Magnificent classic hotel; tropical paradise!
Posted Jan 29, 2017
The best hotel experience ever (and I've been to over 20 countries). Pool area and gardens were filled with free roaming parrots, deer, toucan, sloth, and many wild birds. The animals weren't caged but roamed freely. Absolute relaxation! Pool was very large and never crowded. Breakfast was delicious and had a wide variety of foods. Rooms were spacious, clean, and comfortable. An army of workers kept the whole area spotless, and the century old trees and shrubs were watered and manicured daily. All staff were absolutely incredible--very polite and helpful in every way. They always smiled and really seemed to enjoy their work. Gift shop was better priced (unusual for a hotel) than other shops in the area and they had a wide selection of items. Taxis were always available and the drivers were wonderful (unusual for taxis). The price to go to the historic area was always 7000 pesos (about $2. 33). Taxi to airport was 18000 pesos (about $6.00). ATM at hotel worked well. Many restaurants, markets, and shops in the area. Hotel had a private beach area well back from the sea but we didn't have any problem with the venders in the non-private area. There are venders who are actively trying to earn a living but they are not overly pushy--just say "no gracias" and they move on. Beach was very nice--sandy bottom and clean. I actually felt sorry for those who chose to stay at a modern high-rise hotel with the sterile, postage stamp pool on the roof while I was in a tropical paradise.