Location is great, especially if you like being able to watch all the activity from a street front room w/a balcony. There is a lot of noise (especially music which is constant) but some are quite happy w/that. Although the rooms are very shabby and tired looking and can be daunting upon first glance, the beds are quite comfy. One bedspread had stains which looked old...that bed went unused. Light panel over vanity area broken and w/2 holes made me wonder about cameras... The room phone had an oily, dirty looking film all over it; obviously, it was never used by us. There is a coffeemaker in the room w/1 packet of coffee; I washed everything out before using as well as after (I can only dream that one day everyone will pay it forward) and was happy w/the results. But there were not enough creamer packets so coffee time was not enjoyable. There is okay coffee in the lobby as well as some pieces of (not too fresh tasting) pan dulce. I was disappointed. The staff though, they were friendly and tried to accommodate guests as best they could. Stacked parking is tight (very!!!) but everyone manages. And there is an offsite lot as well which has security and most of our party had to use it...no problems. We paid $150 per night...waaaayyyy overpriced for what you get (dingy towels, no bath mat -thank God I took flip flops which i used the entire time i was in the room, especially to shower; very poor lighting in bedroom, vanity and shower areas, no radio/clock, and if you open your window or door, you get lots of flies). AC worked well but you're either freezing or sweating...didn't feel it was working at in between stages; floors very squeaky. I took my own pillow and a sheet which I used as I'm very particular when it comes to covering myself w/hotel/motel bed linens. This place is not for everyone but I saw people of various ethnicities checking in for the weekend (Latino, Caucasian, French, Argentinean, African-American...and it seemed they're all regulars), but it does seem to have its built-in clientele. Both chairs on balconies were very dirty but some balconies had only one, or none. Lounge chairs in pool area are very limited (I think only 6) as were tables (2) and they're usually 'marked' by towels, shorts, bags of junk food. And most of it is by one or two families who spend their days there w/their kids which makes it very noisy whether you're trying to enjoy the pool, get some rest, or occupying a poolside room. Although very close to port, arriving/departing ships horns are not a deal breaker as some have stated in their review. I heard them but they were not deafening nor disturbing. As for families w/little ones, I'd suggest you walk to the corner and head down 1 block to the Tacos Don Chente stand where you'll get tacos, tortas, or burritos (the bomb!) and then continue to the port where you'll find many others enjoying the water jets (at night it becomes a light show); they'll enjoy the water and running around between the water spurts (lots and lots of fun!); being close to the port where they can see the huge cruise ships docked, get lots of sun, and, the plus? You'll tire them out so much they'll hit the pillow and be out once back in the room. :) Oh, you can get your tacos on the way back from enjoying the water (which along w/the light show, you'll also enjoy other entertainment at the bandshell).
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