We got there, the receptionist is in a tiny office, but she was very nice and answered all our questions about the area.
The room was, well, uh, not sure how to explain. It had two rooms, one as soon as you walk into it, the next was behind that one. The beds were comfy, but I kept waking up because they cut the bedding and the fluff was getting in my face as I slept. The noise was loud from the Mamacita's bar outside the window, it lasted until after midnight.
We tried to find an outlet to charge our phones, we found an open outlet when we pushed the bed out of the way, a serious fire hazard! The other outlet we found was behind the fridge, also rusted out and open wires exposed. We charged our phones in the bathroom. The bathroom was huge, but no washcloths so bring your own. No hair dryer either.
Although Culebra is considered safe, I didn't like that the front door had no interior safety chain, and the door opened out so we could not even put a bed or dresser in front of it. The door is backwards, and the safety piece of metal so no one uses a screwdriver to open it is non-existent because the door is backwards. The door can easily be opened from the outside with an object.
We stayed in Room 7, no bed bugs! I think people complain of bed bugs because they get bitten by the no-see-ums at the beach. Those pests attack in the summer months and they can easily be blamed on the bedding, when meanwhile it is the beach that is the problem.
It is a small walk from the ferry, just up the street and make a right and then up the hill a bit. Close to everything!
We didn't eat at the restaurant because there is a mandatory 15% gratuity added, I like to tip on the service, which is usually higher than 15%, but I refuse to eat at places that force me to tip that amount up front.
We ate at the Dinghy Dock the first night and it was great, although they overcharged us and said "We will get the normal rate next time". So watch for overcharging!
They have two small grocery stores, so if you are staying long and you arrive in San Juan and take the ferry you should stock up on some groceries!
About the ferry....BRING SUNBLOCK!!! I saw a lot of red people on the hour trip that were not red upon entering!
Ok, back to the hotel....I am not sure how to rate it, because it was close to everything and it was a roof over our head, the beds were cozy and we slept good. We did go to the Seabourne Hotel for breakfast and the grounds were resort style, wonderful service and atmosphere, but they are almost double the money, so you get what you pay for! If you are going just to check Culebra out then Mamacita's is a good place to stay....but if you are going to spend time at the hotel and on the grounds of the hotel, then I would suggest the Seabourne!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mamacitas is a guest house, restaurant, bar and gift shop located on the Island of Culebra in the Carribean. If you're looking for a great place to eat, stay, or just meet others, Mamacitas is a must for your list of places to visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mamacitas Guesthouse Hotel Culebra
- Guest House Mamacitas