If I could, I would give this place a rating of three and a half - better than average, but a few marks shy of "very good".
We spent three days at the Roya Decameron as the guest of friends. Honestly, I would have never expected this kind of a gem where we found it! The location and the grounds are stunning. Every room has a large balcony with a view of the Pacific. The rooms are very large, nicely furnished and spotless. If stairs are a problem, you will want to request a lower level room; otherwise you will be doing a lot of climbing.
There are a number of pools, each with its own distinct atmosphere, although we found ourselves spending most of our time in the infinity pool near the bar on the upper level. As other reviewers have mentioned, the beach is small, but a quick boat ride takes you over to the larger beach area. At low tide, the ride is only a minute or two. The boat is always there so getting back and forth is not a problem. There is a bar and restroom facility at the larger beach, so there is little need to shuffle back and forth. There are local vendors offering massages, para-sailing, catamaran rides and trinkets. Prices are very reasonable and we found them to be anything but pushy.
Activities at the hotel itself are limited. There are shows each evening, but you have probably seen better. From our standpoint, the Royal Decameron is simply a good place to enjoy the views and the sun for a few relaxing days.
Our biggest criticism would have to be the food. it was adequate, but nothing more. Selections were limited and most of the fare was bland, even in their "specialty" restaurants. Service in the dining areas was competent, but the staff could learn a few things about a friendlier demeanor and a more engaging style.
If you speak only English, you will be at a disadvantage here. While there are many international guests, the resort seems to be almost "Spanish Language Only". I suppose there has to be someone who could help you in English, but we were never once greeted by the staff in English. We both speak Spanish, so that was not an issue, but others may find it challenging.
All in all, we would go back if we happened to be in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located 140 km away by road from Coronel Carlos Concha Torres Airport, Ecuador - south side of a large bay. With unparalleled natural beauty, surrounded by tropical rainforests and hundreds of kilometers of beaches, and a privileged climate with a year-round temperature of 28°C, this destination is an excellent option for practicing different water sports. El This Hotel has a modern tropical design that blends in with the area’s natural surroundings, 282 rooms, 3 specialized restaurants and 1 buffet, 6 bars, a disco, 5 pools and a convention center for 600 people, with cutting edge technology and a Business Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Mompiche, Ecuador Hotel Mompiche