The resort is nice, clean and cozy. We(two persons) stayed in a two bedroom apartment right next to the hotel parking lot. Rooms were nice enough and there were air cons in each bedroom, but not the kitchen area which had only regular fan.
Westpoint (Westpunt) is a half an hour ride from Willemstad and about 25 min from the airport, so I really recommend renting a car if staying at Rancho el Sobrino. The restaurant at the resort wasn’t that cheap and it’s advisable to buy some basic food supplies just in case and the nearest decent shop is about 15 mites drive away from the resort. As for grocery shopping, we found two nice places; California and Centrum Supermarket Piscadera. The latter was quite big and you could buy e.g. warm pizzas, marinated beef, dairy products, fruits, cleaning supplies, wine etc. there.
The resort books their cars via Oostwest rental company, which seemed reliable and the car we got was in good condition. Their rep comes to meet you at the airport and go through the rental agreement. The car is insured for 3rd party claims, but for $10 day you can buy total coverage for all kinds of damages. The traffic isn’t bad, even in Willemstad centre. Roads in Curacao are in fairly ok condition.
The beaches nearby were ok, since they weren’t very crowded, except for Sundays when local people gather there to BBQ and relax.
Bring along mosquito repellent! This is a must at Rancho el Sobrino (and at the beach). We got bitten numerous times and the mosquitoes were a real nuisance during the nights. There are no mosquito nets in the rooms.
As for holiday destination, I think one week is enough to see Curacao and its attractions. We stayed 12 days and got little bit bored at the end. If you stay longer than 7 days, it might be good idea to go to Aruba or Bonaire for a few days, or at least spend few days at Willemstad in addition Westpoint.
Here is what I thought of the place:
+ Clean surroundings with nice plants and decorations. We also saw a humming bird for the first time while eating at the restaurant :-)
+Well located free parking space
+Good rental car and flexible rental company
+Quite friendly and helpful staff
+Quiet and nice place, where you can come and go as you please
+Good cleaning and friendly cleaners
+Enough kitchen utensils and well working kitchen equipment (stove, micro wave, coffee maker etc.)
+Nice food at the restaurant
+Good shower and enough warm water
-The mosquitoes :-(
-Wi-fi didn’t work in our room. I guess the modem is located at their office, since the reception was low or wasn’t working no matter where we tried it
-The swimming pool water smelled a little, so no swimming for us there…
-First time ever that I had to pay the total room charge upon arrival. This caught me by surprise, since I wasn’t prepared for that
- Some workers making lots of noise right next to our room. I guess they were renovating or building something…
-As avid diver for 12 year, I wasn’t that impressed with the diving center located at the resort
-The kitchen / tv area was really hot. The fan wasn’t nearly enough to cool it down
-The restaurant was quite crowded after 7 pm in the evening
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- Also Known As:
- Rancho El Sobrino Curacao Hotel Christoffel National Park
- Rancho El Sobrino Curacao Sabana Westpunt