Overall the hotel is decent. There are other hotels on the island that seemed to be more high end facilities but the Royal Aquarium is located in a beautiful spot. Since the hotel is located on the water, the activities, boat excursions, jet ski etc is located right there which was very convenient since you do not have to leave the property. Coral Adventures (boat tours) did a fantastic job and was reasonably priced. The jet ski guys are all around, just remember to talk them down on price. Remember, taking a jet ski out for 30-60 mins will not make or break your vacation so remind the jet ski guys that when you talk price. The hotel itself is a little worn but being on the water front does beat the hell out of any property. The restaurant staff was very nice, housekeeping was so-so and several of the other staff (pool attendants) were lazy and down right rude, but take it for what it is worth, go to the beach, forget the pool and have fun.
The Decameron is a chain of all inclusive hotels so if you stay at one you have access to the other hotels and properties. They don't really lay out the other properties for you as to where they are and what each property's strengths are. I feel they should cover this with each guest to enhance the experience but with a little looking into it, you can find the other hotels to visit. I am not sure what this hotels rating is but I would say a 3 star at best. If you are looking for 4 or 5 star then you will need to look elsewhere. But if you are laid back and can overlook an apathetic staff, then this is a fun place to stay. The food was good with a good variety of choices each day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the midst of an Antillean environment, this resort has an exceptional architecture with circular towers overlooking the sea at ‘Punta Hansa’ – at the northern end of the Island of San Andres – which allow for wonderful panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. These buildings are alongside a long wooden dock that leads to a natural pool in the sea and with an aquatic platform ideal for snorkeling and other water sports. The Decameron Aquarium is located approximately 10 minutes from the airport and is a well sought out location for tourists since the longest and most beautiful beach of the island is located only a few blocks away, surrounded by a boardwalk, parallel to a commercial area with restaurants, discos and the most exclusive bars. You will enjoy an enchanting paradise that can be explored completely on foot and where a cultural mixture of English, Spanish, Pirates and Corsairs can be explored. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Aquarium Hotel San Andres Island