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Villa Montana Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 February 2007

After a weekend holiday returning from Villa Montana the moments spent soaking in the environment were priceless. When you walk to the lef tof the resort theres seriously miles of untouched beach to walk. I felt like I was Survivorman and or part of Gilligans Island. The service is considered slow to the reviews I read but I would say it is island speed. The service to me was great. If one were to look for speedy service than there are hotels that thrive on throwing you the bill after your last bite. Villa Montana makes sure you relax enjoy. If you need the check quickly and or a towel ask earlier and expect it on time. After returning back to the fast pace life I bow to the staff for slowing me down. I rented a room to sleep 5 and we got a 2 bedroom, living room with a sofa bed, kitchen, 2 bath (with bidet), air conditioners in all room with ceiling fans, and a washing machine and dryer. Im not sure if all of them have it. Some rooms are small but like a cruise some of the rooms are only to sleep... We had a chance to rent out the gazebo next to the beach for our reserved picnic I would totally recommend this if you like to be romantic and or experience lifes simple pleasures. If you also get a chance make reservations for "o" the restaurant only open on Friday and Saturday. The A/C is blating and the Tapas is tasty. The restaurant Eclipse is great too. Different menus throughout the day. The water is somewhat rough since it is facing towards the Atlantic but there are pockets where you can enter and swim. Those who love to surf this place is like paradise with icing on top. This place has enough you never have to explore outside. We stayed the whole time within the resort. Taxi costed $35. and takes 15 minutes felt like 5 minutes. This place is a giant gem on the North Shore. Im sure in the future things will change. I totally recommend this resort if you love the serene, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed 14 February 2007

We recently completed our second prolonged stay at Villa Montana. The hotel consists of one or two story 1-3 bedroom condos. The buildings are widely spaced from each other. The condos are spacious with the two bedroom units being over 1000 sq. feet. The units further from the beach are somewhat larger. There are a few "hotel rooms" which are quite small. We have found that the condo's are well furnished and extremely clean.

The hotel is beautifully landscaped and the beach is spectacular. You can walk "forever", either to the East or West and see no one for long periods. The surf is quite strong at the hotel but on many days it is possible to go into the water. Swimming is limited to strong swimmers. There is kite surfing about 100 yards to the East that attracts international surfers.

In addition to Eclipse at the hotels, there are a number of very good, informal restaurants within a five minute drive of the hotel. These serve excellent meat and sea food with less flair than at Eclipse and in a more Puerto Rican style.

Unfortunately, noise somewhat dimished our recent visit. A new hotel is being built at the western edge of the hotel. The noise severely impacts the units nearest the construction but does not those room further east, ie closer to the restaurant. We were awoken twice by dogs barking and once by a very late party outside one of the condos. The hotel responded very quickly to our calls about the noise.

The front desk of the hotel, including the issue of beach towels, does not work as smoothly as in large resort hotels. However, the individuals at the front desk all mean very well and will respond positively to requests that are presented in a reasonable manner.

This hotel is a perfect place for a couple to have a quiet restful vacation. A car is very helpful, especially to see some sites that are an hour away. It is not an appropriate place for individuals that are looking for the actions available in many large resort hotels.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2007

We found Villa Montana trough tripadvisor and went to stay for three days. We were not dissapointed when looking around Puerto Rico for potentially better places to stay.

Firt of all - the west coast is not littered with huge hotel resorts. These places are smaller. Here it is not so touristy - but you will find nice beaches. Very popular amongst surfers.

I went with my girlfriend and we wanted to stay at a small boutique hotel if possible, lots of charm and non of that 1000 rooms american resort dream feeling. We found Villa Montana to be above average to in certain respects great.

Rooms - nice but in no way impressive. But we did not spend much time here.

Beach - great lounge chairs and good service in the bar. Not cheap not expensive. Try their fruit drinks made from fresh fruit - awsome. Will set you back $7.5. We really enjoyed hanging out here though the waves made it hard to swim at the beach, there was a pool for that. A plus was the surfers just outside and the snorkling just off the beach a 100m from the hotel.

Resturants - a full dinner with two including wine will set you back $100 but it was a decent meal and great setting if we compared to other options. The new "O" resturant was acutally very nice and food good, though not great with our new york standards. You must try the chocolate tempura, to die for. Also the short ribs were amazing. Do not try their sushi...

The resort lacks the hugh waterfalls etc but is tidy and nice and the area at the beach is really great. The back of the resort and the rooms are average but who cares?!

The crowd were mixed between couples in their 50ies and young couple with a newborn and a father who came for the surfing - funny we saw at least five of these!

We also looked around at Rincon beach club which made us feel sick and Horned Dorset which was nice but never ever worth $1000/night.

Can really recommend this place. But check your bill on check out, we had a number of bills from resurants booked twice, making our total for three days including room and all food come down from $1100 to $880 after double-checking!

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2007

We were in PR for a wedding, which was held @ the Villa Montana. We actually arrived early, and spent some time in other parts of the island before going to Isabella for the wedding, so we do have something to compare this to. (See our review of the HoJos in Mayaguez, and the CopaMarina Beach Resort).
The Villa Montana is OK as far as it goes, but I wouldn't compare it favorably to other resorts in its price range, in PR or elsewhere.

The specific problems we had were:

Front Desk/reservations: Not the most on the ball people on earth. When people ask for a room with two beds, they say "there are no rooms with two beds" even though plenty of the villas have multiple rooms. That's an example of the sort of mentality you run into at this place: They will answer the question, and do what is asked, but they don't take any initiative to make you really enjoy your stay, which is what you would expect in this price range.

Phone service: Room to room worked spottily, there is no cell coverage, so you have to rely on the (one per villa) land line, which went down several times.

Water Pressure: Watch out when someone flushes the toilet while you are taking a shower: HOT HOT HOT.

Internet: The Internet in our villa never worked, since it was dependent on a wireless access point in another villa, which I would gather was not plugged into the Internet at all. I was able to get it working in another wedding guest's room, by plugging it in.

Television: We never had working TV service in the 3 days we were there.

The hotel has no competent technical staff to fix any of these items, and the guys they rely on seem to work one day a week
Restaurant: Expensive, slow service.

Activities: None on-site that I could see. There are tennis courts, but it is pretty much self-serve. All the activities they recommend are run by expensive, off-resort, local businesses.

Pool/Ocean: The pool is small, the ocean unsuitable for small children. I'm a certified rescue diver, and a surfer, and I didn't swim there due to the waves and currents. The waves were the worst part: blown out mush that makes it bad for anything except kiteboarding. One of the other guests, who surfs Stinson Beach SF with some regularity, cut his foot up pretty badly while trying to swim there.

The villa itself was nice and spacious, the kitchen well appointed, and the beds comfortable. Think of this place as more of a gated vacation rental condo place than a hotel or resort. For that, it's par for the course.

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed 17 January 2007

We loved the incredible tropical landscaped setting on beautiful beach. The atmosphere was peaceful and relaxed. We enjoyed the oceanfront restaurant, the tennis courts and the pool. BUT the ocean view unit we stayed in was run down, furniture was worn out, stove was dangerous to use and there was no hot water in bathroom sink. On first day on their beach one of the towels they provided disappeared from the beach chair and we were treated like criminals by the towel girl when we could not account for it. We were charged $60 for the towel and complaints to the Manager about this charge have gone unanswered. Given the poor condition of the unit, how we were treated and the $400/day cost we would not recommend it. We plan on returning to the area next year and are already looking for a different place to stay.

  • Stayed: December 2006
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Address: Carr. 4466 KM 1.9 Interior | Barrio Bajuras, Isabela 00662, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isabela
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Isabela
Price Range: RM951 - RM1,693 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa Montana Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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