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Fiona_j_e wrote a review Dec 2018
London, United Kingdom111 contributions34 helpful votes
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I've just spent 4 days at El Colony, I wish I could've found out more info before I went so here are my experiences in the hope they help you! I booked the hotel in advance, through booking.com. Well technically my dad booked it for me from another country, because booking.com doesn't work inside Cuba. Think I paid around 30CUC/night for single occupancy of the most basic room, which is the same as the walk in price. However on arrival I was upgraded to a bungalow with three double beds (if anything, too many!), a fridge, TV, nice bathroom, etc. I thought I was upgraded because the hotel was full, but from looking around I think it's because they are refurbishing, or have decommissioned, so many of the basic rooms. Breakfast is included but it is particularly underwhelming. Coffee, sugary juice, bread, cheese, ham. Sometimes eggs, sometimes fruit. You pay for lunch at the pool bar, 5CUC for the stand Cuban affair, some kind of meat, rice and veg. Dinner is a 12CUC buffet if there's enough people staying or if not, it's a similar a la carte choice as at lunch. In conclusion, the food will sustain but not entertain you. Portions are generous, quality and variety are lacking. Drinks are reasonably priced at 2CUC ish for cocktails and beers. You can buy water from the bar as cheap as anywhere else in Cuba. The staff throughout the hotel are omnipresent and incredibly friendly and helpful. From the receptionists to the kitchen and bar staff to the cleaners. Everyone is great. English and Spanish spoken. I had the pool almost to myself most days. Apparently there's a party on Saturday nights but I didn't stay over a weekend. There's no WiFi but there is a computer in reception you can use to get online, speed is good. The reception had run out of cards when I was here (normally 2CUC/hour I think) so best to bring your own from Havana if possible. I did 3 days of scuba diving, the reef was in good condition and there's lots of life. We didn't see anything big or pelagic but there's plenty of schools of Barracuda, bright blue creole wrasse and lots of other reef fish. The diving is well organised, the equipment is good and the staff are great. The hydrostatic test dates on the tanks are over 5 years which worried me but when I questioned it they rushed to get the manager to explain to me that they had been tested within the last 5 years but they hadn't been stamped. I chose to trust them, and had no issues. Diving is 40cuc per dive, with no real discount for buying multi dive packages. 10cuc per day for equipment hire. Lunch 10cuc. Routine is meet around 9am, drive painfully slowly on the boat for about 90 mins to reach Punta Frances, do 2 dives, have lunch on the drive back. Normally get back around 5pm. Snorkellers pay about 40cuc for the day I believe, plus lunch. The boat needs 3 divers at least to make the trip cost effective (or a combination of snorkellers and divers making up the same total cuc). I was travelling alone so I was at the mercy of other people's bookings. When I arrived there were no other bookings, but within 5 days I'd done 3 days of diving as other bookings had come through. You can book in advance by messaging Marlin on Facebook, the office doesn't seem to be open on weekends, i got no reply til Monday. Very glad I made the trip over to dive, the hotel grounds are beautiful if a little quiet, and the diving was worth the money.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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findtheoctopus wrote a review Mar 2018
Vienna, Austria4 contributions1 helpful vote
There's not much to do besides diving and the daily trip (2 dives) is from ~8:30am to ~5:00pm: a shuttle to the dive base (~8:30am) followed by a ~1:30h boat ride to the dive location. There were few other guests during our stay, almost all of them were divers. Diving was nice, good visibility; some animals that we spotted: Green/Spotted Morays, Porcupinefish, (Yellow) Stingrays, Lobster, Lettuce Nudibranch, ... Breakfast was fine, there weren't too many vegetarian options for dinner but they offered us additional/different vegetables. As always in Cuba, be prepared to pay cash (CUC) (drinks, laundry service etc.). We could get 5L water canisters to refill our bottles at the poolside bar.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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john d wrote a review Jan 2018
Carlsbad, California70 contributions21 helpful votes
Formally a Hilton in pre-revolutionary times, this seen-better-days, state run hotel was nearly empty when I stayed for 5 nights in May. I chose a bungalow which was spacious, clean, very quiet and had an ocean view; horses grazed close by in the morning. A modest breakfast came with the room. Enough English was spoken by staff (except housekeeping) to accommodate my embarrassingly poor command of Spanish. This hotel is remotely located; you'll need transport to anywhere else on the island. A bus leaves each morning from the entrance for transport to the marina a mile away for those with diving on their mind. A taxi can take you to Nueva Verona or interesting sights such as the decrepit prison. I was there to fish, but the guide service I used is no longer operating out of the marina and, to date (January, 2018), there's been no replacement. On weekends, local folks swarm the pool to revel in the contrast of comparative luxury the pools offer to their $22 per month, state regulated existence. This gathering is a raucous, fun, cultural experience (if you care to join in) that vanishes like a passing tornado when the bus leaves at 4:00PM or so. I enjoyed my stay at the reasonably priced, modest El Colony, would gladly stay there again if a fishing charter company returned to the marina.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Xkimm wrote a review Nov 2017
Hoorn, The Netherlands87 contributions17 helpful votes
When I was here it was almost empty. The food was good and fresh. The pool is very nice. Personal working here is helpfull and do speak english well enough. Doesnt feel like Cuba but worth visiting and would come back.
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Traveled solo
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neanie1961 wrote a review May 2017
Bedford, United Kingdom17 contributions21 helpful votes
Do not go here unless you dive. It is remote and a 20-25 CUC taxi ride back to Nueva Gerona, or a £35-£40 round trip. The diving is good, although the dive sites are a 90 minute boat ride away. We upgraded to a bungalow for 10CUC per night (cash only) and although we were told credit cards were accepted, the shop and bars did not accept them, nor could we run a tab on the room. If you are going to have a drink or plan on doing anything, bring plenty of cash. The food was dreadful, often cold and on the days when we did not dive, we had limited choice for lunch - even pizza was unavailable one lunchtime and the sandwiches were inedible. The poolside bar staff couldn't be bothered to search for glasses for drinks, so we were limited to 4 Havana Club glasses for all the poolside guests - Cuba Libre or mojito in a wine glass is a different take on the drinks, I guess. During our first couple of days we were ushered into a drab, windowless, austere and fruit fly ridden room room for breakfast and dinner as the main dining room was closed 'because of a problem with the air conditioning'. This is probably because there were only 7 guests in the hotel (that we saw, anyway). However this rapidly changed when a group of Cuban and American ecologists arrived, the dining room was opened (still without aircon) and the staff failed completely to cope with the extra guests. Arriving slightly after peak breakfast time, all that was left to eat were some slices of mango, some croquetas and dried cakes. There was t even any bread for toast. Fans were brought in to cool the room but disappeared as soon as they departed. Also, not something that we are complaining about, but be prepared to share the pool with the locals during the day. Littering is a major issue and by the time they left, the poolside terraces were littered with beer cans, bottle tops, plastic bags and cigarette ends discarded by the big family groups. Some days this wasn't cleared until the following morning, so cans ended up in the pool and strewn across the lawn leading to the beach. I am a diver and am used to less than five star service and don't expect a lot in terms of hotels on diving trips. However, divers would do a lot better to stay in Nueva Gerona and do the daily round trip than stay here. The hotel has obvious problems. These need to be resolved as the diving base is good and deserves a higher level of footfall. My review is based on the hotel alone, not the dive centre.
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel El Colony
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel El Colony?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel El Colony?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel El Colony?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel El Colony?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hotel El Colony have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.