Sol Caribe Campo is not my first choice of hotels in San Andres but I would go back now that I know what to expect. To it's credit, it is very family oriented.
The location is away from the center of San Andres so it's pretty quiet with great views. There is a shuttle that will take you into town if you are interested. The hotel has approximately 200 rooms. It definitely didn't seem like it was at capacity while I was there. I saw most of the people when it was time to line up for the shuttle to the beach.
The room I stayed in was old but clean. It had a cabin feel. As I walked past other rooms some appeared to be more updated and I did notice work being done on rooms so it's possible that I was in an older section which was close to the main lobby and had a smaller pool. (That smaller pool came in handy when we didn't want to walk the stairs to the bigger, newer pool.) The rooms had hot water (most of the time) and AC. The walls seem incredibly thin. We could hear everything going on outside our room including conversations of our neighbor.
The property is a good size. There are A LOT of stairs. Did I say a lot of stairs? There are a lot of stairs. LOL. I counted more than 100 from the new larger pool to the lobby. This place is not recommended for anyone who cannot climb up and down stairs.
The New, Larger Pool is awesome. The water slide is a favorite.
Food is OK. It's buffet. The snacks (hot dogs, arepas, sandwiches, salchicon, potatoes) could be improved. But people do eat it. At other all inclusive resorts I feel like there is always food available. I did not feel that way at Sol Caribe Campo. If you missed the allocated times for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner you were out of luck. Overall food just didn't seem plentiful like at other all inclusive hotels or cruise ships. My husband and children preferred the food at Coco Plum. For a short stay the food is fine. I would get tired of it after a few days.
Bar drinks are a little weak. Served in paper cups but with a smile. It didn't seem like the bar was always open or had a large selection of beverages.
There always seemed to be a lot of flies around the food which can be typical in the Caribbean.
The shuttle to the beach could be improved with more frequent service. We waited more than 30 minutes for the bus to the beach which after we realized is walking distance away. They served some food and drink in the hotel's designated section of the beach. The section is on Coco Plum beach where you can see/walk to Rocky Cay. The beach appears to be managed by different properties (Decameron, Coco Plum, Sol Caribe, etc). They also have chairs and tents to shield you from the sun/occasional rain.
Excursions are available for purchase at the hotel as well as car rentals on the property.
Staff is good. Not very friendly but not rude. There was a time that they sat amongst themselves and chatted for quite awhile. I am not used to that. Typically the staff at all inclusive hotels are constantly trying to engage the guests. It was fine that they were not like that at Sol Caribe Campo, it's just not what I'm accustomed to experiencing.
There is entertainment during dinner. There seemed to be a party each night.
The hotel may not offer the level of service you are used to if you are a frequent traveler or visitor of all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. My husband compared it to a lower end hotel mostly because of the condition of the room.
It's definitely helpful if you speak Spanish. There were not many English speakers on staff.
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Caribe Campo Hotel San Andres Island