Ole Villa Marinera
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Our OpinionPlease note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba.
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!
Great place to get away from the everyday little battles of life...if your looking for a vacation to just relax all week this is the place for you..not much to see or do other then relax on the beach or by the pool
It's Cuba. Food was good, rooms were clean. Grounds were Spotless, beaches were nice on site. Ten minute cab ride to possibly the nicest beach I've ever been to. All in all the right price makes this a great spot!
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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
- Buffet restaurant
- A la carte dinner restaurant (reservations required)
- Selection of national drinks
- Free shuttle service to Sirena Beach
- Games room
- Guests can enjoy services from Hotel Playa Blanca
- Daily round trip tansfers to Hotel Playa Blanca
- Daily boat transfer to Sirena beach
- One gala dinner by the pool at Villa Marinera
- Night time round trip transfers to Hotel Playa Blanca to enjoy the shows (twice per week)
- 22 rooms in a wooden cabin style
- 1 Swimming pool
- Lounge chairs
- Beach towels
- 1 Buffet restaurant
- 1 a la carte restaurant
- Access to Hotel Playa Blanca services
- Air conditioned
- Private bathroom
- Safety box
- 200 voltage
Resort Location Map
Ole Villa MarineraCayo Largo,Cuba
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Cayo Largo del Sur, Cayo Largo 10300 Cuba
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