If you grew up in a tenement block in the 1970s, you'll already have a good idea of the architectural merits of the Pasacaballo; crumbling concrete walkways and gantries - at least the lifts work and it's clean. It's painted blue on the outside, presumably in an effort to cheer it up. There are some very untidy areas visible from the walkways which lead to the rooms and they don't create a good impression.
The exterior is nicely presented with palm trees and the entrance foyer is spacious and, again clean. The 70s time warp is very evident again; it would have been a fantastic setting for a hospital drama back in the day. Oh, and we even had a power cut too, whilst we were in the queue to check in.
We only stayed one night, whilst we were travelling to Trinidad and it was a shame that the weather was a bit overcast; everywhere looks nicer in the sunshine. On the day, the pool area seemed a bit dreary looking and there weren't too many people around. But it's a nice looking pool and in the high season, might be quite pleasant.
It's difficult to comment on the location as we were on a tight schedule with little time to explore. We had a couple of hours before dinner and did attempt a little walk - there wasn't any obvious way towards the sea, or anything else for that matter. There was sort of a gravel path opposite the hotel which looked as if it might lead somewhere, but when it just seemed to lead towards people's houses, we turned back without having seen anything in particular.
The room was basic, but adequate. The air conditioning worked, albeit very noisily. The fit and finish in the room was poor. The furniture seemed old and tired (this was the case all round the hotel).
The big surprise was dinner; it was really pretty good. The dining room on the lower floor had pleasant ambience and although there wasn't much choice, what there was, was very well prepared and the service was pleasant and efficient.
After dinner, we spent some time in the bar which was reasonably priced and fairly comfortable.
I can't imagine wanting to spend a week at the Pasacaballo - it might be different in the high season. But for an overnight stop, it was fine.
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