I am going to be completely honest in this review, as there seems to be a big difference in what people are writing about. We are a couple (aged 24/33) who went on this holiday to do one thing; relax. We were not here to judge the quality of the wine, get up at the crack of dawn to reserve sunbeds.....just to go with the flow. We got back yesterday from our first visit to Cuba and the Playa Pesquero, and I obviously read a lot of reviews on here before going- my, some people are picky! This hotel is a Cuban 5 star, which is a 3.5/4 star by British standards, and with that in mind, we were not disappointed.
The hotel is clean and although some areas are a little tired, it is definitely a good standard of premises. There was a funny smell in the theatre some nights but we presume this was from the heavy rain that we experienced. Our block was 64 which was close to everything. The room, again a little dated, was perfect for what we required it for-sleeping and showering. Everything worked and the maids cleaned it to a good standard everyday. Drinks man would always offer more beers/cokes/water if wanted. There is a good amount of storage space for clothing. The grounds are all clean and well kept. There are buggies but they aren't needed unless your room is on the far edge blocks and it is humid out when walking to restaurants in the evening.The resort isn't that big, you could walk lobby to beach in about 3minutes, everything is very close together. We didn't queue to check in or check out. Also, the Internet isn't that slow, we used it around 8pm and there was always spaces.
All very polite and will go out of their way to help you. Tipping isn't necessary at all but I felt it was a little more expected in the a la cartes (which is fine as the service is good, but perhaps some may feel slightly pressured). If you want extras of anything, then tipping is the way forward. The ice cream lady is lovely, and deserved more tips than she got, especially as there seems to be quite a few rude residents who shout their order with no please or thank you's. I also saw this at the beach bar where a gentleman infront slammed down his personal flasks and shouted 'beer' and 'cola' at the poor barman. The staff work very hard and don't earn much and definitely don't deserve to be spoken to or treated like dirt. Also, flashing your cash before ordering doesn't always get you to the front, just makes you look rude to others.
I don't eat fish so we didn't go to the seafood restaurant so cant comment on that. We went for 2 weeks and had 8 a la carte places, but only used 6. The hotel pre booked us 2 and when we booked the rest, the first few days were already fully booked which gave us a row of 4 nights a la carte on the trot, which is partly why we cancelled 2. The Italian and Grill (Yareyal) restaurants are excellent, plenty of choice and excellent service. The other two, not so which is why we only went to these once each. The Romantico has a nice setting and good staff but I thought the food wasn't great here and there was very little choice. Also, the Cubano restaurant had good food and service but again little choice. I am a fussy eater but even my partner who eats anything and everything felt the same. He did recommend the lobster at the Romantico tho. The buffetts were excellent, the bigger one more so than the smaller one (can't remember which way round the names are!). There is so much choice and the fresh cooked stuff is tasty!! For those complaining about queues, if you go between 6.30 and 7 in the evening there are queues of maybe 1 or 2 people at the fresh food bars, certainly no 10 minute waits and everything is fresh. We went for breakfast between 8.30 and 9.30 and again didn't see any of these long queues, although it was quieter after 9am. We didnt use the Bistro or La Tratttoria for lunch as we were satisfied with a hotdog/chips or pizza from the stands everyday (there are queues of nearly 10 minutes at these in peak times). The beer garden serves snacks and drinks 24hours which was useful! We didn't suffer with any stomach problems and neither of us got ill. Also, the dress code isn't always adhered to, and even in the buffet in the evening some men wore vests and swim shorts and women wore bikinis, perhaps the standards should be raised in here a little, we always made an effort wherever we were eating at night.
Can't comment on the day stuff as we didn't get involved in anything but archery. There are also free pedalos, kayaks, catermerans and snorkelling stuff to hire which is good. There did always seem to be something going on though and the entertainers seemed friendly. The evening entertainment was......varied?! The pre show stuff ranged from audience games to clowns to magic shows to live bands, all of this was quite entertaining. The later stuff was mainly dancing and mimed singing, but the dancers obviously try hard and most are quite talented. It's a shame that some parents don't control their children and let them run riot on the stage when the shows are on. This is very disrespectful to the performers who are trying hard to entertain the audience, with the out of control kids making this more difficult.
If you don't want to get up before 7.30am, you'd be better off on the beach. All sunbeds were gone around the pool by then. People are incredibly greedy and reserved as many as 10 sun loungers and big shade beds and then don't appear until midday. Fair enough if you want to get up that early to reserve them, but we were on holiday so there was no chance we would be doing that, what's the point in stressing over that when you are there to relax?! We also heard a couple of people arguing that their 'spot' had been taken by someone else......I think some people need to realise this is a holiday and not a reserved space car park! Pool area was full of shouting families/drunks and people who liked to litter. We preferred the beach and couldn't understand the demand for the pool when there was such a beautiful beach on the doorstep. You could easily get an umbrella by 9.30am there still and sunbeds available all day. A lot of people on here have commented on the state of the pool and beach toilets. Whilst they didn't smell the nicest, they were always clean (cleaner than any UK beach toilet) and always with loo roll, they were just abit run down with graffiti.
We are not wine connoisseurs and certainly didn't go here to judge the quality of the wine. It is certainly drinkable, if we'd of wanted a fine glass Chateauneuf-ou-pape then we'd of gone to The Ivy. Again, people need to realise this is Cuba and they give the best they can. The bar men are excellent and make whatever you want (I also found being female = more alcohol with male bartenders!). The premium drinks man offers excellently priced cigars (cheaper than the shop)!
We only went jet skiing, and although they weren't very powerful, it was good fun! We felt the dolphin trips were overpriced, as was the Cuban tour. We went on the land train to Guardalavaca and the driver offered to take us on a trip to a fishing village and local school too. The return trip cost 10 pesos in total from the hotel, much better value for money.
I wouldn't bother paying for VIP, the queues for that check in were just as long as the normal queues. There is plenty of space to sit around in the airport which isn't hot and stuffy. Yes you get snacks/drinks and priority boarding included with VIP but we ate at the hotel before leaving and had meals on the plane so didn't need extra food. As for priority boarding.....you already have allocated seats on the plane so what's the rush to get on?! We sat and waited for 10 mins whilst the VIPer's queued on the stairs to board first. Waste of money! Talking of money, our rep told us that as of 1st April, all pesos must be changed back before security....only to discover all the shops after security charged pesos.
Agree with the below that wedding parties do take over the hotel, especially as they cram so many in each day. Didn't affect us much, there was just a noticeable presence of certain groups around the pool and lobby bar each day.
It should be noted that we went in the Easter holidays, which is peak time for this hotel.
Overall, we had a lovely trip away with plenty of relaxation, warm weather and good food and drink. I would return here, but not every year. I would recommend this place to anyone but groups of young people-there is a fair bit to do on resort, but it is in the middle of nowhere, to there isn't anywhere else to escape to really. I would recommend this resort to others, but it certainly isn't the 5 star trip that some people expect it to be. If you go with realistic expectations, you won't be disappointed, we weren't and we had a fab time!
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