We stayed at El Recreo the week of Christmas 2011. The cabin we were in was very simple, but fairly clean (at least, clean if you ignore the wood shavings from an obvious termite infestation). The best feature was the porch facing the ocean. The bed was hard and the pillows were completely flat, but we generally slept decently. They left the bath towels for several days until we finally threw them on the bathroom floor in the hopes they would get changed. They took away the old ones, but didn't bring new ones until we asked. We also ran out of toilet paper more than once when we were left with just a little and no extra.
The beach was nice, but the amenities were disappointing. There were no beach chairs available at all from the hotel. You could rent chairs from the dive shop next door, but none were provided. The porch of our cabin had some chairs, so we dragged those across the street and onto the beach a couple of times. The hotel also did not provide beach towels unless you paid to rent them. We paid one day (5000 pesos per person), but the ones provided were old, worn, and very musty. We got a better deal by buying them from the tienda in the Hotel Pirate Morgan.
Our room also had a "mini-bar", basically a fridge with a couple bottles of Coke and a couple of water. They charged 2500 pesos for each drink, but never replenished the supply during the week we were there.
All this being said, it seemed like a fairly decent place for the island. Many of the hotels did not have a beach and had only tiny pools. We did not see rooms anywhere else, but all of the properties seemed equal to ours. The Miss Elma next door did seem a little nicer and is also on the beach. They also supplied beach chairs and there was also a little bar right on the beach at that hotel. We also had lunch one day at the Miss Mary on Southwest Bay, which also seemed like a nice property. I would try and book one of those before returning to El Recreo.
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