So some of the other reviews are a little scary, but honestly this place isn't that bad. It's a little run-down, but it's clean and the staff are friendly and eager to please. On our arrival, the room we were given had an overwhelming smell of mildew. We simply couldn't breathe, so we asked to change rooms and they happily did so. The second room was clean, although a little small. And, as I expected after doing some research, a few things were "off". For example, our chest of drawers had only two drawers (the third one was inexplicably missing). Plus, one of our patio doors was a piece of plywood! We took it in stride and were thankful it was a step above camping. : ) We always had enough toilet paper, light bulbs, clean towels, etc. The food was very basic, and unusual by North American standards. Each meal was basically the same (yes, even breakfast)...corn or veggies, boiled potato, steamed rice, black beans, choice of breads, choice of cakes for dessert, plus a selection of mystery meats (never did figure out what the "croqueta" was). Some meals there were chicken drumsticks which were tasty, there was a also a day that offered a beef stew that was yummy. The bar offered basic drinks (I had a lot of Cristal...it was always cold). The beach bar doesn't offer beer but I think it's because they don't have electricity in that little hut. After a few days my daughter and I started searching out restaurants. El Toro was excellent and just a few blocks away...filet mignon for $10!...the Italian restaurant Dante in Josone Park was also great. We might stay again...the price is right and you're very central to everything else you might want to do.
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