Don't Stay Here...COCKROACHES!! Posted Dec 5, 2011
This is our second stay at Villa Del Palmar. I was not impressed when I stayed there in November 2009, but decided to try them again since I knew they were in the process of remodeling at that time. My mistake. Yes... they did some remodeling, if you consider changing the drapes, bedspreads, some painting & 1 TV (in a unit with 3 TVs) remodeling. The rooms are very run down & dingy & dark. There is only 1 real window in the 1 & 2 bedroom units leading to the small balcony in the living room. The furniture is very old & ugly. I'd say a minimum of 10 years old. This resort is a timeshare resort and is traded through Interval International & RCI. It is my belief the that "owners" get the rooms surrounding the pool area and on the upper floors & everyone else will get the exterior units which may only have a view of the adjacent resort or a private residence. Although we were situated in an exterior unit on the 4th floor, we did have a fairly good view of the beach and bay. But you can't be sure what your view will be. I tried to get our room changed, but of course, they had nothing available. Worst part was our room had cockroaches!!! I saw 3 during our 6 night stay. Not only were there cockroaches, but when I used the kitchen sink the first time small bugs, kind of like moths, crawled out of the drains... maybe about 20. I ran hot water for the next few minutes trying to kill them & that seemed to work... at least for a couple of days until a saw a couple crawling out again. Needless to say I would not eat anything that was not sealed or stored in the refrigerator. The toilet in one of the bathroom ran constantly keeping us awake at night & 2 times during our 6 night stay we walked into the bathroom to find a puddle of water on the floor. YUCK. They have 2 restaurants at Villa del Palmar. Bella California & Tortugas. (There are restaurants at the sister resorts which we did not try on this trip). Bella California has a nice breakfast buffet and is located at the beach with beautiful views. At night they serve Italian food. The food was passable, not great. The second restaurant, Tortugas, seems to be used solely for the timeshare people for breakfast. It may have been available for guests, but always looked empty when the timeshare people were not there. For dinner, they have the "festivals" in Tortugas. Dinners (for adults) were listed at $37 USD or $32 USD if you had their "Gold Card". The Gold Card gets you 15% off of pretty much everything at the resort & a couple of places in town, but the only way to get it is to attend a timeshare presentation. Be careful of the timeshares here (or anywhere in Cabo... especially the airport). We had time to kill so decided to subject ourselves to the torture for a couple of freebies & discounts. Well, if you show ANY interest at all, the 90 minute presentation becomes a 3 hour ordeal, so just be prepared. There is a nice little market area on the premises. Prices are pretty reasonable and a fairly good variety. There is also a little deli with breakfast foods, sandwiches, pastries and beverages. It is also the internet cafe with about 12 computers. Rates vary from 1/2 hour for $5 USD to $14 USD for 1 day up to $61 USD for an entire week. I believe wifi is offered in all of the rooms but have no idea what the rates are. BUT...if you get a "concierge" that is willing, you can get the password for the hospitality suite's complimentary wifi. It worked out great using our iPads. Although we were given coupons for free welcome drinks, the margaritas were the absolutely the worst I have ever had! REALLY BAD. So opt for a Pina Colada, if given a choice. We will DEFINATELY not be returning to this resort!!