We enjoyed our stay at Alice's Palace January for a month and made a deposit for a month next year. In the apartment, Alice has blended timeless traditional/historical elements with artistic sensibility in her 300 year old colonial building filled with tropical plants and interesting collectibles; the fabrics, textures and colors are deeply satisfying, and the apartment is light, cheerful and private. The verandas are comfortably furnished with great views, and there is little street noise. The king bed is comfortable, the hot water is hot, the shower gorgeously tiled, the water pressure strong. The kitchen is small but efficient and adequately equipped including bottled water.
Alice herself is available, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. There is good maid service. The location across from the Civic Plaza is excellent, close to highly recommended restaurants, just down the street from a good language school. We never took a cab, preferring to walk everywhere. And the sun shined every day.