First time at this hotel and this region. My review is based on my overall honest opinion. We travelled with 3 families, all with children and grandparents. 17 of us in total. We paid for a family of 4 $2500 incl. taxes so it was a very good deal for 1 week. Overall had a nice time but would not return to this part of Cuba because of the beach.
Cleaning and Bar staff are wonderful people, always willing to help or serve you. English is limited for most of them but I can speak some Spanish and Italian so it was fine.
Pool kept very clean and nice size. Pool slowly goes deep so you can keep your kids on the shallow end if needed. Plenty of pool chairs and beach chairs so no need to run out early in the morning to save your seats. My husband still got out by 7 to keep the chairs he preferred.
Food was average for Cuba, they had ketchup so no need to bring it, but it does taste a little different then ours
Horse back riding was the highlight of the trip for the kids, cheap $10 pesos for an hour but again negotiate as we got it for 3 people for 20 pesos. They went 2 times.
Not so positives!
Beach is not as clean as you can find in other places of cuba such as Cayo Coco, Holguin, Cayo Santa Maria to be honest. I am a beach person and this was the first time I spent 3 days by the pool instead. Lots of weeds that wash up, but in the water itself you can only go so far until it is completely weeds at the bottom of the ocean. I could not get past my waste in depth before you must go into the weeds to give you an idea.
Lots of sand flies that are visible on the sand but the kids can play closer to shoreline which is fine.
Horrible - There is no organized beach activities for anybody. At the pool the only thing I saw was a 4:30 salsa lesson that lasts 10 minutes, they did BINGO but only have 4 cards to play with. Then around 3:30 they did some water games for 1/2 hour which was fun to watch. So basically all day there is nothing happening. Im not sure what the entertainment guys do all day other than chat with each other.
Kids Club was a joke, when they opened 1 day out of 7. They complained that they could not take the kids because they wanted to go to the other hotel for a competition. We left the kids 7 in total so they were forced to watch them but within an hour our kids came back as they had nothing to do.
Evening entertainment is below average. Perhaps it was because it was carnival week. You had to go to other hotel one night, then our hotel another night it was all over the place but the actual hotel evening entertainment I would rate a 2.5 out of 5 - average.
Bar - You must know this, the bar only serves local Cuban cheap alchol (which is ok) but they don't mix with juice, it is all power juice mix like Tang, etc. even the Pina Colada's is a mix not real anything. You can only do a day or two drinking this sweet stuff before you get sick of it because it is sooo sweet. Also no name Kola which throws the taste off for rum and cokes.
In summary I'm glad we went, we still enjoyed ourselves but thankfully we had each other to keep ourselves entertained. I find the entertainment overall at a hotel makes your trip memorable in this case there is none. For the price we paid I have no regrets but would not return for sure because of beach, bar selection and mostly ENTERTAINMENT is lacking any sort of management and structure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brisas Santa Lucia Hotel is a dynamic hotel located on Santa Lucia Beach, approximately 110 km from the Camaguey airport, and includes unlimited daily activites, water sports and entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brisas Santa Lucia Hotel Playa Santa Lucia
- Staybridge Suites Camaguey
- Brisa Santa Lucia
- Camaguey Staybridge Suites
- Santa Lucia Cuba
- Brisas Santa Lucia Playa Santa Lucia, Cuba - Camaguey Province