Just returned from Blau Costa Verde (Jan. 18th to 28th) and traditionally share my thoughts about the resort we have a great pleasure to spend our vacation in. I’d like to emphasize” MY THOUGHTS” as they might be quite different than others’. I always lough seeing stuff like “…Ignore bad reviews…” or “…Don’t go there…” etc. My rule of thumb is to read as many reviews as you possibly can, starting with the bed ones then moving to those from the time of the year you plan your vacation for. It will definitely help in making best decision, still no 100% guarantee though - sorry. This was our 4th time in Cuba and one of the best ones for sure. Coincidentally two other excellent vacations we spent in another Blau hotel (Blau Varadero). Looks like we will give Blau trademark a bit more trust credit in the future. I give this hotel (BCV) excellent rating because in my opinion it is the best possible value for your buck, not only in Cuba but also Mexico and DR where we spent our vacations in the past. Entire hotel consists of two parts, older one and the new called PLUS. Based on reviews I read before choosing the hotel we were prepared for upgrading to PLUS, but it was not necessary as we were quite happy with our room (1203) in block 1. Yes, it looked a bit tired but was kept clean, not a single issue with AC, water pressure or water temperature. Every day we left room at 8:30 am coming back from beach just to take a shower before dinner and then returning around 10:00 pm ready to hit the pillow. Absolutely no need for any better accommodation than that. Also being in the older section of the hotel allowed sneaking into the lobby and main buffet without umbrella when it was raining as all old blocks are connected by covered passages. One caution here though, it can be very slippery when floor tiles are wet so be careful. Ok, now let’s have something to eat. There was a lot to choose from indeed. Like for Cuban standards food was the best of all hotels we stayed in, and many people we talked to expressed the same opinion. Will not go into the menu details because the list would be way too long. Also when something was gone they replenished it right away so no need to be first in line in order to get your yummy favorite like for instance hot oatmeal for breakfast that we enjoyed daily (first hotel in Cuba that had it available). Basically everything from variety of veggies, cheeses, fish, meats and pasta to junk food (fries, burgers) was widely available. To sum it up “…no further questions your honor …”. Now let’s go to the beach. Well, it’s a bit different than those in Varadero or Cayo Coco. For us, “professional beach-walkers” it wasn’t long enough so we had to go back and forth a couple of times in order to make up the distance. It takes max. 15-20 minutes to walk it from one end to another. Talking about walking whether it is on the beach or going into the ocean, water shoes will definitely come handy. Still can do without them (I did but my honey couldn’t) if you are careful. Overall the beach is very nice and we never had a problem with finding a shady space under palapas. As for beach chairs, more available than could be used. Snorkeling off the beach pretty good too especially close to the very end of the beach on the right hand side. Now one more pleasant surprise, the gym. Very nice equipped and everything was actually working. Another “first in Cuba” kinda stuff. I used it daily to supplement short shore line I talked about as well as to burn out excessive intake of food I talked about too. Entire hotel’s grounds are kept clean and neat. You can see gardeners working hard planting new shrubs and trees especially in the PLUS section as this part of the hotel was construction site not that long ago. After the addition of the PLUS the hotel now covers quite large area. We personally loved it as there are a lot of pathways to walk through, but may become an issue for those with impaired mobility. I saw however electric carts moving people around so looks like there is a solution. During the day there are quite a few vendors offering their art work (some really beautiful) and other more or less useful merchandise but unlike other places (and I really, really love it about all Cuba) nobody is harassing you. Every day, starting at about 6:30 pm there is a pre-show activity/performance at the lobby. Some of them are fantastic so make sure to check them out. Night shows are pretty good too. Lots of music and dancing to our liking but I understand that not necessarily to everybody’s. For not PLUS guests there are only two a ’la carte restaurants available, Italian and Cuban. Tried them both and Italian is the winner. Seems like resort is family friendly/oriented as so many young and not so young couples with toddlers, preschoolers and ups were in attendance. I briefly thought about school, but hey, if you are a genius one week taken off your education is less than a piece of cake. Now a bit about “prostitution” issue raised in some previous reviews. Yes, there are some “suspicious” couples visible, but never spotted anything abnormal that would caught unpleasant attention. Never saw any behavior that would be “dangerous” to kids, youngsters or anybody else. All I can tell about those couples is that girls looked way much nicer than “boys”. As for the service, no complains in this department as well. Bartenders, cleaners, waitress and all other at service did their job really good. Never got a feeling being treated differently because didn’t tip good enough. They made it look like tipping doesn’t matter and that’s what I tipped them for. All and all we spent lovely ten days in Blau Costa Verde and wouldn’t mind to come back in the future even for longer time. And that’s it as for my thoughts about BCV hotel. Some may agree, some may not. For those who do not, I will not argue more than I did already. Quite frankly one may have completely different experience even from the same hotel, so as I said at the beginning, read as many reviews as you possible can so less chance to make a mistake.
Have a very nice vacation eh.
PS. Do not hesitate to drop me a note if would like more detailed info.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort is located on the seafront next to the fine white sandy beach of Playa Pesquero in eastern Cuba. Our Holguin resort is surrounded by luscious tropical vegetation. At Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort the natural environment is fully incorporated into the resort. Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort offers spectacular views from our rooms over 36 000 m2 of gardens and natural vegetation. Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort offers (with extra charge: Three souvenir shops including one selling Cuban tobacco. Complimentary car, moped and bicycle hire. Taxi service. Parking. Laundry service. Medical services: nursing service in the hotel and medical visits on request. Bureau de change in reception. Massage services. Hairdressers. Special dinner. Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort ALL INCLUSIVE: Breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner. A la Carte dinner once a week per customer. Local beverages and select international brands. Non-motor water sports. Sporting activities: volleyball, basketball, tennis, aerobics and snorkelling Daytime and evening entertainment programme including Spanish lessons, dance classes, and nightly shows. Minibar. Teatime. Discotheque. Fitness Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blau Costa Verde Beach Hotel Holguin
- Blau Costa Verde Cuba
- Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort Cuba/Holguin