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We stayed at Don Lino for one week last year & are returning for 2 weeks in February. for our 17th trip to Cuba. This resort is clean, comfortable, quiet & good value for the money. We stayed in a two floor building last year but have booked a beach side cottage for our next trip. The food is basic but ample & we enjoyed the entertainment. Best of all, we will be in a central location, close to many Cuban friends.
My wife and I have been to Cuba at least a dozen times, but the first in this area, and resort. We stayed Nov. 13th for just a week, and we will be back for longer after 'checking it out'!The Don Lino is a wonderful resort, for what it is. As many have mentioned it is not a 'party central' with endless amenities (that few really use anyhow!).The beach is nice and sandy but has direct exposure to the Atlantic and its winds.This resort is obviously very well managed. The grounds are well maintained and are being upgraded as needed. Often in resorts you get the feeling staff are being 'nice' to get a tip, but the staff at Don Lino are very professional and competent and appear to want to make your stay a good one.The dining area is quite new and very nice, clean and comfortable. The food quantity, selection and quality is quite good. The staff is very attentive, perhaps the best we have seen!I spend a lot of my time off the resort to do bird photography. I always feel safe in Cuba, but around Don Lino the local Cubans were not hustling at all, a refreshing change from many other resorts!The rooms seem to have only 220V electricity. So guests from Canada/USA will need at least an adapter. Since most cellphone and camera chargers work on either 120/220v you will not need a voltage converter (transformer).Far too may people get caught up in 'star' ratings. This is a two-star. The star ratings are heavily weighted to reflect the available amenities. There is only one pool, one dining room. There are two bars and one snack bar. I was told they are going to have a 'cash' bar for those who want higher-end drinks, something that should appease those who buy at duty-free on their way!So if you want a vacation in the sun and warmth where you will find a comfortable (and safe) atmosphere, we would really recommend the Don Lino.
Small resort, very country like maybe not enough comfort for many. We enjoyed the people of Cuba. Take a buggy ride in the country side. Food is OK needs fresh fruit and no white wine all week. We had two lobster dinners only one eating area. No water for 3 days and no free bottled water. No water to flush toilet. No electricity for one day. No real mixed drinks etc.
This was my third trip to Cuba and I was looking for a break to relax more than tour around. So I had a great time. My expectations were low given the price and the reviews I'd read so I wasn't disappointed. We were there in August so had a couple of rainy days which we used to explore. There were a lot of Cubans holidaying there which I preferred to a larger resort with mostly foreign tourists.The room was not great but not the worst I've seen. The bed was standard for Cuba and served its purpose, the bathroom was mostly clean and the shower delivered hot water for almost the whole week. I loved the beach because it wasn't overcrowded and the breeze off the water made it a perfect place to read and drowse off and on. Not easy swimming but there was always Playa Blanca if we wanted. The food was predictable and not great but I didn't go to this resort for the food so it wasn't a problem for me. Not a big drinker so the bar was adequate although I did miss having a good mojito.We took an excursion to Cayo Saetia which I loved even though it was rainy. In fact because it was rainy we saws lots of zebras and antelopes. Our guides were fun and chatty and we had lovely conversation on the way there and back. Another day we arranged for a taxi to Gibara (loved the town) and Holguin and again had a lovely day.This is not the place if you're looking for a boozy, partying resort and the food and amenities aren't great. But I enjoyed everyone I met, staff and other guests, nobody treated us poorly in any way, and I felt happy throughout the week. It's a hard place to recommend because you really have to take it as it comes. But if you understand Cuba (including the begging, minor cons, etc) and enjoy the people, don't mind missing the usual resort-type amenities and just want to hang out at a smaller place you'll enjoy this.
Overdue review...Stayed there in February of this year. It really is the staff (Tony!) and closeness of the guests (Timbone!) that really makes this place what it is. That's why we gave it 4 stars. The grounds, rooms and amenities are nothing to write home about so set your expectations in advance. The beach is decent but definitely want some water shows. Snorkeling is great but don't be out there when the tide starts to go out, lots of huge urchins. Food was average, nothing that sticks out particularly good or bad for me. It was our first time here and we will be back at some point. We made friends both locals and Canadians...really a great time! A couple tips...-Ask Tony to take you into his wife's restaurant in town, wonderful couple and the best lobster you will ever have!-There is another restaurant that served us our second favorite lobster during our stay. It's close to the resort, take the first right when coming out of the resort. I can't remember the name, something Marlin? Anyway, you'll see the sign when you're heading down the dirt road to the other beach.-Great pizza at the other beach, can't remember the name of the place unfortunately but you can't miss it.-Rent a couple scooters and go cruising! This spot is amazing to immerse yourself in local culture and scooters were a great way to get around for that. i.e. into town.-Free guided horse ride is a bonus and definitely worth it.Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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- 3 Meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (domestic beer & cocktails)
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Tennis courts
- 36 cabana style bungalows
- 1 Buffet Restaurant
- 1 Snack bar
- 2 Bars
- 1 Pool (with children's area)
- Games room
- Tennis courts
- Sport area for playing baseball and beach volleyball
- Horseback riding (fee)
- Bicycles (fee)
- 2 Twin beds
- Satellite TV
- Safety deposit box (fee)
- Bathroom with shower only
- Max occupants 3 (no more than 2 adults)
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Playa Blanca, Rafael Freyre, Rafael Freyre Cuba
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