First I want to say that this place is just as it is advertised to be. It is a clean and economical choice in this small fishing town. The beach across the street is public access and about a 3-4 minute walk (seemed longer in the extreme heat last week) and then a short hike to the right or left if you want a bit of privacy on the weekend. It is about a 6-10 minute walk to the town square-the area is mostly well lit, so walking it even late at night is not uncomfortable-though there is one block with a vacant unkempt lot and no sidewalk, so we always crossed over to the beach side there. We had reserved three nights and stayed two.
The room- queen bed, not overly hard by Mexican standards. View out the back doors of neighboring building with a very interesting and Mexican design. Would have loved to be able to use the balcony, but the bugs were bad-management may want to consider adding citronella candles to their inventory for various locations around the hotel. It was also very hot/muggy and too far from the ocean to benefit from the breeze. Sleeping was difficult for us because we are used to a bigger bed and cooler AC.
I had read the last review and was a bit worried about bugs (scorpions?!!) but we only saw ants and they were mostly outdoors-we were very careful about food etc. though.
The bathroom was fine and the shower worked well and was roomy. We did not like the towels not being exchanged daily as the humidity did not allow for drying overnight, and we hated (esp. hubby) the placement of the toilet paper in the trash not the toilet. We had to do this in Peru (Machu Picchu area) as well and he is put off by it generally.
The kitchen had an apt. size fridge, micowave and enough dishware and utensils to get by-though we did not have a corkscrew which Kris went the second day to get for us. Plenty of purified water available, but I had trouble getting enough hot water to do dishes-which I really wanted to keep up with so the ants didn't invade.
The roof top terrace would be absolutely wonderful IF the access was better(steep and very close spiral w/metal rail) and there was some shade and (yea) bug candles provided. A small table would be nice too- add a potted plant as there is no ambience on the roof itself.
The pool area was lovely to look at, but there were a lot of insects (citronella or tiki torches or both?) One table with 4 chairs shade, 4 lounges and a small pool with a deep and shallow end. The water was not clear or cool in July- the hotel dog used it to try to cool off one day-not sure how the filter deals with doggy fur/hair.
The steps leading up to the second floor rooms are a bit scary at night-slightly uneven and spiral, just be careful and use the handrail- a tumble would land you on stone.
Some suggestions that might not be too costly for the owner to consider:
1. Bug candles
2. Large beach umbrellas
3. Bikes for use by renters (or to add on to rental cost like AC)
4. Daily towel exchange
5. Ceiling fan over bed to compliment the AC unit
6. Plants/small table w/citronella and shaded area on rooftop
So, in a nutshell, the place is rustic. It is wonderful for travellers who are on a tight budget or who are wanting to spend a lot of time just getting the feel of life in a small Mexican town. It was not the place for us however; we aren't as young or as adventurous as we used to be and we like the comforts of good AC, easier access to a place's amenities, and fewer worries about insects and dry towels/clothing. We REQUIRE shade on the beach. Kris got us a small chair umbrella and was willing to get us another, but carrying all that stuff (chairs, umbrellas, coolers, beach bags with books, sunscreen etc.) was more hassle than we wanted to deal with.
Will we go back? Unlikely. Would we recommend the hotel to others? It would depend on what they were looking for-we might-because Cabanas does not bill itself as a 4 star hotel with 4 star services and some people are looking for just this style of travel opportunity. BTW, Kris who manages the place and Juan who works around all day provided excellent service and were very quick to respond to any request.
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