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The name first given to the settlement is debated. For proof, he pointed to a map dated , where that phrase was used. The town grew as soldiers and other settlers came into town and stayed. In a chapel was built on the Plaza. The pobladores were given title to their land two years later. By , there were 29 buildings that surrounded the Plaza, flat-roofed, one-story adobe buildings with thatched roofs made of tule.
Each settler received four rectangles of land, suertes , for farming, two irrigated plots and two dry ones. The Los Angeles river flowed all year. Wildlife was plentiful, including deer, antelope, and black bears, and even an occasional grizzly bear.
There were abundant wetlands and swamps. Steelhead and salmon swam the rivers. The first settlers built a water system consisting of ditches zanjas leading from the river through the middle of town and into the farmlands. Indians were employed to haul fresh drinking water from a special pool farther upstream. The city was first known as a producer of fine wine grapes. The raising of cattle and the commerce in tallow and hides would come later. Because of the great economic potential for Los Angeles, the demand for Indian labor grew rapidly.
The village began to look like a refugee camp. Unlike the missions, the pobladores paid Indians for their labor. In exchange for their work as farm workers, vaqueros , ditch diggers, water haulers, and domestic help; they were paid in clothing and other goods as well as cash and alcohol. The pobladores bartered with them for prized sea-otter and seal pelts, sieves, trays, baskets, mats, and other woven goods.
This commerce greatly contributed to the economic success of the town and the attraction of other Indians to the city. During the s, San Gabriel Mission became the object of an Indian revolt. The mission had expropriated all the suitable farming land; the Indians found themselves abused and forced to work on lands that they once owned.
A young Indian healer, Toypurina , began touring the area, preaching against the injustices suffered by her people. The soldiers were able to defend the mission, and arrested 17, including Toypurina. His party visited the rancho of Francisco Reyes. They found the local Indians hard at work as vaqueros and caring for crops. Padre Vincente de Santa Maria was traveling with the party and made these observations:. All of pagandom Indians is fond of the pueblo of Los Angeles, of the rancho of Reyes, and of the ditches water system.
Here we see nothing but pagans, clad in shoes, with sombreros and blankets, and serving as muleteers to the settlers and rancheros, so that if it were not for the gentiles there would be neither pueblos nor ranches. These pagan Indians care neither for the missions nor for the missionaries. Not only economic ties but also marriage drew many Indians into the life of the pueblo.
In —only three years after the founding—the first recorded marriages in Los Angeles took place. The new church completed Governor Neve's planned transition of authority from mission to pueblo. Mexico's independence from Spain in was celebrated with great festivity throughout Alta California.
No longer subjects of the king, people were now ciudadanos , citizens with rights under the law. In the plazas of Monterey, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and other settlements, people swore allegiance to the new government, the Spanish flag was lowered, and the flag of independent Mexico raised.
Independence brought other advantages, including economic growth. There was a corresponding increase in population as more Indians were assimilated and others arrived from America, Europe, and other parts of Mexico.
Before , there were just people in the pueblo. By , the population nearly tripled to 1, During the rest of the s the agriculture and cattle ranching expanded, as did the trade in hides and tallow. The new church was completed, and the political life of the city developed. Los Angeles was separated from Santa Barbara administration. The system of ditches which provided water from the river was rebuilt.
Trade and commerce further increased with the secularization of the California missions by the Mexican Congress in Extensive mission lands suddenly became available to government officials, ranchers, and land speculators. Much of this progress, however, bypassed the Indians of the traditional villages who were not assimilated into the mestizo culture. Being regarded as minors who could not think for themselves, they were increasingly marginalized and relieved of their land titles, often by being drawn into debt or alcohol.
It was attended by the entire population of the pueblo, people, plus hundreds from elsewhere in Alta California. It was now the region's leading city. The same period also saw the arrival of many foreigners from the United States and Europe. They would play a pivotal role in the U. Early California settler John Bidwell included several historical figures in his recollection of people he knew in March, He planted a vineyard and prepared to make wine.
The grapes available at the time, of the Mission variety , were brought to Alta California by the Franciscan Brothers at the end of the 18th century. They grew well and yielded large quantities of wine, but Jean-Louis Vignes was not satisfied with the results.
Therefore, he decided to import better vines from Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon , Cabernet Franc , and Sauvignon blanc. In , Jean-Louis Vignes made the first recorded shipment of California wine. The Los Angeles market was too small for his production, and he loaded a shipment on the Monsoon, bound for Northern California.
By , El Aliso , was the most extensive vineyard in California. Vignes owned over 40, vines and produced , bottles, or 1, barrels, per year.
In May, , the Mexican—American War broke out. Because of Mexico's inability to defend its northern territories, California was exposed to invasion.
On August 13, , Commodore Robert F. Stockton , accompanied by John C. After three weeks of occupation, Stockton left, leaving Lieutenant Archibald H. Subsequent maltreatment by Gillespie and his troops caused a local force of locals to force the Americans to leave, ending the first phase of the Battle of Los Angeles.
After a few skirmishes outside the city, the two forces entered Los Angeles, this time without bloodshed. According to historian Mary P. It reverted to the government. It was determined that under U. California's new military governor Bennett C. Riley ruled that land could not be sold that was not on a city map. His survey put the city into the real-estate business, creating its first real-estate boom and filling its treasury. Further surveys and street plans replaced the original plan for the pueblo with a new civic center south of the Plaza and a new use of space.
The fragmentation of Los Angeles real estate on the Anglo-Mexican axis had begun. Under the Spanish system, the residences of the power-elite clustered around the Plaza in the center of town. In the new American system, the power elite would reside in the outskirts.
The emerging minorities, including the Chinese, Italians, French, and Russians, joined with the Mexicans near the Plaza. In , the gold discovered in Coloma first brought thousands of miners from Sonora in northern Mexico on the way to the gold fields. So many of them settled in the area north of the Plaza that it came to be known as Sonoratown. During the Gold Rush years in northern California, Los Angeles became known as the "Queen of the Cow Counties" for its role in supplying beef and other foodstuffs to hungry miners in the north.
With the temporary absence of a legal system, the city was quickly submerged in lawlessness. Many of the New York regiment disbanded at the end of the war and charged with maintaining order were thugs and brawlers.
They roamed the streets joined by gamblers, outlaws, and prostitutes driven out of San Francisco and mining towns of the north by Vigilance Committees or lynch mobs. Los Angeles came to be known as the "toughest and most lawless city west of Santa Fe.
Some of the residents resisted the new Anglo powers by resorting to banditry against the gringos. In , Juan Flores threatened Southern California with a full-scale revolt. He was hanged in Los Angeles in front of 3, spectators. Tiburcio Vasquez , a legend in his own time among the Mexican-born population for his daring feats against the Anglos, was captured in present-day Santa Clarita, California on May 14, He was found guilty of two counts of murder by a San Jose jury in , and was hanged there in Los Angeles had several active "Vigilance Committees" during that era.
Between and , mobs carried out approximately 35 lynchings of Mexicans—more than four times the number that occurred in San Francisco. Los Angeles was described as "undoubtedly the toughest town of the entire nation. The fear of Mexican violence and the racially motivated violence inflicted on them further marginalized the Mexicans, greatly reducing their economic and political opportunities.
John Gately Downey , the seventh Governor of California was sworn into office on January 14, , thereby becoming the first Governor from Southern California. He was responsible for keeping California in the Union during the Civil War. In , the Indian village of Yaanga was relocated near the future corner of Commercial and Alameda Streets. In , it was relocated again to present-day Boyle Heights.
With the coming of the Americans, disease took a great toll among Indians. Self-employed Indians were not allowed to sleep over in the city. They faced increasing competition for jobs as more Mexicans moved into the area and took over the labor force.
Those who loitered or were drunk or unemployed were arrested and auctioned off as laborers to those who paid their fines. They were often paid for work with liquor, which only increased their problems. Los Angeles was incorporated as an American city on April 4, Five months later, California was admitted into the Union.
Although the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo required the U. The Constitution of California deprived Indians of any protection under the law, considering them as non-persons. As a result, it was impossible to bring an Anglo to trial for killing an Indian or forcing them off their property. Anglos concluded that the "quickest and best way to get rid of their troublesome presence was to kill them off, and this procedure was adopted as a standard for many years.
When New England author and Indian-rights activist Helen Hunt Jackson toured the Indian villages of Southern California in , she was appalled by the racism of the Anglos living there. She wrote that they treated Indians worse than animals, hunted them for sport, robbed them of their farmlands, and brought them to the edge of extermination.
While Indians were depicted by whites as lazy and shiftless, she found most of them to be hard-working craftsmen and farmers. Jackson's tour inspired her to write her novel, Ramona , which she hoped would give a human face to the atrocities and indignities suffered by the Indians in California.
The novel was enormously successful, inspiring four movies and a yearly pageant in Hemet , California. Remarkably, the Gabrielino Indians, now called Tongva , also survived. Some were organizing to protect burial and cultural sites.
Others were trying to win federal recognition as a tribe to operate a casino. In the s, Los Angeles was still little more than a village of 5, By , there were over , occupants of the city. Several men actively promoted Los Angeles, working to develop it into a great city and to make themselves rich. Angelenos set out to remake their geography to challenge San Francisco with its port facilities, railway terminal, banks and factories.
Downey and Isaias W. Wealthy easterners who came as tourists recognized the growth opportunities and invested heavily in the region. Much of Los Angeles County was farmland, with an emphasis on cattle, dairy products, vegetables and citrus fruits. After most of the farmland was converted into housing tracts. Downey and Phineas Banning. The town continued to grow at a moderate pace. Railroads finally arrived to connect with the Central Pacific and San Francisco in The impact was small.
Much greater was the impact of the Santa Fe system through its subsidiary California Southern Railroad in The Santa Fe and Southern Pacific lines provided direct connections to the East, competed vigorously for business with much lower rates, and stimulated economic growth.
Tourists poured in by the thousands every week, and many planned on returning or resettling. The city still lacked a modern harbor. Phineas Banning excavated a channel out of the mud flats of San Pedro Bay leading to Wilmington in Banning had already laid track and shipped in locomotives to connect the port to the city.
Harrison Gray Otis , founder and owner of the Los Angeles Times , and a number of business colleagues embarked on reshaping southern California by expanding that into a harbor at San Pedro using federal dollars. This put them at loggerheads with Collis P. The "Big Four" are sometimes numbered among the " robber barons " of the Gilded Age. In April , John G. The 6,foot-long railroad tunnel 2, More than 1, mostly Chinese laborers took part in the tunnel construction, which began at the south end of the mountain on March 22, Many of them had prior experience working on Southern Pacific's located tunnels in the Tehachapi Pass.
Due to the sandstone composition of the mountain that was saturated with water and oil, frequent cave-ins occurred and the bore had to be constantly shored up by timbers during excavation. The initial location for the north end of the tunnel near Newhall was abandoned due to frequent cave-ins caused by oil-soaked rock. The north end of the tunnel excavation commenced in June Water was a constant problem during construction and pumps were utilized to keep the tunnel from flooding.
Workers digging from both the north and south ends of the tunnel came face to face on July 14, The bores from each end were only a half inch out of line with dimensions of 22 feet 6. Track was laid in place soon after the tunnel dig was completed and the first train passed through on August 12, The San Pedro forces eventually prevailed though it required Banning and Downey to turn their railroad over to the Southern Pacific.
Work on the San Pedro breakwater began in and was finished in Otis Chandler and his allies secured a change in state law in that allowed Los Angeles to absorb San Pedro and Wilmington, using a long, narrow corridor of land to connect them with the rest of the city. Hellman purchased five trolley lines, consolidated them into the Los Angeles Railway the 'yellow cars' and two years later founded the Pacific Electric Railway the 'red cars'.
At its peak, the Pacific Electric was the largest electrically operated interurban railway in the world. Oil was discovered by Edward L. Doheny in , near the present location of Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles City Oil Field was the first of many fields in the basin to be exploited, and in and , respectively, the Beverly Hills Oil Field and Salt Lake Oil Field were discovered just a few miles west of the original find. At the same time that the L. Times was whipping up enthusiasm for the expansion of Los Angeles it was also trying to turn it into a union -free or open shop town.
The California labor movement, with its strength concentrated in San Francisco, had largely ignored Los Angeles for years. It changed, in , however, when the American Federation of Labor decided to challenge the open shop of "Otis Town.
In , the city fathers placed a ban on free speech from public streets and private property except for the Plaza.
Locals had claimed that it had been an Open Forum forever. The area was of particular concern to the owners of the L. This conflict came to a head with the bombing of the Times in A meeting was hastily called of the Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association.
At the same time the McNamara brothers were awaiting trial, Los Angeles was preparing for a city election. Job Harriman, running on the socialist ticket, was challenging the establishment's candidate. Harriman's campaign, however, was tied to the asserted innocence of the McNamaras. But the defense was in trouble: On December 1, , four days before the final election, the McNamaras entered a plea of guilty in return for prison terms. Encountering resistance, the police waded into the crowd attacking them with their clubs.
One citizen was killed. In the aftermath, the authorities attempted to impose martial law in the wake of growing protests. Seventy-three people were arrested in connection with the riots. The City Council introduced new measures to control public speaking. The Times scapegoated all foreign elements even calling onlookers and taco vendors as "cultural subversives. The open shop campaign continued from strength to strength, although not without meeting opposition from workers.
By , the Industrial Workers of the World had made considerable progress in organizing the longshoremen in San Pedro and led approximately 3, men to walk off the job. With the support of the L.
Times , a special "Red Squad" was formed within the Los Angeles Police Department and arrested so many strikers that the city's jails were soon filled.
Some 1, dock workers were corralled in a special stockade in Griffith Park. Times wrote approvingly that "stockades and forced labor were a good remedy for IWW terrorism. The strike was defeated. Los Angeles developed another industry in the early 20th century when movie producers from the East Coast relocated there.
These new employers were likewise afraid of unions and other social movements: MGM produced fake newsreel interviews with whiskered actors with Russian accents voicing their enthusiasm for EPIC, along with footage focusing on central casting hobos huddled on the borders of California waiting to enter and live off the bounty of its taxpayers once Sinclair was elected. At first devoted to regional merchandise such as sportswear, the industry eventually grew to be the second largest center of garment production in the United States.
The immigrants arriving in the city to find jobs sometimes brought the revolutionary zeal and idealism of their homelands. The Socialists were the first to set up a soapbox in the Plaza, which would serve as the location of union rallies and protests and riots as the police attempted to break up meetings.
Unions began to make progress in organizing these workers as the New Deal arrived in the s. An influential strike was the Los Angeles Garment Workers Strike of , one of the first strikes in which Mexican immigrant workers played a prominent role for union recognition. The unions made even greater gains in the war years, as Los Angeles grew further.
Today, the ethnic makeup of the city and the dominance of progressive political views among its voters have made Los Angeles a strong union town. However, many garment workers in central LA, most of whom are Mexican immigrants, still work in sweat shop conditions.
The Los Angeles River flowed clear and fresh all year, supporting 45 Gabrielino villages in the area. The source of the river was the aquifer under the San Fernando Valley , supplied with water from the surrounding mountains.
The rising of the underground bedrock at the Glendale Narrows near today's Griffith Park squeezed the water to the surface at that point. The area also provided other streams, lakes, and artesian wells. Early settlers were more than a little discouraged by the region's diverse and unpredictable weather. They watched helplessly as long droughts weakened and starved their livestock, only to be drowned and carried off by ferocious storms.
During the years of little rain, people would build too close to the riverbed, only to see their homes and barns later swept out to sea during a flood. The location of the Los Angeles Plaza had to be moved twice because of previously having been built too close to the riverbed.
Worse, floods would change the river's course. A fierce storm in diverted its course to Long Beach, where it stays today. Early citizens could not even maintain a footbridge over the river from one side of the city to the other. The first storm to come along dislodged the bridge, used it as a battering ram to break through the embankment, and scattered its timbers all the way to the sea. On April 5, , a rain gauge in the San Gabriels collected one inch in one minute.
In February , almost a foot of rain fell in 24 hours, and, in one blast, an inch and a half in five minutes. This storm caused massive debris flows throughout the region, one of them unearthing the corpses in the Verdugo Hills Cemetery and depositing them in the town below.
Another wiped out the small town of Hidden Springs in a tributary of the Big Tujunga River , killing 13 people. The greatest daily rainfall recorded in California was Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains. Forty-five others reported 70 percent of the average annual rainfall in two days.
Quibbling between city and county governments delayed any response to the flooding until a massive storm in flooded Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The federal government stepped in. To transfer floodwater to the sea as quickly as possible, the Army Corps of Engineers paved the beds of the river and its tributaries. The Corps also built several dams and catchment basins in the canyons along the San Gabriel Mountains to reduce the debris flows.
It was an enormous project, taking years to complete. Today, the Los Angeles River functions mainly as a flood control. A drop of rain falling in the San Gabriel Mountains will reach the sea faster than an auto can drive. The drilling of wells and pumping of water from the San Fernando Valley aquifer dried up the river by the s. By , the aquifer was supplying drinking water for , people.
In that year, it was discovered that the aquifer had been contaminated. Many wells were shut down, as the area qualified as a Superfund site. For its first years, the Los Angeles River supplied the town with ample water for homes and farms.
It was estimated that the annual flow could have support a town of , people—if the water had been managed right. But Angelinos were among the most profligate users of water in the world. In the semi-arid climate, they were forever watering their lawns, gardens, orchards, and vineyards. Later on, they would need more to support the growth of commerce and manufacturing.
By the beginning of the 20th century, the town realized it would quickly outgrow its river and need new sources of water. Legitimate concerns about water supply were exploited to gain backing for a huge engineering and legal effort to bring more water to the city and allow more development. It was a permanent stream of fresh water fed by the melted snows of the eastern Sierra Nevada. It flowed through the Owens River Valley before emptying into the shallow, saline Owens Lake , where it evaporated.
Sometime between and , Harrison Gray Otis and his son-in-law successor, Harry Chandler , engaged in successful efforts at buying up cheap land on the northern outskirts of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. Lippencott, of the United States Reclamation Service. Lippencott performed water surveys in the Owens Valley for the Service while secretly receiving a salary from the City of Los Angeles.
Lippencott then resigned from the Reclamation Service, took a job with the Los Angeles Water Department as assistant to Mulholland, and turned over the Reclamation Service maps, field surveys and stream measurements to the city. Those studies served as the basis for designing the longest aqueduct in the world.
By July , the Times began to warn the voters of Los Angeles that the county would soon dry up unless they voted bonds for building the aqueduct. Artificial drought conditions were created when water was run into the sewers to decrease the supply in the reservoirs and residents were forbidden to water their lawns and gardens.
With this money, and with a special Act of Congress allowing cities to own property outside their boundaries, the City acquired the land that Eaton had acquired from the Owens Valley farmers and started to build the aqueduct. On the occasion of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct on November 5, Mullholland's entire speech was five words: Hollywood has been synonymous worldwide with the film industry for over a hundred years. It was incorporated as the City of Hollywood in but merged into LA in In the s movie makers from New York found the sunny, temperate weather more suitable for year-round location shooting.
It boomed into the cinematic heart of the United States, and has been the home and workplace of actors, directors and singers that range from small and independent to world-famous, leading to the development of related television and music industries.
Swimming pool desegregation An end to racial segregation in municipal swimming pools was ordered in summer by a Superior Court Judge after Ethel Prioleau sued the city, complaining that she as a Negro was not allowed to use the pool in nearby Exposition Park but had to travel 3.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum , which had opened in May, with a seating capacity of 76,, was enlarged to accommodate over , spectators for Olympic events.
It is still in use by the USC Trojans football team. Olympic Boulevard , a major thoroughfare, honors the occasion. Griffith Park Fire A devastating brush fire on October 3, , killed 29 and injured another workers who were clearing brush in Griffith Park. The original city limits are visible even today in the layout of streets that changes from a north-south pattern outside of the original land grant to a pattern that is shifted roughly 15 degrees east of the longitude in and closely around the area now known as Downtown.
The first large additions to the city were the districts of Highland Park and Garvanza to the north, and the South Los Angeles area. In , the approval of the Port of Los Angeles and a change in state law allowed the city to annex the Shoestring , or Harbor Gateway , a narrow and crooked strip of land leading from Los Angeles south towards the port. Also added that year was Colegrove, a suburb west northwest of the city near Hollywood; Cahuenga , a township northwest of the former city limits; and a part of Los Feliz was annexed to the city.
The opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct provided the city with four times as much water as it required, and the offer of water service became a powerful lure for neighboring communities. The city, saddled with a large bond and excess water, locked in customers through annexation by refusing to supply other communities.
Harry Chandler, a major investor in San Fernando Valley real estate, used his Los Angeles Times to promote development near the aqueduct's outlet. Most of the annexed communities were unincorporated towns but ten incorporated cities were consolidated into Los Angeles: The downtown business interests, always eager to attract business and investment to Los Angeles, were also eager to distance their town from the criminal underworld that defined the stories of Chicago and New York.
In spite of their concerns, massive corruption in City Hall and the Los Angeles Police Department LAPD —and the fight against it—were dominant themes in the city's story from early 20th-century to the s. In the s, for example, it was common practice for the city's mayor, councilmen, and attorneys to take contributions from madams, bootleggers, and gamblers.
The top aide of the mayor was involved with a protection racket. Thugs with eastern-Mafia connections were involved in often violent conflicts over bootlegging and horse-racing turf.
The mayor's brother was selling jobs in the LAPD. In , the new mayor Frank Shaw started giving out contracts without competitive bids and paying city employees to favor crony contractors.
The city's Vice Squad functioned citywide as the enforcer and collector of the city's organized crime, with revenues going to the pockets of city officials right up to the mayor. In , the owner of downtown's Clifton's Cafeteria , Clifford Clinton led a citizen's campaign to clean up city hall. He and other reformers served on a Grand Jury investigating the charges of corruption. In a minority report, the reformers wrote:.
A portion of the underworld profits have been used in financing campaigns [of] The police Intelligence Squad spied on anyone even suspected of criticizing the police. The police became so nervous that the Intelligence Squad blew up Raymond's car and nearly killed him. The public was so enraged by the bombing that it quickly voted Shaw out of office, one of the first big-city recalls in the country's history.
The head of the intelligence squad was convicted and sentenced to two years to life. Police Chief James Davis and 23 other officers were forced to resign. Fletcher Bowron replaced Shaw as mayor in to preside over one of the most dynamic periods in the history of the city.
In , he appointed William H. Parker as Chief of Police. Parker pushed for more independence from political pressures that would enable him to create a more professionalized police force.
The public supported him and voted in charter changes that isolated the police department from the rest of government. Through the s, the LAPD was promoted as one of the most efficient departments in the world.
But Parker's administration would be increasingly charged with police brutality —resulting from his recruiting of officers from the South with strong anti-black and anti-Mexican attitudes. Reaction to police brutality resulted in the Watts riots of and again, after the Rodney King beating, in the Los Angeles riots of Charges of police brutality dogged the Department through the end of the 20th century. In the late s, as a result of the Rampart scandal involving misconduct of 70 officers, the federal government was forced to intervene and assumed jurisdiction of the Department with a consent decree.
Police reform has since been a major issue confronted by L. On trips to other islands I had taken an insulated cup. I wish I had remembered this time, too.
With all the choices for food, no one in our group went hungry, even our picky eaters. The choices were diverse and plentiful, remembering this is not a luxury hotel. We were a large group and eating together was a priority. For the first few days we had no problems in the main dining area. The special dinners outside had no provisions for large groups, which we understood - we just ate in the "cafeteria. Not sure what changed the situation - they had been dealing with our large group for several days.
We tried most of the specialty restaurants, usually eating early because of the young children. Most were very accommodating and the food might have been a step up from the general offering. The nine year old enjoyed taking advantage of the activities on the pool deck. They have a large Connect 4 game, a game which she thoroughly enjoys. We played two games; there was no one else anywhere around, but we were limited to the two games. Sometimes the rules were just plain silly - I would think seeing people playing and enjoying would attract other players.
I found the staff in general to be helpful and delightful, always ready with a pleasant greeting and a smile. A thank you was always answered with an acknowledgment. Their facility with language is more than enviable, switching between English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento sp? Pleasing thirteen individuals is a daunting task, but I think all of us went home feeling good about our vacation.
Sunshine and blue water are definite crowd pleasers, throw in family - all is good! I have traveled a lot, but in the last years I haven't had any reason to write a review because all things I read about, were correct!
The hotel advertises itself as a 4 stars! All facilities in the entire hotel are old and dated, including bars, but at club area, they do not have a bar..! They have something mobile, with no fridge, so everything you can drink is not cold! It's impossible to drink a real cocktail, all of them are made from extremely sweet juice with little alcohol. You will be in Curacao and if you would like a Curacao drink, go in Willemstadt, otherwise you'll drink a All the room in Club area are 20m form the main road and during night it's very very hard to sleep!
More the very old air conditioning when starts you'll wake up in a second, many times per night! Better turn it off before sleeping! At the main restaurant you'll find plenty of food and very diverse, but with very few exception, the taste is Regarding cleanliness in this area, everything you touch is..
At Oceana and Grill you cannot reserve a table Very few are trained to work in this environment! Not a hotel I can recommend to be short! But, they have Italian prosecco of good quality, the beach and water are wonderful! Lot's of fish in the water , calm enough to swim, and you can have for free paddle boats! The dive center have good staff, boats and equipment! Different dive places, healthy corals, nice wreck, amazing night dive with UV lights and red filter on the dive mask so we've seen a lot of fluorescent life!
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