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Brisas Guardalavaca

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Our Opinion
Brisas Guradalavaca is a solid 4 star resort by Cuban standards. It is one of the more popular resorts in Holguin because it offers good service and clean rooms. The food isn't the greatest, but that is common in Cuba. The beach its self is nice, but the ocean can sometimes have lots of seaweed.

Overview
Situated on Guardalavaca Beach, this attractive hotel is ideal for families, single parents, couples and honeymooners. The children's club features a fun-filled daily activities programs with lunch, snacks and soft drinks, watersports, movie and cartoon programs. The hotel features 24-hour snacks, a unique local historical excursion and inviting accommodations are split between the hotel section and the villa area with spacious bungalow-style units.
 
Location: Directy on the beach, 45 minutes to downtown Holguin, 1 hr from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • gourmetsue : Barrie, Canada
An Absolutely Blast!

After making some new friends at Luna y Mares last year we decided to meet up with them at Brisas this year and I'm SO glad we did. We booked Mini Suite Villa VIP with Air Transat and it was a fabulous time away from the snow and freezing rain. We arrived at the hotel about 1pm and were checked in right away. We were in rooms 4209 (oceanview) and 4202 a garden / pool view. The rooms were very clean with a massive bed and a spare single bed too. The bathrooms were also clean and the VIP package included the beach towels in our rooms and bath robes. Our mini fridge was stocked with 4 Cristal, a bottle of coke and 2 bottles of water. The weather was quite windy which meant there as a red flag most days we were there. Sadly we didn't get to go out on the catamaran on use the other water "toys" that are included. We're all strong swimmers and a bit of wind didn't bother us so we got in the water on several occasions and it was lovely. The beach near the villas (and El Patio restaurant) was very quite and we never had an issue getting a chair or a palapa. There are a lot of reefs and rocks so I'm sure the snorkelling is great there too but weather didn't permit. The food was very good, especially by Cuban standards. We took my husband's Uncle as his birthday gift and I wanted everything to be great. I did not need to worry. We were allowed to have a lobster dinner with the VIP package and the guys both loved their lobster. I'm a vegan and found plenty of things that I could eat while I was there. I will admit that I took my travel blender and protein powder after a bad experience in Dominican but I never used it once. Apparently the coconut and the mango ice creams are to die for. Churros were also another afternoon favourite. The staff are fabulous too. Everyone we encountered was fabulous. The ladies at the Villa reception were very helpful when a safe key was lost. Word to the wise, don't lose your safe key, it costs 25CUC to replace. Yusel in the bar beside the buffet was awesome. Marino, the waiter in the Bucancero, Eugenio in the Italian restaurant, Jose Carlos at the beach bar, all the wait staff in the buffet we ran into were lovely too. I only wish they wore name tags because they all became like family. Marino the garden is so sweet too. He loves a churro, so if you're passing and see an older guy with a floppy hat be sure to share. Sonia, our maid was such a bright spark in the day. She chatted away to us quite happily while we practised our Spanish. She didn't break a sweat when each of the guys broke a bottle of beer and she even stopped in to apologize because she didn't work on the weekends and wasn't sure if our room had been cleaned properly. I would absolutely go back here without a doubt. Best part is the Wi-Fi isn't that great so it's a great excuse to get away from it all

  • LookingForSun2014 : London, Canada
A warm, inviting place to stay

On first glance we were a little disappointed, but that changed as our week developed. We didn't think that there was much to do but we were wrong. The market, Guadalavaca town and even Cuatro Campaign up the mountain were within walking distance. Weather was amixof sun, cloud and rain, all within a short period of time. Very windy, but we did get used to it. We were disappointed at the large amount of English language musical entertainment. ..we come to Cuba to hear Cuban music! The bars only serve draft beer, if you want cans you have to pay one peso. Toilet seats and paper were plentiful and the buffet food was the best we've had in Cuba. Wonderful staff, but we did miss the group dancing lessons in the evening that we've had at other resorts. Entertainment was great, very talented players and hosts, especially Amelia! Love the Holguin area, but may try a different resort next time

  • Alison727 : Swansea, United Kingdom
Family yes

This is our second visit to this hotel having visited the first time around nine years ago. Some things have changed and other things have just become more worn. The hotel is now a lot bigger with more facilities but the biggest change is in the attitude of the staff. Years ago they appeared to be a little lazy but now they could not be more helpful and are there whenever needed. The food has also improved with a broadened menu as well as an improved quality.Parts of the hotel are looking worn and our second room was as we remembered so yes an update needed. The first room we were allocated was very poor and in more than a need for an update but having asked to be moved this was done without question. This is a good budget resort that is good value for the money especially for a family with young children the beach is excellent long and white with a gentle slope into the water. It appeared that the children there during our holiday were enjoying themselves with the activities arranged by the staff. As many ice creams, drinks or cherios as they want.The internet access is very poor and you spend two Peso on the code at your peril I did not succeed and in the end welcomed that as well as very few people using mobile phones and no busy road traffic. If you want working tea and coffee facilities the I would suggest you bring your own travel kettle. Yes a different holiday but most relaxing. Lots of different nationalities using the hotel which works greatly with everybody mixing in.Yes the Brisas is not perfect but it does have a real charm as do the proud Cuban people. A good place for all people of all ages and disabilities the site is flat with wheelchair access excellent.

  • JW4769 :
Great resort

A lovely hotel in the process of being refreshed which didn't spoil the holiday. Restaurants good (some better than others), pool lovely, beach beautiful and lots of free water sport options. Better than Trip Advisor reviews suggested. Only issue was wifi - poor connection and lack of internet cards.

  • IAN H : Halifax, United Kingdom
Great Hotel

Me and my partner and a friend stayed here for 14 nights in march 2016.. Simple but spotless accommodation, Lovely food, Lots of choice, do not understand people when they say there was nothing they liked. Some staff are lovely and some abit grumpy at times, you must see the water show in the swimming pool on a night time its fantastic, The beach is stunning, quite a lot of seaweed gets washed up, but is quickly raked up and taken away. all in all we had a great holiday, and would recommend this hotel

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

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 24 hr snacks
  • 24 hr Domestic & select International brand drinks, House Wine included
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Catamarans
  • Pedal boats
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Use of bicycles 9am-5pm
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Game room
  • Ping-pong
  • Pool table
  • Exercise classes
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free admission to the Disco, drinks included
  • 437 rooms in 9 villas and one 5-storey building
  • 2 buffet restaurants
  • 2 a la carte restaurants: Italian and Seafood, dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar
  • 8 bars including Swim-up bar, Coffee bar 
  • Disco
  • 4 pools, including 2 children's
  • Jacuzzis
  • Sauna
  • 2 lit tennis courts on-site
  • Gift shop
  • Exercise room
  • Beauty salon
  • Scuba diving (fee)
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Car rental
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Horseback riding nearby (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 king or two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer 220V (converter & adaptor required)
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 3 persons
Oceanview Rooms:
  • Same as above with ocean view
Villas:
  • Same as above, located adjacent to the hotel block in 2 & 3-storey villas
  • Larger room w/garden or pool view
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids
Villa Mini-Suites:
  • Same as above, larger than Villa
  • Sitting area and sofa bed
Kids Stay Free - Kids 2-12 stay & eat free when sharing a room with 2 adults. Max 2 kids.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' Club. Babysitting service subject to availability (fee).
Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade, (based on availability at check-in) a bottle of sparkling wine, and flowers. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at time of check-in.

Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Brisas Guardalavaca
    Holguin,Cuba

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Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel
Calle 2, Playa, Guardalavaca 84170 Cuba

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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