Marea Del Portillo
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I will start by saying if you want a 5 star resort then book a 5 star resort. For less than $600 all inclusive for a week however this place can't be beat. Being low season it was very quiet and we often had the beach to ourselves! As others have mentioned, it's not a white sand beach and does get hot underfoot during the day. The other hotel on the hill was closed until late November so there was never an issue finding a chair (often battered) or palapa for shade. The rooms are basic but clean enough and the food was more than adequate. In fact I actually went back for seconds a few times. You can upgrade to a cabana for a few extra dollars a day which seemed like a good deal. We took the Cayo Blanco excursion and enjoy it. We were a small group of 10 and had the island to ourselves. White sand, turquoise waters and a delicious BBQ lunch. We also enjoyed the nature hike to the waterfall as well as horseback riding. Lots to do if you so chose or you can hang by the pool and drink all day which others certainly did. The wifi in the lobby and by the pool was fast. You buy a card from reception for 1.5 pesos for an hour. Some guests did have local lady friends visiting but that wasn't an issue for us. It's about a two hour bus ride from the airport due to road conditions and the area is quite rural. Marea village is three kilometres away and other than a couple of restaurants there's not much there to see but it is certainly an eye opening experience. Overall I would have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed my week.
I've been to this resort twice now. The staff there are fantastic! I found they were always smiling, and eager to please. I had no issues with the food but I'm not a picky eater. I was a little worried about my friend and whether she would like the food or not. She had no issues either. When she didn't see anything that she thought to try she stuck to the pasta and loved it! We purchased the VIP when we booked the reservations. It was very well worth it. Just the two day trips alone to a private island with a lobster lunch was amazing. Make sure to take your snorkelling gear. We also went on the "picnic" walking hike up the mountain. Please don't think there will be a picnic because there was not one, lol. The hike was fantastic and 2hr and 21min according to my Fitbit. Loved loved loved the mountain hike, I would have done it everyday had my friend agreed to it. We went in Sept so the hotel up top was closed. Next time I go I'm hoping to go during peak season so I can experience the other hotel. I think the only issue we had was that we had no tv to watch at night before bed. The satellite in our room didn't work, although everyone else's we spoke to did, lol. Great place, great people, great time! Thank you for your hospitality.
Hotel really ok for a 3 stars in Cuba! Maybe need some repair and new furnitures, but we just need to not be picky for the price (I got it really cheap and it seems to be really afordable most of the time.The hotel is a little bit far for the airport (2h) and in the middle of nowhere... but it's really in a nice spot between mountains and sea. It's really on the country side, so more horses, cows, goats, pigs,... than cars.Beach is ok, but not the turquoise water and white sand from other places in Cuba, but still nice.Food and drinks are minimal, but not bad and have a lack of multiple things, just like most 3-stars hotels in Cuba (no lime juice, ketchup, spicy sauce,...). But taking to account that the food and drinks are really cheap at the restaurants outside the resort or at the store at the hotel, I didn't care paying to get a good meal (lobster at 10 pesos, beer at 1 peso,...).Service was really good, employees are really nice and want to help us all the time with a smile.Last thing, don't go there for party, it's mainly over 70 year old guests... it's also far from bars and city, so for a relaxing time, it's perfect.Overall, a nice budget hotel, that I would return if price is still good, but I'll bring some spices, spicy sauce, ketchup,...
The trip: The check in by Sunwing was excellent. Very quick, helpful, and efficient. The cabin crew was OK. This was 2 stops flight; in Manzanillo the 1st people to leave the plane were people going to Varadero. They had to go briefly via customs and next to the waiting room. Their carry on was checked there as well. Manzanillo airport does not have good setup for this. Going through customs in Manzanillo was quick and painless. The check in bags were ready when all the checks were done. Getting into the bus was quick and efficient. They had rooms ready for everyone, all got envelope with room number and quick form to fill out. The bus trip took 1.5 hrs. The check in into hotel was quick as well. There were people ready to help anyone who wanted any help. There was grill/buffet ready by the pool for the snacks and drinks â€“ we arrived around midnight. The trip back was good as well.Accommodation: I stayed in the room 221. A bit noisy A/C, average bathroom, the rest was quite all right. The maid service was excellent. Good TV reception â€“ for some channels needed to enter the channel since just channel up or down was skipping over some channels. Basic room. 221 was so, so. 223 and 224 were good.Food: The food was good. Again, I will suggest going early to get good selection; 7:00 am breakfast, 12:00 pm for lunch, 6:00 pm for dinner. A la carte restaurant is very nice. There is a grill by the pool side with hamburgers, sandwiches, and fries. They had great beef patties. Good wine, beer at restaurants and more choices at the bars. The beach bar has limited selection of drinks now; rum, pop, wine, and no beer. At 11 pm they are getting beer at the beach bar and they move music over there too.Entertainment: The entertainment was good. I find dance shows a bit over ambitious. I like Cuban shows dynamic and hot. There was water aqua show, quite nice. Misc.: It was very hot week. The beach bar has a nice breeze. It was much busier hotel then it used to be at that time. The water in the bay was very warm. There was a lots of Cuban tourists during weekends. They are not refilling big bubbas at the bar, what makes me happy and limiting the quantity to 2 burgers or sandwiches per person at the grill. No problem to get it again if you are still hungryThe store is still there. Still check if you are not overcharged. There is a good ice cream at the store. Also, if you buy for Cubans a gift from the store, give them receipt too with the gift. It will save them a trouble. The road to Pilon is much worse.It was good trip and I again had good time. This time I stayed mostly at the resort. The staff is really great. Suggestions: read reviews before going there and do not be surprised that this is not a party place. It could be though, all depends if you can make it.Cheers,Chris
We have been at Marea del Portillo 4 times during the kids spring vacations. Nice place, warm water and hot weather. I've been to both hotels. The view from Farraillon is amazing, but Marea is closer to the beach. Probably I will return, but I didn't like when the hotel management put a 3 person in room rule. I have 2 small kids and a room with 2-3 beds, was enough. Last time I took 2 rooms and we didn't use one.
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- 3 Meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (domestic beer & cocktails daily from 10am-11pm)
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- Nightly entertainment
- SCUBA lesson
- Non-motorized water sports
- 1 Buffet & 1Â a la carte restaurant
- 1 Snack bar
- 2 Bars Pool (with kids area)
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Day time tennis
- SCUBA Diving
- Shops (fee)
- Medical service (fee)
- Tour desk
- Two 3/4 beds
- Bathroom with shower only
- Satellite TV
- Safety deposit box (fee)
- Balcony or Terrace
- 110v or 220v (adaptors/transformers required) available
- Max occupancy 3 persons
For the Kids - Kids' area of pool.
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Marea Del PortilloManzanillo De Cuba,Cuba
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Carretera Granma, km. 12 1/2 Marea del Portillo, Pilon 87900 Cuba
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