We stayed at the El Cid El Moro from April 1-8. A middle age couple escaping the Minnesota cold. We originally had a reservation for a pool view room at the El Cid Castilla Beach Hotel. When we checked in they said we were being upgraded to the El Moro. It's on the same property just a short walk away. There are three pool areas on the property as well as a hot tub by the beach that we weren't expecting. When the front desk employee gave us our room I noticed it was on the first floor so we asked for a higher floor and she made some phone calls and was able to put us on the 18th floor. Our room had a great view of the ocean and one of the pools! We also had a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave. We had some plumbing issues right away but they were resolved quickly. The staff were very friendly and attentive to our needs. We spent most of our time at the pool area at the El Moro that had the slide and cliff. It was fun to watch people jump into the water. The activities staff were excellent! Ruben, Frank and Hans were so fun and great about getting people involved. They had tons of fun poolside games and activities. Water aerobics, bingo, darts, volleyball, etc... The best server at the pool was Franciso Renteria from Bar La Conchita. He was very friendly and never let us get thirsty. Thank you Franciso!! We'd also like to thank Jonathon and Josue. They were also great servers.
The food that was included in the all inclusive was ok. It's on par with what you would expect at an AI. We had the AI (not elite) but got such a great deal we didn't mind going out to eat away from the resort. There are a lot of great restaurants close by. You can walk to some of them but it's so fun to ride in the open air taxis called pulmonias. Just ask the driver how much he'll charge before you leave. Depending on how far you're going it's usually $5 -$10. Senior Frog's was right next door. Ask for Jose. He is awesome! El Roots, Gus Gus and El Capitano are all close and had wonderful food. Mr. Lionso at Playa Bruja has amazing coconut shrimp and is a fun atmosphere over looking the ocean. One night we went to the Plaza Mercado. That was a lot of fun. Another great atmosphere and many wonderful restaurants to choose from. The only excursion we went on was the sunset cruise which was nice. The shuttle takes you over to the El Cid Marina and you leave from there. The sunsets were always beautiful.
The timeshare people only bothered us twice. You just have to give them a firm no and they'll leave you alone. Same with the vendors on the beach. Overall we had an excellent time and would definitely go back!!