This is a hotel that is desperately trying to be hip, but which falls short in too many areas to list here. We stopped upon passing and decided to stay for lunch. My following comments may seem picky to some, but when you are paying such an amount of money there is no excuse and a myriad of other places in this price bracket get it right. A table setting with cutlery coated in salt spray, the quality of which (table setting) can be found in many a canteen, a member of service staff whose appearance you would describe as grubby, etc., etc. However, all this fails to compare with the quality of the food. We paid US$33.60 for a salad. This salad was comparable with what I can imagine is served at the likes of McDonalds. It was about 90% iceberg lettuce of the usual tasteless variety it is, with less then half of one tomato and a minimalist amount of shredded carrot, onion, etc. Salad dressing was a one dimensional, extremely sweet puree of mango that tasted commercial. The value for money here even surpasses the dreadful value that I recently suffered at another restaurant. One cannot justify such prices by the quality of the venue, which was not there, nor the view which is the same from so many other places. Sadly, despite the attentions of many staff who were very pleasant and efficient, I am not optimistic that things will improve. This is because of the bizarre approach of the manager/co-owner which speaks volumes. He clearly chose a time that was right for him to speak to his guests, rather than a time that was right for his guests and did not interrupt them. His dress suggested that he was en route from the sun lounger to his room, whilst it was only a couple of minutes into our interruption that we realised Steve was not another guest, when he responded to a question regarding who he was. The comedic value of this crass behaviour provided some relief to an otherwise disappointing experience. Another positive that we did leave with though, was that we were not staying there with that associated cost.
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