We stayed at El Cafetal for one night as it was close to the airport and we were looking for something nice for the last nights stay. The property is lovely and lush, but the tranquility is broken by frequent big trucks and horns beeping from the road. As in a previous review, the accomodations that had been reserved for the party travelling with us was given to someone else. In this case, they were given another room, but it did not have enough beds. They were told they could use another room's bed, but after lugging it themselves to their room, had to lug it back again themselves in order to accomodate another party. It was observed after the bed was moved that the cleanliness of the room was below standands with dirt and dead bugs being left behind. We have stayed in CR many times so insects/ants are a given, so for me to write about it says something...Our room was on the lower level near the pool and if you are looking for privacy this is not the place. The room was mostly windows, which typically would be welcome if there was privacy, but without closing the curtains, which defeats the purpose of the windows, any one walking by or up the path could see and hear. Several screens were broken, including the sliding door, so thankfully this area is known for its pleasant climate because there is no AC and now no breeze. There are high ceilings and a fan, which are nice except for the fact that at the top of the ceiling it is open with only a screen to the rooms next to you and you can hear EVERYTHING! THe door to the room is a sliding glass door and very difficult to lock from the outside. The bathroom is small and open to the bedroom at the shower with only a glass wall approx. 5 ft high. Again no privacy. We travel alot and I have never seen anything like that design before. I have been in outdoor showers with more privacy. I can live with the room design, but regarding cleanliness the back of the sink and the back of the toilet appeared as if it had not been cleaned in some time. I had to clean the toilet with antibacterial wipes and travel lysol and it was apparent it had not had a good cleaning in some time. THe nightstands in the room were also dusty and there were cobwebs from the lamps to the ceiling. Let me remind you about the what I said about insects in CR. I have seen some very large spiders, but this web had been in the making for some time and I have never seen that in any accomodations I have stayed at in CR to date. When the manager was asked to please provide something with which to take care of the webs (on both sides of the bed) he was responsive and personaly came to take care of it. When he touched the lamps with his cleaning rag, a dust cloud erupted. The bed was large with worn thin sheets. In the morning, I was looking forward to breakfast buffet, but was disappointed. Let me preface by saying that I am picky about what I eat, but I have never seen peas in runny eggs. Being that I am not a big breakfast eater, I opted for the banana bread. I grew up with fresh banana bread in my grandmas kitchen and this was not fresh and very dry. The fresh watermelon juice was the highlight. I just want to mention that the pool is beautiful, but please exercise caution particularly with children or anyone who does not swim. There is no shallow area. Off the steps on the far side it immediately drops with no warning. And there is an under water ledge that juts out and is just there. I truly do not like to make negative reviews and this is the first, but I feel it important that consumers be able to make informed decisions especially if looking for accomodations they will be staying in for more than just one night.
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