We stayed and snorkeled here back in the 80's (before the hurricanes) and we loved it. It was absolutely the best vacation bargain to be found. Now, the hotel has been considerably expanded and the rooms are very nice. However, the beaches have practically all disappeared, apparantly because of hurricane Wilma and another hurricane in the late 80's (about 89, I think). Also, there is so much boat travel near the beach that the snorkeling area there at the hotel is much more limited than it was in the old days. Also, the food at the hotel was expensive, costing twice as much as the same food in town. Drinks were also expensive although they weren't too bad during Happy Hour. And the town has grown so much, probably 2 or 3 times the population as in the old days, so it was much harder to get around in town without a corresponding increase in the number of fun things to do. All the hotel staff was very kind and helpful.
The hotel is very nice but all walking---NO elavators, too much walking for older folks. Also swimming area & snorkling was jus FAIR, I thought it would be great! but it was not. Also the food was overpriced Dinner for 2 with a drink over $100.00. Too much for MEXICO. We went to 4-5 top ranked restaurants and they were all 1/2 of that ammount.
We usually go to a all inclusive hotel. Although this cost a bit more ,It was worth it. It was wonderful. Service was great. Beautiful Hotel. Very relaxing. They so many things they do to make it a special . You can snorkle right off he beach at the hotel. We will go back.
The hotel and staff went over and beyond!! The hotel offers the best snorkeling right off the beach at the hotel. A definite must do for any beach lover!!
The staff at the Presidente are wonderful!! Nicest people ever. Especially the concierge Johnny (spelling different). Three of us stayed in a double room next to the adults pool. Great location-- no one there, we had the pool to ourselves. However, the beds are full size not queen size doubles, so if you are sleeping two people in a bed it is very tight. If I were to do it again, I would get a king bed and a "roll away" bed. The rooms also have a mildew smell from the high humidity and the air conditioners. Never saw a single bug :) The iguanas roaming around add a special charm. If you are a scuba diver, the dive shop on the property, Scooba Du, is VERY expensive and over priced. Dive Martin, is about 1/2 the price, and they will pick you up at President's dock. For students just getting certificied, however the PADI course seemed perfect- a shallow calm lagoon for learning, and very patient instructors.
We have returned to The El Presidente several times. They continue to improve all aspects of the Hotel.