Villa La Mar
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I have stayed here twice and I prefer the Villa La Mar to the Mar del Sur. The rooms have balconies, the beds more comfortable. The food is decent by any standard and as good as any other Cuban budget hotel. I never got sick here, unlike some Cayo Santa Maria hotels. Clean hotel, decent service, but watch out for the bellhop. Take some small change with you or he will gladly take $10 if you are dumb enough to offer it!!. Front desk helpful and some great dining room staff. Only thing I liked better about the Mar del Sur was their arrangement on the beach. They have a bigger bar area and palapas, which the Villa del Mar does not.
Hotel was surprisingly in good condition for a 2 star. Food wasn't very great but one night they had a seafood dinner which I enjoyed. Staff were great and resort was surprisingly very clean (even cleaner than some 4 stars in Cuba that I've been to)! I went with a buddy (two 20year olds) and it was perfect for just that. We rented scooters for the week and spent a lot of time off of the resort.I would recommend this resort for young people who want to save money and plan to explore and go to the clubs/nightlife.
The place is being closed to the public and being taken over by the Military..therefore the maid I had on the third floor did nothing more than make the bed. drinks were very limited, I enjoyed the capiccinno. the food this year was deplorable and barely edible.. Spent most of my money eating off resort. The staff were pre-occupied by telling us the hardship of working for the Military, and how they would not be recieving good guest anymore.First room bed was hard the second room had springs sticking us through the night.Sadly this was one of the worst trips in the last 6 years.....
Thank God when you pay for 1 you play at 2 (Mar Del Sur) so I slept at Villa La mar but spent all my time at Mar Del Sur. Villa La Mar is closing for good on May 1,2014 and is being turned into a Military hotel so needless to say all the workers are out of a job and to be quite frank, they've already stopped working. Room was cleaned once during my whole stay, curtains fell down on 2nd day and were fixed the day before I left, food was inedible and the buffet consisted of a single table with the exact same food every meal - no exageration. No beer at beach bar or in lobby bar. I have stayed at 2 stars before and this is a 0 star at best - if minus were an rating, I'd give it a -5.
Went back again (last April/May), with a friend instead of the gf. That in itself was a learning experience. My friend loved it because: a) he's frugal like myself, b) plenty of cubans around (in and out of the resort) c) CRAZY people seem to gravitate to this resort. The regular entourage consited of 3 canadians, a potential tranny and 2 old chinese women looking for a "good time". But i digress.As usual there wasn't a problem checking in, and once again our bell hop tried to leave before i tipped him. My favorite waitress, Renaldo the beach bar guy and the egg/pool bar cook all remembered me, which always makes me happy. Our room was clean until we checked in, and the maid did a very good job of cleaning up after us the following day (2 men on vacay go crazy).The food was a tad ho hum this time. The pasta was over cooked and one day i could tell the chicken was going south before my 1st bite. I did enjoy the more cuban oriented cuisine this time however. Lots of pumpkin, piccadillo and a dish called Quimbobo, which is like gumbo.Breakfast was by far the best, and eating omlettes at the pool bar is also good. The snack bar across the street is alwaysd open and serves pizza for 2 bucks, and it is pretty good. I didn't know about it until the last night, unfortunately. I am an optimist, so i usually find the staff good any where i go. Ronald the animator was a good person to have around. He always gave cautious advice if he saw us mingling with less than savoury locals, and tried hard during the night shows. The only person i din't enjoy was one of the lobby bar ladies, who just didn't seem to like me despite my politeness and tipping.The entertainment is good if you keep an open mind. The troupe "las morlas" is a good time. The maestro, Bruce is friendly enough, the singers sing one of my favorite songs, and the female dancers are, as my friend put it, "Deadly hot". There is a magic show one night, and i have seen this magician before at sol sirenas coral (another good resort) and thankfully there are no embarrassing skits hat you are supposed to laugh at. One night a week there is music trivia which actually almost ended in a fight this year between to girls (awesome) and the year before someone complaining that it was rigged for my gf. And audience participation shows are always the best.The guests.. oh the guests. In opposition to every other review (save the russian reviews) I am going to state that one of my FAVORITE things about this sight was the up all night, singing, drunk russians. We made friends with them through very limited english, took turns playing guitar, and played volleyball with them for 3 days. There was 3 cuban families, that we played volleyball with or blindfolded tag or a very dirty languaged drinking game with, and the aforementioned, completely inappropriate chinese ladies. You won't get this at another resort, and that is why we are going back again in 1 month. The location is good, night life is close enough, and Esquina de Cuba is a great restaurant both for quality and price. I suggest eating there all the time. The meat last year at hamburguesa.com was of suspect quality, but the fries are okay and the cheese bun is good. As for nightlife, casa de la musica is eally good. the musicians that perform there are real pros, and they serve cheap beer and food. The down side is the food takes a long time, and (depending on the kind of person you are) they butt you in front of the locals in line, and will kick locals out of seats and tables for you (for a price). That doesn't sit too well with me, but that will never change i suspect. And if you are out for guys night, get ready for harassment out the wazoo, from the men (selling cigars or women) and the women. I pretended i was a drunk russian, and it worked until someone spoke russian to me. Oops. Again I digress.All in all I would suggest this resort if you like to spend your money on fun outside of the resort, and/or if your cheap. Be nice, and remember, it isn't their fault that they frequently run out of certain things we take for granted. Bring a giant cup, drink the beer instead, and tip often (not too often), and all will be good.Hopefully see you in april/may.
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- 3 Meals daily, plus snacks
- All drinks (domestic beer & cocktails)
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 1 Buffet restaurant
- 2 Bars
- Game room
- Shops (fee)
- 2 Twin beds
- Satellite TV
- Max occupants 3 persons
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Villa La MarVaradero,Cuba
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3a. Avenida E/ 28 Y 30, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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