Hesperia Isla Margarita
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(J Collins) Margarita Venuzuela 5th February
My tour today is to an area called La Restinga which is a National Park.
115,000 acres of natural canals with a canopy of mangroves trees. A forest on water that is a haven for pelicans, white herons, cormorants, hawks and white Ibis.
We travelled in ...
Slept a bit better with the a/c on though had to switch off
in the middle of the night – the parrot and nearby cocks (or was it just the
parrot imitating some?) weren’t too disturbing.
Coffee’d up (strong but not good) got an early start to
playa El Caribe – nice, quiet and not too hot but no traffic so had to take a
cab – knocked him down 10 bolivares to 20! Had ...
Had to keep the lovely big window shut for security reasons
so the small bathroom window (with sea views from the shower) didn’t let in
enough cool air for me not to have to bung on the a/c all night – my eyes are
suffering for it now.
Got up early and wandered along the beach to the centre on a
hunt for good coffee – the place next door to the pizza joint came up trumps –
a good ...
... being enough punters, that I would be
sad, so, as the beach here is probably as nice (though maybe more windy) as the
ones there, decided not to bother.
Checked out the not so supermarket that opens on a Monday –
didn’t even sell coffee!!!! But the beer was 3 for a dollar, so who cares about
The water was lovely and not too lumpy, despite the wind,
for swimming. Strolling from the hotel along the beach was more challenging as
... likely lad, as seemed to be the case this time – he certainly tried in on in regards of the price, which I agreed before getting in, not knowing the airport was less than 2 miles away. Then he tried to suggest he could meet me in South America as a woman would enjoy her travels much more with a man for company!!
Conviasa came up trumps and got me safely (despite the hideous cheese roll "snack" on the plane) and even early!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hesperia Isla Margarita Margarita Island
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.