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We had no hotel as we arrived here; we first went to the Belgica, and decided against it. We found the Melia after going around in circles 4 times. Its lobby was very welcoming and colorful; the gentleman behind the desk, affable. We had a room on the first floor. The rate of $70 included a light breakfast.
If you have a car, you can park in a lot behind the hotel for $3.00 a day.
Ours is Room 110 with 10 ft high ceilings; there is air conditioning, but we have a balcony and we later realize that opening its door is an invitation for lizards to join us for the night
. The bed was extremely uncomfortable but for 2 nights, it was doable. The desk with chest of drawers served as the pile war zone . There is a closet near the door.
The bathroom has a dryer, a shortage of shelving, but lots of room elsewhere. Guess where Chuck captured the errant lizard? Mini soap and shampoo conditioner provided.
A great benefit of staying here is the 4th floor terrace, half covered by a tent, and the balance in the open air. You access it by elevator or stairs. The terrace is lined on both sides with beautiful tropical plants and potted bougainvilleas. In the center is a white stone female nude who has been bruised by time, but still manages to attract the pigeons who visit often in search of crumbs.
It is too hot to eat in the sun, so we sit both days under the canope. Breakfast consists of white bread which can be toasted, butter pats and small containers of assorted jellies; orange, strawberry and grape. In a 3 tiered plastic container are assorted sweets; Puerto Rico suffers from a sweet tooth. There are jelly rolls, some sweet breads with jam on them, and some without. Chuck sees a donut and goes for it. There is also hot coffee and hot milk which is the way it is served here. No Tea which is murder for me, so I make some coffee. Orange juice also available. We are alone up here both days that we have breakfast, and are sure that most of the hotel is empty as we see the workers but no customers.
As far as pigeons go, the hotel does post signs everywhere requesting that you do not feed them. They stand on the rail and wait patiently as they preen and blow up their chests and fly across the rooftop. Every once in a while, a bee comes by and has to be chased. Otherwise, it''s fairly tranquil up here, and could quickly be converted to a writer''s paradise if you could plug in a laptop.
The rooftop is also a great point from which you can spot interesting things. I photographed a mural, great balcony doors, and foothill housing.
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