I stayed at this hotel for five nights at the behest of an organization for which I was volunteering, so can’t comment on value.
The hotel is on a trash strewn, rural road about ½ hour from the airport. It is surrounded by an electric topped fence and a heavy duty main gate, presumably due to the high crime rate in Venezuela. The rooms are Spartan, but OK. The two chairs in my room were repurposed white plastic chairs that were worn and stained, for example. This is an all-inclusive resort, with all meals at a buffet that is more or less similar to what you might expect in a college dormitory, except for the local nature of the food. Wine is available at dinner. There is nothing really to look forward to regarding the meals and the variety from day to day is pretty limited.
In the courtyard are a couple of nice pools and a poolside bar. There is no limit on the amount of alcohol you can drink. It’s truly an open bar situation. The hotel tries to provide activity, which sometimes includes loud (but usually pleasant) music and various shows by the staff. If you want peace and quiet, this is not your hotel. There is free wi-fi in the lobby.
About 500 meters from the hotel is a truly beautiful, two-mile beach and a beach bar that is also an open bar for the hotel. You can take a rickety shuttle back and forth to the beach or walk. One day I observed a loose bull walking down the road. There is a bedraggled town 1k from the hotel with some restaurants.
I visited much of Isla Margarita with Venezuelan hosts while there. I can’t think of a reason to choose this particular hotel. It’s really quite isolated, with nothing much nearby other than the beach and you are more or less trapped.
Venezuela’s current government seems to have destroyed its tourism business by demonizing many of the foreign countries from which they came, and by failing to adequately address violent crime. To get to this island, you pretty much have to travel through the Caracas airport, which is something of a disaster of its own, and certainly chaotic. I would avoid that airport at all costs.
Bottom line, I can’t think of a reason to visit this hotel under the current circumstances.
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- Also Known As:
- Palm Beach Caribbean Resort
- Hotel Palm Beach Caribbean
- Palm Beach Hotel Margarita
- LD Palm Beach Margarita Island/Playa El Agua, Venezuela