5 star hotel prices for cinder block room with tiny window. Pictures are misleading. The view toward the sea from the front is of a basketball court across the street between the posada and the ocean. The only consolation was that we were gone all day, every day. The other guests, Italians and Brits, were very disappointed in the accommodations also.
This is one of the many posadas available in the main square. It was indicated by other guesthouse as being a good lodging site with a reasonable price, and that´s exactly what it was...in fact if I ever return to Los Roques, for sure I will pop up to check rooms available in this posada.
It´s a small, simple house but with daily clean up and very nice, helpful owners (Mr Gregorio) and staff.
The rooms are simple but clean, most with bathroom (there´s no hot water, but cold water was not a bad thing in Los Roques!), fan and air con. There is a television in the main room, where the meals are served.
The meals offered, in my opinion where very good (however if you don´t like fish, you will have a serious problem in every posada in Los Roques!). We payed for the half regime (breakfast and dinner) and were very satisfied, because they were all well served and we did not crave for luch during the whole stay
The price in August (considered high season) was 140 Bolivares per person for half regime. Compared to the other posadas, this is cheap in Los Roques!
The posada offers daily transport to the other islands in the archipelago by Jose, a very polite, nice guy.
-good meals, very well prepared;
-transportation to other islands offered;
-near the square, not far from the main beach;
Nowadays, with tourism taking over fish market as the most important economic activity in the island, there are many pousadas available around. Locals are now aiming to tourism and new lodging sites are popping in....the vast majority is located inside the main island, the Gran Roque, where the locals live. There are some camping sites available in islands like Francisqui and Crasqui but bare in mind you should take all you need from the main island before....including water.
Being still a small, tranquil "pueblo", most of the lodging sites available consists of pension-gesthouses, or the so called "posadas". They are all simple houses, but the prices will vary in a range of 130 Bolivares (65 dollars aprox) to 1028 Bolivares (500 dollars!), per person, according to every little extra the pousada can offer...The presence of hot water, television in the room, the proximity to the sea shore, a funkier decoration will be the reasons to pay 500 dollars, nothing else really!!!!
At least by the beggining of August, we did not have a hard time finding a good place to stay without reservation when we arrived in the island, for a very good price by the ammount of pensions available...but anyway it´s always good to ask availability depending on the season.
Most of the pousadas work as pensions in a half or complete regime: that means the amount of meals they will offer. A half regime offer breakfast and dinner, and the complete one, all three meals including snacks. The meals are usually based on fish dishes, soup, home made desserts...
I know choosing a place to stay depends much on each persons taste, etc, but from what i´ve seen, most of the lodging sites available are pretty much similar, offering private bathroom with shower (cold water), meals, clean simple bedrooms with air con. The unexpensive pensions are mainly located inside the main city square, not more than 100 m from the beach, and the owners usually help each other by indicating other pousadas around.
Every pousada has its own boats and will offer transport to the other locations in the archipelago. The prices for each ride will depend on the distance from the main island, and the places chosen are discussed with the boatsmen and the other guests. All boats in the main island offer similar prices, taking beach equipment for you.
My boyfriend and I researched quite a bit before going to Los Roques. I was happy to go to Posada Lagunita because they gave us 100% great service from the very begining. I recommend paying the 'full board' which cost a bit more (low season: € 80.00, high season:
€ 85.00) but makes a difference. The food was delicious and fresh! If you go to their website www.posadalagunita.com it will tell you in detail about everything (food, board & boat rides to island)
Just be ready to do a wire transfer when you are ready make a reservation because all posadas requires a deposit. No credits cards are accepted for reservations. Andrea is the owner of the hotel and Alex the manager who you will meet at the time of arrival on the airport. La Posada Lagunita will also reserve your flight on Blue Star, a private aeroline with only 8 passangers on board. It will be a great flight with beautiful views the islands. You will be impressed with the small airport when you arrived. Please note that in Caracas national airport people will not be familiar with Blue Star since it's a small private line. Do not be alarmed, just go to the counter at the very end of the airport and Blue Star personel will be there an hour or so before the flight.
The rooms are very clean and beds are comfortable. Air conditioning are in all rooms. The terrace on the top is great to relax and have a few drinks that they provide you when you get the full board (wine, soda, beer and water as much as you want) Los Roques is a very romatic place and you feel at home in this Posada Lagunita.
The hostal is right on the main place and looks nice. But when we where looking for a room and asking for informations, the owner reacted really unfriendly and halfhearted, so we choosed an other one.
If u want a bad outside Gran roque u can try in Rasquì island.
Here there is a strange Posada, made like a mountain shalter, the posada is made with a big roof from the sand to the top...the place is nice and u can spend all your time in bikini, u wake up in th emorning and jump in the water...not so bad!
U can fish or do windsurf or snorkeling and dive!
In this simply campgroung u can find simply bungalow with shared bathroom or u can put your tent near the house and have teh water facilities....
The unique quality is that u have the water to was u and a bathroom...but u have to pay for it...if I decede to camping for me is better on a island only for me...u can sleep under the star too.
I visited the pousada cause a friend staied there.
It's a simply roquena pousada, family runned, the breakfast was big and the meal simply but tasty, the room are a little bit smaller, with fan, some roome have the bathroom othere shared.
In 2003 the price per person was 20.000 Bolivares, I don't know now!
It's a true family B&B!
The best way for my to live this natural paradise is the tent: next time I want to spend some days there in the compleete freedom....
Before camping u have to ask the permission to the Imparque office, near the playground at the end of the village.
Ask to a fishermen to take u on the island u choose, buy the food and the beverages if u go on a desert island and enjoy your stay....remember when u leave the beach to take with u the garbage!
We have been in this posada because had been advised from some friends and because the relation quality price was good. The rooms are big and aired, in april we have never need of the fan. The breakfast is good, but not gigantic, the kitchen is discreet, but on a island we have eaten too much cchicken!
In Gran Roque there are approximately 60 posadas, from luxury to simplest managed from roquenos. The luxury pousada are better organized and the kitchen is more elaborated, but remembered that however the rooms are often small and the conditioned air is prohibited. On the island the electric power is produced with the fuel that comes from the continent, therefore less is used and less this paradise is polluted. If travelled in high season my council it is tu turn a littel in the narrow lanes, enter in the several posada, ask the prices and always ask to see the rooms... we have choosen between two posada, both pretty ones, but the less expensive it did not have the television, but the room enormous and was very aired.
We were extremely unhappy with Posada El Botuto. The first room we were put in had an absolutely out-of-control mosquito infestation and was unbearable. The second room, where they moved us, was better, but not better enough given how expensive it was. The meals were utterly inadequate, particularly the box lunches on the beach, which consisted mostly of cheap tuna, "juice" made out of powder, and jars of baby food. We would have left, but couldn't get a flight off the islands. The owner was very abrupt and argumentative when we raised these issues and refused to consider refunding any of our money (and told us we just needed to "relax"). All of the other guests there reported similar frustrations.
Clean friendly newly refurbished , every whim catered for.
Italain owned and run with a european flavour of style and elegance .
If this was $90 full board per person it was very cheap ,compared to posada eva.
Roof terrace over looking the town .
Resturant Style food the all inclusive was spectacular.
I travel extensively off the beaten path , i NORMALLY stay in local run places as i dislike hotels immensly. Our first mistake was to book in advanceand pay a substantial deposit , if i had not have done i would have left the next day. Included in the "DEAL " (from hell) were our two nights in a posada Near to Caracas Airport Called IL PREZZANO which was great, and the flights to the island, so if we wanted to move they would have cancelled our outward flights and accommodation . MISTAKE 2 We took the full board option aswell. Breakfast 1 glass of orange 2 pieces of toast the size of a clenched fist and fly licked marmalade which came out everyday. Evening meal was ALWAYS Barracuda which i like but not every night for a week. So the last 2 nights we ate out at viva Naturel And the PIZZERIA in the square near the bank which was Fabulous. In our package we also had a lunch for going out to the islands which normally consisted of large sandwiches an water and coke in an ice box - SOUNDS NICE ----- the second day i got the runs i'd only eaten food from Posada EVa and was violently ill so i couldn't leave my room. Now for the SUCKER PUNCH at 9pm they turn the water off so you can't shower or flush the loo , this i wouldn't mind if it was a local thing due to supply and demand , but it was only this posada that did it to save water , unknown to me ,when i had the runs ,atleast i could shower and clean up NO WAY they turned the water off in the day too.
The description said sea View if only i'd taken a photo was the rubbish pile obscuring the sea.
No refund for 4 evening meals , Given packet of crisps that had been opened , then taped down a (nice surprise whilst on the deserted island)
Two litres of tap water outside your room to wash after 9pm --- Which some guests DRANK because no one told them.
The smallest breakfasts ever seen.
Total lack of service.
Flies on the sandwiches as they were preparing them not just one or two around fifty would be an underestimate, the sandwiches then put into and ice box with no ice in 32 degrees of baking sun.
A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE -wished we'd have camped
If you want to spend your holiday at Los Roques, there is a nice posada, El Botuto. Its directly on the sea and the owners are friendly. The room is colorful, but simple. There is only a fan in the room and it can be very hot. The breakfast is less and to share with other guests, but the dinner is a 3 course menue and we ate everyday fish. The prices a risen 2-3 times since 2004, so bring enough money with you! A room under 60 Dollars/P is hard to find...
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