This hotel was beautifully decorated the gardens were well kept but with a tropical feel to it. I felt welcomed and greeted both from lobby staff, public relations and Hola sun rep Ryidel and the entertainment staff...
Good location of the beach, lots of cabanas and beach chairs. The beach is dirty because of tourists who cant pick up after themselves like a 3 inch broken clear rum bottle that was left near the shore. I almost stepped on it and could have bled to death. Lots of cigarette buts and fish bones thanks to the tourists lets not forget the plastic cups all over the resort the tourist use the gardens to dump their garbage. I was also picking up after some, while walking through the gardens.
In the ocean where I wanted to be mostly, it was clear and not deep at all. I could see the fishes swimming with me incudling starfishes, a crab and a sea horse was spotted further out. I cayaked each day I was out in the ocean had fresh coconuts right on the beach. There are locals who appraoch you to go their houses for a seafood dinner only if you are so cheap and live life on the edge I dont reccomend it say no and walk away. This is very popular especially around 5-7pm in the beach to be approached it's illegal for them to do this and there is Cuban police frequently walking through the beach.
The dining room experience was not bad, but if you dont eat pork watch out they like to put bits of ham on almost everything cooked and uncooked. Fresh chicken and fish red snapper or salmon daily grilled right before your eyes. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from the desserts must have been a popular, because if I felt like a sweet tooth the sweets were gone in no time!
A la carte was good both Cuban and seafood, just a little note for you all of the Cuban food meats, fruits vegetables are organic. You can taste the difference from our meat and vegetables to theirs. They always had a few Cuban men play Cuban music while you were eating, nice touch.
My room I had a junior suite, just beautiful, big and clean, I was on the second floor outside my door overlooking the dining room and the entertainment, a la carte and coffee bar I felt safe. I opened my huge patio outside in the back and I turned my tv. in evening while they were spraying the resort I was able to watch CSI Miami with my fresh fruits I bought at the market. I was a good distance to the beach, I didnt mind because it was worth the trek, nice view walking through the gardens and resort. Also that is where they had the beach parties at night so I could not hear the music...ha ha ha
The enertainment was really good, both day and night I didsnt particpate but wathced it from my favorite place the coffeee bar so got the best of the best!
The coffee bar was amazing right by the pool, they whipped me up a great expresso, and cuppucinno as soon as I got there! Good place to chill and read a book and tune into the night show...
I had to raise my voice in spanish to make them understand I didnt leave Canada to listen to Canadian 80's tunes and even some Kenny Roger's the days where I first arrived in Canada in the early 70's???but wanted to hear typical Cuban music like Salsa merengue, bachata, reggaeton, so they changed the music! ha ha ha
I really liked this hotel, lots of local Cubans with their families stayed here so I felt at home. I got a real Cuban feel and felt like home away from home. I was sitting through meals and cappucino talk with the Cubans in spanish, just how I wanted it...
I was hardly in the hotel...Saturday evening went to see the Afrcian Cuban show in Camaguey city , I then really learned about their lived beliefs and culture. I have to admit I was very uncomfortable to witness an evening where there were people possessed by demonic spirits.
Sunday was well worth my mone $55.00 pesos, where I went to the all day trip to Playa Bontia, the 2nd largest archepelogos in the world. We got to swim with the star fishes in the coral reef, before heading off to the island. The island was beautifully untouched and Cuban lunch was prepared and included in the trip then went cayaking, swimming.
Monday I went to the all-day $39.00 pesos trip to the Crocodlie farm and the town of Minas. First leaving the hotel stooped off at a sguar cane plantation, then the town of Minas a Violin factory where they make by hand you can also buy them or or small sounvenirs. The the crocodile farm, lots of fruit trees, the crocdiles, another Cuban ceremonial ritual. Then headed down the river by canoes. We had lunch which was included at the crocdile farm another typical Cuban lunch was one of the best meals in Cuba!
Tuesday went to the all day trip $39.00 pesos to Camaguey city tour, stopped off first at the sugar cane plantation had an expresso, then went to revolution square, saw the church that Pope John Paul had visited. Also visited another Catholic church, walked by and met a nun from an all girls convent. Had lunch which was included at the same Cuban resturaunt as Saturday, but they had 3 men playing and singing Cuban songs. This is when you see the poor and desperation this day it was really visible walking through the streets of Camaguey city. The streets are very old and archetctual actually looks like Habana .Then had free time to spend, walk around on your own eat, take pictures, shop.
Santa Lucia and Cammaguey is really hot, take lots of sunscreen, the mosquitos are brutal, take bug spray. Take a travel bottle to keep filling up your water from the hotel bars, you cannot drink tap water. Take a hat, when you leave the hotel walk with your own toilet paper.
Money only take Canadian, they dont have instant debit so dont expect to use your debit card or take money out as they do in most Carribbean places. Dont take any American credit cards because their machines are automatically designed not to accept it. $120.00 Canadian gave me $90.00 convertivble Pesos the rate changes day to day. They do not have any bank machines at all anywhere! Shopping I found the prices more reasonable or the same at the airport including souvenirs, rum, cigars.
Internet cost $3.00 pesos for 1/2 hour and $6.00 pesos for 1 hour the time goes fast. Depending on the time of day its very slow so the card may go fast. There are only 2 computers available. The room safe you give a $25.00 pesos deposit and you get it back on your check out when you returm the key. Towel there is a $15.00 pesos deposit you get it back when you return the towel...
This money can be kept for your departure tax $25.00 pesos (cuc) on your return flight at the Santa Lucia airport.
Tipping, $5.00 dollars Amercian currency which is the equivillancy to $5.00 cuc, this givesone Cuban worker the amount they make in one months salary...
So a good tip is 3-5 pesos at the end of your stay or you can tip 1 peso for every evening they serve you...
The service and cleaniness at Gran club was really good I would give this hotel a 4 star! Great family friendly resort, if you dont speak any spanish communicating may be difficult for you at this hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Club Santa Lucia Hotel Playa Santa Lucia
- Gran Club Santa Lucia Hotel
- Gran Hotel Camaguey
- Gran Hotel Santa Lucia
- Santa Lucia Camaguey
- Gran Club Santa Lucia Playa Santa Lucia, Cuba - Camaguey Province