lti Costa Caribe Beach Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Margarita Island
... br> pick us up at 3 in the afternoon. The
trip there from Playa ...
... land they could. Fast forward five years with a socialist government which has stopped direct flights to the island, and the smiles on the expats’ faces don’t even hide the weariness in their eyes. Margarita’s great, Margarita’s beautiful, Margarita’s paradise, they all say, whilst trying desperately to sell you their house, land, car…anything to get rid of the useless currency they’re saddled with. ...
... I´d reccomend a trip there, if only for a day.
The one thing about Margarita, which i didnt expect, apart from the rain, was that there were´nt too many tourist, or backpackers. Which, if you want peace and tranquility, it was perfect. But after 4 or 5 days in, it got a little tedious. But once we moved to a 3rd hostel for a last 3 days, called casa rosa, up north, in the ´party´ area of the island it ...
... is much hotter than here at home…..it’s a dry heat….lol. They don’t have a rainy season like us, so parts of Margarita looked exactly like the Arizona desert.
The main language is Spanish, which makes things a little difficult. I think there was one employee at the resort that spoke 10% English, and what they knew wasn’t useful….lol
Day one- unpacked ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews lti Costa Caribe Beach Hotel Margarita Island
Returned from a wonderful two week stay at the LTI Costa Caribe in Margarita (Jan.19th-Feb.2nd) Our standard room was roomy enough for two, and the maids kept it spotless! The staff were always pleasant, polite and extremely helpful. Although some staff did not speak a lot of English they appreciated our attempts at Spanish and we got along well with hand gestures and smiles. The security at the hotel is excellent. The food was different every night at the buffet restaurant, a spectacular feat for two weeks! We made reservations at the Italian a la carte restaurant twice and the food was wonderful both times. The beach restaurant is great for grilled cheese sandwiches at lunch. There were many types of alcoholic drinks to choose from and the bartenders used tongs to place lime slices in our glass. The beach is spectacular, absolutely no complaints! The nightly shows are worth seeing! And the hotel's close proximity to the village of Juan Griego makes shopping very convenient. We certainly appreciated the staff's efforts to make our vacation so memorable. We hope the hotel management continues its high level of customer service in the future, because we definately will visit again next winter.
I just returned from the LTI Costa Caribe Beach Hotel, and I must say it is a very nice structure, however I did have som problems. My trip was booked 5months in advance, standard room, assurity of ocean front balcony.... Never happened. we were given an economy room which is far too small for 2 people, even if you don't spend alot of time in the room. even after repeated request to be given what we paid for and arrangements were made to be change to another, cancelled day trips because of being told we would be accomedated after 1:00, we were then told " not possible" Hotel is full.
A group of us just returned from a week's holidays. I have to rave about the weather.. it was raining slightly when we arrived but turned sunny later that afternoon and rained one evening only during our stay. We had truly exceptional sunny skies, cool breezes off of the ocean and absolutley no complaints about the weather.
We had a very disappointing holiday, for a 4 star hotel we would rate it 2 star. The rooms very small with no other seating available other than bed. Towels were thin and tatty, sometimes there was a flannel, sometimes there was soap, most times there was neither ! No bottled water provided, just a jug which you had to take to the bars or restaurants to fill. Hotel reception for the most times could not change travellers cheques or dollars for the local currency (Bolivars). Food was mediocre.
We stayed at the LTI costa caribe over the christmas holidays. The resort looks like the perfect filming set for a flintstones movie! It is comprised of several little three floor buildings. The set up is kind of nice, but the rooms are small. We had the standard room (which was the upgrade from the economy) and there was enough room for two TWIN beds and that was it. The bugs were unreal! We used deep woods and it didn't help at all. Everyone was getting bitten like crazy! I have never seen so many senior citizens topless and in speedos. GEEZ! The resort provided lots of entertainment during the day and at night. If you won an event, they would give you a bottle of alcohol, but everything was free there, anyway. Their hospitality was very good and the staff was polite for the most part. Venezuela is a very poor country and the workers were definitely trying to make your stay enjoyable. The resort is only 4 years old, i think someone there told me and it was in need of some renovations. In the room next to ours, the balcony fell apart and they were putting it back together. There was a good selection for food and no shortage of bars. At night, there were bars everywhere. One day we went to return our towels from the pool and the towel hut by day was now a bar by night. I think that if Ontario sent their health inspectors to view their kitchens, they would only need the forms that say FAIL on them. On the second last day, I ate at the mexican restaurant and got some food poisoning something severe. My stomach felt like there was a fist on the inside and it was punching all night. I tossed and turned and sweated the night through. First thing in the morning, i sat on the throne and let out what i though was the problem. Then I got up and felt even more sick. Moments later I vomited it all up and then felt great (norwalk? food poisoning?) who knows. who cares. I was talking to other people around the pool and we all seemed to get this relatively short lasting bug. The following day we were heading home. I ate all kinds of things in the airport and on the plane and was fine! The resort is on its own on the north part of the Island so it is just people staying there that are on the beach there. Very few kids there. They offer a shuttle to Porlamar in the moring and it comes back in the late afternoon. It drops you off at a really nice mall. We exchanged our money and took a cab to the local market. That was a neat experience to see. Then we took this taxi back that looked like it would take a miracle for it to move. The dash controls were non existent, the windows were permanently down. The ceiling was all bare metal/rust and so were the sides. There were no controls which means no A/C. It cost $5 for a 32km ride, which is more than reasonable! If you have four people in the car, you can't ride a bus at home for that price. The taxi brought us back to the resort. The weather was amazing! I think that if you want to avoid the big crowds, the screaming kids and mobs of people, this is a great choice! On the other hand, if you are into luxurious accomodations and bugs/insects greatly bother you, I would think about booking somewhere else. There are three foot lizards that like to roam around the pool. At one point, there was one under this girls chair, eating a canteloupe. She looked scared, but it was funny to watch. They also have nice parrots that like to eat coconuts. All in all, if you are going to this place, make sure to pack an alarm clock (they don't have one in the room), bring shampoo (they didn't supply that either) and some imodium wouldn't hurt either. Oh yes and don't forget, you are very close to the equator. Bring lots of suncreen or you WILL burn fast!
I booked this resort in October 2004 to travel from December 23 to Dec 30, 2004. The tour operator had listed it as a 4 star so because of this I went ahead and reserved. Here are my thoughts and experiences:
I had a great holiday in this hotel, however it does not escape some criticism.
Won't be disappointed
Should be a higher star value than in the brochures. The resort is a large resort that is beautifully set up. The beach is a secluded and surrounded by mountains, a bit rocky (but may be because of Hurricane Ivan sucked some sand away). The food is the best selling point of this hotel. I would classify it as similiar to many 4plus hotels in Cuba and Dominican. Beautiful Lobby***
Only drawbacks, economy rooms are a bit small, would pay the extra for a room upgrade. Make sure you leave you hotel to go to some of the other beaches Playa El Agua (georgous white sand beach, 20 mins away) La Auscuncion is a beatuful old spanish town located in the heart of Margarita.
Loved the entire experience...
Stayed there in december 2001. It was my first all-inclusive resort and i went with 2 girl friends. The resort itself was very clean, the staff was very friendly (a little to friendly at times). The show's that they put on were pretty good, and the drink we're strong and very tasty. The only bad thing i could say about the place was the food. It was bland and by day three I had decided that only the fresh fruits we're woth eating. My 2 girl friends didn't seem to mind the food. The waves will we were there were very big and most days we couldn't swim in the ocean but the pool kept us happy.
All in all it was a very nice trip, we had lot's of fun and we were sad to leave.