Two of my girlfriends and I just got back from a 6 day stay here and we had a fantastic time on the island. The location of the hotel is great, just steps from the beautiful "North" beach. It is only a short, safe walk to the downtown area, although we ended up renting a golf cart from the hotel ($45 USD a day) to cruise downtown and explore off the beaten path. I loved the fact that the entire island is friendly and safe. We even ate at a tiny restaurant well outside of where tourists usually venture, and had a delicious and very cheap meal. The locals wave to you and seem to be genuinely happy to see you there.
We had a downstairs room near the pool with a patio and lovely view. The grounds are beautiful and well-kept. The pool is small, but shaded during the afternoon and very quiet, although I'm sure it wouldn't be during high season. No trouble with check-in, although we had to pay for everything upfront when we first booked, which could be problematic if you did have problems.
Now for the not-so-great part. The first night we barely slept at all because the beds were unbelievably hard. Upon looking at them in the morning, we discovered that we were sleeping on a box spring only- no mattress! We went to the front desk and the gal said that she would put something on them, which she did- (a thin memory foam topping which was quite comfortable)- and we had no further trouble sleeping. Our neighbors, however, were not so lucky, and had to sleep on the box springs their entire stay (perhaps because they were walk-ins and got a very reduced rate of $40 USD). I also requested and received a blanket, as there were none on the beds. Pillows were firm, but clean, and the room was cleaned and made up nicely every day. The room was decorated in "cheap chic", with bright pink walls and mismatched furnishings. Certainly not fancy at all, but charming in that Mexico sort of way. There was a small refrigerator in the room, which turned out to be very handy. We didn't have any problems with bugs.
As others have noted, the "Continental Breakfast" consists merely of coffee, orange juice (slightly off-colored, but tasty), and 2 pieces of toast with jam and butter. They were supposed to have sweet rolls of some sort, but never did while we were there. Not much of a breakfast, but the staff was friendly and the location (outside, right on the beach) was a fabulous way to start the day.
All-in-all, we enjoyed our stay and can't wait to return to the Island!
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