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5.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   52610 , Cuba (Formerly Husa Cayo Santa Maria Beach)
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Gaviota La Estrella
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Cayo Santa Maria
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Uxbridge, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed over New Years. Returned Jan.4.15. I wasn't sure what to write about this hotel. We have travelled to Cuba 24 times. This trip was with our daughter and her husband. The company, the weather and the service was great. The hotel is in a transition of name change. I think the management could have dealt with problems a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just back from a wonderful week at the Starfish. This hotel is obviously going through some changes but definitely for the better. There was management present at every turn always ensuring we were happy and enjoying our stay. Our rooms were in the perfect location, bungalows 4 & 11. Close to the pool (1 of 2 large beautiful pools), close... More 

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Niagara, Ontario, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel has recently changed to the Starfish in December 2014, and is experiencing serious disorganization, staffing and service problems. We travelled from Jan. 2 - 9, 2015, and met up with family in which we had a wonderful time together. The hotels issues can be easily resolved, and were improving towards the end of our trip, but at our... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel From Hell !!! Avoid this hotel at any cost, even $200 tax in all inclusive. No cheap ammount of money, no beautiful crystal clear caribbean waters, will fix the emotional tormentation that you will receive at this hotel. Stay away, pleople. This is official: The Worst Hotel in Cuba !!!

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Montreal, Quebec
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gaviota La Estrella is now The Starfish Cayo Santa Maria. We just spent 2 weeks (Xmas and New Year) at this resort. The hotel is very large and divided into 2 sections each with its own pool. Some areas are still not ready to receive guests. We stayed at the Starfish section, which is the right side of the resort.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here in Feb 2014, was a good place for vacation, flea market next door, good drinks, clean areas, Food was decent , above average for Cuba. No concerns , had a good time. There was a flea market within walking distance, there was the best pina coladas there.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family, with teen-aged kids, and another family; were at Star Fish Cayo Santa Maria from Dec 27, 2014 for a week. Accepting the well-documented limitations, we really enjoyed our week there. We did experience these challenges, but didn't let that spoil the fact that the necessities were looked after and beach, pools, and weather were wonderful: - one room... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don’t usually write reviews but my experience here was so stressful and future travellers must be warned. The toilets here almost never work, sometimes because the resort can lose running water for days but mostly because they are not good quality. The snack bar smells like sewage because sewers are located just beside it and for some reason stink... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic beach & weather. The rest is very poor. No on site management or security, as the resort was apparently purchased by "Starfish" and is currently recruiting all new staff. Bad food selection, no signage anywhere telling you where/when anything is - making it difficult to make any plans. The enormous resort is very badly lit at night, making it... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Beach: in a nut shell, was excellent, white sand, clear water without debis on the bottom, no drop offs whatsoever. Only negative is that snorkelling is uneventful if this is what you are looking for to be part of your vacation adventure. We were able to lure fish in towards us by feeding them bread from the buffet. There's a... More 

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Additional Information about Gaviota La Estrella

Address: 52610 , Cuba (Formerly Husa Cayo Santa Maria Beach)
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Villa Clara Province > Cayo Santa Maria
Hotel Class:5 star — Gaviota La Estrella 5*
Number of rooms: 1308
Also Known As:
Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Beach And Colonial Resort
Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Beach & Colonial Hotel Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria Barcelo
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Cayo Santa Maria
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Cayo Santa Maria
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Cayo Santa Maria

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