We stayed at Steve's for a week in October.
*Steve was very punctual and accommodating when our plans got altered.
*Breakfasts were varied, prompt and tasty.
*Room was clean.
*The common room , where breakfast is served, has a fridge and cooking appliances which we were free to use. There is nowhere to wash dishes so we were told to just stack them neatly and Ana would take care of it.
*Steve was available every morning when he served breakfast to offer advice or suggestions.
*We try to be ecologically minded and not wash towels every day. They insisted; their home, their rules.
*The shower floor was very precarious. The wood slats were slippery and bended as you stood on them, but the water was hot and plentiful.
*Wi-Fi is incredibly slow. I had time to take a shower waiting for it to connect. It is best to be as close as possible to the modem outside, close to the eating area. You will get through eventually, but don't try to do anything important.
*Steve has a dog. I am an animal lover and asked if it was alright to pet the dog which was chained up in the back of his house. I was told it was not a good idea. During the whole time we were there, we never saw this poor animal unchained.It broke my heart. Steve told us there was no need for concern about theft on the island. It was apparent that the dog was the alarm system.
* Breakfast was served within minutes of arriving in the common room; almost makes you wonder if there are not video cameras hidden in the floral decorations...
* We left our electronics plugged in when we went out. When the room was cleaned the electronics were unplugged, causing the computer battery to go dead. Make sure you unplug and turn off all gadgets.
* We quickly learned that when the room is cleaned ( there is a big fear of cockroaches on the island- you will see them at night on the streets) everything is lifted up from the floor.Do not leave anything on the floor or it will be rearranged.
* The bed in our room was a double bed. it is difficult for two adults to sleep in a double bed.
* Steve offers a day long tour of the island, which we chose to do with him strictly for convenience. It cost almost $200 for the two of us, including the 4x4 he rented. This is a good option if you don't want to drive there . ( no insurance!) It should be noted that the history you get is his own version and he freely admits that he embellishes a bit... But he does tell you when he is embellishing! Quite frankly, for a once-in -a-lifetime trip, I prefer the facts. I would recommend to visit the museum before taking any tour to get your bearings and help get the facts straight.
The location is a short walk from the center of town, but it is very dark at night. Some reflective gear and a flashlight would be a good idea.
I would recommend this place, as it probably is one of the best , most affordable places on the island. Everything is incredibly expensive. There are grocery stores, but with very limited , and very expensive ( think doubling prices!), supplies. Considering there are basic cooking facilities, I would recommend bring some food from the mainland.
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