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“Great deal for the money and extremely clean!” 4 of 5 stars
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Parador El Buen Cafe Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   381 Ctra 2 | Bo Carrizales, Hatillo 00659, Puerto Rico   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Hatillo
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“Great deal for the money and extremely clean!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

If you are looking for a luxury hotel, this is not it. But if you are looking for a hotel that is a great deal and really friendly staff, this is your place. The hotel is located close to downtown Arecibo. My room was extremely clean and surprisingly spacious. It had a couch, desk and bed. The hotel is small but that means great customer service. A cafe is across the street for breakfast where a lot of locals eat. I think this would be a great stop over for people traveling through Puerto Rico or for business travelers. It is close to several beaches. Which was very nice as the beaches are beautiful. I would stay here again for sure. It is simple but that was all I needed. It has a pool that was exceptionally clean too!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Miami, Fl.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2010

First time staying at a Parador in Puerto Rico and it was a great experience. Very accesible location, nice facilities well kept, very friendly staff, room was very clean, good size room and very clean bathroom! A/C, Cable tv and other amenities. Great deal if you do not want to pay lots of money and you want a nice place to stay. It is definitely a much better deal than staying on a hotel chain. Just a little noise from the street but not that bad. Coffee and bread is included for breakfast and it's delicious. N. Chardon, Miami, FL.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, TX
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2010

I am currently laying on the bed in my room. It is 11:41 pm. The music from the party directly below my room is about at 80 decibels in my room. I was originally told that the music would end at 10 pm... then I was told 11... and now I am being told 12 midnight. So much for a good night sleep before getting up at 6 am tomorrow! Stay tuned to see how this ends up...

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2009

the part we were in did not have an elevator to the second floor, so make sure you don't bring your mom if she has arthritis, hehehe, Its a no frills hotel, but the rooms were clean, bed was so comfortable and the price was good. So its not "an A+" hotel, but for a good and comfortable nite sleep, it was great

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2009

i was there for a week for vacacion! the owner was drunk screaming at the employes in front of the coustumers.it was a embarasing moment for me as a coustumer as it was for the poor employe that was triying to act cool about the scolding in front of everybody! as i found out later it seems the owner have a drinking problem for a long time! the premises were clean.but not to much to do unless you have a car to go around! also a lil bit overprised for all i had while i was there! there were other places that have more food for less the price! and the rooms were to small and no view what so ever unless you like to look at neiborhood houses/highway!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2008

This hotel wasn't my favorite but it was quite cheap. My husband and I just stayed there one night and I don't think a 2nd night would've been too exciting. Our room was clean and well furnished. But our windows looked out onto the parking lot. The ladies at the front desk were very very helpful with all our questions. Even though this hotel isn't on the beach it's a short walk to the ocean. Because Hatillo is on the northern rough Atlantic side of the island there are no ideal swimming beaches. However, there is an amazing rock formation which is partially submerged and you can walk on it (careful, the rocks are very sharp!). When the huge waves crash into these rocks they make huge sprays and all the water drains from rock terrace to terrace, tide pool to tide pool. Very cool to play on. El Buen Cafe the restaurant is actually 2 restaurants. One is, well, a cafe and the other is a "fancy" restaurant. I use that term in quotes because the food they serve sounds fancy and the prices are quite steep. However, the ambiance stinks. When we went the place was almost empty, there is old tattered carpet on the floors and the tables and chairs look like something you'd find at a diner. It really felt (and smelled) like a cheap Chinese place instead of a fancy seafood house. We went to the actual cafe the next morning and LOVED it! I don't know about the rest of the day but our breakfast was wonderful (and cheap!)

  • Liked — Clean rooms
  • Disliked — located on a busy highway
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2008

Parador El Buen Café is in a convenient but definitely non-scenic location. It is directly on busy Route 2 across from Sam’s Club, and is adjacent to a neighborhood of small houses. There is a building across a small side street from the parador which houses the El Buen Cafe restaurant and a cafeteria. We found the staff at this parador to be extremely friendly. They provided us with all the information we asked for about the hotel and about the local area, and gave us towels to use at a nearby beach as well as some free (rum) drink coupons. The hotel room was of adequate size and very clean; the a/c worked well and the beds were comfortable. Room furnishings were adequate but not particularly up-to-date. There is a small pool on the side of the hotel and there is a distant view of the ocean from the windows in the back of the hotel. Dinner at the El Buen Café restaurant was quite good although the service seemed slow, especially considering that there were very few customers. Breakfast at the El Buen Café cafeteria was not as good. The morning we were there, the selection was limited, the food quality not very good, and no prices were posted. The price we were charged for a basic scrambled-egg breakfast seemed excessive.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Parador El Buen Cafe Hotel

Address: 381 Ctra 2 | Bo Carrizales, Hatillo 00659, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Hatillo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Hatillo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Parador El Buen Cafe Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small Inn (Parador) Located at Hatillo, Puerto Rico. ... more   less 
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