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Islazul Hotel San Juan
Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Santiago de Cuba
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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167 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“So-so stay”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2007

Stayed at Hotel san Juan for 5 nights in Jan. 2007. The setting is like a tropical forest and the hotel is laid out in several units with about 6 rooms each. The rooms are spacious and fairly clean, but they feel tired and washed out. The lobby is pretty, but the quality of the rooms do not match. I did have to get rid of a cockroach in the room once. There's no such thing as a hand towel, washcloth, bath mat or kleenex, so take those if you use them. Also, the toilet paper supplied is a really tiny roll per day (no extras!), again I would advise that you take some with you. BTW, there was NO hot water in the hotel while we were there because the heater had broken. We're still waiting for them to replace the light bulb that was out when we got the room. No dressers and limited clothes hanging space and hangers. The people are very nice, even though one of the front desk people was a bit grumpy. The porters are great. We never used the pool, but it is large and I never heard loud music, etc. However they close it very early. Our rate included a buffet breakfast which was quite adequate. For dinners, you can go to a buffet dinner (10 pesos per person), although they didn't have it the night we went, due to the small number of guests in the hotel. We ordered a la carte for about 12 pesos each and it was pretty good. The best food at the hotel is at the Italian restaurant above the buffet place. You can have a great view of the city in a gracious atmosphere and food is very good, at a cost of about 8-12 pesos, including wine or beer and depending on your choice of main course (seafood spaghetti was around 5 pesos and quite good!). There is a small foreign exchange office outside the lobby and a little gift and postcard stand. There is also a cafeteria beside the pool where you can buy bottled water, pre-packaged snacks and sandwiches. Overall, not a bad place, but nothing great either.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled on business
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Guilford, Vermont, U.S.A.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2005

Our family enjoyed a stay at the San Juan in April. The staff was solicitious, warm and welcoming. They especially doted on our 7-year-old daughter. We appreciated both the children's and adult's pool, where we cooled off during the torrid mid-day hours. Our room was cool and refreshing. The grounds are nicely landscaped in creeping groundcover, flowering bushes, with shady, meandering walkways underneath a tall canopy of tropical trees. We breakfasted most mornings at the on-site Restaurante Leningrado, and also had several evening meals there too. We enjoyed the performances of the nightly cabaret review. Our daughters really enjoyed their tour of the Santiago Zoo, just next door to the hotel. We especially wish to thank the couple who run the concession stand for their knowledable recommendations of things to do and places to see in Santiago and surrounding area, and for the CD's of Cuban music they recommended, which we have often listened to upon our return home. We intend to return to the San Juan, and would recommend it for anyone who wants a relaxing, low-key hotel within reasonable taxi distance of the center.

  • Stayed January 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2004

Stayed there in December, 2003 - pleasant and cool by the pool and through the "woods" to our quiet second-floor room with balcony overlooking a verdant little ravine - I just remember liking this place, especially compared to the noise and traffic and people everywhere of downtown Santiago. Also stayed at the Horizontes Las Americas a few days later and much prefer this one. Nice atmosphere by the pool - more Cubans (with their kids) and Europeans than elsewhere - more authentico? The place is a little run down but clean; the food was adequate also the rooms (a tad musty) and there was a sewery smell at times. Would stay there again definitely.

  • Stayed December 2003
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Property: Islazul Hotel San Juan
Address: Carretera de Siboney, km 1.5 | Reparto Santa Bárbara, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Santiago de Cuba Province > Santiago de Cuba
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Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Santiago de Cuba
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Hotel Class:3 star — Islazul Hotel San Juan 3*
Number of rooms: 111
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