"We had a great time during our week-long stay in this condo! We enjoyed the spaciousness of the rooms and the master bath, and the apartment is clean and in perfect condition. It is stocked with beach towels and chairs, making it extra user-friendly. The owners are communicative and offer ultra-easy check-out. Also we got our refund of security deposit super fast! We would definitely stay here again or happily rent another property from these same owners.
While it’s true that you can walk to the beach just two blocks from the condo, that little spot was not a great beach. We preferred Mamita’s Beach Club, which is off Calle 38, 6 short blocks from the condo. There’s a free beach area right next to Mamita’s, if you prefer free, or renting chairs + umbrella is pretty cheap, and then you can also get food/drink service right there on the beach.
We loved being so close to Fifth Avenue (“Quinta Avenida”), and fell in love with the restaurant El Guero, especially for ceviche. Did you know that ceviche is widely available in PDC? We were so happy to learn this and had ceviche every day, what a luxury. We even got ceviche on the beach from Mamita’s and it was excellent! We also really enjoyed “Ah Cacao” for coffee, chocolate, and home-made ice cream.
The condo is one floor above the street, so there is a little street noise at night, but probably most people would not notice this (I happen to be ultra-noise-sensitive, unfortunately). The owners have kindly provided sound machines, one for each bedroom, to help mask this.
We bought tours from Mannie, a tour vendor with a booth in front of the hat shop right as you get to Fifth Avenue from the condo. His prices turned out to be better than the person who comes by the condo to offer tours, but we only found this out since we had already bought from Mannie when the in-house tour vendor came by.
[If you pre-book a return shuttle to the airport, do NOT give the name of the building as your location! Give only the address. This problem led to our shuttle driver to the airport ultimately being a no-show! Don’t let this happen to you. We won’t book a shuttle in advance next time -there’s really no savings, a taxi came by while we waited and offered to take us to the airport for $30, which was the “discounted” fare the shuttle company gave. Also, calling the shuttle to arrange the return trip was impossible for us. Just take a taxi, that's what we'll do next time.]"
Date of Stay: February 2017
Review Submitted: March 1, 2017