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Hotel Brisas Los Galeones

Carretera a Chivirico Km. 72 Chirivico, Guama 92800 Cuba
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Carretera a Chivirico Km. 72 Chirivico, Guama 92800 Cuba
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This is simply an addendum to my earlier reviews, based on our fourth visit there. What has changed since 2015? Really, not much! And this is how it’s clientele apparently likes it best, and so do we. Even the town of Chivirico seems to be much like it was five years ago. One significant change was however quite apparent: more horses being used for transportation and the number of small buggies and horse-drawn carriages have multiplied. Without serious ‘’fact checking’’, I attribute this to the mess their largest supplier of gasoline and oil – Venezuela – is in, and also to the fact that the American embargo/sanctions have unfortunately started to bite. We could see long lines at a gas-station in Santiago. Ditto for some food items – not everything is available every day, but nobody at the resort goes hungry. There’s one bright spot for the country and its people, and this is you, the traveler! The road from Santiago right up to Brisas Los Galeones is in very good condition and your bus will take you there in about an hour – stopping or slowing for the odd goat, dog or whatever is in the road; and this should also slow you, dear reader, down to the requisite ‘’vacation speed’’: welcome to Cuba and time out! The resort itself is still as it was, mostly same staff as well and one feels right away at home. We again met quite a few guests we had met before - the rhythm of the place has survived in spite of all. The stairs down to the beach are in very good condition, and so will be you after a week, plus the beer at the top after the late afternoon walk up, will taste terrific. Here I should add that they now pour the local Crystal from a tap, which in my humble opinion tastes better than from a bottle or can. One item of note: down at the beach they still use the little plastic one-way cups, so be kind and bring your own mug/travel cup – no matter the size, they will fill it, and you have done your bit for the environment. There is Wi-Fi reception at the resort – stay close to the office, and an hour is 2 CUC. And if you wish to know what you might want to bring along: anything at all! From light-bulbs, batteries, flashlights, to gently used clothing and tools you don’t need or have two of – your imagination is the limit! And some CUCs for tips are always welcome as well. Cheers y nos vemos, siempre Adelante!
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The hotel has a nice location and the staff works hard to try and make up for the problems at the resort. Every year the hotel gets a little more run down. The pump that supplies the hotel water is always breaking. The stairs to the beach are crumbling in spots. The road up to the hotel is in bad shape. The food other than breakfast is not very good. They advertise free access to their sister hotel Sierra Mar but to get there costs 10cuc each way. If you can believe it in Cuba there was no dark rum and coke for an entire week. I could go on and I realize that Cuba is having a hard year because of the embargo but if they want people to come to their hotels they have to invest a little in upkeep.
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The location is beautiful, it is on a mountain but the road up is in terrible condition, lots of very big potholes.The resort is very small but cozy if that is what you are looking for. We have been to many places in Cuba and the staff here by far are the best, it is not their fault for which I have given this resort the poor rating. Here are a few problems which I say again is not the fault of staff 1. some days no clean towels 2. they ran out of diet coke after 2 days then ran out of coke for the last week 3. ran out of dark rum( can you believe this ) 4. only fresh vegetables were squash and potatoes 5. food was rationed example one day no onions or eggs for breakfast omelette but some at lunch. Then next day opposite or not at all 6 food containers were never refilled and some times they ran out before all have had some 7. No pasta of any kind second year in a row, the town store had some to purchase 8. very small amounts of food when it was an e la carte always canned mixed vegetables 9. some rooms had no television for a week or more its nice at night to catch some news 10. ice machine broke down later repaired 11.. some of us have worked hard for our money to go on vacation and it seems the prices in Cuba are going up but value is going down again with no fault of the staff. Having been visiting Cuba for more than 20 years, and after about 50 trips, it is time to re-assess the value received for our vacation dollar in Cuba.
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Perched on top of a big hill the views are amazing. The rising sun to the east, blue Caribbean to the south, setting sun to the west and the Sierra Maestra mountains to the north. There was plenty of rain this year so the mountains were lush with vegetation. Typical Cuban resort food. The basics. If you want fancier go to France. Local musicians play at supper time. Hundreds of years ago they built a fortified lookout on this same hill. Keeping an eye out for the likes of Jack Sparrow and others. One can follow the goat trail and see the remains. Climb down down down to the ocean. Small with a few sandy patches in the water for swimming. The beach is sand and pebbles. The BBQ lunch served on the beach is very good. Even more appreciated as all of the beverages and food are carried down the hill by the employees. Approximately 4:00 things close up then up up up up up to the resort. A lot of repeat client ell here, mostly Canadian. For the time we stayed there, about 45% from Je Me Souviens province, 45% from Keep it Beautiful province and the remaining 10% from Europe etc. Staff were all friendly, good service, and very fit as they have to climb to work every day. It’s down down down down to visit the town of Chivirico. Basic necessities are there, stores, gas station, bank, phone, restaurants. Market garden on Saturday gets picked over so go there early. You wont find fresher pork. Long line at the truck as they chop it up. Then its up up up up up to the resort. Bring some extra water to drink. Saturday night is music and party in the main park on the beach in town. One can avoid the down down down and up up up and just listen on the porch beside the empty hot tub. Random power outages seem to be a regular thing here in this part of Cuba. The resort’s backup generator usually kicks on. A lot less feral dogs and cats than other resorts. Local goats and a few chickens do wander around. Its a very quiet place with mainly older people. A great way to catch up on the 217 books you have sitting on the shelf.
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We spent a week there last year, and quickly realized it was exactly the kind of Cuban resort that we wanted. We've been to Cuba each of the last 10 years. Last year, I decided not to review the place because I selfishly wanted to keep it a quiet gem. But this year I thought otherwise. We like it because it is small. There's no entertainment stage that is part of other Cuban resorts, with the associated performances, to thumping loud music, that seem to be attempts to recreate Vegas style shows with a 1950's flare. No pounding music all day by the pool. No persistent attempts to recruit people for beach volleyball or aqua fitness classes. Consequently, you can actually hear birdsong during the day. And roosters in Chivirico, the attached town, in the morning. And the sound of surf on the beach far below. And palm frond rustle. Wind moving matter. Stuff like that. The staff are genuinely friendly and seem to enjoy their work. I get energy from people who clearly enjoy doing what they are doing. You are part of a positive human exchange, and I never undervalue that. The food is good, by Cuban standards, and the cappuccinos are about the best that this cappuccino lover has had anywhere. It's a long walk down steps to the beach, but a good workout and opportunity to kind of meditate and enjoy the stunning views, sounds, scents, goats and vegetation. This part of Cuba tends to be about 6C warmer than Havana, the days around 30C, no bugs, no humidity. People in Chivirico are friendly. You are identified clearly as a tourist on the street, and I found most people would steal a glance just as we were passing, and I'd acknowledge the person, and they'd always respond with a nod, sometimes formal, sometimes smiley. I feel it's a privilege to be there. Of course, there's a huge disparity in wealth between my world and theirs, but I see our visit as sharing wealth, and getting so much in return. And no guilt. Because it's so small, the people staying are open and friendly, and conversation flows easily. There is no anonymity there; and I like that. Beach bar serves a delicious lunch. For a small, strained economic niche, they deliver a high quality experience. Santiago is about an hour's cab drive away. We spent a night in the city and I was again blown away by the energy in the Casa de la Trova, the music, the congestion of human vigour and joy. And families in Cespedes park, the kids playing hide and seek and tag (remember tag?) until midnight, no sense of worry about safety there. We go there for the sun, the ocean swimming, the gorgeous environment, the friendly people, the safety. No soldiers guarding the compound with machine guns. No stern warnings to absolutely avoid certain areas. We take for Cuba. Always our choice for a winter vacation. Oh: wonderful horse back riding to bat caves. It's all good. Highly recommend!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Brisas Los Galeones
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Brisas Los Galeones?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Brisas Los Galeones?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Brisas Los Galeones?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Brisas Los Galeones?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Hotel Brisas Los Galeones have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.