Cocoliso was recommended as a good beach break for a couple of nights by staff at our hotel in Cartagena's old city. Once we got there, we couldn't figure out why. For the price, the rooms and grounds of the hotel could use a complete overhaul. Everything is probably 25 years old and worn. The beach is basically nonexistent, with a few lounge chairs propped up on a concrete wall. The pool is ok, but nothing special. The room, though clean, reeked of bleach. The linens were scratchy, the furniture falling apart, there was no hot water and the power cut out intermittently. For nearly $300 per night, the quality was very poor. It's supposedly all-inclusive, but they charge additional high prices for drinks - even bottled water. To charge $4000 cop for water at an all-inclusive in a place where the tap is unsafe and there's no other source of drinkable water is a scam. Once you're on the island, you're stuck there until 3pm the next day with no beach, a gross room, expensive drinks and nothing to do.
All that said, the staff was wonderful. We almost felt bad to leave after one night because we didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. From the front desk to the restaurant staff to the housekeepers, the service was friendly, warm, and accommodating. It's just a shame they have such wonderful people at such an overpriced, awful facility.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Islas del Rosario, a 1-hour boat ride from Cartagena, Hotel Cocoliso features a restaurant, bar, an outdoor pool and private beach area. The resort offers panoramic sea views and free Wi-Fi in public areas. Providing a tranquil environment, the suites in Hotel Cocoliso Resort feature private bathrooms, cable TVs, air conditioning, minibars, and balconies with garden views. Guests can order regional and international dishes at the restaurant or book massage sessions. Water sport activities can be arranged in the area. Room service is available and laundry services can be requested. Hotel Cocoliso Resort is a 20-minute boat ride from Baru Island and 45 km from Rafael Nunez International Airport. Room type: Junior Suite This suite features a private bathroom, cable TV, air conditioning, minibar, and a balcony with garden views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cocoliso Hotel Islas De Rosario