on February 11, 2013
Hotel Patrick is a marvelous small scale inn on the Caribbean coastline of the Venezeulan island of Margarita. I booked this place mainly due to the large number of positive reviews that were reported all over the internet, so I already had a good idea of what to expect before I arrived. The booking price was very decent at $27 US for a double room. After getting a taxi from the airport, my friends and I gave the address to the driver and we were on our way. The drive from the airport to the inn took approximately 40 minutes, but we unable to enjoy the scenery since it was after dark. When we arrived, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the crashing sound of waves on a nearby shoreline. This automatically put me in a great mood and I happily collected my bags and walked through the front gate to the reception desk.The owner Michael, was waiting for us. He greeted us with a genuine smile and checked us in. While he handled the paper work, we ordered a few drinks and sat at the bar gazing around our new surroundings. The common room was very laid back, and I immediately felt at home. This 'posada' as inns are called in Venezeula was also the place of residence of Michael and his family, and this was apparent. The place had a 'much loved' feel to it, and it wasn't long before I was crouching on the floor meeting the animals that lived there. His cocker spaniel had recently given birth to five pups, and they were happily playing, running and falling all over the common room. They were beyond adorable and friendly, and the mother allowed us to pick them up for a cuddle! The other items of interest in the front room included three colourful hammocks hanging from the rafters, dining tables and chairs, a public computer and a large pool table. Many interesting photos and portraits hung from various walls and soft spanish music played from a stereo set somewhere nearby. Breakfast was to be served at the dining room tables for a small additional price, and lots of local options would be available along with freshly squeezed tropical juices such as pineapple and orange. The bar at which we were seated had lots of local beer, liquour, soft drinks and fruits which they used to make smoothies. Michael allowed us to keep a bar tab which we would clear upon checking out of the posada. That was really thoughtful of him, and his generosity and trust spoke volumes. After we were finished checking in, we were shown to our various rooms. The rooms were very clean, simple but exactly what we were expecting. The airconditioning unit was already on, and we were supplied with all of the necessary furniture (including a vanity table and a pair of bedside tables) and ammenities we could possibly need. We unpacked and returned to the common room to hang out for a bit before hitting the sack early due to jetlag.Michael was an exceptional host, and gave us several tips concerning how to stay safe and listed different places nearby where we could grab a decent and affordable bite to eat. If this is the treatment which all his guests receive, it is no surprise as to why his establishment is so highly rated online. I had a blast at Hotel Patrick and I highly recommend to any potential visitors to book a stay there.
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