The views are fantastic, yes I know everyone else has said it, but I had to say it too! Our room was very well designed with its own character, plenty of space, and a truly brilliant shower room. The owner was very welcoming and genuinely eager to please.
Not perfect? Well, the hotel still isn't finished, which means you have to walk past unfinished rooms, bare concrete etc, to reach your own beautiful room. There's no lift, and the climb is really quite steep -- we were fine, but sadly I'd advise you to avoid this hotel if you are unfit or have any walking difficulties. The pool isn't finished, this will make a big difference because after climbing all those steps you need a swim!
Breakfast was served on our own balcony, it was a delicious breakfast served with great charm and style. Having said that, not everyone wants a "room service" breakfast. There's no reception and no phone, so when you want your breakfast you just have to go out onto your balcony and shout or find someone. It was a very quiet time when we were there so we didn't have to wait long (only while they cooked the fresh eggs, which was worth waiting!), but at busy times I'm not sure how well this system would work. In general I'd prefer the option of a breakfast room. Also there was no shade on our balcony (except a too-small umbrella), it was OK in late September but it would be too hot to sit there for breakfast in the summer.
Our other issue was the cats. They were charming, especially the little kitten. But I don't like cats in the bedroom. This was a real problem, because the french doors open directly from the bedroom onto the balcony where the cats sit, and the moment you opened the doors, the cats were inside the room. Basically we couldn't sit inside or outside the room with the french doors open, otherwise the cats would be on the bed. So we had to keep the doors closed all the time (they can be opened a crack to let air in, but you really want to fling them wide open!), and every time we went in or out we had to move quickly to stop the cats coming in. This would not be an issue for cat-lovers, but even if someone is are used to having their own cats in the bedroom at home, they might not be comfortable with strange cats. One solution would be a proper sliding flyscreen, the kind that often comes with french doors; so you can open the doors, close the flyscreen, the cats stay out...and so do the mosquitos! I know this would cost money, but it would be worth it -- at least as far as we're concerned. Because of this issue, I would not want to stay here for more than one night. But maybe we were just unlucky?
I'm sorry if this all sounds very negative, because we genuinely loved the hotel and all the lovely little design touches. But I hope it will help people to make up their minds, especially as the hotel has so many glowing reviews already!
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