Girasol Condo Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center - East Peoria East Peoria Peoria County
Loved the Girasol Hotel
We stayed at the Girasol the first part of Dec/2004.
Found the conditions to be great stayed in PH10 and the view and accomadations were Great.
The busilding is easy to get around and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
The Pools were very clean and the area around the pools and sitting area were vey well kept.
The buidling was was quiet. We will most diffently return and will recommand the hotel to our family and friends.
In fact we have already done just that.
Great Place to stay.
Great unit, great beach, great vacation!
I just read some of the negative reviews on this site and those people must have stayed in a different unit than we did. We stayed in Penthouse unit #4 over Christmas break and it was great. The condo was clean, nicely decorated in a Mexican theme, the furnishings looked new, and the kitchen was fully equipped with full-sized refrigerator, range, microwave, and dishes. Also, our unit came with boogie-boards, beach towels, and beach mats. We had a balcony off the living room and another one off one of the bedrooms. We would sit out on our balcony and watch the surfers, the beachcombers, and the occasional cruise ship pass by. Our kids didn't use the pool much, as they were mostly on the beach. The beach is beautiful with soft white sand and great waves for bodysurfing or boogie-boarding.
The location is perfect; it's close to everything and right across the street from Senior Frog's (which came in handy as we walked back home dripping wet after being thrown down the Senior Frog's waterslide). We found the hotel staff to be courteous and the owner very helpful with information on local attractions and shopping.
You definitely can't beat this hotel for the price. We are planning on going back later in the year and will stay in the same unit.
Was this review written by someone sober?
I can heartily disagree with this review. My family of 3 stayed at the Girasol, penthose #10 from Jan 6 to Jan. 13, 2005. It was a great location and the owner was very helpful and nice. We never had a problem with the elevator and there was no "little man sitting in it" pushing buttons. I don't understand. Our unit had 3 bathrooms and all toilets, sinks, and showers worked perfectly. We did clog a toilet one day, but the maintenance came and repaired it as soon as we asked. We heard that the building had gone through some renovations over the past 6 months and I noticed that most of the reviews were from years ago. I would go back again to the same penthouse. The location is perfect, and in the center of most activities. Iloved the hammock on the large walkout balcony. There was a locked closet for our valuables and even included lounge cushions for the beach and for the lounge chairs on the balcony. I know that many of the rooms in the lower floors are pretty sparse and rented to spring breakers who crash with extra people and don,t pay, wreck stuff etc.
DO NOT STAY HERE...
We got to the Girasol at night and from the outside everything seemed ok. No--this is so not true! First problem was the $100 CASH they asked us for for each room, second was that the safety deposit boxes are holes in the wall behind the front desk. They do not shut! Third problem was that we got one KEY per room...actual old school keys and if you ever went home without the keyholder you had to ask the ancient man behind the counter to go up and let you in your room. The rooms smelled, dirty, dingy and weird seedy lighting. I almost cried when I saw the bathroom and as other reviewers have said, yes, the water goes everywhere. I believe the variety of reviews is because no one room is identical. I was in a bunch of the rooms and every room is completely different setup, different everything--even air conditiong or tv units! Bizarre. Also, the way the maids clean is by throwing buckets of water on the ground and sweeping it around so its never clean and always wet and slippery. Impossible not to slip. Oh, and the elevator. So small, so gross, never working and during the day manned by a short perverted old man who hold the elevator open at the first floor, making it impossible to get when u wanted it from another floor. Scary anyway, take the cave like stairs over the elevator. Also, as we discovered upon arrival, people live on the first few floors (sadly). The pool is crap and the bar is a joke. The beach is the beach so they cant really mess that up, but for a fun atmposphere or a spa-like relaxing atmosphere, you'd be better off at another beach. Basically theres just you and the sand water, etc. No chairs, huts, bar service! The restaurant was too scary to even enter, we avoided it at all costs. It isnt a real restaurant, but more like a sectioned off area with tables and food cooking under lights. Yum! The location is great, however, and since I was there for spring break the hotel was filled with all spring breakers so that was fun too. But bottome line: I have been to Cancun before for spring break and there are plenty of other hotels for spring breakers at the same price which are MUCH NICER!!! DO NOT STAY HERE UNLESS YOU HAVE TO!!! i HAD TO FIGHT FOR MY DEPOSIT BACK AT THE END!!! The man pretended he didnt speak English, yeah, really convenient! We almost missed our bus back because of him. Also, dont know if its true or not, but a girl on our trip in another room claimed robbery by the maid. Oh yeah, and IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONE SINCE THEIR DOOR DIDNT EVEN LOCK!!! Im serious, no lock!!! they thought they were locking it but it never really locked!!!! Unsafe, dirty and all around disgusting! You have been warned!
GREAT for college students ready to party
I was very weary before I had stayed in this hotel, but I was pretty satisfied....basically this hotel is a place to sleep, shower, and party. The beach is great, and the location is KEY for partying-you can almost walk to any club which is nice. I dont recommend you swim in the pool, but the ocean is amazing. The hotel staff is very friendly and bascially dont care what you do or how loud you are. I would recommend this hotel for any person who wants to party from dusk til dawn, but if you are here to relax and just chill, I'd pick a different hotel. By the way, the elevators werent that bad, me or my 27 friends that stayed there had no problems.
Some Call it Ghettosol
Excellent location. Only stay here if you can sleep through anything.
Rude, obnoxious, inconsiderate spring breakers everywhere when I stayed march 7-13. Beds were very hard, but I hear that is standard. Elevator is scary, I saw someone stuck in one. Prefered the ocean to the pool.
regardless of what the other reviews said, there is plenty of room to lay out, both pools were filled, but not clean enough for me. I had a phone, the ac worked (have them turn it on with remote), i had a toilet seat, the shower was hot after 2 min runtime, the staff is very friendly, but this place is a dive. if you want a nice hotel, don't come here. would not return. I would stay in the same area, but at a nicer hotel.
Ideal for people who travel on a low budget
We stayed at this hotel for one night and that was a scary experience.
I can barely scrape up two positives for this hotel which is the laid back staff and the ocean view is very nice. For the negatives: no refrigerator, no cable, only 1 of the 2 pools were running (the other was dried) and it smells like someone had urinated near or in the pool.
I couldn't handle the smell. I normally go barefeet in the house and I couldn't take off my sandals in the room. The toilet wasn't working well and the hot water comes on when it feels like it. The air conditioner wasn't running at all, instead you can hear the sound the the gusty wind coming through sounded like a hurricane, which kept us up part of the night. Then there's the elevator ride which is a terrifying experience because you don't know if it would be your last trip. The other tenants were college kids which explains why we weren't able to sleep because they party all day and night and had no respect for other residents. As for the ocean view, it is very nice, but don't expect to lay out directly below because there's no room to sunbathe unless you're willing to walk over to the next resort. The exterior of this resort is very deceiving because the true condition of this building which is basically delapitated. Part of the building was vacant and in great need of repair. This building would be a great place for a developer to buy out and re-hab because of the ideal location, but that's it! You've been warned! :)
Cheap College Spring Break
Went for spring break junior year of college in spring of 2003(march).
Was the cheapest option from travel place and is the cheapest hotel on the road that you will run into. I think it only opens up now for spring breakers. Cats milling around outside(scary). no telephones(you use the one on the street). no luxerys at all. pool is dirty(sometimes glass or other stuff in it), always smelled. restaurant is not a restaurant but an inexpensive place that they try to get you. I think the workers live in the hotel too. One of my friends fell in a whole in the hotel one night, fell a story down, twisted her ankle and had to climb thru the air shaft to get out(very scary, luckily she was drunk).
elevators hardly work, a worker has to go inside with you and expects a tip every time. USE the STAIRS!! Good stuff: the room was cute..
nothing fancy but who cares your not there to stay in the room. The beds werent bad, probably the same as usual hotel beds. balcony was kinda rusty but your in mexico. the bathroom was a sticky situation.
the shower water would get all over the bathroom but we always had hot water and the toilet never clogged. the maid came and cleaned and made our beds every day. never stole from us. the beach was nice. the workers would come and take drink orders from us.. not that expensive.
all in all it was ok. wouldnt go back but if your broke and there to drink and have no idea what a nice hotel looks like.. go for it!
Great Location at a great price. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly, but the best part was the location, close to everything with amazing views of the beach and the lagoon. Don't expect the Ritz Carlton, but for basic comforts and amazing views this hotel does the job.
This place sucks!
The motel had no hot water the whole time we were there (one week). The "beds" were as hard as a rock and impossible to sleep on. The elevators worked about once a day and were broke constantly. There is no spa or gym, just a pool. The pool was probably the only good thing their. The toilet never flushed right, and clogged all the time. The staff was nice and easygoing, but did not know the answers to any questions.
TripAdvisor Reviews Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center - East Peoria East Peoria Peoria County
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