We were forunate in that the first room offered to us was perfect. #1407 has an obstructed ocean view, obstructions being a couple of pillars from adjoining balconies and [palm trees. and overlooked all pools. No extra charge. #1401 also has a partial view, no charge. Hope they will still be available to us next year. I almost hesitate to review good places, not wanting them to be too full to accomodate me!
We found the restaurant to be just OK but could have been our selection off the menu and not always knowing what we were ordering. To be fair, we only ate one breakfast and supper there, the first night & first morning. We did have them cook up our sailfish catch, for a 'catered' party for 6 and it was wonderful!
The walk to town seems daunting the first time out but is actually quite easy. We always left via the steps at the north end of the beach and at the Irma you have several choices of how to proceed. The main road being the least favorable to us. Watch your step, day & night, sidewalk conditions a huge liability! We always taxied back as we were usually carrying something. Never used the bus, this trip, but it was easy & cheap last year when we visited la Ropa for just the day. We spent two weeks at Barra de Potosi last year. Loved both places for differant reasons.
Somehow I missed the lady fruit vendor until the last couple of days. She has fabulous pineapple. Much better than any we had on fruit plates in restaurants. Not sure I would buy the strawberries but felt that anything peeled would be OK.
Always meant to check out the Villas Las Azucenas or Casa Iquana just up the street, thinking they may be cheaper, and allow us to stay longer. Both very close to the beach and all restauants are set up to accomodate you for the day, if consuming. No towel games that way. You can't really blame the hotel for misbehaviour of the guests. The staff has other things to do than time towel placements. We used our loungers extensively and always removed our towels if going to town. We often pointed others who were searching for a spot, to loungers that had been unoccopied despite towels and never saw any confrontations.
Yes the beds are hard. Again, just never got around to asking for a foam topper but they are available. I folded the unneeded polar fleece blanket in three and slept on that, helped alot. And the beds didn't seem hard until the 2nd week. Go figure!
We asked for a left over cooler the first day, a tip we learned on this forum, and had one in our room next time we went in. Bar staff is accomodating for small amounts of ice and sometimes refused our offered tip. We would take them two large ziplock bags and they worked well. Large bags of ice are available close by and only $12 pesos at the Commercial Mexicana.
The comments about slow service, in all restuartants, are relative. If we were in a hurry, such as our last lunch before leaving for the airport, we told the waiter and all was fine. Some travelloers do not know that in Mexico, your check/bill is not brought to you until asked for.
We would definitely recommend this hotel to our friends, unless they are 5 stars snobs and we don't have many friends who are! We met many people there and the vast majority were happy with their choice.
Location, beach front & centre is perfect!
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