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“Absolutely not worth the 4.5 points rating!” 1 of 5 stars
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El Momo Cottages
Booby Hill | Box 542, Windwardside, Saba   |  
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Absolutely not worth the 4.5 points rating!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Due to the very positive rating on Tripadvisor we booked a room at El Momo.
Upon arrival we already saw that this place is in a very bad condition: poor maintenance and not clean. Unfortunately during the first 2 nights all other hotels in Windwardside were fully booked so we had to stay here for 2 nights. We were happy to leave and luckily we're not charged for the other 3 nights of $105 per night which is extremely overpriced for what you get.

It's a pity because due to the view and the nice breakfast El Momo has potential to be a very nice place to stay and it would be worth the distance from the center of Windwardside and the steps to the cottages.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Wichita, Kansas
2 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We were only able to stay on the island for two nights, but I'm glad we chose to spend those two nights at El Momo. The view was breath taking and the simple accommodations were perfect for getting a true feel of island life. Michael, the manager, was extremely helpful and gave great recommendations for places to see and eat. Will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

The location is outstanding and the gentleman who runs the hotel is friendly and helpfull. And there finish all the good comments. The property is made by cheap matterials but this would not be a [problem either is it was neat and clean. The pilows have not been changed from the previous guests and smelled their hair spray. Disgusting. The windows had not protecting nets and all the insects from the forest came to the bed all night i struggled to get some sleep. Nor was available a mosquito spray to protect for few hours. I become annoying with the hippie Europeans who live and run hotels outside Europe and they dont care for these simple matters as if they make us a favor or give us the "privilege" of wild experience. NO the hotel is not good , nor neat nor clean and they dont understand our needs. Too many smiles without specific action is useless!!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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George Town, Grand Cayman
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Stayed in one of the budget cottages at El Momo. Worth the climb up the 60 or so steps. Friendly, has almost like a hostel-feel about it. Clean, basic room. Nice communal area where they serve breakfast.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greeley
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed at El Momo in the "Cottage in the Sky" for 5 nights and loved it!! Our view was incredible...it was hard to get motivated to leave!! The cottage we stayed in had a lovely kitchen and beautiful porch. We were able to stay-in for a couple nights and cook dinner and have our own private meal, high up the hill. Our room was cozy, we rarely had any of the doors closed and were always basking in a wonderful breeze. Our room had everything we were expecting. It was like indoor-camping, but that is exactly what we were looking for.

Michael was an incredible host. He made sure we had everything we needed and had great ideas for hiking and exploring the island. Every morning, he greeted us with a delicious breakfast and coffee in "dining area". The view at breakfast is breathtaking!! We enjoyed having an "honor-system" bar to get drinks at night, instead of having to walk into town.

The location on El Momo was perfect for us. It is a little hike into and out of town but it isn't too far. We were still able to go into town and get groceries. The walk is actually pretty nice. The hike up to our cottage entailed a lot of stairs, but after a day or two we got used to it.

The pool at El Momo was also great, with a beautiful view. After diving all morning and then the walk back up to the cottages, the pool was a perfect retreat.

We couldn't be more happy with our stay at El Momo. It was incredibly romantic and the privacy and views that the "Cottage in the Sky" offer is unbeatable. Thanks again to Michael for all of your great conversation and hospitality.

Room Tip: Definitely try to get the "Cottage in the Sky"!!!! It was AMAZING!!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ghent, Belgium
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

The host, Michael, was a charming guy, excusing himself for the run down condition of the place, located with spectacular views, but explaining he was only managing the place for a week. He cooked a very tasty breakfast in the morning for us.

Well, these are about the only positive things to say about El Momo

Wow, paying a bill of 270 USD for a garden storage cabin (price for 2 sheds + breakfast)? This shabby place was not even cleaned for a year or 2.... Just like a stupid wish cookie in a filthy chinese restaurant cannot stop the horror, this place was overloaded with 'creative texts' allover, litterally everywhere, till the (broken and leaking) toiletpot and the 'idea boxes'

Come on, this is robbery!! For a pricelevel of 10 to 25 USD/night you would excuse many things, provided it was at least clean. but when you are asked a standard price but don't even get basics AND it's filthy (no hot water, no soap, no mosquito protection on windows or mosquito nets, mattresses on a solid sheet of plywood, pillows filled with old garbage, dirty towels,....) you can only leave with a bad aftertaste.

The place is not understandable at any level: in comparison with the absolute cleanliness on the island, it is shockingly inconsistent.

Room Tip: Avoid this place: there is to my opinion no curing possible. This heavenly location deserves to bull...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Crestview, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I returned to El Momo from May 2-4. My only regret is that I didn't stay longer, but I had spent the week before in Statia and had to return home. Andries and Garfield were 100% accommodating in making sure that my stay was stress-free, relaxing, enjoyable, and perfect - all the things a vacation should be. There is quite a hike to get up the stairs, but I'm telling you that it is worth it. The view is amazing. It is not comparable to anywhere I've been, and I travel often. When the sun goes down and you can no longer see the beauty of the views, the sounds of nature will compensate for it. The tree frogs sing a lovely song to put you into the deepest sleep you have ever experienced. The cottages are cozy and welcoming. The view from the shower is amazing (open-air, if preferred). I spent some time just laying by the pool doing nothing, which was part of the enjoyment of staying here at El Momo. You are forced to relax and decompress, which is just what I did.

This was my second stay at El Momo. I plan on returning for a third stay, only I will stay longer this time. Saba is a very inviting island, and Winwardside is an easy walk from El Momo. I highly recommend staying here!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Booby Hill | Box 542, Windwardside, Saba
Location: Caribbean > Saba > Windwardside
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Windwardside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peace - Nature - Silence. Nature lovers who enjoy priceless amenities of tropical flowers, palm trees and hammocks overlooking a deep blue sea and warm hospitality will find El Momo to be the perfect retreat. It's small, quiet, charming and a little "Robinson Crusoe like"; A little piece of paradise where time moves slowly and attention is paid to details. We have breathtaking sea views and fantastic ocean sunsets from October to March. ... more   less 
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