King's Cream: Ponce's Ice Cream Shop
King's Cream is a beloved ice cream institution in Ponce that is right across Parque de Bombas. It sells sherbet-like ice cream with several tropical flavors to choose from on the menu. I happen to like this tropical-oriented ice cream. It serves its purpose and hits the right spot after walking around in extremely hot & sunny conditions.
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El Rincon Aregentino: Great meal, great atmosphere.
We never even made it inside, the weather was beautiful so we ate on the patio. This Argentinian steakhouse in Ponce is the restaurant to go to if you want to really enjoy yourself for the night. Truly delicious Aregntinian food: the seafood is fresh, the wine and beer is unique, and the service is very friendly. I'm no gourmet diner but it was absolutely worth the money. If I'm ever back in Ponce, I'll treat myself again.
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Who knows - they were never open: WORST HOTEL IN PONCE
This is the worst hotel in Ponce. I visit the city twice each month unfortunately I had made last minute plans to go down on a local holiday weekend and all the hotels were full except for one room at Fox Delicias.
We requested early check-in 2-days prior to arrival. A manager (Pedro) called us back and said that early check in was not a problem. Upon check-out, we were charged for an entire additional day!!
The rooms are like those in a nursing home, no character whatsoever – and no windows. The door had no peephole. The rooms didn’t have simple hotel items like a blow-dryer. The rooms were put together cheaply and are already showing signs of wear and tear. The rates posted on our door (room 214) were lower than the rates we were charged. The hot water is in no way HOT. It is slightly warm. You are also better off sleeping on the floor than on the cheap mattress with only 2 skimpy pillows.
There is an alarm clock, but since the electricity went 3 times one night and once the next night, the alarm clock reset itself and never went off… Wake up call requests for 2-evenings were completely ignored…really scary if you are flying out of Mercedita on the 5:10am flight.
Three phone calls finally got a pullout bed.
The public spaces in the hotels have no fans, which would be fine if they turned the air-conditioning on. The lobby, bar, and restaurants can actually double as the hotels’ sauna.
The restaurants and bars are not open during the hours that are posted. They seem to either never open, or close 3 hours early.
One sheer joy was the fire alarms going off twice in the middle of the night. However, the 2am pajama attired meet and greet with other hotel patrons in the lobby reassured us that we weren’t the only ones having problems.
The trip ended with the hotel’s security guard knocking on our door 45 minutes after our requested wake up call because the electricity went out once again – and there was NO HOTEL STAFF at the hotel or on duty!!!
This is a below-average Mexican restaurant, where the food is overpriced, customers are unnderserved (especially during soccer season.. and that's not a joke, either). The patio looks a lot more inviting to sit in, as opposed to the eerily dark inside with rather uncomfortable chairs and small tables. Remember that this is historical Ponce, so people speak limited English in a lot of the places.
Favorite Dish: I couldn't say that any dish is worthy of a "favorite" category.
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