The telltale omen: Upon check-in, you receive a list of rules that include no food or beverages from outside in public areas, no drying clothes on the balcony (i.e. wet bathing suit), and no visitors in the rooms or pool area.
Americans who are grown-up enough to decide who can visit them in a hotel are in for a shocker here: You are not allowed to bring a guest to your room. Because I was visiting this sold out resort town on a peak weekend, I thought I might have friends meet up with me in the room for a drink before we hit the town. Denied! Each guest must wear a wristband 24/7 to access the room. I would have been permitted one additional wristband, for a guest I would have to specify in advance, for the four-day weekend. Having a different guests on different days would not be permitted.
WARNING: You are not advised of this policy with your reservation or confirmation, which may take a couple of weeks to arrive in your e-mail inbox because the hotel has email issues. You will already be on the hook for a one-night deposit at this point. This "hotel" is not cheap. Check-in time is 3:00, and whether on not rooms are available, you may not check in early.
With limited options, I checked into my interior room. It appeared clean, but was like the inside cabin on a cruise ship-- small and dark with one small window along the ceiling. Feeling the depression set in from my ill-advised choice of accommodations, I set out for the easy 5-minute walk to the heart of town.
I visited a nearby sold-out hotel if the no-guest rule was a typical local policy to which I wasn't accustomed. It is not, so I called the number on every guest house, hotel, and apartment rental sign I came across, and after a slew of "sold-out" disappointments, I secured a a two-bedroom apartment for 8 just for me, at a place with a friendly, upbeat staff that reflected the festive spirit of Boquerón. I checked out of Boquerón Beach Hotel as soon as I had the fortune to find the other room.
The fact that I left without staying my costly, paid first night is the best illustration of the poor attitude and value at this property. Although an expensive mistake, I knew I could only be happy when I was situated elsewhere. The town and its people are warm and wonderful, and I had an amazing weekend after putting this episode behind me. If this is the only option in town, stay in another town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the entrance to Boqueron Beach, Walking Distance to El Poblado in Boqueron. 80 full air conditioners room, cable tv, phone, wi-fi, restaurante, free parking, pool, bohio bar and grill. ... more less
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