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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.
The location works if you are looking for somewhere that is relatively close to Havana and willing to pay for a taxi. The grounds were beautiful and the rooms were clean and a decent size. While it is an all inclusive resort, the food is beyond awful. The unfortunate thing is that there are very few alternatives within walking distance, save for a Chinese restaurant in the marina and a locally owned restaurant in a home a few blocks outside of the marina.
Firstly, the positives.It is a great location with lovely views and when we were there, it was very windy but did not feel the wind outside but the noise inside the room was often disturbing.The staff are very helpful and amazing people. Bread rolls were greatbutter tasted good. I loved the yogurt drinks in the morning. Luckily, we liked the black bean sauce and that was the main choice for vegetarians. Tabasco is needed to add flavour.The hotel offers a free shuttle bus about 4 times a day and drops you off outskirts of Havana where you can hop on an open deck tourist bus. All this is for free but be prepared to spend about 3 hours a day travelling on busses to get to Havana city and back to the hotel. It is about 10 km outskirts of the city and costs 25 cucs to get to from airports. You need to exchange money at the airport or the taxi will wait whilst you exchange at the hotel . Donâ€™t rely on the 6 pm bus to get back from cecilia to the hotel! The bus 6 pm bus left early but the tour bus driver made sure someone was going to pick us up but had to wait in the dark and it was scary. The timing of the buses meant we only had about 3.5 hours to spend in the centre of Havana and that was not the most efficient way to fully appreciate the city. There is no travel agent in The hotel so we had to go to another hotel to organise a Havana tour and transport to varadero. The reception staff were very helpful on advising the logistics and organising a taxi. The room was basic with very tired looking furniture and sanitary wear. There was no water one morning , the toilets in the restaurant were just disgusting so avoid these at all costs. Public Toilet doors donâ€™t lock but we found out that thatâ€™s is the norm in Cuba. Carry loo rolls whilst out and about. Loo paper can be wedged to keep the door closed and of course for its normal use.Pool looked clean and we didnâ€™t get a chance to use it.Often had to wait long period for coffee to be refilled and hot water to be refilled. Staff extremely efficient at clearing the table but not efficient at refilling the thermos. Just awful. Food ok but limited choice. Even when asked, one had to wait for atleast 10 mins to hot water for tea and for coffee to be refilled in the flasks. This was my main complaint about the hotel and its lack of choice of food for vegetarians ( the latter seems to be norm for Cuba). Generally, food in Havana not that great but much better in varadero.The plastic jugs had seen better days but that reflects the state of the country. Cuba does not understand concept of vegetarianism. Vegetarian and fish cooked on same hot plates as meat and utensils including serving spoons and cooking utensils shared between meat and salads. I was not happy but had no choice.If you want to relax by the pool all day long, hotel is ok but only just ok! but if you want to make most of your time in Havana, the hotel is not ideal and if you need a coffee or tea in the morning before you can function ,avoid this hotel.Loo roll and a torch along with mosquito spray recommended for Cuba. Apparently, soaps etc rationed so often in the country people often donâ€™t have basics. Take spare toiletries eg razors, soaps, shower gels, tooth paste , pens , kiddies books to give away to staff. In varadero I left most of my toiletries and gave stuff to staff as well tipped staff who were particularly nice. We gave away mans clothes and shoes to gardeners who probably donâ€™t get tips.A much better experience In Varadero but thatâ€™s another review.
The reviews never shy me away from going places because to me it's about my personal experience. This place was amazing like Cuba itself. The people are very nice, the service is outstanding, and they accommodate you in any way they can. Everything in Cuba is rather far, but Im from NY so that was no problem for me particularly. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus service to get you to the extraordinary places in Cuba. The hotel is nice for the money and the services you receive it is very underpriced. They do not have a full bar or full a la carte, but what they offer is good enough to enjoy your stay on and off the resort. It very much worth the money but if you are a spoiled brat, this is not the hotel for you!
I went to this all inclusive hotel realizing that it is a three star hotel in Cuba. I went there for the cultural experience, not to be pampered. If you want to be pampered, pay double the money and go to a five star.I found the people there very nice, I think you get in return the attitude you give. You want nice, give nice. I took many day trips and some night trips, I feel safer there by a long shot than in my own city of Halifax. The people around Havana are the greatest on the planet, I find they are so happy and want to be your amigo.I gave the hotel a three star rating, because that's what it is. The staff get a five star. I always feel bad when I see someone complaining because they want more than what they paid for.I go to Cuba every year, and I found this area the most genuine. If you want fake, go to the big fancy resorts, if you want real, this is your place.I'm going back this year to see my friends, I can't wait.
Holiday booked by a family member through a travel agency at this all inclusive hotel with a description like "Sea view and swimming pool". Well this is right, but do not expect to see white sand beach in front of the hotel. This is a marina for boats and the sea shore (about 1km away) is made of concrete blocs where empty beer bottles are florishing. Swimming pool is there too but very dirty due to the lack of good cleaning (I have seen plastic cups, plastic plates and cigarette buts left for days at some places). We feel the lack of enthousiasm from the staff who is barely smiling (despite some exceptions like a young guy at the bar and the concierge), they may be jaded by the situation too. Elevator is not working and you have to climb 3 floors if you have a room like we had, which is not convenient for ederly people. A lot of defects in the rooms (drainage system is surviving, air conditioning is noisy and windows sliding system is broken, bad odours...). Ask for a room with a safe as not all have one. In the restaurant, the napkins are not changed at every meal and are already dirty when you arrive, most of vegetables are not fresh ones (peas swimming in the citric juice from the boxes) and choice is limited. Extraction system not working, which means cooking smells on clothes and sometimes smog in the entire room. Internet is only in the lobby or swimming pool area when wifi network is working (more chances in the morning or late evening). You will have to buy a 1h connexion card (1.5 CUC) if they are available at the reception desk (they had no more cards the last day and a half). There may be a lot of reasons behind this bad management (lack of resources, parts, ...) but this did not make my holiday better, even if the public relations tried to please us by changing the room and offering a bottle of wine. The other surprise is that the hotel is 20kms away from the city center, which means at least 30mins in taxi (15-20 CUC) or 1 hour if you take the free bus offered by the national turism agency. I am afraid to say this is the 1st time I was happy to leave a holiday resort...Apart from this, La Habana is a great place to visit, do not miss the cabaret shows (either Parisien or Tropicana), and walking into the Habana vieja. Be careful of the jinederos in the streets, they will make you trust them and will give all sorts of tips to eat and buy cheaper stuff, these are often scams. "Tourists restaurants" recommended in the guides are very good.
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 ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
- Hotel transfers for packages to USA
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (domestic beer and cocktails 24 hours)
- Daily Activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Game Room
- Scheduled FREE bus tour to Havana 2 times daily (to Revolution Square & Old Havana)
- Scheduled FREE bus shuttle to Playa del Este Beaches (subject to availability)
- Welcome Cocktail
- Refreshing, cold-towel service upon arrival
- Express check-in
- Fully Stocked mini bar with the best Cuban brands
- Safety deposit box at the front desk
- 1 Gala dinner during the stay with lobster and wine (reservation required)
- 1 free massage
- Advance reservations at the a la carte restaurant
- 1 snorkeling per stay with maritime transfer included
- Nightly turn-down service
- Late check-out NOTE: Children sharing the room with adults purchasing the VIP BONUS will be able to accompany them for the included lobster dinner.
- 170 Rooms
- 1 Pool
- 2 Restaurants
- 3 Bars
- Business Center (fee)
- Meeting Rooms Available (fee)
- Internet Access (fee)
- Games Room
- Car Rental Desk (fee)
- Laundry service (fee)
- Tour Desk (fee)
- Currency Exchange (fee)
- Souvenir shop (fee)
- Free Havana Bus Tour: Over seven departures per day (every 40 minutes) to Revolution Square, Old Havana and the East Havana beaches.
- Beauty Salon (fee)
- Massage (fee)
- Water sports (fee)
- Arrangements for Scuba Diving (fee)
- 1 King or 2 Double Beds
- Mini Bar ($)
- Air Conditioned
- Hair Dryer
- Satellite TV
- Private BathroomÂ
- Maximum Occupancy 3
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Calle 248 y 5ta ave Marina Hemingway, Playa, Havana 10400 Cuba
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