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Old 11-30-2006   #1 (permalink)
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Las Palapas Hotel

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Has anyone ever stayed here? Just heard it's on a great beach in PDC.

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I haven't stayed at Las Palapas...but I did stay right next door at Shangri La Caribe, and yes, this is, IMHO, the BEST beach in the area. If the beach is of a great concern to you, don't worry...you'll be VERY satisfied with it.
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Hi look on the web cam and you will see your beach...Have a great holiday
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I stayed there last May. Beach is the best hotel beach in PDC IMO (shared with Shangri La). We stayed in a deluxe room which was very clean and nice. We opted for the brekafast only meal plan, which was excellent. My only gripes were that the beach bar mixed drinks were so so and the bedding was a bit old. Las Palapas has safes in the rooms and will provide a fridge on request for $5 a day I think. Most rooms have AC.

The grounds are beautiful and the staff was very nice. Shangri La or Las Palapas will be our first and second choices (in any order). We haven't stayed at Shangri La, but would like to try it for comparison sake, although I have a list of pro's and con's for each place.
The north side of town is slower paced and more relaxing, but just a 5 minute walk to the south end of 5th for all the night life.
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Just walked by Las Palapas this morning and they have suffered some serious erosion in the last couple of weeks. In some areas they are down to about ten feet of beach. In other places they still have plenty of beach left. Then again, since the beach comes and goes there may be lots of beach by the time you get here.
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i think that one disadvantage to staying at las palapas is that it's a bit further from town. it would be a pretty long walk into town at night and you would definitely need to take a taxi. i'm also not sure if all of the rooms have a/c and in july you definitely need it. the advantage would be the beach location, but then again that what you have the beach clubs for. they're in the same great location as the hotel.
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All of the rooms at Las Palapas have a/c now. We'll be staying there in April. We stayed at Natz ti Ha condos last summer and used the beach in front of Las Palapas a lot. We chose to go to Las Palapas over Shangri La because we liked the beach better at Las Palapas. Aslo, it felt less crowded than Shangri La. But I'd happily stay at either! We walked int town a lot and it's not that bad of a walk. In fact, my avatar is the beach bar at Las Palapas.
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I was surprised at the amount of erosion this week in front of Shangri La also. It wasn't that way in August. I did see a large ship off the pier in Playa over the weekend that looked like a dredger. Could this be the one that's going to be pumping in the sand? It was gone when I looked again on Tuesday morning.
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i think that one disadvantage to staying at las palapas is that it's a bit further from town. it would be a pretty long walk into town at night and you would definitely need to take a taxi. i'm also not sure if all of the rooms have a/c and in july you definitely need it. the advantage would be the beach location, but then again that what you have the beach clubs for. they're in the same great location as the hotel.
I have to disagree with you on this one. For example...the Mamita's Beach Club, which is just south of both SLC and Las Palapas was ALWAYS very crowded with loud people and the beach chairs were almost literally one on top of the other. At either of these two hotels, you have the space to spread out and relax, even take a catnap if you wish!

Also, staying at SLC, we were able to walk into town fairly quickly - maybe 15-20 minutes. We did take a taxi home a couple nights (around $4-$5), but we also walked home from the the Pier a couple of nights, as well. It was a long walk, but very beautiful at night, and we felt completely safe.
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I was surprised at the amount of erosion this week in front of Shangri La also. It wasn't that way in August. I did see a large ship off the pier in Playa over the weekend that looked like a dredger. Could this be the one that's going to be pumping in the sand? It was gone when I looked again on Tuesday morning.
That's what I thought too, but yesterday they were doing some work off Mamita's road and I got a good look at the boat. It belongs to Alcatel, the communications company. They must have been replacing cable. Today there is a big chunk of cable lying on the road an a team is chopping it up.
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i think that a 15-20 minute walk into town is a far walk compared to most hotels in playa. most hotels are right in town or on the newer north end, and even on that end it's only about a 5 minute walk to the heart of downtown. i suppose that it depends on the time of year that determines how busy mamitas is. we usually go in may when it's not terribly crowded.
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