This hotel has a gorgeous view! The rooms are neat and clean with nice decorations. small frig in room and was great to sit out on the balcony. There are ranchos with hammocks which are nice but only have valley view not really of the ocean. The larger one has a sliver of a view. Lots of butterflies, hummingbirds and wildlife. Howler monkeys in the distance.
The Cons: Front Desk: We were required to pay in cash, but were allowed to pay credit/debit for food. This was bad because didn't really have enough extra cash. But we had traveled up the hill from the ferry and by now it was about 3pm so wasn't going to go search for another hotel. For off season it was a bit high. There were only two families at the hotel.
You will either need a car or if you don't you will not really be able to walk anywhere. Somewhat remote. Too far from the beach! Would be ok for a few nights if you are taking tours. They have an extensive list, but unsure without a car how you get to some of them since our only choice was to drive there.
I wouldn't call the front desk rude, more a bit ditzy and too talkative with little information. She is spanish and german, but is dead on french accent and even uses french expressions.
I didn't like that the bathrooms were under the front desk so quite a few steps or long around. This is not a place for anyone with issues with steps.
The food was good and very fresh and homemade. The problem is that they have you up on that hill and they take advantage of you with the pricing. Example: scoop of ice cream with a bit of chocolate is 7.00 usd. Dinner for 4 of us and two of us shared was almost 80.00 with no alcohol. In town we had dinner for four with smoothies, dessert, and full meals for 44.00. There is a limited menu and only written on a menu board. Very few choices. Breakfast was included which was a nice surprise since we weren't told ahead, but at 7:45 was not really ready as foretold.
Also, no help down to the rooms:...Remember, I said steps and down slopes with luggage. The rooms are built like duplex casitas on the hillside.
The pool was nice and clean. With swim up bar that was not open. They did turn on music at night which was nice. They insist on giving you pool towels, but if you leave on your chair while you go to the restroom etc they will take it away.
I would eat in town before going up and take some snacks. Maybe have a drink or two which the sign said was I believe 5.00 for happy hour? or stop and grab a six pack for the frig in your room.
We loved the view, but next time I think we will try the all inclusive in Tambor.
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