I've stayed here now 3 times in 5 years. We get a Jr Suite each time. About $110/night when converted. 2 double beds. Very firm as noted. I think I'm getting used to them. The room is sort of like a double hotel room with a narrow balcony running the length. There is no one between our view and the ocean. There are 2 plastic chairs and a plastic side table outside.
This is a simple place. Please keep your expectations in line. This is not a new fancy hotel. It is not a 4 Points Sheraton. It is not Nuevo Vallarta. But the rooms and grounds are kept clean, the views are great, and I have found the staff to be friendly, helpful and efficient. I have seen the same staff over all the years.
They have added a 2nd pool since the last time we stayed. It's right by the first one and has a nice shallow sunning area. The pools aren't heated, so they can be cool in early March.
Wifi as noted is only in the lobby area. I didn't have problems with it, but I wasn't on it much. Most restaurants also have free wifi, so I would log on at Dee's coffee or wherever.
The TV channels are mostly in Spanish, even the US-based (CNN, ESPN). So we didn't hear much news from TV. Oh well, there's an ocean to keep us occupied. :o)
I also feel the drinks are light-- and somewhat pricey. So I usually would get beer. The waiters learn who you are and generally take quite good care of you. Same with the people selling fish or pastries on the beach.
This is generally not a party hotel and the beach is generally quiet at night. However, I learned that the two weeks around Easter are the time of Mexican holidays and many Mexicans come on vacation. The staff alerted me that this time is busier and noisier. So you may want to consider other times. You can hear music from the Blue Chairs, but I never heard this after about 8pm. We had our windows open every night.
The location is great -- right in the old town, with restaurants within walking distance. In 10 days, we never took a cab. So much to see walking along the Malecon.
If you are looking for a sanitized, upscale resort experience, this place will disappoint. However, if you understand what this place offers, I think you may enjoy it as much as we do.
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