I cant begin to tell you how happy I am to have booked with harry. His place is super cool, and very private. The rooms aren't fancy, but they are very nice and have all the amenities that you might need. Full kitchen with all the utensils, free AWESOME coffee, google tv (which I didnt think I would use but we were tired pretty early and watched movies every night, I think I have seen every surf film made since '65.), as well as wifi. Out the back door is your nice little porch area, equipped with a seating area as well as a nice hammock. The shared pool is very refreshing on a hot day (they're all hot) and I grilled burgers up on the top deck a couple of times, so that too was nice. Didnt get a chance to use the bikes, but took full advantage of the surfboards, of which he has all shapes and sizes for beginner to advanced in any condition of surf. If you plan on surfing, and you should, this is a GREAT thing. To rent an inferior board on the beach will cost you 30 bucks each time, so this is a huge added value. Add to all this the fact that Harry is just an all around cool dude, and the VERY reasonable prices that he charges, even in the busy season, and I dont know why you would stay anywhere else. Also, Harry has a dog named dont, as you may or may not have read in other reviews. Dont is shy, but if he likes you, you will see a lot of him. We missed out dogs back home so this was just another cool little part of staying there.
NOW TO THE PART THAT SHOWS HOW AWESOME HARRY REALLY IS...
We had left the cabina, and were almost to san jose when my wife realized that she had left her ring at harrys. I called him, he immediately found it and took it to safe keeping. When I got back to the states I emailed him and we set up arrangements for him to send it back to us. I really cant express in words how awesome this is, my wife would have been devastated if she had lost her ring, and in this day in age a lot of people would have said that "they didn't find it." Harry has restored a bit of my lost faith in humanity with his honesty, and I cant wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Free use of surf boards and bikes. Surf lessons and guide available. A secluded 4-plex of studio-apartment style cabinas; favorite 'hideout' for both returning surfers and first timers. Accommodations for individuals up to a party of 10 in 4 cabinas. Each cabina can sleep up to 3 people and has a kitchen, large bathroom with hot water, air-conditioning and cable TV. El Escondite also has laundry facilities, phones and internet access. A pool, BBQ and hammocks round out a perfect place to hangout after surfing. ... more less