5* with a 3, or 3* with a 5 | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

Okay, just wondering…..would you rather book a 5 star resort with a 3 star beach or less?…..or 3 star resort with a 5 star beach?We definately love our nice beaches…..and I can cope with a 3 * resort usually no problem.

What do you choose?

3* with 5* beach for me as well. Beach is place where I spend most of my vacation time. Room I need to sleep and regarding food there is always something good to eat at any resort I have been so far. Anyway if food is not great local restaurant or paladar will have me as their guest for a few days so beach is the top priority for me.
It is interesting that in this thread we all like 3 star hotel with 5 star beach I guess for most of us reason to go on the vacation is beautiful beach!

3* with 5* beach – hands down. Not only is this our preference but we find the guests at a 3* somewhat more relaxed/casual as opposed to 5* clientelle.

for me a clean hotel is critical…. beach is an asset but I would go for the better hotel and the lesser beach.

… we find the guests at a 3* somewhat more relaxed/casual as opposed to 5* clientelle. That’s been our experience as well! Seems to be less "drama" and complaining at 3 star resorts.Sun shines just as brightly on a 3 star as it does on a 5 star!
… we find the guests at a 3* somewhat more relaxed/casual as opposed to 5* clientelle. That’s been our experience as well! Seems to be less "drama" and complaining at 3 star resorts.Sun shines just as brightly on a 3 star as it does on a 5 star! Same here!

3Star resort and 10Star beaches. Pretty hard to beat these last two weeks at Cayo Largo.
Back to winter tomorrow.

Another for a 3* with a 5* beach…just stayed at Hotel Internacional which fits that description, and I didnt even set a toe in the pool because of the beach. First time in any trip that was the case!!

I would also go for the better beach. However, I might also book a three star over a five star on the same beach. With the price differential I have money left over for whatever catches my fancy, or I can just bank it for my next vacation. Bonus, I have always had a lot more fun at the lower star rated resorts! And frequently better service as well. I can skip a few amenities and a greater selection of food in exchange for better company and staff who see me, not just the size of my wallet.

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