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Sonrisa
Ranked #14 of 22 Hotels in Kralendijk
Reviewed December 22, 2011

In the past, my husband and I have primarily chosen big name resorts for our trips. But in Bonaire, there are no big names so rather than go with a big resort we chose this boutique hotel. I am very glad I chose Sonrisa based on others' reviews. As others have mentioned, Jacqueline makes you feel very welcome and will fill you in on all there is to do and see in Bonaire. She even helped us schlep our suitcases to our second floor room overlooking the pool--in the rain! Our standard room was nice-sized with a very comfortable king bed and plenty of space along with a welcome mini-fridge and room safe. The outdoor deck with table and chairs was a nice addition, and the deck was a good spot to dry our snorkeling duds each day. A/C worked well on these hot (85-90F) and humid (75%) early December days. Breakfast was available each morning at around 8:15am--not too early nor too late--and included your choice of sandwich as well as yogurt, fresh fruit, occasional sweets, and really great coffee along with tea and orange juice. A sandwich for breakfast was unusual for us Americans, but it was a great way to fuel up before our daily snorkeling adventures. It is a short ~10 minute walk into town for shopping and meals as well as access to the beach. BTW, the whole island is a public beach, although access is sometimes through private property such as Plaza Resort. Good location with no worries about security and good value.

Room Tip: I always choose a high level room to avoid hearing neighbors above, but this is such a small hotel I...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

This will be our third visit to the island and we look forward to seeing our friends Jaqueline and Roger again as well as the other friends we've met met while staying at Sonrisa. My wife and I are avid windsurfers and Sonrisa is truly paradise for us. The rooms are beautiful, the beds are comfortable and the free breakfast are great but most of all we appreciate our hosts who are truly warm and welcoming. Since we don't particularly like 'feel' of larger, impersonal resorts, we find the quality and tranquility of boutique hotels to suit our tastes. Since Sonrisa and Bonaire Windsurfing Place are affilliated, you get outstanding value from the package deals. If you are going to Bonaire to windsurf, this really is the place to be.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank PaulColangelo
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

My family and I stayed at this lovely boutique hotel for a week during September 2011.I would thoroughly recommend anyone travelling to Bonaire to consider this hotel. The hotel itself is small with good sized rooms. Everything was spotlessly clean and a nice breakfast was provided each morning. The grounds of the hotel are very well kept and there is a nice pool to jump into after a day in the sun.The owner, Jacqueline was available every morning for a chat and was always ready to offer advice on activities and to arrange trips and tours to places of interest.The hotel is within walking distance of many good restaurants and there are also two large resorts nearby where you can use the facilities and snorkel from their beaches.All in all I would say Sonrisa is like a home away from home and if your looking for nice accomadation with friendly service you cannot go wrong.

Room Tip: Poolside rooms have a lovely outlook.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

We had an excellent time in Bonaire, mainly because we had a great stay at Sonrisa. The room and grounds were nice and clean and the service was great. Thank you Jaqueline for a good time and friendly service.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Sonrisa is a great choice in Bonaire. Its more like apartments than a hotel. The location is a few minutes from downtown Kralendijk and the airport. The entire place is gated which is nice in Bonaire. While I personally didn't care of the hardness of the beds the people I was traveling with loved them. The pool is a wonderful amenity to have after a long day as well.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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4  Thank RedCamOp
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

Why did we had a great stay at Sonrisa:

- Very friendly, helpful staff who made us feel at home and provided us with tips and tricks for having a great time at Bonaire
- Clean and spaceous rooms with all facilities needed in Bonaire (airco, TV, water cooker (coffee and tea are included), a large and comfortable bed, locker, big closets, fan). All are clean and work!
- Great breakfast! Fresh fruit, bread, yoghurt, coffee, tea, jus d'orange
- Nice clean garden with a great swimming pool and comfortable seats
- Windsurfing packages are on offer in cooperation with Bonaire Windsurf place which is a great deal if you're into windsurfing

We absolutely would like to recommend this hotel. One thing, bring repellent :) Just like most other places in Bonaire the musquitos also know how to find you at Sonrisa!

Room Tip: There are rooms at the back (wind) and front (pool) side. Both are fine although the pool side stren...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

What a pleasnat environment for a trip to Bonaire complete with windsurfing. The group of us from CT and RI will make this our first stop for our windsurfing trips to Bonaire. thank you so much for so many years of great trips!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Sonrisa

Address: Kaya Finlandia z/n, Kralendijk, Bonaire
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Location: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kralendijk
Price Range: $128 - $254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sonrisa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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Sonrisa Bonaire/Kralendijk

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