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We spent approx. 4 weeks at Don Lino, 2 wks in Aug 2017, left because of Hurricane Irma, returned for 2 wks in Oct 17 very small hotel, nice pool, beach was very agitated but nice, not really good for swimming. very rocky. Rooms are very clean but mattresses need to be changed, very lumpy. The personnel are amazing, very friendly, service at buffet was exceptional from most, a few waitresses were more interested in their cell phones. Now the food, I must say was below par, no variety, almost no fruits. Very good breakfasts, omelettes etc. The meat at the cook stations was PRE-COOKED and just reheated, not very good!!! Favorite people, Maita at cook table, Junior, server, Jamilla, animation person towel person, life guards, very good, pool cleaner also doubled as a cocher, horse carriage driver, travelled to Santa Lucia by cocher, 20cuc, nice drive. Roads were very damaged after the hurricane. Would I return, only if improvement in food.
Don Lino Hotel a small budget resort. Nice, quiet beach, few amenities. Flew with Sunwing Vacations were dropped off at 1:00am and then we were pretty much on our own. Local rep did not show up at anytime and we eventually had to track him down to confirm we have transportation back to airport.Some staff were friendly others not. No money changing services on site. Limited servicesIf your looking to sit and read your book and get some sun then this place may be for you. If your looking for lots of activities etc then not
Whenever I search online for all inclusive deals, I see Don Lino as the cheapest hotel all the time. Having been to many places in Cuba and Mexico, I finally decided to take a chance and visit this 2 star resort for 2 weeks. I was pleasantly surprised. I see lots of repeat guests. A gentleman who has visited all over Cuba 77 times said he likes it here.The good: clean, functional room with hot water at all times; free little safe (vs the usual 2 pesos per day charge at other hotels); beautiful ocean view; free beach towel, no 20 pesos refundable deposit is required; good food, fruits, deserts, I like their pasta, pork ribs, beef/fish fillets, chicken, beef stew with potatos and beef tongue (very tender and tasty), their fresh mango juice in the morning is my staple drinks; free one-hour catamaran cruise in the Atlantic Ocean; free daily horseback riding: I rode the horses 4 times, but a Quebec couple ride daily. They come here twice a year, and stay for 2 weeks each time; free bike rental daily, I love to bike to Playa Blanca (10 min bike ride away) to swim; horse-cart trip to Bariay Bay's aboriginal museum (15 pesos per carriage, regardless of # of tourists), that's where Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba in 1492, and declared that this is "the world's most beautiful place human eyes have ever seen", not to be missed;amazing water ballet show by local performers from Holguin;I get to play billiards everyday. The not so good:the daily activities posted on their board in the lobby bar are non-existent; Ping Pong table is broken and not fixed;very rocky beach where swimming is virtually impossible; no evening entertainment shows, except for the water ballet above, just once;limited drinks choice: no mojitos, no pina colados, so I had to settle for beers and screwdriversthe catamaran cruise hours should be adjusted so that guests from Don Lino can make it to their lunch afterwards;If you want to unwind and relax for dirt cheap, this hotel might be for you.
I spent two weeks at Don Lino. Second time there. Everything was great , amazing staff, good service, food was fine, accommodations were nice. I suggest the rooms ( 4 rooms in each unit)Don Lino may not be for everyone, but if you are looking to kick back and relax, this is the place !!If you want to go anyplace (Holguin etc.) Please look for Rueben (bartender). He has his own cab, and is a great guy.(very fair price wise, and he speaks excellent English.) Any questions you may have about the resort or what is available see Anna. She will be happy to help you.
First thing we have to say is there was a bit of confusion. We stayed at the Don last year in one of the wooden 4-plexes. This room was nice but we wanted to try one of the older rooms with the veranda and view. So we paid more to upgrade to a bungalow with ocean view. When we checked in, we found out that the "bungalows" were actually the wooden 4-plexes and that the "standard room" was the older room that we wanted. So both we and the staff were confused, but once they figured out what we really wanted, they worked very hard to find us the type of room we wanted. So we were put into room 11 (and our buddies were put into room 1). The staff would have moved us the next day into the ocean-front bungalows, but we were happy with our pool view. It was nice to sit out front and see our friends walk by.The weather wasn't great, it was cloudy or rainy 5 out of 7 days, but we were happy for the locals, as that rain was desperately needed. So we didn't spend every day on the beach, but we walked down to Playa Blanca and beyond most days. On Saturday we hired the horse-drawn buggies to go to Santa Lucia, where we went to the market and out to Lleni's for lunch. The lobster was awesome! We ate twice at Don Pipo's (mahi mahi fresh caught that day; pig roast meal) and both meals were delicious.The service and friendliness of the staff at Don Lino was superb. Many of the staff from the prior year were there and remembered us. The new staff we met were all excellent. We had no problems with the food or drink - - there was plenty and all was tasty. On the Sunday, we booked into the a la carte for lobster. Michael cooked us a spectacular meal, all for only 10 CUCS each. Amazing lobster!Even though there was 8 in our group out of Regina, we ended up being a group of 13-15 with all of the great people we met, so every meal we pushed tables together and met and hung out with people from Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec - it was unreal (as it was last year). Every night there was a band playing in the dining hall as well as at the Pool bar. There were numerous upgrades from last year, new tiles in lobby bar, new tiles and railing at the pool bar. They were also working on both bathrooms at the pool bar too (not a good smell!). Those bathrooms certainly needed renovation! There were new palapas and lounge chairs on the beach.We really love the Don Lino, folks are friendly and the pace is relaxed. We will return!
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
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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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