Ole Playa Blanca
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Location: Beachfront, 10 minutes from Juan Vitalio Acuna International Airport.
I just came back from this resort and there are many pro's to it. Its not for the single so ensure you bring your other half as it can be a nice romantic fun get away for you both. There is not a lot to do so I don't recommend bringing children as they will only use the pool and then sit in the lounge area on internet as its only 2 dollars for an hour at a time to use WIFI on their phone or tablet. There was not a lot of kids at all here but there was all ages. Its not good if you want the beach right there at your feet either and most of the time it was washed out due to the high winds but im a pool person anyway. When we did go to the beach it was only a 7 minute walk from where I was stationed. We also took the train into town (10 mins) and took a boat to the island beach and it was FABULOUS....drinks are only 2 dollars and they provide food for a cost of 20 dollars. The hotel was very clean and it was the first time I didn't lose weight in cuba as I enjoyed what they had. There was only one buffet stand and a cooking area for made to order food and that's all that was needed. I loved the pasta and bread, was amazing and breakfast of course never goes wrong anywhere. They made nice hot sandwiches at the beach restaurant and it was great service. They offer 24 hour bar and food part which was nice but I don't think 24 hours is needed...I felt sorry for the worker having to be there all nite when no one was there. Its not a party place at all but we made fabulous friends that we had music nites with and made our own party. The room was clean and comfortable and we finally got hot water...there's a trick to it at least in our room. Let the water run for a while on cold, then hot then flush toilet...all good for a hot shower and my pressure was perfect. Tipping there of course goes a long way....if you tip you get great service if you don't tip (and all the time) you get the regular service lol..We brought a full suitcase full of designer jeans and tops etc. but they don't know the expense of them but were happy to receive them, along with candies and money. I would have to say that this was the best CUBA resort ive been to, but again its not for the PARTY type at all, its for the couples and older people wanting to get away and relax. Of course you can do what we did and got many couples to hang out with and have a lot of fun.
I can't believe they call this a 4 star more like a two star. It needs badly Renovations in the hotel rooms.Horrible mattress, rust every where in the bathrooms. Hard time opening shower and bath handles. Everything is just nasty in bathroom. The toilet hardly works, I had to flush the toilet by lifting up the tank cover every time. .. good luck if you get running water every day. Don't expect alarm clocks in these rooms. And the rooms smell moldy!
Will be returning February 4 th for the 4 times always looking forwards to enjoy my stay last times waves was strong but the weather perfect no rains food & services was perfect . As a return guest wonders if any things new and upgrade . I recommend this place in winter time Caribbean water makes it warmer for good swimming.
Food was beter than expected, rooms were clean. Grounds were Spotless, beaches were nice on site. Ten minute cab or free bus ride to possibly the nicest beach of Cuba called Playa Sirena. It's a little island with white sand and plenty of fish around you.
Although there have been some good improvements since our last visit to ole playa blanca, there remains room for improvement. one of the issues is that this is an older hotel and the infrastructure of the hotel seems unable to handle a large influx of guests. although the hotel was closed for several months in the fall of 2016 in order to replace the air conditioning, there were a number of times when a large number of guests were there that the air conditioning failed. i am hoping that this is growing pains only as the hotel gets used to once again having a large number of people using the facilities, as on a positive note the air conditioning was effective and worked at least 95% of the time. there was also a problem with the availability and quality of water in the bathrooms. the water is an odd colour of urine coloured yellow......which is quite shocking. on several occasions there was no water, so when it was turned back on, i filled the bathtub with water so that i would be able to flush the toilet.......this can be done by using the garbage pail to fill up the back of the toilet....when i drained the water from the tub.....there appeared to be some kind of orange mineral residue left on the bottom of the tub. for some reason there is never a plug of any kind for the sink or the tub, so i have learned to bring along my own, so that i can at least have toilet flushing water. a lot of the mattresses have been replaced which has enhanced the comfort of sleeping, and many of the bedspreads have been replaced, there were extra blankets and pillows in the room, and i had no complaints about the maid service. i had a flatscreen television in my room, but the only channels an english speaking person can watch are endless sports channels, international cnn, american discovery channel (which is horrible), & the american weather channel. it would be nice if there would be a movie channel to watch in the evening, as i do not generally attend the shows, which i find to be too noisy, and which on a constant repeat cycle. on a positive note, the service at the lobby bar is excellent, and many guests migrate there before and after the dinner hours for drinks and conversation. unfortunately this year, as i was there during the christmas break, there were some very unruly, misbehaving younger children who did not seem to have adult minders and they would run, scream and yell throughout the resort and hallways, pushing in front of others to demand drinks from the bar and being generally very annoying to many of the guests. i think that most of the guests at this hotel are very tolerant......but this behaviour of these children who handled food in the buffet area without adult supervision, running in and out of the dining area while guests were trying to have a nice dinner was disconcerting and annoying. i know that i will not be staying there during the week of christmas school break again.......obviously this is not a hotel issue......but actually an issue of absentee parenting. as many people already know the beach is washing out in front of the hotel, and in actual fact has now washed away to the beach bar area.....therefore it is a long walk in order to get to a rocky and rather dangerous walkway to get down to the beach....it was obvious to me that some guests with mobility issues were not only not able to walk to the beach, but there are no bathroom facilities nearby either which makes this all the more difficult. guests of the playa blanca have been expressly forbidden to use any of the facilities at the i grandi villagio which is the resort recently built and is exclusive to guests from italy only. in fact, guests from countries other than italy have been told to leave this resort and now signage has been posted that the cabins are exclusive to guests from italy only. one other issue is the broiling waters on the beach...... this is absolutely not an appropriate waterfront for small children. i saw lifeguards warn parents to hold onto their children while in the water and also saw waves so violent that children were ripped from their parents arms. (I am sure these are parents who safely buckle their kids into car seats, who use helmets while skating and biking, & who otherwise hover over their children.....but who seem to think that the water is innocuous!) it is always amazing to me that many people don't realize how dangerous this water is, there is a strong undertow, and a rip tide. in fact i watched a number of people lose their glasses from the force of the waves, and in one instance a person actually lost his dentures when he was hit by the waves. it is only a matter of time before something much more serious happens, so reader be warned, and go to the virgin beaches if you have little children, or if you want to swim. the food at the playa blanca was quite good, usually well presented, and there was always a good variety of fruits, vegetables, drinks. the staff, as always, are professional, polite and very pleasant. many guests have enjoyed this resort over the years, and there have been a few difficulties in the past few years, but with continual improvement, it will once again become a destination for repeat guests. another issue is the maintenance of the public bathrooms......the men's bathroom near the buffet area could only be described as disgusting, with lack of soap, towels, non functioning urinals, and a horrible smell of urine. on a positive note, the odour that used to permeate from the walkway to the buffet seems to have been addressed as there was none during the week i was there. simple housekeeping and regular checks on all bathrooms would eliminate this probem. there also seem to be a few too many gardeners who do not seem to be doing very much.......in fact, they can be seen swinging rakes about, and not doing very much. perhaps staffing could be readjusted so that there is a little more attention to the public bathrooms, and a little less "pretend" raking and ground maintenance! one keeps coming back to this hotel because of the atmosphere, and as we see improvement, perhaps some of the repeat guests of earlier days will also start coming back..........please come back canada!
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10am - 2am)
- Selected non-motorized water sports (available at Playa Sirena)
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Exercise classes
- Spanish lessons
- Dance lessons
- Evening entertainment
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- 306 rooms in 2 & 3-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 2 a la carte restaurants (Creole, International)
- 3 bars including Lobby bar, Lounge bar and Pool bar
- Evening entertainment
- 2 outdoor pools
- 2 lit tennis courts on-site (fee)
- Souvenir gift shop
- Sauna (fee)
- Fitness facilities
- Exercise classes
- Scuba diving nearby (fee)
- A range of watersports available
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Outdoor Wedding Location
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom
- Max occ 3
Suite has same as above but with 1 king bed and sitting area.
For the Kids:
- Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' club
- Babysitting service (fee)
- Kids' pool
Resort Location Map
Ole Playa BlancaCayo Largo,Cuba
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- Extra Info
Cayo Largo del Sur, Cayo Largo 10300 Cuba
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