We booked this place because it seems quaint, affordable and not far from the main part of town. We also planned to cook rather than eat out most meals. We were very disappointed. When we arrived, the front desk clerk was very friendly but when she showed us our room, she said she could provide a mosquito net if needed. If she thought we'd need one, why did she have to ask? Who wants to be bitten? And from where would she hang it? She also pointed out the ocean view. True, except you had to look through the construction fencing and rubble to see it. Of the 8 slatted windows, 3 of them did not close properly. We rigged a kitchen knife to one to keep it shut against the majority of bugs. There was no microwave or oven, only 2 burners, therefore, limited cooking. There was no hot water in the sink in the kitchenette area or in the bathroom sink. When I asked how other guests washed the dishes, it was suggested that they must've heated water on the burners. Let's hope so. Dishes washed in cold water cannot be as clean as those washed in hot water.
The space in the bathroom was extremely limited, approximately 18 inches between the shower stall and sink. I knocked my arm every time I entered that area. And, because this was an attic style room, the ceiling was slanted such that I had to bend my head to climb into bed. Same problems with the toilet area in the bathroom.
The area in which this place is situated is "up and coming". Meaning that it could be a bit unsafe for single women at night if you walked in the wrong direction and, because there is no parking provided, you have to hope for the best when looking to park and hope that it is not too far to walk.
There ARE positives. Many of the rooms have lovely albeit tiny terrace areas. Not our room. The staff did try to help and offered us another room. At least this one had glass over the windows; again, no terrace area. We were also given a welcome drink which was nice. However, the reception is not manned at all times although there is a contact number for emergencies assuming you have phone service.
The building is charming but, for the price, it needs some changes to accommodate guests requiring an area to cook, hot water and room to move.
- Also Known As:
- Pietermaai Smal Apartments Hotel Willemstad
- Pietermaai Smal Apartments Hotel
- Pietermaai Smal Apartments Curacao/Willemstad
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pietermaai District, once the area of the Curacao well-to-do, has untaken a huge make-over after a long period of neglect and abatement. However, the last 2 years Pietermaai District is working hard to be the new ‘Quartier Latin’ of Curacao.The colorful Pietermaai Apartments are located in the historical neighborhood of Pietermaai District in Willemstad. The apartments are divided from the sea by a narrow road. The center of Willemstad is only 500 meters away. Just like the neighborhoods Punda, Otrabanda, several clubs, shops, restaurants and cinema’s. The well-known Mambo Beach is 4 km. away. ... more less
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