After traveling west from San Juan, we arrived at Hostal Tropical over the weekend and even though it was Saturday night, the town was still very quiet with no real nightlife. Finding the hostel was fairly easy but only because of the Kookie Tire place which showed up on Google and the GPS. Their driveway was a bit narrow for the sedan we were in, but there was plenty of parking as we went in the middle of January. We had booked a private room with a bathroom, online for a great deal, so we weren't expecting to stay at the Hilton. Checking into Hostal Tropical was seamless and informative. The two young employees, Coral and John, were extremely helpful in giving us a variety of interest points around the whole island. Both of the staff members were very inviting. We especially applaud their hospitality as they offered us check out a few more hours past the initial check out time at no charge. The room we stayed in was very simple, and bare, but clean; there was a bed, a couch, a night stand, and a food tray table. Our room was near a light post, so a lot of light flooded through our windows, which bothered us both, so we ended up blocking the windows with the couch seats. The bed itself was a bit stiff, and the bed sheets were thin and a overly dry. The A/C worked very well. The bathroom was small and smelled a bit funky from the chickens and roosters across the way. The shower's temperature gauge was hit or miss, and the toilet would continuously run after being flushed, so we constantly had to adjust the chain in the tank. Eating out definitely requires a car, as you won't find too many taxis around the area of the hostel. It's about a 15-20 minute drive to get to the tourist restaurants but well worth it. There was a Walmart nearby and various fast food establishments, which were very useful in our stay. Despite the minor issues, the ridiculously cheap price for a night makes stopping by Hostel Tropical a no-brainer. We would definitely stay here again if ever in Isabela.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hey traveler, welcome to Hostal Tropical located in Porta del Sol, Puerto Rico known for its beautiful Caribbean sea side beaches and the top surfing Atlantic Ocean waters in the Caribbean. This newly opened hostel has rooms and facilities to suit your needs and budgets. Our hostel offers mixed dorms and private rooms with private or shared bathrooms. All our rooms are air-conditioned to maximize your comfort. We have a fully equipped kitchen and common areas including outdoor terrace where you can unwind after a long day. Our young friendly staff is happy to assist you in your stay and is savvy of what the island has to offer. ... more less
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