My husband and I stayed here between Christmas and New Year's. The first room we checked into would have been just fine for us--a studio with a kitchenette, balcony with view of the ocean and the sound of waves filling the room, and a jacuzzi on the balcony. All this for $140 a night. Then we caught wind that they 2-bedroom penthouse would be open the rest of our stay. They say it normally went for $350/night. We offered the $200. We checked in that afternoon. It was BEAUTIFUL--panoramic views of the ocean and you could still hear the waves. Full kitchen. Then we discovered the one major flaw that I can't believe no one had complained about before: there was s door to the penthouse that led to the maid's room where they had the washer/drier, etc., which in turn had a door to the outside. WHICH WAS NEVER LOCKED! and they refused to lock it because they said the maid's needed access to the room. And the door between our room and the maid's room had no lock. they couldn't believe we thought it was odd that we could never lock our room, and were irritated that we insisted they figure out a solution. In the end they agreed to keep the maid's room locked to the outside, but we didn't trust that they would do this (and checked a couple of times to find it still open).
Bottom line: hotel was great but I don't think I'd stay in the penthouse again based on the inability to lock it. But the other rooms were fine. The beach in front of the hotel is small but the beach just down the street (1 minute walk) was fantastic and had a great scene with lots of Mexican families hanging out. The hotel is far away from the horrible tourist main drag and the all the all-inclusive resorts, but only a 5 minute taxi ride (About $5) to the Zona Romantico where we had some great meals and went to the market. We also found some dishes at the beach restaurant connected to the hotel that were quite tasty (NOT El Set, but the restaurant on the beach down below), and we're quite picky.
I would definitely stay here again.
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