Sea Lions share pool dips & lizards sun on deck
Posted Mar 31, 2015 on Hotels
Viewed 3 different hotels prior to booking Solymar. Finch Bay is the most beautiful but you have to take a boat and walk a long distance with your luggage along a boardwalk to get to hotel, Aventura in the mangroves does not have any kind of a view from rooms- just restaurant. So Solymar was our pick for relaxation, convenience, a newer remodel and views. Staff is apathetic and not very service oriented. The owner and his wife were often at this hotel and Isle Solymar across the street. They use Solymar as their personal playground to dock their boat, have their small kids use pool, eat & drink in restaurant. The hotel staff seems to cater to the owners but not the guests. Service needs a lot of improvement. Jacuzzi does not look very safe and needs maintenance, a garden hose feeds the pool. You can sit outside by pool all day w/staff walking by and you will not be approached to order a drink. You must ask repeatedly for things and get most of it yourself. We've heard, This is island life and difficult to get trained top notch staff.
Outdoor bar with restaurant has a daily fresh fish catch. Try the sushi too. The Breakfast room, is not exceptionally clean and wonder about the food sitting out for so long on the buffet. That said, I would book this property again only due to lack of choice for a short stay but don't think it's worth what you pay per night. If I were there for more than 2 nights, I would check out the resorts in the highlands or Finch Bay.