Hotel Las Palmas.
For those of you who can never seem to get the beach sand off, or just want to rinse off the ocean salt water, look what awaits you just inside the entrance.
What I really like about this place is how bright and cheery it is. Plus the first floor rooms are all handicap accessible! Isn't that cool! Look at the main courtyard as you enter.
On to the rooms. They have three choices for you with these rates:
Two double beds (pictured)......$60 USD
each extra person per room.....$ 5
The rooms are actually quite spacious. Too bad about those bedspreads though. They were the low point to this hotel for me.
The rooms also have a large window facing the interior courtyard. Great natural light and fresh air. The rooms all have brand new pillow top mattresses by the way.
A big closet with far too few clothes hangers, but typical of most hotels. I don't quite understand the hanging shoe baskets though. Nice touch, but will anybody even use them?
Each room has a ceiling fan and a mini-split air conditioner. If you are not familiar with them, the generator is outside so they are whisper quiet. Notice the window on this side of the room for cross ventilation. Nice feature.
The bathrooms are quite roomy. I was in this hotel before the remodel and they have vastly improved the bathrooms as far as room and quality. Not liking the tiles though. I would have preferred to see something a bit more colorful and cheerful. Still it is a hotel and ease of cleaning must be taken into account. Notice the ventilation window. There is plenty of hot water and good water pressure too!
Directly across from the shower is the business end of the bathroom. Lots of elbow room. A serious lack of shelf space though.
Even though the rooms are nice, nobody wants to spend all their time in a hotel room. And at Hotel Las Palmas, you don't have to! They have this great outdoor space for your enjoyment on the roof.
You get a great glimpse down into the courtyard from the bottom part of the U, as well as a look over to the market.
I like that they have not confused the rooftop with a restaurant. They have not tried to pack a bazillion tables and chairs up there. They have spaced them far enough apart to give each group a semblance of privacy. Bring up your morning coffee and write in your diary in peace. Or catch up on reading my blog using the free wireless internet connection!
They have these power stations all around the balcony so you can plug in and recharge as you check your emails, listen to your iPod or any other electrical device you have.
I have been in many hotels that have no public space at all or else you are sitting on somebody elses lap it seems. I really like the spacing of the tables. Go on up and play some cards and drink a beer before you go out for dinner and dancing.
Heck, you may even be lucky enough to look down and spy on one of the other guests. (if they are stupid or crass enough to leave their doors and/or curtains open!)
But here's the biggest surprise and joy up on that roof.
It's a dipping pool. Sort of like a large, open air jacuzzi tub. And it is open 24/7!
They are taking reservations for 2009 now. You can reach them at:
Tell them Wayne sent you!
EDITED TO ADD: Please do not contact me for a reservation. I can't do that for you. Please send an email to them directly at the address given above. Thanks!