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“Sons Wedding”
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Decameron Aquarium
Ranked #9 of 42 Hotels in San Andres Island
Ottawa Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Sons Wedding”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

We had our son's wedding at the Aquarium in May 2012. The hotel and complex is very good value for the money. All the staff were good. The food was very good. Entertainment was fun and well done. All the wedding party had a great time, and I would definitely recommend the Hotel. Also we did a couple of excursions to the island and they were quite fun. We had the wedding off site, on the beach and it was terrific.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Gatineau, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2012

For the price you pay you expect getting a a 5 start hotel experience, but you don't. Sadly the Aquarium is the best of the Decameron hotels, but it doesn't have a private beach. Food is ok but not great.

Staff, on the other hand, is very helpful, makes your stay pleasant and strive to make you feel at the best hotel (Darcy, Carlos and Lisseth were great). The first night we assigned a room close to the activity are, and we requested to get a new one. The following date we got the best of the rooms, amazing view, far from noisy areas and on a third floor (just as we requested).

Too bad they no longer offer the inter-hotel bus ride, so you can enjoy all other hotels without having to rent a car.

Room Tip: You may want to get rooms for from the pool area, and with ocean view ;)
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2012

I think it is important to report this on Trip Advisor. Decameron hotels are very good and inside it feels secure and comfortable. However, outside it is not as safe as reported to be. I have tried writing to Decameron and had no response. I believe that crime reports are suppressed and the danger is that tourists have a false sense of security. Travelling at slow pace on the roads around the island by golf buggy is very common indeed. Our group, myself, husband and 2 Colombian friends and their 15 month baby rented one from opposite our hotel, the Aquarium. A short distance from the Marazul hotel we had a shocking incident when 2 men ran in front of the golf buggy and robbed us at knife point. We were lucky the moment when the road was traffic free was so short or the outcome may have been much worse. I had a huge machete held to my throat and when I raised my arm to protect myself my camera strap was slashed from my wrist and my camera was stolen. Our friends in the front had a baby and they were terrified for their child. The driver chose to drive the buggy into the bushes to block off one side with the intention of protecting the baby. Their bag was stolen and they were threatened with the knife. It happened very quickly and the men were obviously experienced and waiting for a quiet moment on the road. The police did attend but failed to pursue the men and after a long time at the police station it was clear they were not intending to do anything at all. They would not issue a report and said 'surely you do not want to make us do paperwork just for a theft.' They then seemed rather threatening and our Colombian friends who are lawyers said we should leave immediately. Whilst we were in the police station 2 other similar incidents were taking place, one at the Blowhole, which was where we ourselves had been heading. So please take note and don't use the golf buggies as you are so exposed and vulnerable. And remember insurance claims have to be backed with a police report of the crime - San Andres does not apparently acknowledge that crime is taking place so no chance! The police and the hotel chain have their own reasons for suppressing the information. All I can do is warn other people to take care. It is a beautiful place but not the safe haven it appears to be.

Room Tip: pool area possibly noisy block 12 and 13 are good
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Bogota
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

The good. Very good hotel, food & drinks, clean rooms, people, fun enterteinment at nights, sea sports. Try to drink Coco-fresa, the special hotel drink. Good pool, water a little cold. All inclusive is great. The sea food restaurant, excellent.

Average. You can swim into the ocean, but the hotel has no beach.

I recommend: A tour to Johhny Cay, and the Aquarium. Beautiful beaches and cristal clear water.

Room Tip: Rooms towards the sea are better to avoid the noise of the late shows and music.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newport, Rhode Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2012

The aquarium hotel is very well localized just near downtown. The towers stay in the water and they have a better nightlife there too. Two of the best restaurants stay there.
If you are looking for something calmer and more comfort, definetly go to Marazul. To take a cab from downtown to Marazul costs about 12 pesos (6 dollares) but it is worth it. The guests can also go to Decameron San Luiz which is facing the beach and also a nice place to visit and spend the day/ Marazul is closer to San Luiz and really close to Rocky Cay (where decameron has a beach restaurant, really nice). San Luiz has one of the best restaurants.
San Andres is not a fancy place. Everything is very simple but very nice. Not ostentatious at all and you feel very comfortable all the time. The cleanliness could improve. The food at the buffet restaurant weren`t as good as the restaurants that you need to make a reservation. Def. go to the beach restaurant called Rocky Cay and order the Cazuela con Aroz de coco. So delicious, like a sea food thick soup with coconut rice!

Don`t bother going to Hoyo Soplador but do go to the natural pools! So beautiful. don`t let the locals take advantage of you and keep your eyes in your belongings. It is a safe place, but like I mentioned it is a very simple town.

The drinks at the decameron`s bar aren`t so great, mostly made with local booze and coconut milk. Still drinkable. Cold beer always.

Wake up early for breakfast so you can have an authentic Colombian coffee with the sun rise! And enjoy the see with the 7 shades of green/blue!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Yoho National Park, Canada
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2012

couldnt ask for nicer staff above and beyond job.....met islanders and opened there homes to us ,the food was over the top , even allowed me to visit kitchen (since i am in the feild)
was ill one night and chef came to my room to see if he could make me something light.
have been back 5 times and love it to the most .....very safe .rented scooters for 2 weeks and traveled around . this hotel is in the ocean and see so many fish just standing on doc.......the fish are as we have never seen before ,..they had colour , not like other places dull ..a must to go.

Room Tip: do not take first floor too close to water and crawler , top floor is the best views
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Bucaramanga, Colombia
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2012

even I heard bad critics about san andres hotels I found this one pretty good, specially because we have a junior suite wich were so spacious for us.
nice food but not the best, nice cocolocos and the best it was that everything was included in the price wich helps you a lot saving money.
wonderful natural sea pool, really amazing, you can stay there the whole week, because the watrer was so clean and warm, safety for kids and plenty of beautiful fishes the ones you can feed with your own hand.
located a few blocks from the downtown and with posibilities to rent golf cars to see the island. great destination.
ahhh the view was so beautiful !!!!!!!

Room Tip: all the rooms have great view but is better the upper floors for the view, but if you go with discap...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Decameron Aquarium
Address: Avenida Colombia 1-19, San Andres Island, Colombia
Region: Colombia > San Andres and Providencia Department > San Andres Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in San Andres Island
#3 Spa Hotel in San Andres Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Decameron Aquarium 3.5*
Number of rooms: 297
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the midst of an Antillean environment, this resort has an exceptional architecture with circular towers overlooking the sea at ‘Punta Hansa’ – at the northern end of the Island of San Andres – which allow for wonderful panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. These buildings are alongside a long wooden dock that leads to a natural pool in the sea and with an aquatic platform ideal for snorkeling and other water sports. The Decameron Aquarium is located approximately 10 minutes from the airport and is a well sought out location for tourists since the longest and most beautiful beach of the island is located only a few blocks away, surrounded by a boardwalk, parallel to a commercial area with restaurants, discos and the most exclusive bars. You will enjoy an enchanting paradise that can be explored completely on foot and where a cultural mixture of English, Spanish, Pirates and Corsairs can be explored. ... more   less 
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