We stayed here as part of our package deal. The location is on the Esplanade, but a bit further away from the lagoon area, so it is fairly quiet. There is a small convenience store next door. We had a mountain view - these cost less than the ocean view. Our fifth floor room was just above the palm trees so we had a pretty good view of the surrounding mountain/rainforest area. The room was clean and spacious, with a little balcony to sit out on. There is a fridge and nice bathroom area.
Parking is included. The spaces are a little tight but doable. Note that there are not many handicapped spots available if you need them.
Laundry was one floor down - you need to have exact change, a dollar extra for detergent packets.
You had to pay for wifi, and the price was fairly steep, so we just used our phone instead.
The pool area was not used very much, maybe due to the construction going on which closed off half of the pool area. We wound up visiting the lagoon for swimming instead.
There is a nice tennis club across the street with social tennis times, call ahead to find out the times and get a spot.
The restaurant has a special lunch on Fridays - pasta made to order with different meat and seafood toppings, and a small buffet as well. The price comes with a drink included. We enjoyed the lunch, although this was our only time we ate here as the prices otherwise seemed a bit expensive.
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