January 2, 2005
We checked out several of the other local hotels at Playa Hermosa. Villa del Sueno is a step up in price, size, comfort, style, and pretense from Hotel El Velero, but also a step back. As it’s not on the beach, there’s a short walk down the road and across another property to get to the sand (a definite drawback for us).
With remarkably spacious, well-groomed grounds and two pools, Villa del Sueno has a wide variety of cheerful rooms, from tidy and perfectly acceptable "standard" rooms ($80 peak season) to two-bedroom apartments with kitchens ($290--but who wants to cook on their vacation?).
The owner, who took us around on part of our tour of the hotel, is clearly working hard at making Villa del Sueno a cut above most of the other tourist accommodations found in Playa Hermosa, and goes that little bit further to make his guests comfortable. The fact that it’s off the beach means you really feel that you are in a place separate from the rest of the world. Aside from the staff, you'll never run into any of the locals during your stay. And for those wanting more luxury than El Velero, it beats the run-of-the-mill Villa Sol (an all-inclusive) at the other end of town.
From journal A Week at Playa Hermosa