The hotel is very pretty, clean, has beautiful pools, and a beautiful location. BUT I checked out early, after only one night. I just couldn't stand it any longer.
The food is included. But is HORRIBLE. Mostly a big buffet, but there are two so-called restaurants. Only significant hunger, and the lack of any real alternatives on the island, could induce one to want to eat at the buffet. The Italian "restaurant," which I hoped/prayed would be better, wasn't. The Caprese salad, for example, was 3 silver dollar-sized slices of tomato, and about 3 slices of similarly sized cheese of some sort. The "wine" was so strange that I have to wonder if it properly could be called wine. Other drinks were horrible as well.
The place has a number of timeshare salesmen. They're the seemingly helpful people hanging around the lobby. I asked one staff person if there was an ATM. That led to being introduced to 3 people, filling out a form, and then meeting another person. Who tried to sell me a timeshare. At this point, I'm pretty sure they have no ATM, although no one ever said yeah or nay to that one.
There is no way to get a bottle of water, which is strange indeed for a beach resort. I asked at 3 places and was told "no." This even though they had stacks of bottles of water readily visible to me. Finally they said I had to go to the reception desk, which was not very close. Yes, just for a bottle of water! Reception promised, not to hand me one, but to have one sent to my room. I'm still waiting for it to arrive.
Having no willingness to endure more, I tried to check out early (not requesting a refund for the rest of my stay) and was told they did not know how to call a taxi. With enough pestering of the staff, they agreed to let me leave and called their vehicle to take me. Whether to punish me or otherwise I do not know, but the driver was so smelly I had to keep the windows down. Thankfully it had rained and was fairly cool.
Stranger than fiction, and more creative than I could muster if inclined to make up such an ending to the story, would you believe that my driver, Old Stinky, was playing "Hotel California" on the CD player?!
It's all very sad since the hotel and setting are very nice. So is the staff. But I think this place is run by aliens from some distant planet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the paradisiac Baru peninsula, 75 minutes from Cartagena and member of the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ for its certified excellence during 5 consecutive years, the Decameron Baru allows guests to enter a magical experience that will disconnect them from the outside world. The resort is located amidst a tropical forest and its architectural design intermingles with an ecological environment surrounded by many beaches, among which is the popular ‘Playa Blanca’, considered one of the best beaches of the Colombian Caribbean, and the luxurious ‘Playa Puntilla’ beach, where our travellers may enjoy a private club and several sports such as kayaking, rowing, scuba and snorkeling. Partying and enjoyment are guaranteed, enlivened with the rhythms from the countries of the great Caribbean basin such as ‘champeta’, a genre that mixes African and Colombian Indigenous sounds and that introduces travellers to the local culture. As a complement to pleasure, you may sharpen your senses with the delicacies of typical and renowned Colombian Caribbean cuisine. From this destination you may explore Cartagena’s colonial history and visit other important cities from Colombia’s northern territory such as Barranquilla, a commercial, river and sea port and seat of the multitudinous Carnival, as well as historic Santa Marta, considered the most beautiful bay in America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Baru Hotel Isla Baru