We arrived in Cayo Coco on June 4th 2009 and stayed for 7 nights. We travelled with Thomas Cook.
Checking into the Tryp was quick and easy and our bags were bought to us within 30 minutes. When we arrived there had just been a thunderstorm so the weather was very humid.
On our first night we tried to exchange money at the front desk of the hotel but couldnt as they dont accept any card payments. We were told the only places we could change money were at the airport and there was a bank around 6 miles away. This was our own fault though as we had been told this prior to leaving the UK and forgot to take cash with us. However after a couple of days we realised that all of the tour operators that you could book trips with and the hotel shop accepted card payments so not sure why the hotel front desk cant?
We had emailed the hotel a week before and asked if we could have a room in block 10 as we had read on here that it seemed to be a better block and it was close to the beach and quiet pool. The hotel accommodated us in this request. The room was spacious and clean with a/c and a balcony. The maid service was great and she left us a bottle of water every other day.
The weather was very hot while we were there, 35 degrees every day. It did rain in the evening which was actually nice as it broke the hot weather for a while. We wanted to sit on the beach more but me and my boyfriend both burn very easily and while there were huts on the beach which offered a lot of shade there was holes in the palm leaves that made up the roof so didnt want to risk getting 'stripe' burns all over! We spent most of our time by the quiet pool which has a poolside bar which opens every day from around 10am to 5pm. Theres plenty of sun loungers around this pool either in the sun or in shaded areas. The sun loungers had no covers on so I suggest trying to put a couple of towels on them to make it a bit more comfortable! We didnt really go around the larger pool as there didnt seem to be any shade around there. There is a swim up pool bar in the larger pool. The beach is gorgeous, there is only a little bit of seaweed there so not sure what people were complaining for! When you go into the sea, its so clear you can see right to the bottom at all times.
I personally didnt think much of the buffet restaurant. We ate there for the 7 nights we were there and the food was always cold unless you had something cooked from the fresh meat frying station or the pasta cooking station. There wasnt a lot of choice at all, and we are not fussy eaters. We basically ate chicken and vegetables for a week which wasnt so bad, but it would be nice to have a bit more choice. I know it cant be helped but there was also a lot of flys on the food and around the food. I was speaking to a woman who sat next to me on the plane journey home, they had stayed in the NH Laguna and in their buffet restaurant they had insect nets around all the windows, the Tryp didnt have any of them. We also ate in the beach bar grill which served pizza/burgers/chips/pork/chicken etc, it was a really nice place for lunch and it was a speedy service. We didnt book any of the a la carte restaurants. While the food tasted all right from the buffet/beach grill I have suffered from diarorhea for 5 days now and nothing is getting rid of it! I didnt drink any of the tap water at all, so it must of been from the food.
Most nights we didnt go the main complex for drinks, we went to the bar between the Oriental and the Italian restaurants. It was a great bar, the bartenders there do the best cocktails, make sure you try a Strawberry Daiquiri! I would recommend taking a sports cup/travel mug for the pool side and the bars at night as the cup sizes are small!!
We only watched one night of the entertainment, we didnt really think much of it, it seemed like they worked really hard though.
We had a good week there, there were a few things that could have been improved, i.e the food but we were on holiday so you cant moan too much!
One final thing I would like to say, please please make sure you take cash with you to Cayo Coco, you cant change currency on a card at the hotel reception so we didnt have our departure tax. We tried to change money once we got to the airport for the flight home, but all of our cards kept being denied?! The Thomas Cook rep had to do a money transfer for us which cost us £20 on top of what we needed for departure tax.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star All-Inclusive Tryp Cayo Coco hotel (508 rooms) offers select gastronomic service and an exciting day and night recreation program. The property is located in one of the pristine keys off the coast of the central region of Cuba.Built over a natural lagoon, facing and wide stretch of sugar-white beach. Ideal for families, diving lovers, fishing and nautical activities.Guest Rooms508 rooms: 343 Standard, 57 Standard Ocean View, 102 Standard Superior Ocean View, 6 SuiteDining9 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, Barbeque, Gourmet), 3 Bars ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel Cayo Coco
- Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel Ciego De Avila
- Tryp Cayo Coco Cuba
- Cayo Coco Tryp
- Trip Cayo Coco