Im going to break this down alot....
Overall we really enjoyed the hotel. We stayed for a long weekend May 4-7,2012. We traveled seperately arriving and departing at different times but had a block of rooms with 6 families (traveling for a wedding near by) all together ages 2-70+. we each had different rooms and needs, and issues and compliments. We had 2 adults and 7 year old
My immediate family stayed in the 4000 block, 3 rooms 2 on second floor and one on third. The rooms were basically right on the beach, two facing the "quiet pool" and one facing the entertainment and main pool.all of them had great views of the beach. I highly recommend facing away from main area as it is very noisy day and night. we had a disaster with our first room, major flooding coming from the ceiling of the bathroom (3rd floor )(had a ton of rain the week before and day before apparently), filled up the lights, beds and floors were soaked. But they moved us immediatly and i think we got a better deal because then we faced away from main area. a maid let us check out the new room first and we took it. got the room keys alittle later after we moved our stuff. 2 kind of hard but clean beds. bedding was alittle old but worked. AC worked, Fridge worked (but not well stocked, 2 bottles of water a day and nothing else), tv worked most of the time, not all. Never figured out how to get the safe to work.
CONS.....We had french sliding doors that opened wide but were WACKY! screens and locks were weird...dont think they were put on right., curtains wouldnt open or close all the way. little ants get into everything so keep food out of your room. Also BATHROOM.....clean but no toiletries, no bars of soap (was what we needed mostly). Also the shower is CRAZY.....it takes a bit to get used to and i think the staff sets it up so when you turn it on you get soaked till you figure it out. Its a rain shower, hand shower body spray system that is confusing. and just a shower stall..not bad but not great for kids. Sprayed water EVERYWHERE but i found a maid and had to get tons of towels to clean it up. after we figured it out it went better, just check knobs before you start it again just in case. couldnt use body spray system because the door leaked seals gone or bad. also shower was alittle grungy, looked slightly moldy but also corroded and shelf system there but it wasnt installed right so you couldnt use it and had to put toiletries on the floor.
other rooms seemed to fair better with their showers or shower seals so they didnt leak.
Toilet worked ok but seemed to fill the bowl with dirty/ slightly smelly water.......
Cleaned nicely every day and got extra water bottles when we asked staff. Also we used them to brush teeth just in case. I did wipe up the room with disinfectant wipes the first day but not after. (none of us got sick)
Grounds were excellent, nicely manicured, lots of great smelling flowers, things to look at, turtles were cute.
food was decent when we ate there (spent alot of time elsewhere due to wedding stuff) didnt eat al la carte so cant comment. one complaint was coffee was early but cappuchino wasnt ready until 8am (we were up early to take advantage of the short trip) but there was a decent amount of food choices (not overwhelming).
Mixed drinks were good and didnt skimp on alcohol.
Pools were cleaned daily, wasnt too busy and because they were so close to the beach it was easy to go back and forth. also easy to get food. This place is pretty compact so it doesnt take long to get from reception to the beach and everywhere in between.
Spa....almost used but didnt so no comment there, but another party member did and said they did excellent styling her hair( flat iron and blow out is what they do best) and she looked great.
Did some tours on our own (which was cheaper that way but we had our own transportation...do the tours if you dont) Ill describe under my other reviews.....but definiatly go to monkey jungle and ziplines.
Beach.....Very close, soft sand, large area to spread out, there are waves but not huge and they were fun. no need to "claim" your chairs early there seemed to be open ones all day, can walk about a mile in either direction it seemed without a problem. Vendors were a little irritating... more so than any other place ive been to here. they just kept comming.Also the palm / shade area was a little cramped, there was room to spread out but chairs always seemed compacted into one area. Just drag them around
Staff was fairly friendly. As i have said in the past a few words of praise in spanish will go a long way. as will some tips. Bring alot of singles and small bills and cash in general, they accept US Cash. but you will get pesos in change (and never seem to have enough to break even a 20 dollar bill).
Did not have the chance to walk around outside the immediate area. This is about 30 minutes from airport (35 dollars for taxi)
visited the cabarete area (other family staying at sea horse ranch....I highly recommend that also)
Wireless free(SCORE) but had to use in the main lobby area and had seemed to be kicked off alot (30 minute limit i think) plus a little slow. Downside....not in rooms, lobby is right on main street and open so its a little noisy and there was a sewage smell there. not sure if it was from all the rain.....
checked out the "castle" resturant thing.....ill review elsewhere. wasnt impressed by service food was ok.... someone else may have had a better meal but i dont recommend.... was a neat house and view though....
Overall a great resort all inclusive, good size, all the ammenities and a few minute ride and youre away from everything.
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