What can I say except don't believe the negative reviews about the Sol Pelicano. This resort fits the four star rating and then some.
Indeed it is no RIU and patrons don't have 24 hour drink and food service (everything seems to shut down at midnight) or beach drink service. Everything else at this hotel is excellent.
The beach is what puts it over the top though and if you are a beach person have no fear you will definitely enjoy the Sol Pelicano. Have low expectations and you will be pleasantly surprised by this resort.
Here is a rundown of the facilities and what to expect.
ROOMS: Clean, simple and functional. Very comfortable mattresses compared to the rest of Cuba and any recent trips I have been on to Mexico or other countries in the south. Maids were friendly and always fulfilled any requests.
FOOD: Buffet restaurant was very good and always had plenty of selection. The service and attention payed to detail by waitstaff was excellent. Each morning we were greeted by our waiter Adolfo at the front door and he insisted we sit in his section and was always quick to take our order and make sure we were happy. The Beach snack bar served great lunches and the calamari was excellent. Wasn't too big on the a'la carte restaurants but then again that is not why I came. Try the Pizza restaurant located to the right of the main lobby bar - it is open in the afternoon and the pizza will surprise you.
BAR: The main lobby bar closes a little early at Midnight - the other bars also close their doors a little early for my liking but then again when you are at a resort where the main focus is the beach then hitting the sack earlier is probably a good thing.
GROUNDS: It is very dry here and there is little rain so there is plenty of xeroscape gardening going on - native plants and very little grass - but the groundskeepers do a great job and are constantly manicuring the site.
BEACH: Life is a beach. This has to be one of the greatest beaches I have ever set foot on - Strange I have been searching for a beach like this and have visited over a dozen resorts but nothing matches this. Talcum powder sand, gentle waves, warm water, no rocks in the water - and the big bonus no jet skis or power boats or annoying vending sales pitches - a great place to relax - plus due to the southern facing old sol is over the water the entire day creating a brilliant reflection off the water and stunning sun set to the right of the hotel alone the shoreline. Roberto a.k.a. Kiko will make you feel at home.
POOL: Only came here a few times cause the beach was so beautiful but rest assured it was a nice salt water swimming pool.
STAFF: Overall I can't fault them at anything - they were always friendly and attentive despite being overworked with little sleep.
PATRONS: Here is the big bonus - everyone I ran into seemed to have realistic expectations and most were friendly and warm -
GIFTS: Cash is the best thing to bring the people so tip often - other gifts you could bring include children's toys, medicines pharmacy items, sporting goods (A pair of 10 or 11 running shoes is like gold), food items - any left over items you can't use on your trip - as long as they are unopened will be accepted by staff.
EXCURSIONS: Didn't do it but the catamaran cruises come highly recommended. A trip in a cab or on the island train to Playa Blanca or Playa Sirenis is highly recommended - you will not believe the stunning beauty and tranquility of these two beaches. It is no wonder they are rated in the top ten list of Caribbean beaches or that Columbus landed here not once but twice.
OVERALL: This hotel has a great thing going. If you are looking for night life or to be pampered in luxury this place is not for you. If you are looking for a great beach vacation for you and your partner, friends or children at an affordable price then look no further - The Sol Pelicano will provide this.
Note: I have been to several resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Venezuela and have yet to find a better deal with all the bells and whistles. If you are thinking of booking at this resort but have been turned off by the negative reviews - don't listen to them - they are written by people with unrealistic expectations or those who are just out to knock Cuba (Florida Republicans?).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Cayo Largo del Sur, in the Caribbean Sea. All Inclusive Four-Star Resort with 307 rooms. Its comfortable accommodations offer guests the chance to enjoy a peaceful and calm vacation. The property faces 600 meters of beach, famous for its perennially cool white-sand. Fun-packed recreation programs for both children and adults. Recommended for families.Guest Rooms307 rooms: 259 Standard, 36 Standard Ocean View, 12 Junior SuiteDining3 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, A la carte and mini-buffet), 2 Cafeterias, 2 Bars ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sol Pelicano Cayo Largo