Stayed there (single woman from Ontario, Canada) Nov. 28 & 29 2008 with expectations of an eco/nature hotel. I understood this is not a luxury hotel, but did not anticipate staying in a 1.5*. Fortunately at the hotel I met a Canadian couple who frequent this hotel several times a year over the past six years - only because they visit friends in the area. The room and furnishings were extremely shabby, Spanish only TV; hot water maybe available 4 - 5 PM; all rooms encircle the pool, so when the music is blasting out from about 12 noon to 2 AM it's impossible to have a restful time in one's room. Cubans are sent there with their family, as a "bonus" for a job well done; and the baseball players also go there, however, not the star players - they go to the 4 or 5 * hotels. In the Buffet Restaurant you have to hunt for cutlery, napkins, salt & pepper, if it's available. The Buffet breakfast was O.K., however, the Buffet dinner was hardly edible; the pool Grill was O.K.; they also make sandwiches at the pool bar, which were good "ham & cheese". The last day I was advised by the Canadian couple that there was a "special" dining room beside the upper floor bar (above reception) and they invited me to have dinner with them. The "special" dining room service was good, table set with linen & they even had salt & pepper on the table and the fish dinner was good. Interestingly, the glass of wine and fish dinner cost less (7 CUC) as compared to the Buffet dinner - glass of wine & buffet (10 CUC). Other than the pool activities the only other activity was a boat ride (2 CUC for one hour) which was quite pleasant. The hiking trail is across the river, as a single woman I wasn't about to venture out on a hike in this area.
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