Given some of the mediocre reviews of hotels we decided to book a 2 bed apartment after a web search.
We had an initial panic on arrival off our long haul flight when the receptionist could not find our booking, a short conversation in Spanish later and we were all checked in.
Given that this is South America the general standard is pretty good at the apartments. The plus points: the apartments are large and master ensuite is really nice and big. Both bathrooms have very large showers and there is plenty of storage for clothes etc. Also it is just over the road for the beach and at the right end for kite-surfing launch. Unfortunately we had a view of the carpark from our balcony (? apartment 2D), but some of the apartments must have had a great seaview.
Problems we encountered (didn't necessarily affect our stay too much) : lack of internet unless down in reception, hot water most, but not all of the time/both patio doors to balcony didn't lock/area to wash sand off before entering never had water. We were out kitesurfing during the day, but often couldn't find a receptionist on our return, often you can go to the store next door and find someone, however speaking Spanish will be essential. To be honest a basic command of spanish will really help your stay in El Yaque and I found my years of lessons really paid off, so bring a phrasebook.
The pool looked nice and the bar up there, but we never saw anyone up there to serve drinks (maybe in peak season?).
Self- catering in El Yaque in general will be very limited, unless you have a car to go out of town shopping. The two shops sell very basic food only, and although the apartment has eg. French Press/Caftiere and fruit press in the apartment we couldn't buy coffee or fruit.... Eating out is easy enough tho.
All of these things wouldn't put me off returning to these apartments as the other hotels didn't look up to much!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Yaque Club Margarita Island, Venezuela