Emporio is a high-end hotel, the kind with 24-hour room service, multiple restaurants on the premises and prices to match. However, I think it was worth it. The staff was exceedingly friendly and helpful and nearly everyone spoke good English. It is located right on the waterfront with walking distance to nearly everything except the bus station and the Boca del Rio restaurant district. The famous La Parroquia restaurant is next door which is another plus. We had breakfast there every day. I noted that Emporio has received several negative reviews. That is odd, I found nothing to complain about. During Carnival there are loud music events right outside the hotel which basically makes it impossible to sleep before 1 a.m., but you can sit on the balcony and enjoy a prime view of the event if you have a room facing north or east.