ok so here is the real tuth about this resort.6 of us travelled to laguna azul the 3rd week of jan.
we have been to DR (9 times),NEGRIL (0nce) and cayo coco (once) so its a pretty honest review.
The check in
upon arrival we were greeted quickly, we had a early flight so our rooms were not ready yet (11am in the morn) so we decided to hit the large patio just outside the lobby bar and soak up some sun and dive into our first round of drinks. yes at 11:30 am its vacay.bags were put in a storage room and all was fine.
we had paid a few bucks extra and booked a suite,building 19 2nd floor facing the ocean,it was only like 100 bucks mpre so it made sense,room was great 2 baths (great for getting ready) nice king bed, 2 TVs,large balcony.so absolutley no complaints here!
so in our other carribean travels we have had bad to good food,dont get me wrong we always seem to put on a few lbs and we never starve but it is bland! the imported cheese was the best thing,pizza bar if you begged him to put extra sauce and vegs on it,breakfast was real safe eggs any style,fresh omlete + pancake bar,smoothie bar, so nothing wrong with breakfast. lunch we tried a couple places,the beach bar/rest was poor,burgers, dogs, and warmed up cold meet made it a scary option,nothing was bad but nothing was great either.lunch and dinner buffet was pretty typical,a couple of strange foods and a bunch of north american food,nothing stood out and we will try anything!
a la cartes
heard cuban was bad so didnt book it.
italian- eh nothing to rave about, swordfish was not bad.
romantico-didn make it to much rum that day, but the other 5 walked out.
steak house was closed.
we went to 4 shows in our week there, all were typical hollywood was great.
after our dinner and a show we always ended up in the lobby area for some late night drinks,our typical waitress licelle was great,she rememberd our drinks from the first time we met and with no tip yet even,she earned a well earned large tip the last night there, but make sure you put it in a envelope with a note that its to them,if you dont it goes in the comon tip jar and they will only get a small amount of it.still the lobby and nite was a busy place. no complaint s here!
wasnt bad good mixture of music only visited it twice,as we are not 21 anymore 1am comes early.
a little chilly ( jan) but you got used to it in a few min,lots of seats and never really had any chair issues.pool bar was ok,we thought the main pool would be loud and party like,not! it was quite a few people were around but no ripping party.
Was very clean, with a couple of little stands of stuff but nobody bugs you, you will get asked but just say no and they wont bother you.
Catamaran day trip
snorkelling we didnt do cause we have done it may times,and the ocean was freezing.lunch on the island was well interesting,id reccomend not getting the lobster as my wife did and 6 hrs later it wasnt pretty.swimming with the dolphin was pretty cool,if you pay 10 bucks more the dolphin will drag you around for a min. pretty cool!
take the doubledecker bus outfront of the hotel its cheep and on time.hit the market and grab some gifts, there is another small one across town if you still havnt seen enough of the same stuff,it has a place for beer so it made the 5peco trip in a little lemon shaped rickshaw even better,ake sure you try some of the fresh made cinnamon round donuts or chiros that were a perfect afternoon snack.look for a bus symbol and wait they run every 20 min,dont wast your time at the mall of the americas at the melia, its more like a brand name flea market i needed new sandles as i broke mine so i had to go.keep you bus ticket cause its good for all day.
all in all the resort was great,clean and very friendly cuban people try very hard to make it enjoyable,the food was to be expected from what you hear about cuba,there is no shortage of beer and rum,this is not a hotel for kids, the child area is like a chicken coop really,so if you have kids this is not the place.i wouldnt really say id reccomend this hotel to friends however i would not prevent them from going either. given the time of year we went it was 28-29 all week and sunny so it was a enjoyable trip. hope this helps. feel free to ask any questions about this resort you my have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a beautiful stretch of Varadero's Beach. Approximately 160 km from Havana and 20 min. from downtown Varadero. 814 rooms allocated in different buildings, 24 are suites and 8 are for handicapped. Reception 24 hrs. open, currency exchange, internet 24 hrs. Buffet restaurant with show cooking and 4 a la carte restaurants and Ranchón near the beach. Lobby bar, Cigar bar, aqua-bar, and 2 snacks bars at the pool. Conference rooms, SPA, gym, and beauty salon, 2 tennis and paddle court. Ice cream saloon, animation theatre and disco. 5 outdoor swimming pools. Miniclub (4-12 years). ... more less
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