After reading the abundance of rave reviews on this motel, I expected the best. I regret that what I found was just about the worst place I've booked in at least the last 10 years.
I travel a lot for business and also for pleasure, and I expect certain things when I rent a room. Simply stated, none of the things I expected were present in the El Governor. Yes, the views were great, and the hotel was feet from the ocean, but the benes stopped there.
The room was "clean", but old and beat, with a distinct look of a "Spring Break" party pad. The fixtures and furniture were very worn, and the a/c fan was loud enough to keep me up at night. My door barely closed due to being bent at the top. There was no alarm clock. There was no shampoo -- seriously, when's the last time you stayed somewhere that didn't offer a little bottle of shampoo?? There was indeed a full-size fridge, a microwave, and dishes, but after 3 days of dirty dishes piling up on the counter, I found out from the front desk that I was expected to wash my own dishes (in the bathroom sink), and that I was expected to buy my own dish detergent. If I wanted to wash dishes, I'd stay home.
WiFi service was almost non-existent. The maid did not 'clean' my room -- she just made the bed, changed the towels, and emptied the trash. The carpet and bathroom got dirtier every day of my stay. There was a bar/lounge, but it was so filled with smoke that I didn't make it 10 feet in. The pool looked fine. Don't even think about a free breakfast.
Bottom line- If you're looking for a quiet, cheap place with great views right on the beach that reminds you of something from the 50s, you've found your new home away from home (just remember your shampoo and dish detergent). If you expect the amenities associated with anything above a 2-star motel built in the last 20 years, keep looking.
- Also Known As:
- El Governor Hotel Mexico Beach
- El Governor Mexico Beach
- Mexico Beach El Governor