasonably entertained for our seven days-stay at this resort.
I would rate this hotel somewhere between three and four stars. The mainly Fillipino and Chamorro staff were professional and considerate. The only complaint I have about the hotel was the lack of Internet connections in the rooms. To check the Internet, I had to troop down to the lobby with my notebook computer everyday. There is only one common terminal in the lobby, and it was always occupied with kids playing Internet video games.
The guests were, I would say, 75% Korean (the hotel is owned by a Korean company), 20% Russian, and the rest were Japanese, Chinese, and American. Likely because of this ratio, the food in the buffet restaurant appeared to be oriented towards Asian tastes. I found this of benefit to my waisteline. If you're a "meat and potatoes" person, however, the menu selection in the buffet may leave you disappointed and embittered. I really like how the hotel gave us one free buffet, breakfast or lunch, everyday, but gave us tickets so we could easily choose which meal we decided to take. Kids under 12 ate free for breakfast and lunch. Because the island is so small, we often went out in our rental car in the morning, returned to the hotel to take our free lunch, then went back out again in our car to continue exploring.
Because this is a family resort, if you're looking for a party place this hotel is probably not for you. The bartenders at the lobby bar and in the sports bar (only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) appeared to be very bored. Again, because it is a family resort, I think the hotel probably should take a little better care of its table-top games in the lobby area. The three table tennis tables, billiards table, and miniature pool table were always in use. It was frustrating for the guests, I think, that the equipment was not well-maintained and often missing.
Most people dried their swimsuits on their room balconies every night. The ocean breeze worked well in this regard. The hotel, however, appears to not approve of this because there are no clotheslines on the balconies to assist in this endeavor. We just draped our swim clothes over the balcony table and chairs and this more-or-less worked.
If you decide to stay at this hotel, please take my advice and check the prices on ALL the languages' site pages for this resort. We found the price offered on the Japanese web page for this resort to be half the price offered on the English page. Also, the package deal on the English page included a $10 charge for taking the hotel's van from and to the airport, while on the Japanese site it was free! I expect that the prices on the Korean site are also cheaper than the English site. Use Google translate to help you navigate through the sites if necessary so you can book your reservation. For some reason, our package deal included a 2 p.m. checkout time, while most of the other guests in the resort had a noon checkout time. I'm not sure why.
The fitness room is not free. It is part of the hotel's spa which requires a separate fee to enter. Otherwise, it looked like a nice facility. The resort's washing machines and dryers cost $1.25 each to use and worked well.
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