After the fairly positive reviews of Mary Lee’s we were disappointed by the shabbiness of our apartment “Contenta”. I did not see any other rooms so my evaluation is only of that particular room. “Contenta” is the basement of one of the houses and feels like a basement: dark, damp, and musty. The room did not appear to have been updated in years and the basic utilities were concerning – extensive use of extension cords for the electrical system and an open drain below the kitchen sink area. Although the upholstered furniture all matched it was worn to the point of being shabby. The bedroom reminded me of a basement root cellar – very little ventilation and a very low ceiling. I realized before making the reservation that there was only air-conditioning in the bedroom, but I expected the air-conditioning system to have more than just hot or cold settings – we either froze or sweated – there was no temperature adjustment. The bathroom vanity was very old with a chipped sink and the shower, although spacious, had mold on the floor. Service was pretty much non-existent. For our 4 night stay for our party of 3 they furnished 3 washcloths, 1 hand towel, and 4 bath towels. When we asked for replacements they gave us 1 washcloth and 2 hand towels. The other times we went to ask we could not find anyone. We only saw the owner once - when we were checking in – she yelled through her screen door that our room information was posted on the fence (as if we were disturbing her by wanting to check in). The only person who we could consistently find was the gardener/boat driver – he was helpful if you needed his services, but that’s apparently all he could help with.
So, the positives of Mary Lee’s: the GORGEOUS view, the easy access to rental kayaks, easy access to Gilligan’s Island via kayak or boat, just sitting on the dock area with a drink and watching the water, the nicely done natural landscaping, and seeing the largest iguanas I’ve ever seen roaming the property.
Weighing the pros and cons, we now wished we'd stayed at the Copamarina. We weren't really looking for the "resort" experience, but we did want better than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small self catering resort located on the Bay just outside of Guanica, PR. We rent fully furnished units. The bedrooms of all our units have AC, and all have a BBQ area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mary Lee`s By The Sea Hotel Guanica
- Mary Lee's By The Sea Puerto Rico/Guanica