Before I decided to book a vacation at this resort, I carefully read Trip Advisor reviews and thought it was safe enough to give a try in consideration of the more economical price. The old adage is true; you get what you pay for.
Yes, the wall mounted air conditioner dripped on the floor, the patio door was on it's last leg, the bathroom needed some paint and after room service didn't leave us any towels a phone call to the front desk didn't produce any. But, the biggest deterrence I found for this resort was the fact it was built into the side of a mountain. The views are great from every vantage point, but getting around this resort would be easy if you are part mountain goat. Stairs are involved in everything you do. They have a shuttle which circles the property every 10 minutes to pick you up and take you to where you want to go, but the fact is it is inconvenient and the whole experience would have been more enjoyable if it was on a level area.
This is not a large resort and amenities taken for granted at larger resorts are either scaled back or non existent here. You won't starve; the food is adequate but nothing to rave about. Hot food was often just warm and they seemed challenged in keeping the food stocked in the buffet line. Contacting the front desk is a hit and miss proposition and the nighttime shows were pretty sad - seems like the cast consisted of five people who tried to entertain with music and dance, but pretty much failed. You are a long way from most excursions and most excursions start with an hour or hour and half drive.
The employees were friendly enough, but service here was nothing compared to what is considered normal for Cuba. I couldn't help but keep comparing a Cuban vacation with this one and found that Cuba does a much better job at keeping their guests feel welcome in a cleaner, fresher environment.
If you want to go somewhere sunny and hot, you don't mind lots of stair and steep roads and your main goal is to get intoxicated, then this place will work for you. If you are looking for more from a vacation, then keep looking for other resorts.
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- Also Known As:
- Allegro Papagayo Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
- Allegro Papagayo Costa Rica
- Allegro Papagayo Gulf Of
- Allegro Papagayo Occidental
- Costa Rica Occidental
- Occidental Papagayo
- Allegro Papagayo Resort