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Decameron Marazul
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

What sets Marazul apart from most other San Andres hotels is that is is located directly on a nice swimable beach with palm trees, turquoise water, and white sand. There is a large roped-off swimming area and the water is very calm, but the bottom has been left natural with sea grass and vegetation. The whole place has an old-Carribean retro kind of feel. Upstairs rooms have railed balconies (more private) and downstairs rooms have open terraces, some of which overlook the large pool as well as the ocean. The show at the outdoor theater between 10 and 11 makes early sleeping difficult and the screechy noise of our air conditioner was often annoying. Buffet meals are served in the open-air restaurant which overlooks the water. The breakfasts have a wide variety of choices. At lunch and dinner, there are always two tasty soups, a copious salad bar, and a dessert table and the main course offerings run from adequate to excellent. There are also two sit-down restaurants, the Caravelle being the more elegant, but we actually preferred the buffets. A free boat ride is provided to the off-shore Aquarium Island (definitely worth the price) where you can snorkel in waist-deep water among more people than fish. Everything is included except use of the room safe (an absolute necessity but they charge $3 a day) and Wi-Fi connection ($7 an hour). San Andres is a nice little tropical island without much to see or do except beaching and R&R. Our four-night stay was just right.

Room Tip: Ask for an upstairs room overlooking the pool
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank KathyinCostaRica
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Marazul from March 4 - 18. We came for the scuba diving and were not disappointed. Sea Garden, the on-site dive shop was excellent and will be the subject of a separate review.

The Marazul has guest rooms spread over three buildings. A and B are two storey. C is three storey. The rooms are spacious and well equipped with lots of storage. We emailed (jefederecepcion.marazul@decameron.com) the hotel in advance requesting an upper floor room with an ocean view. We were given room 318 on the top floor in building C, which is one of only a very few rooms with a good view of the water.

Positives
- One of the best values for the money in the Caribbean.
- good food in all three restaraunts.
- free access to the facilities, bars and restaurants at four other Decameron hotels on the island, plus Accuario/Haynes Cay and the beach club at Rocky Cay. However you have to pay for a bus or cab.to get to most of these places.
- Friendly, helpful staff.
- Beautiful grounds.
- Short cab ride from the airport.
- good check-in procedure including a cold drink on arrival and a reservation at one of the a la carte restaurant for the first evening.

Negatives
- Small weedy/rocky beach on-site. Instead go to Rocky Cay for a really nice beach, bar and restaurant. Thirty minute walk or five minute $1 bus ride.
- Pricey internet only available in the lobby.
- $3 a day safe rental.
- Mosquitos/no-see-ums. Keep your room cold and they won't bother you if they get indoors.
- Ants in the bathroom. Despite being on the third floor we had to get rid of red ants every day.
- No library. My wife donated some paperbacks to help them get one going.
- Restaurant reservations available only one day in advance. It would be nice if you could book several days ahead.
- No onsite vehicle rentals.
- Night time entertainment starts at 9:45 pm and is loud enough to be heard everywhere onsite, making it hard to get to sleep until it ends around 11:00 pm.
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Room Tip: If you want a room with an ocean view, request it in advance as there are only a limited number.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank CostaWatcher
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

Nice hotel with many facilities and activities around the hotel. Great pool and a big restaurant. We were anly here on a daytrip to relax by the beach and eat dinner. Huge bufet that had all kinds of Columbian food. Fantastic dinner in great enviroments. Loved the park around the hotel. We were here in april 2009.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Balsam R
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

Unlike the title, it's far from being a Super Decameron. It's rated as a 3.5 on the brochure when you get there. Nolitours' website rates it as a 4.5 which is misleading.

In a nutshell, you get what you pay for. The resort is not well maintained. There's nothing attractive about it at all.

Room:
If you're on the second or third floor, you're safe from being invaded by ants or creepy creatures crawling in your room. There's not bath tub. Our shower worked but there wasn't much pressure. It needed a good CLR cleaning. The mattresses are hard. It's one mattress on a wood plank (not a box spring). There's a fridge but all you get is 2 big bottles of water. If you want anything else, you have to get it yourselves. They turn the water off around 4:00am so if you need to go to the bathroom, you can flush but the toilet won't fill up and there's not water to wash your hands. There is A/C and ours worked but it's a very noisy A/C.
The lady who cleaned our room did an OK job of keeping it clean.

Food:
There's a relatively good variety of fruits and vegetables, however, the food that is kept in the food warmers is luke warm. They use a lot of salt.

Beach:
This is the only hotel that has a beach (100 feet), and it's ugly. It's not nice sand and the water is merky and dirty. The few huts are canvas types of huts and many of the canvasses are ripped. The loungers are uncovered plastic loungers and many are cracked or falling apart.

In order to see the nice turquoise water with nice sandy beach, you have to go to the public beach which is downtown and you have to get there yourself by local bus or taxi.

None of the other 4 Decameron hotels have a beach, and even though you can go to the other hotels, the only way to get to them is by bus or taxi. There isn't a free shuttle that takes you there.

Pool:
There's only one small pool.

Location:
It's a small island (100,000+ for population) and there isn't much to see. You can tour the whole island in 4 hours. There isn't much for excursions either. Apparently, the snorkelling and scuba diving excursions are worth while.

Bars:
There are only 2 bars (no pool bar). 1 is open from 10am to 5pm, and the other one at the end of the pier is open 24 hours. They often run out of certain mixes like pina colada, vodka and tomato juice. There's no potable water on the island.

A la carte restaurants:
There are only 2 A la carte restaurants at that hotel. The others are at the other Decameron hotels. Booking is quite the challenge. Some of the A la carte are only open certain days, and you can only book the day before you intend to go, assuming it's a day that it's opened. Not a great system.

Airport:
They bring you to your hotel by small cab (4 people by cab), shove all the luggages in the trunk and leave the trunk open. When it's time to leave, they don't have scanners so they go thru your luggage by hand, including carry-ons and purses.

Weather:
Very hot and very humid.

If you are a smoker, it is a non-smoking resort. You're not allowed to smoke where there's a roof like on your balcony or at the bar at the pier. At the pier bar, the bartenders allow it, and most smokers were able to smoke on their balcony.

Bottom line: you get what you pay for.

British Columbia, Canada

Room Tip: Rooms above ground.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Funinthesunholidays
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

The hotel is near the beach, it includes a free ride to the aquarium cay which is really beautiful, the people from activities are really fun and you are meant have a relaxed vacations. The food is good but when you're more than a weeks it turns the same, I loved the midnight snaks!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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