Look this hotel is not terrible, it's just not great value. They say it's the best in the Islas del Rosario, and it probably is, but to be honest, the bar is not set very high.
The setting is not spectacular, but it's nice - the beaches are quite small, the staff claims it's the king tides, but in reality, it's just these islands. They're lovely, but quite low-lying, and simply not that spectacular. Having said that, if your'e in Cartagena, you must go.
The resort itself stretches across a pretty wide expanse of sandy / gravelly / grassy beachside - it's not particularly attractive, but it's not unattractive. I guess it's pretty 'natural'.
The rooms are pleasant and relatively clean - decent linen, good bath products (L'Occitane). Note the bathrooms are not separated, the toilet is tucked behind a wall but there is no door, the walls don't reach the ceiling, and a large mirror provides a good view to all - not ideal for couples in the early stages of a blossoming romance. No outlook to speak of.
Food is pretty average - some items quite delicious, others ill-conceived. Staff friendly but not well/professionally trained - example - you need to ask at least twice for a drink, and that glass of wine invariably arrives when you're nearly done with your main. Wine list - non-existent and what's available isn't great.
I think the thing that irritated me about this place (which otherwise is perfectly pleasant, if way not five star) is, it's just bad value. Everything is an extra. Example, the tap water is undrinkable, yet water is not included at all with any meals and is always an extra.
The included breakfast consists of a plate of fruit, a small basket of bread, a cup of coffee and a glass of juice. But if you ask for a mix of more than one juice, it's a cocktail, and is extra (even though the volume offered is identical to the free juices). Anything else (eggs?) are extra. Bicycles must be hired - they're not included - and the hire is for the duration of a guided tour - you can't just potter off and enjoy a morning exploring the island. No water sports equipment is included at all (like rafts or canoes or similar).
Don't think you can get away with not paying - the invoicing system is probably the most efficient feature of this resort - and the boats don't leave until the manager has hunted down every single last outstanding payment.
Look, it's quite good, just be prepared to feel a bit gouged. And recognise it's really no worse than any of the other resorts in the area. Enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- San Pedro De Majagua Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located in the Rosario Islands. Only 45minutes from Cartagena de Indias (transfers on arrival and departure to and from Cartagena are provided by the hotel via its private boat), the island’s centennial trees, internal lagoons and Colombia’s biggest reef system make this the ideal destination for an exciting yet relaxing vacation. All rooms are equipped with every comfort needed for a pleasant stay. ... more less
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