hi sheeva - did u get a response to this? i'm new here so just scouting thru all the old posts - i stayed at the el corso last year and didn't really rate it for the price - that said i spent time at the beach and was out every night so didn't use the restaurant or pool etc the location is good as near talamanca and a short shuttle ferry ride to the old town.
I stayed at hotel El Corso last summer. Very nice place, clean and all rooms face out toward the old town and the bay, very nice pool. The only things I wasn't happy with where the service from the staff and the fact that I could have found a better hotel with friendlier staff for less money. But you will have a very nice time staying here, not that you will be spending much time in your room.