South America Hotels International
Hotel Riu Cancun (Mexico)
My Partner and I went to Mexico for the first time in January. We chose to stay at the Riu Cancun having stayed at two Riu chain hotels before in two other countries. **TRANSFER** The thing that always puts a downer on my holiday is the transfer from the airport to the hotel. For the first time I actually enjoyed the ... transfer it only took around 35-40 minutes to get to our hotel but our guide was fantastic there was so much to see on the way to the hotel all of which he pointed out and the place just seemed buzzing. When we approached our hotel we looked at it amazed, it was huge but beautiful at the same time I couldn't believe we were staying at this hotel I felt as though I had won the lottery!
When we arrived at the hotel we walked through the main reception ( I will talk about this in a moment) we were taken through the reception and out the back doors and up into a meeting room which was located next to the sports bar. As we walked through we were given a fresh fruit cocktail which was delicious and a lovely gesture. The meeting didn't last long as you can imagine after the long flight you just want to get to your room. We were all handed our envelopes which had a door key and a key for the safe in your room which is FREE no deposit required but just don't lose it as they have to drill the lock and you will pay!
As you walk into the main Reception you have a lovely glass roof. The reception desk is straight in front of you and the staff speak good English and are very helpful. Around the windows of the reception is where each of your Travel reps are. There is also a jewellery shop and a convenience shop (quite expensive though you are best to go over to the indoor market it is half the price) There is also a bar in the reception too. It is also in reception where you will find the table to book for your meals if you would like to try one of the themed restaurants at no extra cost and you can visit these restaurants as many times as you like but it is best to book 2 days in advance as they do get booked up quick.
We took the lift up to our room as we were on floor 12.As we opened the door to our room we were surprised at how large the room was. The bathroom was very clean and looked lovely. The décor in the bedroom was a little dates but how long do you spend in your room! We were in room 1210 and I have to say although it is very high up it is the most amazing view I have ever seen our room not only looked over the pool and the beach but also over the beautiful sea and was an idyllic picture at sunset.
The bed was huge the biggest bed I have ever slept in and was comfortable to. There is also air-conditioning that actually works in the room too. Now for the best bit the mini bar! The mini bar is FREE yes FREE you have in the fridge bottles of Pepsi, diet Pepsi, sprite, and water. There are also cans of tonic and soda water. There are also 4 optics on the wall, Vodca, Brandy, Tequila and Whisky. Your mini bar is stocked every 2 days but if you run out before you just call down to reception and they restock it for you.
There is also an iron and ironing board ( so no need to take your travel iron which means more room for shoes!)
The room is cleaned every day and towels and bed covers are also changed daily. We had a number of little animals made out of towels made for us and left on the bed. You will also see throughout the day and night that there are always someone cleaning it is just spotless. Even down on the beach we got down to the beach at 9am and there was a man who cleaned all the sand off of the sun beds and bagged up all the seaweed which had been washed up onto the beach. I got so used to how clean it was that actually when we came back to England I realised how dirty our country is. In Mexico there are even ladies out sweeping the car parks!
WOW!! we usually go all inclusive but this really is all inclusive the cocktail menu is pages long! As soon as your drink is empty the staff are there straight away topping your cup up! I have to say to any chocolate lovers out there please try the FUNKY MoNKEY it is gorgeous this soon became my drink of the holiday! The all inclusive is full 24 hours and when you go down to the beach a waiter walks along and takes your orders so there is no reason for you to move.
I hold my hands up and say I am one of these people who usually go away all inclusive for 2 weeks and by the second week I am bored of the food. This wasn't the case at the Riu Cancun in fact I would say I could have stayed another 3-4 weeks and still not have got around to trying everything!
*Breakfast- Hot counter - Fried egg, Omelette, scrambled egg, sausage, tomatoes. beans, eggy bread, bacon, mushrooms
-American counter, Every pastry you can think of and pancakes and donuts.
-Smoothie counter- 10 different fresh smoothies available every morning,
- cold counter- cold meats, yogurts and fruits
-bread counter - a variety of different breads and cakes
- toast and cereal
Mexican- wraps and tacos (yes for breakfast!)
Lunch- You have two options for lunch you can go to the main hall but you can not go in swim wear or you can go to the pool bar we tried both and there are similar things in both
-chips, burgers, sausages, pasta, pizza, toasted sandwiches, flavoured chicken
- nacho's, tortillas
-salads and fruit
Dinner- Each night is a THEME and you will find when you go into the dining hall that as you walk in there will be a counter with the themed food on i.e Mexican night will be a huge wok with chicken and peppers or on Spanish night it will be a hug Paella. Similar to breakfast each counter offers something different and these are available every night. There is a Mexican counter which has your nacho's, tortilla, tacos and enchiladas there is also an Italian which has pasta and pizza, there is a fish counter which has different fish course each night and then the traditional English counter which has roast chick, lamb and beef, chips, vegetables, rice. There really is something for everyone and if anyone cannot find something they like I will be amazed as I am the worlds fussiest eater and I was in heaven!
The waiters are very friendly we tried to keep to the same waiter as tips are a big thing in Mexico and so rather than give a tip each day we gave a large tip at the end to our waiter Hernandez.
There are also the a la carte restaurants we tried the Japanese restaurant which was amazing. The ambience in the restaurant was great I quite forgot I was in Mexico!
Also if you are going out for the day pop up to the sports bar as they have pre-packed lunch in the chiller cabinets.
There is plenty of entertainment if you want it but for us this holiday was about pure relaxation. The main pool which is located outside the food hall is where all the entertainment takes place so if you don't want to be hassled go to the pool around the other side of the hotel. You will get asked down on the beach but just say no and they leave you alone. there is also evening entertainment every night which was great and well worth seeing some night were better than others but again if this is not your kind of thing there is low live music in the lounge bar in reception.
One word PERFECT!
Everything you want is in walking distance and if there is somewhere further out you want to see jump on the bus you can't get lost as they just go round in a loop and they only work out around 50-60p
As you come out of the hotel straight in front of you is a large shopping mall but it is very quiet. There are shops such as Lacoste, DKNY. If you walk over the road behind this mall there is a large Market shop which is where you need to go for any of your day to day things or chocolate and some gifts it is the cheapest place to go. If you come out of the hotel and go left after 4-5 minutes you will come to the indoor market they love to haggle in there and I must admit I found it a little overwhelming but if this is your kind of thing this is where you will pick up your gifts to take home. Just past this market is where the night life is Coco Bongo is the main attraction and well worth a visit you pay for your ticket and drinks are all in. There were many families in here to so don't be put off.
One more thing if you love crocodiles you need to stay at this hotel as behind the mall opposite the hotel is Crocodile creek go over and take a look but don't get too close!
Like I said before there is a convenience shop in reception but they also have evenings where the Mexicans have stalls in the hotel so you can buy your souvenirs without leaving the hotel should you wish. There are also Looky looky men down on the beach who will walk along to try and sell you there items but just remember to haggle with them at least half the price they are asking.
This has got to be the best hotel I have ever been to I cannot find any negatives to say about this hotel it was the holiday of a life time thanks to this hotel. If you are looking for a great hotel with the perfect location and very friendly staff this is the hotel for you I hope we will be able to save and go again in a couple of years.
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Vakona Lodge Andasibe National Park (Madagascar)
Vakona Lodge, Andasibe, Madagascar GETTING THERE Vakona is the Malagasy name for a Pandanus palm. This lodge is reputedly the best in this area and from the others we saw I think that is the case. The lodge is reached by a dirt road of varying quality over about ten miles so quite a trek, we were in a four wheel drive but ... there were some normal cars parked at the lodge. The lodge is a long three and a half hour drive from the capital Antananarivo and there is not really a huge choice of places to stop for a break so be prepared with water etc for the trek when you embark on the journey, toilet facilities are also not widely available and those that are available leave a lot to be desired.
We had already booked so we checked in and were told that no credit cards are accepted, only cash either local or Euros which if we had not already known this might have been a problem! We were escorted up to our room, literally up two sets of stairs, by two porters and our guide!
Reception is just a desk in the main lodge building which also houses the dining area, the bar, a sitting area and a shop upstairs. There is also a table tennis table, a pool table and a pile of board games, mainly Scrabble to occupy you if it is raining and you are not out on a wildlife trek. Within this main building you can get free wifi with a code provided by Reception but it is VERY slow and a bit intermittent.
We were very high above the main lodge building so we had a lovely view of the lake, gardens and the main building with the rainforest behind. In front of our room or small house we had a patio area with two seats and a small wooden table carved on top with animals and the name of the Lodge.
As we entered the room the first thing that struck you was the size of the bed which was huge, so huge that in fact it took up most of the room. It was actually two 3 foot singles made up as a large double but we did have a small table either side of the bed with a drawer and a shelf. Over the bed was a mosquito net which pulled back into four corners by ties during the day, giving the impression of a canopy four poster type bed.
Beside the bed in the main part of the room we had a wooden armchair and a wooden table case stand. Apart from the main section of the room there was a small side part which had a wooden wardrobe (coded safe inside) and a table with a kettle, tea, cocoa and sweeteners but no milk or sugar. There was also a small fridge with mini bar offering soft drinks and beer at prices the same as at the main lodge and not expensive at all.
Just off this side part of the room was the bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet and a wooden stand for your bits and pieces. The shower was clean, everything worked and the water was lovely and hot. I was joined one day by a large caterpillar like creature trying to get of the wooden boarded part of the shower but in the end I think he drowned. Had I known he was harmless I might have helped him but I wasn't sure so I just kept a wary eye on his efforts and avoided contact. There was a shower gel on the wall and a nice lemon scented soap which rather bizarrely they replaced the day before we left with a new one. There were plenty of towels, a little on the thin side but a decent size and they did the job.
From the side part of the room was a spiral staircase leading to an attic room with two single beds and a chair so a family could have stayed in the room together.
Our only complaint about the room was that the windows were very dark wooden with small panes the room was dark most of the time unless we left the door open. If we wanted to read in the day we sat outside. At night with the reading lights on in bed it was okay but not great.
FOOD AT THE LODGE
Breakfast was included in the tariff. This was a sort of buffet affair. The waitress brought you the juice of the day, no choice. They also brought you tea which was watery and very weak or coffee which was French style and very strong. They then asked if you wanted eggs and how you wanted them. If you asked for scrambled you got a big pile of scrambled eggs on a plate, fried was just two fried eggs on a plate. In a basket on your table you were brought a few slices of toast, a few chunks of toasted French bread and a couple of croissants. Also already on the table was a small dish of local honey, a small pot of jam which changed daily and a tiny dish of butter.
The buffet part was a fruit salad and a choice of about three cereals so not really a huge buffet at all. It wasn't great but it did the job and was filling and more than we would have at home anyway.
On our first day we were going to be out until after the official lunch was over which was 2 o' clock so our guide suggested we got a packed lunch. They were quite happy and it was ready for us to taje with us the next day in a plastic bag. The lunch for the two of us was two bottles of water, four boiled eggs, and two half French sticks with ham, cheese and tomato. I am not keen on eggs and so we gave them to our guide, the driver and the local guide. The sandwich would have been plenty and was actually quite tasty. There were also two of the 'pipiest' oranges I have ever come across.
The next day we were back for lunch and the menu we were handed was exactly the same as the one for dinner. Salads were on offer but I tend to steer clear of those when in countries where hygiene may not be that great. We decided to try two Malagasy dishes, mine was a pork and cassava leaf dish served with rice and my husband's was a very interesting dish of fried shredded beef and ginger with a sort of soup also served with local rice which is quite a sticky rice. Mine was nice but rather over salted so i couldn't finish it but my husband's was very tasty so in fact I had it for dinner that night.
The same menu was brought out for lunch and dinner. The first night we chose a veal curry with almonds which was quite nice but not spicy at all and after a while became a bit too much, I could have had half the portion with a second accompaniment. Each dish had the same accompaniment, fried vegetables, chips or rice .On the second night we both opted for Zebu steak again with chips or fried vegetables or rice. It was very tasty, generous portions and well cooked. By the third night we were running out of things we like the sound of, I am afraid I don't eat spaghetti bolognaise when in Africa and sea food when far from the sea, the chickens around the place looked scraggy and so I wasn't going to risk that so my husband went back to zebu steak and I had the dish he had for lunch. I think three nights and you will have exhausted the options here so they obviously cater for short term visitors likeus and I think most people do only stay a couple of nights so they are quite safe not changing the rather limited menu.
They are really beautiful full of lovely tropical plants and the lodge nestles in the lowest part of these grounds with its feet in the large lake so reflecting the lights on the water at night and this looks really very charming.
You do have to be fit to stay here as there are steps everywhere from the main lodge building. All the rooms are up stairs as is the large swimming pool. It was too chilly to swim so no one was using the pool or sitting around on the sun beds. This is a rainforest area so it rains most days so I am not sure how much use the pool gets.
As we walked around the grounds we came across a children's play area and there were local children playing on it so presumably they were children from the staff of the lodge or the local village.
Within the lodge grounds is a group of islands which are a sanctuary or zoo of lemurs. One island te lemurs are compete used to people so they leap on you and you can have you photo take with a lemur on your shoulder. There other two islands they are not used to people but you can take a boat trip around to see them in the trees.
This place is part of the lodge but you do have to pay extra to go in to see them even if you are staying at the lodge. I believe the price was about $10 US per person but my husband is a bit anti zoos and places where they import animals as he prefers the challenge of seeing them in the wild so we didn't go.
I did see photos taken by a Swiss man I got chatting to as he was putting his photos on line on his i pad. They were lovely photos and the lemurs were on his wife's shoulder but I think it is up to your own choice whether you want that experience or the challenge of seeing them in the wild. You can of course do both here should you choose.
NOT SO GREAT
Our guide and driver were lovely people and such great company. They picked us up at the airport and stayed with us all the time we were in Andasibe and then brought us back to Antananarivo for the night, collected us and brought us to the airport for our flight the next day. You are very unlikely to go to Vakona without a guide and driver so therefore accommodation should be provided with a room for these people for every room at the lodge. Our guide and driver had to sleep in a car one night as when they got to their allocated room someone else was in there. The other option is for them to drive about twenty miles back to the nearest town and stay there which gives them very long drives back and from the lodge our two did this on the other nights which made the day very long for them. I felt this was very poor of the lodge as they do only provide them pretty basic rooms with. T bunks and it really costs them nothing. I shall be writing a letter to the lodge via our tour company to tell them how poor I think this is.
The waiting on staff were very pleasant and smiled as they brought food and drinks and the kitchen staff were obliging making packed lunches and allowing you to come in at 8.45 pm for dinner provided you pre ordered your meal before you went out for your night hike.
The staff at the Reception were very hit and miss. Some smiled and were pleasant while others were quite surly and verging on rude. On checking out the man at the desk almost threw our chits at my husband, took the money but no eye contact or ' Did you enjoy your stay' 'Have a safe journey' etc and that costs nothing and just leaves you with a slightly 'hmm' feeling as you leave which is not really what should happen.
I believe our room cost about 60 Euros a night for the two of us which was very good value. The food prices were also good as main meals cost about $5 or £6 each and a large bottle of local beer was £1.50 which was really excellent value. I have converted the food as it was in Malagasy Ariary but the room cost was in Euros and you can work that out re conversion as it varies.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Well this is the best there is so yes. The rooms were comfortable, there was hot water and electricity, the food was good and cheap though a limited menu if staying any length of time. The service was hit and miss though we didn't come across any surly waiting staff, just the grump Reception staff.
The lads who carry your luggage up and down from the room do expect a tip and I believe we gave then $1 US as we had no Ariary or Euro small change and they seemed quite happy. You are expected to tip everyone in Madagascar and this added about £200 to our trip by the end with guides, local guides, drivers and porters. You can't avoid the porters as they wait and pounce on you if you try to carry your own luggage so you just have to accept it.
Once again I struggled with the star rating, 5 star setting, but the negatives pulled it down for me to a three star so I have chosen four stars to be fair.
Thanks for reading. Hope this might be useful to someone heading this way. This review may be posted on other site under my same user name.
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Hotel Regatta (Cartagena, Colombia)
Our second hotel in Cartagena was a beachfront one in the Bocagrande area. The place is packed with tall, modern hotels (Benidorm style) and I didn't have a clue which one to go for, as all seemed to have mixed reviews. In the end, I booked the Regatta on the recommendation of my school's director who, although not having stayed there ... himself, passed on the praise of his wife and daughter who went there for a long weekend. Located about 20 minutes from the airport (taxi is $16,000 or just over £5) and 10 minutes from the Old Town (taxi is $6000 or £2), the hotel is in a prime location facing the Caribbean. We arrived early, about 10.30am, as we were coming from our cheaper, city hotel, and as the taxi pulled up I was instantly impressed. A bell boy jumped out to grab our bags and although they were talking to each other when we arrived, the reception staff immediately stopped, mid-conversation, and turned to attend to us. With check in not until 3pm we hadn't expected the room to be ready, but were given some hotel info which included the location of the swimming pools, which we took as a sign that we should go and use them until the room was ready... We went for lunch and came back to find it still being cleaned, but dot on 3pm it was available and we were shown up.
~~ Rooms With A VIEW ~~
I think there are different types of rooms and I did wonder whether we got a better one for being foreign and/or paying a higher rate (though it was cheap by our standards) but our room was STUNNING. It was absolutely huge, and had massive windows looking our onto the Caribbean on both sides of the bed, with another window angled towards the old town which is only a few km away and lit up beautifully at night. We had wondered what it would be like not having a balcony - something we are used to on beach holidays, but which is rare in Cartagena - but we didn't miss it as the view was so good. The windows also opened which was unexpected; although only on the 5th floor, falling out would have caused quite a splat. Rooms higher up had these windows too - hurray for Colombian (lack of) health and safety law.
Our room had the largest bed I've ever slept in, which must have been bigger than King. Booking online hadn't given me the option of twin beds, and the hotel was full so we couldn't switch to one of those, but with the size of the bed it really didn't matter. It was made up with a quilt which seemed hilarious given the temperature outside, but since we had air con the room remained cool. We also had beautiful fluffy pillows, two each, which I loved lounging on and quite wanted to steal. Both sides of the bed had bedside tables - useful for her glasses and Kindle, and my remote controls and earrings. The storage space was in fact excellent throughout, and we made a 'library' on one of the many shelves (if you can call 5 trashy magazines and 3 review paperbacks a library). The wardrobe had lots of hangers and more shelves, and also housed the safe though I managed to lock this on day one (thankfully empty) and we couldn't open it again, though I'm sure reception would have helped had we asked.
The room also included a kitchen though this was not advertised, so came as a nice surprise. I got the impression this used to be marketed as an aparthotel but wasn't any more, which explained why we had an unplugged hob (with no gas supply remaining). Though we couldn't cook, therefore, it was great to have the extra counter space. We had a minibar that, although stocked, had extra room for our stuff, and there was a kitchen sink which was handy for when we picnicked. In the kitchen there was a bin, and opposite, a full length mirror - two things I find sadly lacking in many rooms.
The bathroom was equally impressive, with a massive shower cubicle that boasted hot water (a rarity for the coast). The doors stuck a bit as you tried to slide them, but although the flow was powerful, the jets pointed downwards so you could shower with the shower door open and not soak the bathroom. Toiletries were upgraded to reflect the hotel's 4 star status, and included always useful small packets of tissues, and fancy exfoliating soaps. The one downside was that we only had one towel each (plus hand towel and bath mat) but again, I'm sure we could have asked for more if it had really bothered us.
The TV was large and included some 100 channels, more than a third of which were in English. The air con was simple to use and worked well - though we switched if off while we were out, the room stayed quite cool if we'd had it pumping overnight. The room was kept very clean, and the sand I trekked in every day vanished as if by magic. The maid seemed to think my mother was in charge of our room (as if!) and always returned the TV and air con remotes to her side of the bed, but otherwise the room was left perfect. I especially liked that the maid came in early, so by the time we came back to the room for lunch it was always finished.
~~ Restaurant ~~
The buffet restaurant is at the front on the ground floor and looks towards the sea but without a view of it, if you see what I mean. It is open for 3 meals a day but we only sampled breakfast, as that was included in our rate. This was, again, an upgraded version of what we had enjoyed at the previous hotel with more of everything: more juices, more types of bread and cereal and so on. The cooked dishes included things like sausages and corn fritters, while eggs were cooked to order. They had little mini pastries as well as rolls and brown and white bread for toasting, and both cheese and ham showed up every morning, though sadly the first day's pancakes never reappeared. Coffee was served at your table but service varied - sometimes we were offered second cups, sometimes we had to ask. They also practiced the standard Latin American thing of whizzing away your plates as soon as you had finished, which seemed contrary to their displays about wastage: these stated that it was bad for the planet to help yourself to more food than you could eat, but I think it could apply to plates too, and I will happily reuse mine for second, and third, trip to the buffet.
One morning I was making toast and turned up the level of the browning, much to the distress of several waiters who came over and wanted to pop up my bread. I kindly explained that I wasn't Colombian and didn't, therefore, want hot bread, but instead wanted it (cue mad searching of the brain for the correct Spanish phrase), um, bronzed like skin in the sun. Ah, said the final waiter, and you too are bronzed from the sun. This was my last morning, so I had indeed been working on said tan, but it was very nice of him to notice.
The breakfast buffet was reasonable by most standards, and exceptional for Colombia, so we were very happy with it. They never ran out of food and it was always nicely presented. Breakfast started from 7am but they must have let people in early as we were rarely later than 7.05am and never the first ones there. You didn't have to hand around waiting to register your number either: the coffee waiters either tried subtly to spot your room key, or would ask as they were serving you.
Information in the room told us that Room Service was on offer....but menus were not provided so we had no clue what it would be.
~~ Facilities ~~
I was pleased that this was the hotel my director of studies recommended because I knew it had 2 pools. I hadn't realised how small they were, or that they would be upstairs, but in the end it all worked out well. The pools were on the 11th and 18th floors, and both came with sun terraces though these only amounted to 3 sun loungers on each and either one or two plastic tables and chairs. It is a reflection of (a) our ability to get up early and (b) the locals' odd aversion to swimming that we always managed to get 2 of the 3 loungers on offer, whichever pool we were beside. Most mornings we also had our chosen pool to ourselves as well, though at the weekend they got a little more crowded. The pools had great views of the sea and the city, and though there was a building site next door, we soon zoned it out. Both pools were oddly shaped and neither got very deep - little old me could stand up all over both - but they were well designed with lots of spaces to lie so you could sunbathe while also staying cool by resting in an inch or two of water.
The hotel has a sort of terrace bar with live music at the weekends, and the lobby is big and air conditioned, but like most Colombian hotels it didn't run to much in the way of tourist information. There were two lifts which seemed quite quick and served the hotel's 20-something residential floors. The wifi was ok but only worked in our room if you sat near the door - perhaps because it was SUCH a big room that being on the other side, lying on the bed, took you out of signal range. Still, we managed to log on night and day as we wanted, and it was quite fast.
~~ Surroundings ~~
The hotel is beachfront, but doesn't own any of the beachfront if you see what I mean: the area in front of our hotel (and all others for that matter) was covered with odd shelters that were erected each morning and charged for by whoever was running that patch. No loungers were available. The beach was clean and the water warm, but going there was a hassle for two reasons. Firstly, because you get bothered every few minutes by someone wanting to sell you something or massage you or braid your hair or just generally ask for money. It makes relaxing on the beach less of an option, so in the end we would go down with towels only, leaving the key at reception and not taking any money, and have a swim but then come back to the hotel pool to relax. Secondly, because the security guard at the hotel (not to be confused with the doorman, bellboy or receptionist) was obsessed with keeping dirty sandy people out of the nice clean hotel. I could see his point, but I objected to being told, quite abruptly, to walk up the driveway to the car park, shower by the side of the path (which, by the way, was not for pedestrians, just cars) and then enter the hotel through the dark and potentially dangerous upper level car park to catch the lift up to our floor.
The hotel is well located about halfway along the promenade making it close to all shops and restaurants in Bocagrande. There were two supermarkets within a 3 block walk, the basic Asda-esque Olympica, and the much lovelier Carulla, which is nothing if not a Colombian take on Waitrose. We were also close to two coffee shops, McDonalds and Crepes y Waffles, and lots of individual restaurants. Most were overpriced but then Cartagena is the most expensive place in Colombia, and we still managed to eat out, albeit reading menus carefully first to check we weren't paying twice as much as we had to for our pizza or pasta.
You can get busses from here into the old town. You could even walk, but you'd be doing it in either the oppressive heat (even at 9am it's scorching) or the pitch black (night comes by 6.30pm, and only then does it begin to cool off). Most people travel by taxi, but you'd be adding $12,000 to your expenditure, even before you find somewhere to eat. For $12,000 you can get a crepe in my favourite place (which doesn't hike its prices substantially for its resort restaurants) so although we're only talking about £4, it's still in my mind £4 that could be better spent elsewhere. For this reason, we didn't return to the old town once we'd changed hotels, and instead invested our time and energy in the very important activity of doing nothing.
~~ The Bottom Line ~~
We booked through Opodo as they had the best rate for our dates, and paid £65 per night for a room for 2 and buffet breakfasts. There were no extra fees or taxes, and booking through Quidco I also got cashback of a bit over £13 - not to be sniffed at. For such a well located 4 star hotel I thought this was a great price and we really enjoyed the stay, including extended siestas lounging around our plush room, so it seemed like excellent value for money.
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South America Hotel International
Hotel International / Hotel and dive center in Maria La Gorda, Cuba.
Hotel International / - Vakona Forest Lodge is located close to the national park in its own small reserve. The lodge offers simple clean rooms with en-suite facilities and showers. The food is good and mainly French in style and the restaurant area has an outdoor terrace surrounded by a small lake.
Hotel International / Hotel on the Isla de la Juventud, Cuba.
Address: Calle 5ta / Hotel International /2da y 4ta #1, Vinales, Kuba
Hotel International / Address: Playa Larga, Cuba
Hotel International / 3-star hotel in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 11.5 / Hotel International / Hotel Zone / Cancun, 77500 / Mexico
Address: Avenida El Melecón Carrera 1 No. 5 - 82 / Hotel International / Bocagrande / Cartagena / Colombia / Tel: (575) 6657527
Address: Centro. Calle 34 / Hotel International / 11-15 La Matuna (Plazoleta Telecom) / Cartagena / Colombia
Rating: 5 star / Hotel International / Location: Carrera 100B #11A-99, Cali Colombia / Tel: 1-800-395-7046
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