I can't confirm the previous reviewer's statement that this is the best hotel on Bonaire, as I have not myself stayed in any other hotels on the island. But I can compare it to the many hotels in other places that I've visited, and what makes this hotel stand out is that the building and the garden surrounding the building (including a small salt water pool) are tastefully decorated and very well maintained. The rooms are not luxurious, but the garden and pool definately could compete with much more luxurious resorts (not in size but in style), which gives you a nice holiday feeling while you're in and around the hotel. The owner is talkative and enthousiastic, but fortunately not in an intrusive manner, and in any case she is only there during the morning (the reception is closed at other times, but there is a phone number for emergencies and Kralendijk is a small place).
The hotel has pool view rooms and "windy side" rooms, which are slightly cheaper. The view on the windy side is less nice, and towards another hotel. These rooms do indeed have the benefit of a constant breeze, but as temperatures on Bonaire remain quite high during the night you will most likely end up sleeping with the windows closed and the aircon on in any case. And here comes my only criticism for this hotel: the aircon is placed in such a position that the bed is right in the cold airflow. Using the settings of the aircon in a clever way will allow you to reduce this somewhat, but it remains unpleasant if you're sensitive to this.
Breakfast consisted of one roll with ham, cheese, jam, or peanut butter, a cup of yoghurt and/or some fruit, tea/coffee, and orange juice. Nothing to write home about, but it does the job of getting you on the way. One morning we wanted something more elaborate and walked 5 minutes to the nearest resort. For $15 per person we enjoyed goodies like pancakes and eggs made to order, plus a hot and cold buffet with sea view. Well worth it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Kralendijk (Capital) with a nice garden and swimmingpool walking distance from restaurants, supermarket and beach. We have eight hotelrooms and two - one, two or three bedroom/bathroom apartments with very comfortable beds. There's also a wetcell where you can rinse and store your dive gear. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sonrisa Hotel Kralendijk
- Sonrisa Bonaire/Kralendijk