Hesperia Isla Margarita
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I don't usually do these, but we used this board to check out the Hesperia Margarita before we went, and found most of the reviews very useful. I strongly disagree with the single star given by one reviewer. The food at the buffet is excellent and while some of the dishes may appear on different days there will be other dishes to choose from. For those interested a short list of pros and cons.
Our room was very nice with a great view. Obviously this may not be true of all rooms. We had a "honeymoon upgrade". Two bathrooms, two jaccuzi's and an awesome view.
In general the food was good. We got one night at the A La Carte restaraunt with our Air Transat package and the Filet Mignon was delicious. Desserts were also very good.
Staff are generally friendly and helpful and usually speak enough english to understand what you are talking about. With some added hand signals...
Walking distance to two beaches. We were surprised to find that some people go to hotels on the Island and have to be shuttled to a beach.
Coffee and tea are not great.
Most beef was tough. Except the filet, as above
The hotel in general is at a point where it needs some updating. We had to move from our first room because our shower was leaking into the room below. A couple we met had a similar problem. They are working on updates now, so things should improve.
Golfers may not find the condition of the golf course up to what they expect.
Housekeeping was less than perfect. Missed corners and some dirt still in the tub from the previous guests. Could have been an off day...
I hope you find this a realistic view of the Hesperia. Unless you are an absolute perfectionist I think you will enjoy your stay there. Catch the Jeep tour with the Jeep Massage while you are there. Excellent value!!
Vacation - January 5th - 12th
Dates: January 5th - 12th
Weather: Around 30 degrees celcius with breeze
Our age range: 24 - 27 yrs.
Rooms: The rooms are very large with a full wall of windows. The pillows are hard and take a few days to get used to. Our beds in our room are only good for 1 person each and very comfortable. The washrooms are huge w/ a separate toilet area, a large walk-in shower and big tub. The water pressure was good and we sometimes got hot water - but it is so hot there I preferred a cooler shower.
The Food: Vandelvira (a la carte) - You need reservations for this restaurant and it is not worth waiting in line to make the reservations. The food is very similar to what you get elsewhere in the hotel but not cooked as well. We all had steaks and only three out of the seven were cooked well enough to eat. Fogon (buffet) - This little buffet area is great for breakfast, you can eat outside on the patio or inside. The food is the same as the larger buffet but it is not as crowded and hot has the larger area. I would suggest this place for breakfast every morning and for afternoon snack time. Puerto Viejo (large buffet) - This is where we ate most of our meals. The food was very good and you always had a good selection to choose from. We had an italian night, mexican night and oriental night while we were there. The desserts are the best ever and the ice cream is also great. Caney (beach restaurant) - We never ate here but heard that they had very good food. It is worth giving a try if you are down by the beach.
The drinks: The drinks at this place were great. We never had anything watered down and the service was very fast. We spent a lot of time at the White Peacock - it turns into a mini disco at night and we all became friends with the bartender - Danny. The pool bar and lobby bar are also very good. They stop serving alcohol at 1am.
The Entertainment: The animation staff are amazing. They had activities all day for all ages and than put on a great show at night. The evening entertainment is worth watching and the costumes are beautiful.
The hotel: It is very large and each hallway opens onto the main lobby. The walls are paper thin and you can hear everything going on around you but it is clean and the grounds are well maintined. Suggestion - you may want to take ear plugs!!
The beach: The beach is open to the public (not only the hotel guests). It is very nice with soft sand, a lot of areas to lay in the sun and some vendors that have very reasonable pricing for what they are selling. The vendors don't bother you and if anyone comes around to sell you anything just tell them 'No'. There are chairs on the beach for guests to use and if you want a tented area (to stay out of the sun) with chairs you can rent them at the beach for $5.
Tours: We went on a Jeep Tour of the western part of the island. We booked it through a guy we met on the beach (his name is Marcos) and we had a great time!!! The hotel tells you to avoid booking through people on the beach but Marcos said we could pay at the end of the tour and if the weather isn't very nice we can change the day no problem. Through the hotel you pay up front and have to stick to the day you choose. It was $40US and it included a full day tour, lunch on the beach and a boat tour. It is totally worth the money and something you should do when you are there.
Shopping: Don't both going shopping to the mall in Sambil - it is not worth it. The mall is very expensive and has a lot of the same stuff you can buy at home. We did go to McDonalds and the drive to the mall was worth the money alone. The cab ride was $15US round trip and our cab driver that dropped us off came back to pick us up. The shopping in the hotel is great and they also have vendors on the beach and one evening they had some tables set up with some other vendors selling pearls, wood work and hand painted crafts. You can also buy golf attire from their pro - shop near the golf course.
Conclusion: At first we felt that the hotel was not great at all. We were expecting something a bit nicer but it is going through renovations and is trying to live up to it's 5 star rating. We were somewhat disappointed but after we spoke to a bunch of people at the airport about their hotels - I felt like we stayed at a 6 star hotel. If you decide to go to Margarita Island my suggestion would be to stay at Hesperia Isla Margarita if you want to be away from the downtown areas or the Hilton Suites if you want to be closer to the downtown area. I enjoyed my week at Hesperia Isla Margarita and would suggest staying here compared to what I heard about the other resorts on the island!!
Thumbs Up Hesperia
Our Family of four (two kids under 12) just returned from the beautiful Island of Margarita Venezuela. We stayed at the "rated" five star hotel Hesperia Isla Margarita. In total the trip was a wonderful experience for our family.
The hotel was what one would expect from the typical five star rating throughout the Caribbean. Don't expect to benchmark against five star hotels in Canadian or American cities. It does benchmark against other Caribbean ratings and has a beautiful 18 hole golf course next door with caddies and very readily available tee times.
The hotel is somewhat isolated. By isolated we mean not in an area that is hotel and resort row by row. This was actually quite pleasant, if you enjoy this kind of privacy. However there are regular trips to the main centers and always taxi availability on call.
Our trip was an ALL INCLUSIVE package. The FOOD was wonderful. There was plenty of selection every day. The kids particularly liked the every day availability of freshly made hotcakes / pancakes in the main dining room. We did not eat at the al a carte, no need, given the selection and the casual need and flexibility with the kids.
The POOL area was terrific, lots of lounge chairs, lots of help from the pool staff. TOWELS were a little slow in the morning and not plentiful through the day...but you always got towels with a little wait time. There is not a swim up bar, but terrific service from the bar adjacent the pool area.
We toured the SPA area which looked very comforting, along with a gymnasium for the fitness focused.
The ANIMATION TEAM was outstanding. They constantly had a little action on the go for young and old alike. Bingo at 3pm every day was quite popular ! We also found that things ran on time, all the time.
The ROOMS are a little tired but once again very expectable comparatively speaking. The air conditioning was on in the hotel and the hotel complex is contained rather than open air lobbies. Some days it hit 30 degrees, we were thankful for the air conditioning. Windows open up in the rooms if you really need the fresh air.
BATHROOMS were massive, showers lots of pressure and hot water, lots of room and a deep tub for a good soaker at the end of a long day of touring.
The beach is a five minute walk from the pool, down an interlocking brick path. The BEACH was semi private. Don't expect totally privacy because all beaches in Venezuela are public. However, we quite enjoyed the company of local beach goers. There were plenty of LOUNGE chairs from the hotel as well as a really friendly private operator and his crew with lounge chairs, tented chairs and plenty of cold drinks available. The sand was wonderful, however the wave were constantly rolling. We didn't see a calm day, but there wasn't a day that the whole family didn't enjoy the surf either.
The BEACH RESTAURANT was great. The food was not extravagant, but very practical for snack throughout the day. Bar service was also extended, although with some infrequency, on the beach from the hotel beach restaurant.
The evening shows were somewhat repetitive. NEW YEAR'S EVE was an outstanding display of service and hospitality with white table clothes, candle light, wine, champagne and a buffet to blow away all buffets including a shrimp Xmas tree. It was simply spectacular...a New Year's eve for the family to long remember.
MERCHANTS in the hotel and at the beach prices were very reasonable and no haggling on price.In fact, no need to haggle - one finds pricing quite reasonable.
We did an ISLAND TOUR in a jeep one day with four other people. It was wonderful and we would highly recommend it to others. We started up the mountainside, followed by lunch at the far west end of the island, followed by a swim in gentle surf, a walk along a virgin beach and then a round up with sunset. There were lots of opportunities to buy trinkets and souvenirs along the way.
LANGUAGE is very Spanish oriented. Take your Spanish / English dictionary to have more fulsome conversations and enjoyment of the wonderfully accommodating staff.
We'd rate this hotel and vacation FOUR ++. We were delighted with everything from check in, to first dip in the pool, first wave on the beach, to last meal and a fond farewell to our hospitality staff at check out.
We just got back Jan 3 2005, We like the hotel overall, the food was ok,(desserts were really good) I wish they had more buffets though. Guess I was use to Punta Cana last year...the Staff were very nice, waiters, waitresse etc...never had problem with our room, air conditioned.Very clean, and taken care of everyday...I found the Lobby to be beautiful. I think a coffee shop would have been good too, somewhere to get a coffee to go. The beach was nice I didn't find it overcrowed, but they should have more of there own sun canapy instead of having to rent, but the rental was only 5 dollars a day no big deal...did the Jeep ride, You have to go with" Antonio" if you go and "mickey" for the Catamarang ride...it was 50US,,,but well worth the money.They had us laughing the whole time..It was high season for tourist there, but we had no problem or wait in getting served, they were very good considering the amount of people they had..I think they need to fix the noisy plumbing,. but that was no big deal either.......They have there Siesta 1-3, and the little shops don't seem to open at the hrs posted, guess they are on there own time! haha.....oh well, its there country...Overall, we enjoyed our week there...
Booked for third time
Just booked for our third trip to Hesperia margarita.Got back couple of weeks ago and booked already for end of october this year.We havent a bad word to say about the hotel or the surrounding areas.The hotel we find is great.The food,service,entertainment is all we could ask for.At the moment they are re painting the whole of the outside of the hotel and also a large amount of the interior inc rooms.Also a new stage has been built outside for the entertainment.The Coche island trip is well worth a visit on First Choices new trimaran which is the only one to sail around the whole island.Cant wait for October.Happy holidays everyone.Hope to see you there.
Holiday from hell
Checked into a room that was not clean and had two single beds which was suppose to be a king. The food was absolutely discusting, we had to go out for dinner a few times just because we were starving. The beach was nice but it was a public beach so we never went there. We wanted to go into the local town for some shopping and the reception told us to go there, however they seemed not to tell us that is was closed on that particular day so it was completely pointless. It suppose to be an all inclusive but they started charging us for drinks because they said it was New Years.The hotel is apparently suppose to be one of the best of the island. I would say it's a 3 star in my books. It used to be an institution for the blind that is why the building doesn't look very resortish. You might as well stay at a 3 star and go out for dinner everyday, you'll save alot more money that way.
We were taken aback by this place. Used to Punta Cana type breezy, open-air resorts, we arrived and found a massive T-shaped building that has all the charm of a Soviet ministry. This is a cold, air-conditioned Miami Beach type hotel, not a thatched hut DR type place. the kids club is lame. our kids, 5 and 7, never used it. the food is quite good. staff is fine. just 1 pool. never golfed, but jogged on the course at night. seems like an unchallenging US public course. the beach is rather short and confined. to get to the long, expansive playa you see in the photos you must trek over the golf course. overall, we liked it, though it took us a few days to grow into it. it is big and packed with people in high season. we daytripped over to the hesperia playa el agua. that one looks pretty shabby. this one is cleaner adn has a better clientele, largely Venezuelan, Colombian, Canadian and British.
Great Hotel, coming back next year
We stayed in the Hesperia Isla Margarita for a week at the end of August 2004. The hotel was large, but this was not a problem. We are used to more independent holidays, so going on a package was not something we have done often. The hotel room was large, and there was a largish bathroom as well. The only comment I would have would be to say that I think the bathrooms could do with an update, but ours was always clean and served a purpose!
The food was fantastic - good selection every day and very attentive waiters. They cleared the plates and refilled the glasses without being asked and almost before you had realised you needed a refill...
We went to the A la Carte restaurant once as it was included on the AI package, but to be honest, would have preferred to eat in the usual place. The food was ok but felt that the whole set up was slightly pretentious compared to the rest of the hotel.
We had a fantastic week, diving with Aquanauts, and giving me the chance to taste my first ever oysters, fresh from the sea bed. An amazing trip and one we are repeating next August, although this time for a fortnight so that we can include the trip to the Rainforest.
No hesitation in recommending this hotel and resort to anyone
Rating a Margarita Island Hotel
My wife and I visited the Hesperia Isla Bonita on Margarita Island in early November, 2004. There are two Hesperia hotels on Margarita Island and this is the 5-star one with a golf course.
It is the only 5-star hotel on the island and is probably the best hotel there. Although the hotel is okay, it would not rate more than 3-stars in the U.S. The hotel's grounds are nice, but the place has a slightly run-down appearance. Our room was large and was satisfactory.
The beach is lovely and has minimum surf, so it's a great place to swim or relax. There is a small restaurant near the beach which can be used for lunch. The swimming pool is large and is fine. There are two asphalt tennis courts, one of which was in bad need of repair, but was usable.
Meals were included and were buffet style in the main restaurant. The food was rather ordinary. "Local" alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were included (house wine, beer, soda, water, etc.) On one night during our stay we were allowed to eat dinner at the hotel's a la carte restaurant at no additional charge. This was pleasant - the service was good and the food was a little better.
The highlight of our trip, which was why we went to Venezuela in the first place, was a trip to Canaima National Park to see Angel Falls. We flew from Margarita Island to Canaima and spent two nights there including an all day trip to the Falls. Both the trip via river and Angel Falls were spectacular! Canaima lagoon is also very pretty.
We encountered almost no Americans on the trip. There were many European and South American tourists. However, language was not a problem - our limited Spanish was sufficient.
Great place for a Honeymoon!
My wife and I visited Hesperia on an all-inclusive trip from the 19th July to the 25th July.
Hesperia is set nesting in a bowl surrounded by high hills. It is also bordering a white beach. Very picturesque and beautiful surroundings.
The one thing I have to mention about Hesperia is it's service. From the front desk to every waiter in the hotel, they are polite and always willing to help. I'm from the Caribbean and this is something that is missing from a lot of the hotels in the different islands.
I think my wife & I must have gained a few pounds each. We ate so much. There are several restuarants. The main one has buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many dishes to choose from. Pastries and cakes galore. Most of what we tried was very tasty.
There is also a restuarant on the beach. It's selections are not much to choose from, but the setting is very nice.
The beach itself is nice. Surprisingly, we never made it into the water, but it looked pretty calm. Lots of covered beachchairs and non motorised water sports to choose from.
Our bedroom was great! Large bedroom and washroom. Plenty of closet space. We did not have a great view, but as we did not spend that much time in the room, we did not miss out to much. The maid servive was efficient. They kept everything clean, and ensured that we had plenty of bottled water to drink. (Note, do not drink water from the taps). Hot and cold worked without any problems.
There was a fairly large pool and a kiddes pool. The main pool was not deep, probably 6ft at the deepest point. There was a volleyball net at one end of the pool for those interested in that. Plenty of beachchairs around the pool. There are a couple of jacuzzis, a spa and a gym. Very clean and comfortable!
There is a golf course as well. We don't play, so the most we did was stroll through. There are also tennis courts. One was in need of some repairs though.
There was an activities team at the hotel. They would do different things every day to keep either yourself or your kids occupied. In the night they would have shows. From karaoke to latin dancing. Pretty entertaining stuff. I found the women on the team to be very hot :) My wife in turn found the guys to be cute :)
There are bars all over. Most drinks you would get free, once your with the all inclusive plan. Some you would have to pay for.
The lobby of the hotel was a nice place to relax. Plenty of comfortable chairs and sofas. One section had a large flat screen TV. Came in handy during the Copa America football games.
The clientele was very mixed. People from all over South America (Columbia, Bolivar, Uruagay etc), USA, Japan, Caribbean etc.
The hotel offered free shuttle service twice a day to Polomar, the main city and one of the bigger malls. The mall was expensive to shop. In Polomar, you can get great deals. It helps if you can speak Spanish though, but not totally necessary. Taxis from Polomar to the hotel were easy to get, if you did not want to return with the shuttle and spend more time shopping. We got the best exchange rates in Polomar when shopping, and you will get most everyone trying to exchange Bolivars to US.
We arranged two tours through the hotel. One was an all day tour in a 4 wheel drive jeep. You get to see most of the island and you do a lot of stuff. It cost us US $45 each, and it included lunch and all the beer you wanted! It was worth the money! We also went horseback riding. A definite must! Lovely scenery to ride through. Maragarita in parts could be a scene from a western movie. Plenty of cactus and dry open land merging into hills and beach. First time on a horse for me. Gratifying, even though sometimes painful, experience!
In all, I would rate Hesperia Isla Margarita a 5 star! Excellent service, good food and lots of things to do for a very reasonable price!
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