A Great Hotel on an Unfortunate Block A review of El Greco Hotel
My husband and I stayed two nights at the El Greco Hotel. First of all, about the hotel itself: the grounds were very well kept, the plants were beautiful, and the pool was immaculately clean and at a good temperature. Our room was very large, with a sitting room. The cable TV worked as it should. Our room had a back door out to a large balcony that was shared by two other rooms and had a view of the ocean and the Italian restaurant below. The bathroom was clean. The staff were all very nice and accommodating.
As for the bad points, there were many small details that could have been attended to which would have improved the rating. For example, the wall-mounted bedside lamps had plastic over the shades (and still bearing stickers which clearly state that this should be removed prior to use of the lamp) and the light bulb and surrounding metal were covered in dust and tiny dead bugs. The carpet and furniture were a bit worn but not too bad, but the pillows on the bed were threadbare and not covered with pillowcases (we found pillows with cases on them in the closet). The balcony, although nice, had a large gaping hole in the ceiling. Also, from the balcony the primary view is not the ocean but the abandoned hotel looming several stories overhead and located directly across the alley. As for the bathroom, it is small but functional, and there was obviously a relatively recent effort to improve it with a new tile countertop, but it clashes with the old tiles still in place on the wall and shower. The shower had terrible water pressure and spontaneously variable temperature. Doing a Google search for more information about this hotel quickly revealed that it is up for sale, and so we weren't really surprised to see that there did not seem to be much attention being paid to improvements or repairs.
Being downtown, there was a lot of noise, including truck traffic and a barking dog that kept us up on the first night. It is on the beach, but you cross a busy road to get there and we did not use it due to the noise and not really feeling safe there. It was nice to be able to walk to restaurants like Senor Frogs and to the Straw Market and Prince George Wharf, but the walk was treacherous due to sidewalks ending forcing us to cross usually heavy traffic. There were lots of abandoned and decaying buildings in the area, which was sad.
Overall, a good value for the money, considering how very much more expensive it is to stay at Cable Beach or Paradise Island, but not a great area and we didn't feel safe walking in the area at night. We had a dinner at the Italian restaurant right there and it was fabulous! We also tried the Conch Fritters restaurant whose menu we found in the room and it was okay but not great.