Villa Tropical: "Big, Private, but a little dodgy" Curaçao Hotel Tip by mauriceh

Curaçao Hotels: 45 reviews and 69 photos

Cheaper than hotels, but a fairly poor location and so-so maintenance and quality.

1) This is a place you go to with a family or larger group.
2) One needs to rent a car for your stay, or this location is totally useless.
It is a few kilometres to any beaches.
Punta (Downtown Willemstad tourist area) is over 5km away.
There are few cabs, and bus transit is fairly minimal.
The closest beaches are at the Sea Aquarium and Jan Thiel, both of which are about 4km away.
3) This is not so good for larger group of adults, as 4 of the 5 bedrooms are very small.
Only the master bedroom is an "adult" bedroom.
While there are beds for 10, they are all singles.
If you are traveling as 2 adults with 2 to 4 children or teens this could be a good choice.
I suppose if the group was all adults who are into partying it might be a pretty good place,
as one basically never sees the neighbours.
4) The electrical power usage allowance and damage deposit ( as has been reported by
others) WILL be a problem. Being aware in advance we watched this closely.
There is no way one may stay within the allocation if you use ANY air conditioning.
5) For those who are trying to find this place on a map, it is the Salina district, on a corner lot, on the intersection of Anasaweg and Carawaraweg, 3 blocks south of Caracasbaaiweg.
The address is 14 Anasaweg.
6) Privacy is better than hotels or other more commercial accommodation.

More explanation on the electricity situation:
The aircon units are separate in the bedrooms. We used them for about 2 hours each evening at bedtime. We set them to 25C (77F).
We did no cooking on the electric stove top, only the gas.
We did not use the clothes dryer.
We did not use the dishwasher.

Even with these measures, we used about double the power allocated, adn we paid a surcharge of about $125 fir electricity.
If we had not been aware of this, we would likely have used a lot more power.

Amenities:
The kitchen and rooms are reasonably well equipped.
While there is a decent set of cookware, and items for eating, one must also be prepared to buy any and all consumables.
That means toilet paper, food, cooking staples, cleaning substances, etc.
The kitchen has a fairly good gas top and a 2 element electric top.
There is a dishwasher that is broken down, a microwave and coffee maker that works, and the usual things such as a toaster, etc.
There is a clothes washer and dryer, and they are fairy decent quality.
There is a clothesline tree in the back yard, so drying was no problem.

Furnishings are adequate but limited.
However there are 3 separate dining tables! One that is in a converted car parking space,
that seats 10!
But no couches or comfortable chairs..

Cleaning and maintenance was minimal.
We stayed for 2 weeks. They came and cleaned once.

Internet: There is a DSL connection and modem provided. No WIFI.
The speed of the service is quite slow.

Speaking of TV, there is a satellite receiver and a 29" tube TV and a DVD player.
the channels available are mostly US and S.American networks.
Do not expect to keep up with your favourite series and you should likely be fine.
It is suitable for keeping some kids entertained in the evenings when there is little else to do.

Yard maintenance:
Almost non-existent. There are fallen branches and foliage everywhere, and it is very messy.
As the island is quite dry, watering is needed to maintain a garden,
and as that costs money, one may easily surmise that is not happening!

Insects and pests:
When we first arrived we were greeted by many singing birds, and in the yard friendly geckos and lizards.
We also had many very large cockroaches in the house.
Over the first couple of days I was able to hunt them all down.
However, within those couple of days the children were a bit scared to use a bathroom!
The one thing that was sorely missed is screens on the windows.
Curacao is blessed with some really nice steady breezes, and it should have been really a
pleasure to open all the windows and let the wind cool the house.
Unfortunately you will see I said "should have".
In reality the mosquitos are quite aggressive, and if one is to pass a night without waking up
covered in bites and welts, it pays to keep the windows and doors all closed and make sure
the mosquitos do not enter. So much for the breezes.
There are no screens anywhere on windows and doors.
And there are no mosquito nets in the bedrooms.

Bed bugs - One of the smaller bedrooms had the beds infested with bed bugs.
When our 9 year old woke one morning, she was covered in itchy, red, swollen bites.
I inspected her bedding and found bed bugs on the folds of the mattress seams.
I went to a local pet store, and purchased some pet insect spray, and stripped the beds and
everything else in that room. After that, and freshly washed bedding, the bugs no longer bit
our little girl.
When I brought it up with the property manager, he informed me he had never heard of
bedbugs
I could tell he thought I was making this up!

Swimming Pool
This is one bright spot in the picture. Clean, well maintained and very kid-friendly.
Just out the gate from the converted car park.
There are several lounge chairs, a picnic table, and a Weber charcoal barbecue.
There is also a big comfy hammock, but as birds perch and nest in the tree over it,
this is covered in bird droppings.. Pity.

Security:
There is a typical alarm system. It is mostly useless. Here is why:
It does not work with windows open. At night one cannot set the alarms unless you lock all the
windows. Which prevents any cooling and ventilation except air conditioning. When you go out
you have to lock everything to set the alarm, which means one comes home to a hotbox later
on.

The alarm system went off spontaneously while we were home.
We had no number for the security company, so the first time was a pretty tense affair as they came running up to the door, looking severe and military. Lucky for us we are travelling with 3 kids, so they recognized us as no threat immediately.

The car parking area is accessed through powered double gates. There is a remote control provided for this. Unfortunately, while we were there one of the 2 gates broke down, so we had to manually get out and push it each time we came and went.

Privacy:
The neighbours are very unobtrusive. We did not see or hear them during our stay. The yard is fenced and quite private.

Noise:
The property is on a fairly busy street and there is quite a bit of traffic noise.
The neighbours have dogs, and these tend to bark frequently and loudly. They are big dogs.

Water supply
There is very little water pressure. As a result things like washing dishes, for example,
is a bit tricky.
The water supply failed for most of a day. The maintenance trucks were to be seen fixing this.
When the water worked again it was rusty and dirty for a day.

Local restaurants and bars:
There are very few close by. Those that are around are mostly local Papiementu places,
and not so "tourist family friendly".
The closest thing to a local family restaurant we found was a bar and grill called Larrys Place.
It is about 2 km from the house.
While it looks much like the typical American restaurant, we went there for lunch once,
and the staff were totally clueless.
One meal was supposed to come with corn on the cob: No corn.
One diner asked for a side salad. When the meal was served there was no salad,
and when we enquired we were told they had no salad.
One meal was a pasta and shrimp dish. It was ordered by our young teenage girl.
She complained, and, at first, my wife and I thought she was just being fussy,
which is not terribly unusual.
When my wife looked at it, she noticed a smell: The shrimp were completely bad,
and smelled rotten!
We left rather immediately, and after my family was out of the door,
I brought this to the attention of the staff, who basically did not really care about it.

There is a supermarket a few blocks away, and it is fairly good.

There are pharmacies, gasoline/petrol stations and other similar amenities stores within a few blocks.

In summary:
This is a reasonably comfortable house, in a decent, but not luxurious neighbourhood.
Noise is an issue, due to it being on a fairly busy street.
The management do a fairly good job, but tend to respond more to complaints than to pro-actively deal with problems.
If one is travelling with 4 to 8 people, it may be a better or more economical solution that resort hotel rooms.

Unique Qualities: Big
Private
Good pool
Suitable for up to 8 guests.
Less costly than 3 hotel rooms

Address: 14 Anasaweg, Willemstad, Curacao
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Salina suburb of Willemstad.
Phone: +599 9 738 1903
Price: US$40-80
Theme: Other

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse

Comments

mauriceh

“What is over that next hill? Let's look and see!”

Online Now

Male

This member has not been ranked.
No VT rank yet.
         

Have you been to Curaçao?

  Share Your Travels