Bravo Club Hotel Arenal
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The Bravo Arenal resort is very good by Cuban standards. Clean, quiet, secluded and safe. It's owned by Italians with a Cuban/Latin theme. Food is OK, but try to be open minded and remember that you're in Cuba. The Government only allows 5lbs of food per Cuban per month, so be happy that you're eating 3, rather large meals per day here. The Bar is good, basically Mojitos, Cervezas, and anything you can mix with rum. Rooms are huge and very secure. I had no issues with safety. Rooms also come with electronic keypad safes for your valuables. I was surprised to discover the TV worked and received stations like CNN Intl, BBC world, ESPN and Starz, and not censored. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Everyone speaks Spanish and some Italian with little to no English. A cab ride from the Havana report should take 30-45 minutes depending on traffic and should cost no more that 40CUC. If you can speak Spanish and negotiate, you can get it down to 30CUC. The hotel does offer a free shuttle bus to/from Old Havana that runs Thursday through Sunday, and you must sign up for it in advance as the 25 seats fill up quickly. The bus leaves the hotel at 10am and dropping off/picking up on Cuba Tacon near Parque Cespedes. The shuttle picks up from Havana at 430pm.
Really clean, friendly place to stay: lots of ice, free food and free drinks - saw no abuse of either. Pool area is clean and spacious and excellent beech is a 5-minute walk. Would come back in a heartbeat.
We stayed here during the off-peak season, which was perfect as there was plenty of room by the pool, no rush for beach chairs and umbrellas, or fights over the buffet table. It is an Italian resort, so all the actitivities cater to their tastes, and some of the late night shows are unintentionally funny, but they stayed en masse and left us to it. Everything is included, from three main meals, a snack bar, a cafe with great coffee, all activities, and all the booze too - we kept waiting for the catch! There is also a bus that takes guests into Havana Thursday to Sunday, or a taxi cost us around $30 CUC. Apart from an incident where a security guard took some money from my cousin's room (see Surabayakiwi's review) and my limited Spanish and Italian was of no use at all, this was a great enforced holiday of sun, sea, swims, sailing, and Sangria!
The resort is lovely, especially the rooms at the back with sliding doors leading onto a private patio and a big garden. Unfortunately we made the mistake of leaving our sliding door unlocked one evening, and when I went back to get the bug spray I found a security guard in our room. It turned out both my sister and I had money stolen from our purses (about US$100 total), which was a real downer for the trip. Management were polite but weren't very interested; finally four days later - after talking with four different people - we got an apology and a bottle of rum and they assured us that the guard had been dismissed. Apart from this incident, we really enjoyed our time at Bravo Arenal. The beach and all the equipment (kayaks, paddle boats etc) was fantastic... make sure you go out for a sail on the hobie cat! Food was fine but we were pretty sick of it by the end of 5 days, but there's an excellent Italian cafe with very good espresso and cocktails and a pool bar too - all included. Great value.
We stayed here for a brief 3 days, and it was like an oasis after the oppressive heat and hectic Havana city centre.We got a taxi from the city which cost us 25 CUC, and took about 30 minutes. Most of the guests were part of travel packages so we were a bit different. I guess others had their transport provided. When we departed, the taxi to the international airport took about 40 minutes and cost 40 CUC. (Not so much bargaining power out in the sticks !)From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome. The facilities and layout was explained and we were accommodated in a spacious ground floor room.The place has everything you need. A pool, a couple of bars, main restaurant and out of hours snack bar. The seemingly private beach is a five minute walk away down a wooden path and across a small lagoon, which in itself is a nice walk.All the staff were super friendly and helpful and several were also performers in the nightly cabaret, which is fun. (Even though the one we went to was predominantly in Italian).The food was plentiful and regular and the time slots wide enough to suit late or early diners.No complaints from us and thoroughly enjoyed our brief stay.
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).
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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 breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Snack bar
- Domestic drinks (24-hour)
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- Disco (admission and drinks included)
- Non-motorized water sports (Selected)
- Dancing lessons
- Beach volleyball
- Service of a representative at destination
- 149 rooms
- 1 Buffet & Snack bar
- 1 a la carte restaurant for dinner service (extra charge and reservations required)
- 4 Bars
- 1 Pool
- Tennis courts
- Fitness center
- Spa (fee)
- Motorized water sports (fee)
- Medical services (fee)
- Laundry services (fee)
- Internet access (fee)
- Currency exchange
- 1 king or 1 double or 2 Twin Beds
- Satellite TV
- Hair dryer
- In room safe
- Bathroom with shower only
- Balcony or terrace
- Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
Resort Location Map
Bravo Club Hotel ArenalHavana,Cuba
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Playa Santa Maria del Mar, Havana Cuba
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