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“Nice apartments in El Yaque, not quite luxury tho....” 4 of 5 stars
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El Yaque, Margarita Island, Venezuela   |  
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“Nice apartments in El Yaque, not quite luxury tho....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2009

Given some of the mediocre reviews of hotels we decided to book a 2 bed apartment after a web search.

We had an initial panic on arrival off our long haul flight when the receptionist could not find our booking, a short conversation in Spanish later and we were all checked in.

Given that this is South America the general standard is pretty good at the apartments. The plus points: the apartments are large and master ensuite is really nice and big. Both bathrooms have very large showers and there is plenty of storage for clothes etc. Also it is just over the road for the beach and at the right end for kite-surfing launch. Unfortunately we had a view of the carpark from our balcony (? apartment 2D), but some of the apartments must have had a great seaview.

Problems we encountered (didn't necessarily affect our stay too much) : lack of internet unless down in reception, hot water most, but not all of the time/both patio doors to balcony didn't lock/area to wash sand off before entering never had water. We were out kitesurfing during the day, but often couldn't find a receptionist on our return, often you can go to the store next door and find someone, however speaking Spanish will be essential. To be honest a basic command of spanish will really help your stay in El Yaque and I found my years of lessons really paid off, so bring a phrasebook.

The pool looked nice and the bar up there, but we never saw anyone up there to serve drinks (maybe in peak season?).

Self- catering in El Yaque in general will be very limited, unless you have a car to go out of town shopping. The two shops sell very basic food only, and although the apartment has eg. French Press/Caftiere and fruit press in the apartment we couldn't buy coffee or fruit.... Eating out is easy enough tho.

All of these things wouldn't put me off returning to these apartments as the other hotels didn't look up to much!

  • Liked — Nice spacious bathrooms
  • Disliked — Lack of internet in rooms
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2008

The hotel is not on the beach but is nevertheless very well located (right across the street from the beach)The room we had (3A) offered a splendid, but indirect view of the ocean on the large balcony. The rooftop pool is very nice eventhough it's a bit small ; there's a breathtaking view from up there. Perfect spot if you want to take pictures of the windsurfers or the planes taking off from the nearby airport. The jacuzzi (on the rooftop again.) is nice but the water was not always hot... Beware that the hotel doesn't include breakfast (unlike most hotels in el yaque). However there is a convenience store that offers breakfast and sandwiches on the first floor.. but you have to be real patient even for a simple egg & toast that isn't all that good... The room is very well lit and spacious (2 bathrooms (with marble floor) in a 1 bedroom unit !) At first, the main AC didn't work (the one in the bedroom did.). They fixed it after 1 day, but the only way to control it was to use the breaker ! (which caused the bedroom AC to stop functioning..)They had to come again in order to try and make the remote control work.. but it never did..We therefore had workers coming in and out of the room for a couple days... There was almost always enough hot water (even if you use both showers in both bathrooms !).. but don't expect a high pressure shower either...Which is understandable considering they have to get the water by truck to the town. The room was furnished with all the necessary kitchenware with stainless steel appliances, (no oven though) . The cleaning lady was always making sure to clean our dishes (mind you.. one day, she never showed up..) It was our 3rd time in el yaque and was by far the best experience.. It's the best accommodation you can get. (if you are willing to pay that much !) The front-desk staff was nice, they booked us a taxi to get to the airport at 2am and he even negotiated the price in advance for us ! He was also helpful in arranging the rental of a car. The Hotel has over 1000 DVD for you to borrow (for free) .. and the room had a DVD player both in the bedroom and the living room. The wireless Internet was free and rather fast. Overall, despite small little glitches, we had an amazing time there and would definitely return !

Stayed January 2008
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Address: El Yaque, Margarita Island, Venezuela
Location: Venezuela > Insular Region > Coastal Islands > Margarita Island > El Yaque
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in El Yaque
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
El Yaque Club Margarita Island, Venezuela

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