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Islazul Hotel Colon
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Camaguey
Marlow, United Kingdom
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“Good for short stay”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

This is a very atmospheric old hotel with lovely public areas. Amongst our group the rooms soon became known as 'cells', yes they are tiny. We must have been lucky because our air-con was modern & quiet, bathroom & shower were fine too. The only noise we heard was from the trains that run nearby, the drivers seemed to love using the horns but ear plugs took care of that. Good location in large and very 'Cuban' town.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Stayed in Rm 214, one of the rooms off of the hotel's courtyard. Room was small with two single beds, en-suite, TV and air conditioning. No space to unpack our cases but as we were only staying one night this was not too much of an inconvenience. Although small it had an very high ceiling. The window overlooked the walkway around the atrium so if the shutters were open other guests could look in, though not many guests passed due to our room location.
Buffet style evening meal and breakfast, food was okay although some of our group found the choice limiting. On the ground floor of the courtyard was a sitting area with the bar alongside. Noise did travel up to our room but did not disturb us as much as the cockrel did at three in the morning, (nothing to do with the hotel though). No lifts were at this hotel so porters carried our cases to the relevant rooms, very helpful.
As a one night stay this hotel was okay but I would think twice about a long stay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

A real colonial style with a beautiful courtyard and good bar service. I was so glad I wasn't sharing a room, they were so tiny, but clean. However the rest of the hotel certainly made up for this. Good location too. Ample for breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

I stayed in the Hotel Colon three times over the last couple of years and it has always been delightful.
It feels like you have traveled back in time staying there.
They have a wonderful courtyard colonial style which offers shade in daytime. One can enjoy expertly mixed drinks from the bar and quite good meals from the restaurant. And all this at very reasonable prices.
And they seem to remember you too and their happiness to see you again seems genuine.
My friend the bar tender at the coutyard bar (they also have one in the lobby) last time remembered me instantly and without asking prepared my favourite Daiquiri .
Excellent customer service- the only little negative are the extremely small rooms. They do have two honeymoon suites which are bigger and one just has to ask for them, if they are available. Not a big deal, since I never spend much time other than for sleeping in the room.
The hotel is located right on the busy Avenida Republica and most interesting places, like the cathedral, Plaza de los Trabajadores, the pedestrian zone and the Galeria Colonial with my beloved cigar shop, Restaurante Don Ronquilo and the nighly shows.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

The hotel is in a beautiful colonial building with a nice backyard. The rockingchairs around the backyard, which are happily used by many guests, create a funny cuban-colonial atmosphere which is really nice. The staff is exeptionaly friendly and the rooms VERY small but one of the cleanest we have encountered in three weeks cuba (cleaner thant the 4* crappy Trinidad del Mar…). The biggest downside is the AC, which is so loud that we could hardly sleep, without AC however, it is too hot to sleep. So basically you can decide: Sweating or no sleeping. But after all, more we could ever hope to get for 2*.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Oxfordshire, UK
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

What are other reviewers expecting? This is a one star hotel in the back streets of a small town in Cuba. Yes the rooms are tiny and you probably wouldn't want a week there, but the whole place exudes old world charm. Colourful tiling, stained glass windows, real wood and mirrors in the lobby/dining area and a charming shaded courtyard with bar at the back. The food was fine too for this standard of hotel. Handy location for walking round the town and an interesting crumbling railway station just up the road with loads of photo opportunities. Don't be put off by other reviews, give it a go, you might just be charmed too.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

The rooms were tiny, very basic but adequate if you just need a place to sleep. Avoid the restaurant, we ordered omlettes and they came out raw, we sent them back and they came out raw again and at breakfast the food was covered in flies. Also while I sat at the bar waiting for a drink a cockroach walked along the bar top.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Islazul Hotel Colon
Address: Republica 472, Camaguey, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Camaguey Province > Camaguey
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Camaguey
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Islazul Hotel Colon 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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