In February we went to Brisas Trinidad del Mar. We weren't expecting a lot. We'd read Trip Advisor reviews which ranged from good to bad.
One thing I would like to ask reviewers is, please complete your personal Trip Advisor profile. Do it honestly and completely. I'm in my 60s and have traveled a lot in the Caribbean, Central America and Europe so I have certain expectations. I'm sure I will have a different reaction to a hotel review by a 20 something first time traveller than I will from someone in my own age group. Likewise, a young person doesn't necessarily want to hear my opinion of a destination, they'd prefer and relate better to a review by their peers. Enough about that - on to the review.
The hotel was very good. The staff was friendly and the food was generally quite acceptable. It should be noted that we don't go to the Caribbean for the food - especially to Cuba. We go for the sun and the relaxation. We got lots of both at Brisas. One item of note, generally in the "food" category is that the barteners for the most part don't have a clue. Even the basics were often, not always, mediocre at best.
The big plus for us was the excellent beach. Great swimming. We spent most of every day on the beach - in fact, we didn't go into any of the pools once. The beach was clean, the water was warm. It was never over crowded although there were always lots of people around.
Two negatives and I've heard at least one (the first) before by reviewers. The water in the rooms. While we personally didn't have a water pressure issue, our travelling companions did. They were on the upper floor, we were on the middle (despite having asked on our reservation for an upper floor). Not only did they have a pressure issue, they also had difficulty finding a time to have a hot, or even warm, shower. The bathtubs in both our rooms were stained and just plain dirty looking. The overall cleanliness left something to be desired. We took some Lysol with us and did a little cleaning/disinfecting when we arrived. It wasn't a big deal but it is worth of comment. The other negative, and this one will definitely show my age, the overly loud music from the stage performance every night. Virtually all the rooms at the hotel are bombarded by this noise from about 8:00 until about 11:00 every night. Those that want to hear it are sitting in the audience, at most a few dozen feet away. Those of us that don't want to hear it can't escape, even in our rooms at the far end of the complex. Figure it out people. Everybody doesn't want to hear the Show, every night.
Generally however, the vacation was wonderful and relaxing. The highlight to us was the Trinidad tour. Trinidad is an interesting city and rich in culture and architecture. We found a couple of "treasures" which we bought, but generally just the atmosphere was worth the experience. While assembling for the return to the hotel, we all met in a Cuban Jazz Club. It was a wonderful experience. It's a Social Club (like the legendary Buena Vista Social Club) for the locals with all day jazz and a variety of performers. Everyone is encouraged to dance. Nothing formal, just fun.
There is a small market that assembles outside the buffet restaurant every evening with artists and various crafts people. We met one artist, Esubio. We learned that he is a professor at the Art College in Trinidad. As my wife is also an artist, she was enthuzed and Esubio invited us to visit him in Trinidad the next day and he would take us on a tour of the College. We went and it was wonderful. It is absolutely amazing what the teachers and the students do with almost no materials. We wish we could send a boat load of paint, brushes, canvases etc to them. Sadly we can't. They would just be confiscated by Customs before ever reaching the School.
Our Sunwing rep, his name is Levy (most everyone called him Larry) was probably the best Rep we've ever had on vacation. Whenever we needed him, he was there. If we asked a question, he either had or immediately got the answer. If we had a problem, he got it fixed. If more Reps were like Levy, more vacationers would have better vacations.
We'll go back. We know our expectations. They aren't too high but for the price, it's a good vacation.
- Also Known As:
- Brisas Trinidad Del Mar Hotel Trinidad
- Brisas Hotel Trinidad
- Brisas Resort All Inclusive Trinidad