We stayed at this hotel in June 2007. There were two adults and two children aged 13 and 11 in our group.
On arrival at the hotel we were given complimentary drinks and our bags were taken to the room for us. We had two rooms a double for us which was adequate and a twin for the children which was a bit bigger and directly next to ours.
The pool was the first stop, this was as shown in the brochure with the exception of the missing tiles and grate covers that didn’t fit. I lost count of how many times I mentioned the grates as needing replacing. But it was still usable despite these small problems. It was ideal for kids as it has a gently slopping bottom and there are some bits to paddle in and bits to swim in. It even has a bar which is nice.
The food was the usual all inclusive, comes a bit boring after 2 weeks but there was plenty of good choice. The exception to this was the Mexican and Italian restaurants which were very good. However I did suffer with an upset stomach but Imodium fixed that (TAKE SOME WITH YOU)
The beer and other drinks were fine and the bar staff and restaurant staff were very helpful and very pleasant.
The animation team was up to the usual standard, games all day and shows at night however the show finished about 10.30 and there was nothing for the kids to do after that except sit in the bars playing cards or games.
The room was cleaned every day and there was always plenty of hot water in the mornings and afternoons.
This said, the weekend was awful they open the hotel to the locals, who not only used the pool as a toilet for both types of waste, emptied the bar of beer and were like a pack of locust in the restaurant you couldn’t hear yourself think due to the amount of noise they made. An other English gentleman and I had to get the manager out to sort them out and get all the rubbish out of the pool as the rep had the day off. The pool over the weekend wasn’t cleaned and it took several attempts to get it cleaned. This sounds bad but it only effected one day of our holiday, I would advise you to book your tours for the weekends.
A bit of friendly advice that first choice don’t tell you: Get factor 50 to 70 sun tan cream, I’ve never burn in my life including working in the middle east and I burnt, sun tan lotion over there is very expensive. The power supply is 110v so PSP, phones DS’s extra will charge but camera batteries wont and hair dryers and hair straighters won’t work, that said there is a hair dryer in every room. Take US Dollars all the shops except them and with the exchange rate you will make a killing, the local Bolliviers are worthless outside the country. Your phone won’t work out there mine is quad band and still no signal. If you smoke buy your cigarettes in the UK all you can get is Marlboro (all types) and Lucky Strike (all types) they are about £8 for 200 in town and £12 in the hotel.
This said we did go out a few times in a taxi and found the locals very nice, we went on the land cruiser safari and swimming with dolphins both which were excellent and you get 15% discount for paying by credit card.
We wouldn’t hesitate to go back to Margarita we really enjoyed it but we would certainly look at getting out and about at the weekends
Being a regular traveller to the Carribean, Margaritta is not an island we would re-visit, hotel accommodation was not 4 star, bathrooms need re-furbishment, staff in hotel very friendly, food reasonable for all-inclusive although both of us had stomach upsets for the majority of holiday. If you pay to see Angel Falls by air this can be affected by adverse weather conditions, this being an expensive trip and a highlight of the holiday, was a big let down and waste of money. If you manage to get a photograph please send me a copy as everyone that we spoke to at airport had not seen Angel falls either. Summary - We will not return.
This complex is very clean the maid comes in every day with clean towels and a smile. The food got a little boring after a week but was edible. All the bar and waiting staff were very friendly. The animation team were 1st class from morning till night always smiling and happy, I found the entertainment for the adults a little poor but with 2 teenage girls the disco and beach paries were excellent. I was surprised to find the plumbing was like greece (in the bin) and my phone did not work. We travelled with 1st chioce, had a smooth ,trouble free flight, th rep Carlos was always on hand to help or just for a chat. A really good holiday so go and enjoy yourself. If you like lobster go into the small town Juan Griego to El Mammas, but go early to make sure you get some.
A nice hotel but in the middle of nowhere. The nearest town is a 10 minute taxi ride - although worth it for the wonderful sunset. The pool at the hotel was fantastic and the beach very clean although sea quite rough. The hotel staff were very friendly, the entertainment team very good and worked extremely hard. The food was not always to our taste, but there was plenty. Overall, we had a very good holiday and enjoyed ourselves. The weather also made it worth while. Very hot. Would recommend the jeep safari - well worth it.
(Bexhill on Sea)
Hi, as seasoned travellers we have tried to be fair and honest in this review and tell you the truth about the LTI costa Caribe hotel as we saw it.
The LTI Costa Caribe is situated about 10 mins from the town of Juan Griego and is set in it’s own landscaped gardens.
It is worth mentioning that the only other buildings in the area are a few beach huts and kiosks at the small beach of Play Caribe a few minutes along the road.
Upon arrival at the hotel we were given a fruit punch cocktail and greeted by some of the hotel animation team doing the club dance ‘uno, dos, tres’ which you will hear regularly at the hotel.
The bell boy’s unload all your luggage from the bus while you check-in, which was very efficiant, after you have your room number let the bell boy’s know your luggage and it will be delivered to your room in about 10 mins.
There are various styles of rooms in the LTI Costa Caribe ranging from Suites to economy rooms (mainly used for guests booking directly with hotel), all UK First Choice & Hayes and Jarvis guests are given standard rooms (unless you have upgraded), which consist of a bedroom and bathroom with either a terrace or balcony.
The standard rooms can have either a king size, double or 2 single beds and we found the beds to be very comfortable.
The suites have a separate sitting area consisting of a sofa (can be made in to a bed) and a table and chairs.
The rooms all appear to have adequate storage space.
On arrival our accommodation was spotlessly clean and well prepared.
As we had upgraded our fridge was fully stocked with beer and soft drinks (however this didn’t happen as often as it should have and ended up being missed 7 times during our 2 weeks there) and we also had a platter of fresh fruit.
Our room was cleaned thoroughly every day, with clean towels provided every day (the fresh towels may not arrive until later in the afternoon) and the bedding changed every couple of days.
The bathroom is a good size with shower, wc and wash basin, there was always hot water and good pressure from the shower.
All rooms have air conditioning (some units can be a bit noisy) and a fridge, and drinks can be taken from any of the bars to your room.
Towels for sunbeds are available from the pool area so there is no need to use room towels or your own.
There are 3 bars in the hotel, the Beach bar which also serves snacks / meals from 12 –6 (you must try their fresh burgers) this is also where the Mexican restaurant (la Boquita) is at night. The Lobby bar which also has cakes etc available from 3 o’clock (& snacks late at night) and also the Pool bar which also has a swim up bar, but you will get much quicker service if you go in to it.
There is also a bar set up at night beside the show area and also in the disco when it opens at either 11pm or midnight.
Our son and daughter and all the people they had become friendly with all enjoyed the disco and went to it most nights and had a laugh and fun with other guests.
There are 3 restaurants in the hotel, the main restaurant had many themed nights including, Mexican, Gala, BBQ, International etc and a lot of the time the food was cooked in front of you.
The Mexican restaurant (la Boquita) has very nice food cooked to order, try the fajitas or Chimi Changa.
The al a Carte Italian restaurant Don Alfredo was nice but I thought it a bit over rated with a limited choice.
We always found the food in the Main restaurant to be varied with both a good choice of hot and cold dishes, soups, salads, several hot dishes (with many speciallities being prepared in the restaurant)several desserts and fresh fruit.
Some people had complained about the beef (steak) not being properly cooked on the grilling/BBQ cooking areas as it was still a bit red in the middle, this is the way I like my meat so that didn't bother me, however my wife likes hers cooked right through so she just asked for it to be cooked slightly longer and this was never a problem for the chef.
Raymond always looked after us and had a table with a bottle of wine and water laid out for us when we arrived, and he was always very quick with refills and a glass of Amaretto after dinner.
I must just mention that the wine is really VERY nice, with wine from both Argentina and Chile being served.
At breakfast time there was a large choice of cereals, fruit, Croissants, hot food - bacon, sausages, eggs etc. the eggs can be cooked to order for you ie fried or omelette.
Fresh fruit is also freshly squeezed in to juice and smoothies.
There are a couple of small issues that may annoy people.
The first problem is that the tables seat 6 people and you may end up sitting with strangers, you can sit outside for evening dinner where there are tables for 2 & 4 people, we did this twice and to be honest the service was awful.
The second problem is the issue of birds flying in the dinning room (also affects the beach bar) and eating food left on tables and they also pick at the bread on the counter if it is left out. The hotel has put a net around the restaurant but the birds are still a problem.
It is worth mentioning that the dining room can get very busy between approx 19.45 & 20.15 and you may have to wait for a table and the table service gets slightly slower but no real problem.
A large selection of cocktails and drinks are available from the bars with Polar beer on tap and Brahma by the bottle.
All drinks are locally produced and no international brands are available.
The pool is large enough to never seem to busy and is quite shallow so is safe for children and is cleaned every morning and at various point during the day. We were all in the pool every day and never noticed any broken tiles.
Sun loungers can be a bit of a problem as they can all be taken quite early both at the pool side and under the palapas on the beach, however we always managed to get loungers in the pool area or under the palm trees on the beach when we wondered down about 10am.
The animation team work hard all day with various games and sports being organised during the day.
If you are anywhere near the pool you will be asked to join in and the word no is not understood by any of the team (as I found out) however the games are a good laugh.
Some nights more dancers join the animation team and they put on excellent, highly choreographed shows which everybody enjoyed, while other nights there will be audience participation games on stage (yes I got caught again) which will have you laughing.
The hotel operates a complimentary bus to Sambil mall every day (book in advance the night before) or a taxi costs 15,000 Bolivares (20,000 for the return from sambil) and a taxi from Sambil to the center of Porlimar costs 5,000.
A taxi to Juan Griego costs 5.000 Bolivares and takes 7-10 minutes.
The hotel has computers offering Internet access, there are also a couple of shops selling cigarettes, drinks, ice cream, gifts etc.
If you fancy a massage or other beauty treatment these are also available at the hotel.
All the staff at the hotel are exceptionally friendly and nothing seems to be any problem or trouble for them and English is widely spoken and understood.
The First Choice reps Carlos and Milton are excellent and I cannot praise them enough, they are both hard working and will sort any problems as well as just being around for information or a chat.
Here are some pictures of the Hotel (you may have to copy and paste the link)
Overall I would say the LTI Costa Caribe is not a 4* hotel but is definitely a 3* or possibly a 3* plus and would highly recommend this hotel, and I would not hesitate go there again.
My husband and i have just returned from a two week holiday on margarita island staying at the lti costa caribe hotel. We booked through first choice. We are both experianced travellers and have visited many third world countries before. We can honestly say this has been the worst holiday experience ever. We too read the reviews and arrived on the island with a very open mind. We do not consider ourselves to be typical fussy englishmen abroad but were shocked by a number of things on this holiday. We booked premium seats on the flight. Believe us when we say its not worth the extra cash. The cabin crew were miserable and the so called complementary drinks were not forth coming. We were promised a choice of menu but that didnt happen. Also the entertainment system ceased to work for the majority of the flight. Our pampering bags were exactly the same as those in economy. We were not impressed. On arrival at porlamar airport the reps were not there as the flight had arrived early and the reps were not prepared for this. Once they did arrive we changed coaches three times before finally setting off for our hotel. We waited a while for our bags and found check in slow as there was only one member of staff on reception. If you are considering upgrading to a vip room we would say dont bother. Our vip room was no bigger than a standard room. Also the mini bar was not stocked frequently. The maid service is very erratic. We waited four hours for towels one afternoon. We found the food to be bland. There was no mention in the brochure that you had to book the a la carte restaurants in advance. We both suffered from upset stomachs for the entire holiday. I lived on a diet of crisps and imodium. We managed to do lots of trips. We caught local taxis to take us to different places around the island. The hotel is very isolated so you either rely on taxis or first choice trips. The highlight of our holiday was definately the two day one night angel falls trip. I found the jungle accomadation more welcoming than the costa caribe. (derby)
My husband and i have just returned from a two week holiday on margarita island. We stayed at the lti costa caribe hotel and found it to be the worst hotel we have ever been to. We booked through first choice holidays and felt that they had really overrated this hotel. It is very isolated and definately not worth the 4 star rating. We found staff to be not particularly helpful or friendly. On one occasion we waited 4 hours for clean towels in our room. The toilet blocked up on several occasions and staff were slow to fix it. We paid extra for the so called vip room but found it to be no bigger than the other rooms.the mini bar was not stocked regularly as promised. The pool was dirty and many of the sun loungers broken. The food was bland and it was difficult to get into the two a la carte restaurants. You have to book days in advance. The swim up bar served limited cocktails and service was slow. I had awful stomach problems for the first few days and ended up taking medication to allow me to go out on trips without embarrasing accidents. Several other people also suffered from stomach cramps. The local taxi drivers were lovely though and we did several day trips around the island. The first choice rep however was non too happy that we organised a few trips ourselves. We participated in the horse riding trek organised by first choice also the sunset cruise. These i have to say were wonderful. The real highlight for us however was the two day one night delta and canaime trip. We stayed in a camp in the jungle. I had no problems with the food. It was the first time all holiday i didnt have tummy ache. Also we had the best nights sleep can you believe. I didnt want to go back to the costa caribe. We feel that the hotel is best suited to people who are after a very basic holiday. We spent most of our time away from the hotel. We would not reccomend this hotel to our worst enemy. (derby)
Nice hotel with an excellent pool area. The hotel has it's own private well maintained beach with plenty of sunbeds. The tempreature is very hot and humid with only one rainy evening out of the 14 days. The trip to the Angel falls and the Canaima national park is spectacular and is the highlight of the holiday. The food is ok, although it can be a bit 'much of the same' and to find something that is not covered in sauce for the children is quite difficult. We found some staff to be nice but some seemed to serve the locals first. If you do fancy a trip out do it on a Sunday as they allow the local families into the hotel for the day and it can be extra busy, noisey ect.
The flight with Excell airways was horrendous, 12 hours as you have to fly via Manchester, lack of information from staff, poor quality aircraft with many of the headphone sockets broken. On the return journey you queue in the airport check in area and the security staff do not open the departure lounge until the queue appears to be dissapearing out of the airport doors!
Overall we had a good holiday but unless you are going to do the trips to Venezuelan mainland then you may as well fly 2.5 hours to spain as the quality you expect from the Carribean is not at this hotel.
Having just returned from Margarita, we have a great time, having read the previous report, things have inproved 3 fold. Food is very varied, and there's something for everyone. Hygiene from bar staff is better, always using tongs for lime/pineapple etc.
The decor in the rooms still need updating, a lick of paint wouldn't go a miss!
The only negative comments are; the pool isn't deep enough to swim in, and during the evenings there isn't enough seating areas to have a drink in, apart from the resturants, and they at times can become very warm.
Angel falls is a must see, along with the 2 day trip to Arakuna/Cainimar.
The weather in June was cloudly most days, but by the afternoon the sun was out, we got a wicked tan.
An all round good holiday, but would not personally return, but glad I went
My Husband and I visited this hotel in Novemebr 2003. Whilst ther we visited Angel Falls on on mainland Venezuela, if it had not been for this experience which was fantastic and swimming with the dolhins this holiday would have been a complete disaster. The Management of this hotel have a lot to learn abouit helath and hygiene, rinsing glasses in cold water and then re-using them putting lemon and lime slices into drinks by hand. The food in the buffet restaurnat was absoluteley appaling, needles to say that I along with 80% of the hotel suffered stomach problems. The whole hotel is shabby and in need of re-furbishment. I will most certainly not be going back and would not recommend it to anyone else.
Exellent Holiday, if you want to chill out go their,weather was brilliant food plentiful, you can get taxi outside the door no problem the taxi drivers will wait for you even if you spend a couple of hours in the markets. Plenty of trips a must is Angel Falls we had a lovely day out, and also a snorkling trip was brill, a must for romantics.
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