Playa Costa Verde
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Spent 2 weeks here from Jan 30-Feb 13 2017 with my mom and my 2 sons, age 5 and 15 months. Check in: very fast, friendly service. Received welcome drink while waiting in line. Reception area: very clean, seemed well maintained. Rooms: We were first put into a room on the ground level near the pool. We noticed right away when we turned on the tub that there were bugs in the room. Very small, couldn't tell what they were. Later on after coming back from dinner, there were these tiny bugs everywhere on the floor, I believe they were tiny ants. Being that my youngest son was crawling and we had lots of snacks in the room, I went and ask the front desk to change us rooms off the ground floor to see if there would be less bugs. They were happy to do so and sent someone to help us with our luggage. I checked out the next room before we moved our bags which was one floor up and down the hall. Right away I noticed the same bugs in this room. We were unhappy so we went back to the front desk and they offered to show us a plus side room (for $280 pesos extra) or a different room on the 5th floor. My mom is a little afraid of heights so we decided to see the plus side room. We were brought to block 28 on the second floor. This room was much MUCH better!! The AC worked better, the room didn't smell musty and it backed onto a green area with nice palm trees. WE chose to upgrade the room. My mom was slightly upset as she felt they should have upgraded us for free or at least a discounted rate to make up for the trouble. I didn't care and was happy to upgrade. The upgraded plus section was worth it. You got more a la carte bookings, a private bar (we never went to), a private pool and kids pool, private swim up bar, and a nicer room. I have never upgraded before on vacation but this was worth it. Plus section is further away from the main pool and main buffet but its walking distance. The food: We booked the lobster meal, the Cuban a la carte, the Italian, the French/Gourmet and the Spanish. Food was fantastic at all however, we received terrible service at the French restaurant. The staff ignored us the whole time, took 25 minutes to clear our plates after dinner and I had to finally ask if they were bringing our desserts. We were at this place for 2 hours, meanwhile everyone around us was being served their meals and drinks and were booked after us, they still left before us. There was a mix up with the waitress and waiter as to who was serving us and they apologized and invited us back the next night to make up for it. We had a different reservation the next night and didn't return. In fact, the same staff run the Spanish side and we were booked to go there our last night there. We were so disappointed in the service from the first time that we decided to cancel our reservation there and just eat at the buffet for our last dinner meal before we left. Other than that, the service was great at all the other a la cartes. The buffet service was pretty good depending on who's section you were in and the time of day.There was lots of variety at the buffet, and the food was always good. Drinks were also very good here. Pina coladas from the lobby bar were the best!Activities: Always had something for the children to do. At night, there was a mini disco on the stage for the kids. My son went up almost every night. The pools are all very nice, not overly cold or anything and they were very clean and well maintained. The BEACH was FANTASTIC!!! The water is so warm and depending on the time of day, you can walk out quite far and still only be hip high in water. The water is so clear and there are fish everywhere. You can see fish even without snorkel gear, although the snorkeling here was fantastic too!!! The beach is slightly rocky in some spots so water shoes are good to have. My kids both loved the beach here. Be there early though if you want a good spot close to the water or under one of the many trees. Over all, we loved this resort. There were a few hiccups but the friendly staff, good food and drink, beautiful beach and pools made up for it. This resort is located near the playa pasquero small market, only 4 pesos for a one way horse carriage ride. This small market had an outdoor setup with lots of canvas paintings, wood carvings, jewellery, clothes, souvenirs, etc. There was also a few bars, restaurants, a liquor store, a bank, a bowling ally there. Then Guardalavaca was only 25 minutes bus ride away. 5 pesos round trip on bus or $30 round trip cab ride. Beautiful beach here, bigger outdoor market, pizza place, more resorts, etc. Highly recommend going here if you want to shop.Loved this resort and will return.
My husband and I, as well as my brother and sister-in-law just got back from 11 days at the Blau Costa Verde in the Plus Section. Unfortunately we were there during the March break which we would never do again. Busy isn't the word for it!!! Especially after the 500 S Trip kids showed up and ruined everything. As other reviewers have said, they were loud, obnoxious and drunk at all times. I was so ashamed that they were Canadian kids. To say they didn't give a good impression of our country is an understatement!!! That being said, I'm sure they will never be allowed back there again!!This is a very large resort with lots of walking to get everywhere. The plus rooms are quite new and in very good repair. We never had a problem with hot water or the air conditioning. In fact, I found it too cold at times, even when we had it on the highest temp. If you book an ocean view room you will be in the 3 storey buildings that are further away from the beach and pools. They are on the top floor and do have a beautiful view of the ocean but for us, just a little too far away. On our second day we switched to a suite in Block 17, and it was fabulous!! The suites have a living room, very large bedroom and huge bathroom. There is also a powder room in the living room which came in very handy!! The sofa bed in the living room needed to be re-covered but everything else was great. We had a view of the VIP pool which was quiet until the March break began. Then it was party central. Lots of screaming, loud music etc. And not just from the S trip kids!!The beach is small but beautiful. Pure white powder sand and gorgeous turquoise blue shallow water. I would recommend that you bring water shoes because of the coral in the water. We did, and it made it much easier to get to the deeper water for swimming and snorkelling. We got ours at Walmart for $10. We did have to get up at the crack of dawn to get a palapa in the front row and to get chairs. The chairs are stacked and locked up at night, so you have to wait for the beach guys to arrive about 6-6:30 am. We have never been to a resort where people get up so early to get chairs, and for this reason alone, we probably won't return. All the chairs and palapas are gone by 8 am. The resort needs to buy at least 100 more beach chairs. We saw so many people who came to the beach around 9, but ended up having to put their towels on the sand. Also, the beach chairs are the hard plastic ones, so take a yoga mat or some kind of chair pad if that bothers you. The chairs at the pools are mesh, so much more comfortable.The food at this resort is the best we've ever had in Cuba, and we've been about 12 times. We went to all the specialty restaurants except the Cuban. Our favourite was the Spanish. The food and service was excellent in all the specialty restaurants. The buffet was our least favourite. It is old, has absolutely no atmosphere and all the hot food is cold. I know they try their best, but it was just so busy, the lineups were awful as was the service. They needed more staff in the buffet. The Italian restaurant makes great pizza's for lunch, but ask for them to be well done or they're quite soggy. They also have pasta, which is not on the lunch menu, you just have to ask for it. Also, down by the water, the Cuban restaurant was open for breakfast and lunch. We loved it there as it was much quieter than the main buffet, but the selection was very limited.As for bars, there is a Lobby bar, pool bar, beach bar, swim up bar and VIP bar. If you are a vodka drinker like we are, bring your own from duty free. All the vodka was no-name except for the VIP bar which is only open in the evenings. They had Absolut there, until we drank it all!!! Lots of great rum at every bar if you're a rum drinker. The VIP bar is very small, crowded and noisy. Not sure if it's like that when it's not March break. Eduardo the bartender was amazing!!! The Spanish and Gourmet restaurants are in the same building as the VIP bar. Also, children are allowed in there, so again, it was busy with kids running around while their parents were trying to have a drink. I recommend the hotel make it an adults only bar. This is a very family oriented resort, so it would be nice to have one space that was for adults only.The staff at this resort are very friendly, as all Cubans are. Even the front desk staff were pleasant most of the time!! All in all, we had a fabulous time and loved the hotel. Just be prepared that some of the rooms require a lot of walking and that you won't get a lot of sleep if you want beach chairs and a palapa!! Also, please tip everyone, even the beach chair guy. All of the staff work very hard and share the tips.
Just returned from the Blau Plus section and it was 6 sleepless and frustrating days!! To arrive and find out that 500 plus S-Trip grade 12 students were staying the exact 7 days we were was SHOCKING, as we knew what we were in for .If I could have turned around and left I would have. I witnessed them partying all night long, smashing various items around the property, throwing garbage everywhere, speaking rudely to bartenders .I spoke to my neighbour one morning and he stated that the kids were knocking on his door at all hours of the evening and he had to call security. I got a 3am call from one of the S-Trip kids looking for one of their buddies. It was very discouraging to see that not all areas of the resort were accessible to all guests as the S – Trip had them reserved. Our room maid told me that it takes very long time to clean their rooms which was very sad to hear. Now I love to have a good time, but within reason of course and certainly recognize that young people are going to live it up, but this was simply OUT OF CONTROL!! I mean really how is it possible to contain 500 plus grade 12's???? Our week was one that focused on FRUSTRATION the entire time. The staff at the front desk indicated to me that there had been numerous complaints that were made regarding this group. On average we made three calls to security each night in attempt to shut the S - Trip partiers down. My recommendation to the BLAU HOTEL CHAIN is NEVER let any sort of GRAD trip come to your hotel, yes you will get a substantial cash gain, but will get destroyed on TRIPADVISOR because of it. Unfortunately, your decision on a short term cash influx has cost you long term clients!! We really felt sorry for EVERY staff member on the resort as they had a very unfair and DIFFICULT week. To our fellow TripAdvisor readers beware of the S-Trip!!! Our group will be unable to go back because of them!!!
Was there from March 10 to 17. Room was great in 18000 block. Near plus pool. Bathroom great. Hot water all the time. Air conditioner working. Great cleaning service.Food at buffet was fine. Even with line ups all passed well. Service at tables okay. Liked the fact part of buffet was outside. Had à la carte meal at Cuban resto. Was good. Did not try others even though had the choiceHighly recommend Santiago day visit. Had guide Ricardo. Very informative on all aspects re Cuban life. Had visit to Fidel's tomb, Santiago fortress and some free time in Santiago. Could be an overnight tour as the travel time there and back is 5 plus hours.Beach fine. Corral in water so have to be careful. Lots of people snorkelingStaff at bars were friendly and service was good. Lots of families with young kids. Unfortunately there was a student grad group there at same time so had to put up with some adolescent alcohol behaviors but more bothersome than out of control. Bar staff had some funny comments about "crazy young people ". Our first visit to this area. Have been to Varadero 2x; Cayo Coco 1x, and Cayo Largo 5x. Best food offering and best rooms. Nice layout. Glad to have gone but beaches better in Varadero and for relaxing time Cayo Largo wins out
I was on vacation in Holguin, Cuba from March 10-17 at the Blau Costa Verde Plus. I loved the resort! I found the staff extremely accommodating, the grounds were beautiful and clean and the food was EXCELLENT! Definitely do the A-La-Carte restaurants.If you get to the beach by 7:00am there is no trouble getting beach chairs with shade. It was Spring break so it was busy. We danced at the disco in the evening because we were kicked off the beach. There was a beach party for the S-Trip students and we were unable to even get a drink at the beach bar. It was only serving under-age students. I was extremely upset AGAIN by the behaviour of the people on the S-Trip at the Blau Costa Verde Plus resort. Not only was there under-age drinking and partying, students were pushing adults out of the way to get to bars, they were drunk at breakfast buffet, as well as using extremely bad language while small children were present. This, unfortunately, was not our first experience with S-Trip. We were very upset when we saw the sign upon checking in. I have in the past, and will continue to, spread the word about this organization and the extreme lack of control of these young people. I plan to make my feelings public! I was upset with Air Transat for allowing that behaviour at the resort.I was very disappointed that upon booking my trip I was not informed that S-Trip would be there. I think travellers should be informed so that they can then make the decision as to visit the resort or not. My advice to travellers is to always ask before booking. If you want an enjoyable vacation to be able to swim at the pool, have a drink at the bar or walk around the resort without hearing vulgar language do not travel while S-Trip is there.In my opinion many people visiting the resort that week will never go back. I spoke with many upset vacationers.I am disappointed in The Blau Costa Verde Plus Beach Resort for allowing the S-Trip there on the resort! I feel they will lose customers in the future. I will definitely go back there because I loved the resort, but NOT if they continue to allow S-Trip there.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- 24 hour snacks
- Room service (Continental breakfast only)
- A la carte dining w/reservations (Kids 5-12 years are accepted at 1st seating only. Children under 5 are not accepted at the Japanese and Italian restaurants.)
- Unlimited International brand drinks, Domestic beer and House Wine, 24 hours
- Pedal Boats
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- Watersports listed above subject to availability & weather conditions
- Pool scuba clinic
- Scuba diving for certified divers
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Day & night tennis
- Basketball courts (lit)
- Badminton court
- Bicycles (helmets not included)
- Fitness centre
- Indoor games
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- Spanish lessons
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- Daily Activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 480 rooms divided into 31 two-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 4 a la carte restaurants: Japanese, Caribbean, Italian, Creole, dress code & reservations required
- Snack bar
- 8 bars including swim-up pool bar
- Live entertainment
- 1 large free-form pool
- 2 Jacuzzis
- Lounge chairs and towels (pool)
- 4 tennis courts on-site (4 lit)
- Fitness facilities
- Massages (fee)
- Beauty salon
- Shopping on-site
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- A range of watersports available
- Conference rooms (fee)
- Games room
- Laundry services (fee)
- Doctor & Nurse (24 hours)
- Internet access (fee)
- 1 king or two 3/4 beds
- Satellite TV
- CD Player
- Iron and ironing board
- Full Bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V and 110V (converter & adaptor required)
- Coffee/tea maker
- In-room safe (fee)
- Balcony or terrace w/garden view
- Max occupancy 3 persons up to 2 adults
- Poolview Guest Rooms also available
- Same as above plus full living room
- 2 TV's
- A second mini-fridge
- 2 balconies or patios
- Max occupancy 2 adults & 2 children
For the kids - Kids 4-11 years enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kid's Club, Games Room and Kids' pool.
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Playa Costa VerdeHolguin,Cuba
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Playa Pesquero Rafael Freyre Holguin, Holguin 80100 Cuba
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