Posted April 7th, 2004, 09:59 AM
Like Andy, we had a bag experience. No. the hotel is not completely renovated YET! I will post my review below (it has been posted many times before). I will have to agree that the pool area and grounds are nice. The breakfast buffet was wonderful as well!
Review from September 2003:
We stayed at the Caribe Hilton pre cruise and friends of ours stayed both pre and post. We also got the room on Priceline for $69.
Having heard rumors of ill treatment with Priceline visitors, I wrote the Caribe a letter. They replied stating that we would have the very best room possible.
When we arrived, we had a heck of a time registering (our friends had none). We told them our name and they insisted that we had already checked in the hotel. We argued, showed them our confirmation, my letter, etc. Finally, we were given the key to our OCEAN FRONT room (our friends were to be just above us).
Just upstairs from the lobby, we open the door to our beautiful room and...there are two adults in our bed! Boy, were we ever embarrassed and so were they!
Back down to the lobby where we waited another 20 minutes to figure out the problem. No explaination, no apologies. We were given a room in the tower (a Priceline room this time) near the construction. Our key would not work...back to the desk to get another...the second key doesn't work...a maintenance man let us in the room. Although the room was nice and spacious, it was a little dated and miles apart from our friends as well as everything else. There was construction going on in the room above us that didn't stop until 7:30 that night.
We did enjoy the grounds, beautiful view and pool area. Morton's Steakhouse was great but way over priced. The portions were also too big. My husband and I shared a small steak and got one side each. Along with the wonderful bread and a salad, we couldn't eat our entire dinner.
Not too crazy about the surrounding night life.
We tried to find the store that has been mentioned for buying alcohol and it was a very scary adventure. We waited until Sunday morning to venture out again.
Our friends had great difficulty when they tried to check back into the Caribe after the cruise. They were told the rooms were not ready. After 3:00, they were still not ready. Our friends said that dozens of people were waiting in the open air lobby (during a horrific thunderstorm) for their rooms as well. Finally, at 4:30 they were given a room. It was a horrible room, but they were too tired to argue.
For the value of $69 a night, I guess we got what we paid for. I am not sure that I would try them again, however.
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