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Hostal Sol y Mar
Ranked #165 of 351 Trinidad B&B and Inns
Nykoping, Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good location, clean, but...”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Sol Y Mar in La Boca (Trinidad) is an ok hostal. The rooms are a bit small though (nowhere to hang your clothes) and badly ventilated. We where there in december so it was a bit cold, but still, we had to let the room be ventilated before going to bed. But be a bit careful with the hosts, they told us that the beer in the fridge was 1,50 cud, but when we got the bill the price had suddenly gone up to 2 cuc (the beer in the bar across the street is 1.50. The dinners we where told was between 8 and 10 cuc but when the bill came they suddenly charged 12.50 cuc. When we told them about this they got very cross and hardly made us any breakfast. Breakfast is by the way 5 cuc even if they tell you its 4.

Room Tip: One of their room is a bit larger (with 2 beds).
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joaquin P, Propietario at Hostal Sol y Mar, responded to this review, October 24, 2016
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No estamos muy claros de su opinión, pero nuestra obligación es siempre mejorar. Por lo que pensaremos en su comentario. Gracias por su tiempo.
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Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2012

very nice casa in la boca:
- very nice owner!
- nice & clean rooms
- very good food! good variety of different styles..
- good location (near the beach for a walk)
- la boca is a good base for day-trips to trinidad, parks etc.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joaquin P, Propietario at Hostal Sol y Mar, responded to this review, October 24, 2016
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Muchas gracias, es un placer conocer sus opiniones.
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Belgrade
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2012

Sol y Mar was very disappointing part of our overall great time in Cuba. We booked the hostel 1 month beforehand through Hostelbookers.com and paid one night in advance. After booking we confirmed our arrival on several occasions. The reason for booking this place was because of the near-ocean location and general impression. One day before the trip from Havana to Trinidad we call them to confirm the exact of our arrival. After a long bus drive and subsequent taxi drive, we were shocked to learn that the house was empty and locked. After inquiry around the neighbourhood, with great help of our very sympathetic and kind taxi driver, it turned out that our hosts went to Havana for 4 day. We were forced to change the accommodation and take different, not so nice house for a higher price. Needless to say that no one contacted us to apologize or to offer to return the advance payment. I would not recommend this place to anyone, unless fluent in Spanish and has at least one more alternative accommodation nearby.

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joaquin P, Propietario at Hostal Sol y Mar, responded to this review, October 24, 2016
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Sentimos mucho no haber podido recibirlos, pero se lo informamos con el mayor tiempo posible y le buscamos habitaciones en otra casa, nosotros teníamos necesidad de salir de nuestro hostal.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Sol y Mar is a nice casa - our room was good with an enormous ensuite bathroom. The best part of the casa is the veranda with rocking chairs from where you can watch the sunset whilst nursing a cheap mojito from the beach bar across the road (definitely recommended - much cheaper than the Casa's drinks),

The meals were very good and the owner Joaquin was able to find two bikes for us to use for the two days at a reasonable price.

I did like Sol y Mar but can definitely say I've stayed in friendlier casas in Cuba - it felt much more business-like than some we had stayed in and ended up being by far the most expensive. If I returned to La Boca I think I might look at alternatives for that reason only.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joaquin P, Propietario at Hostal Sol y Mar, responded to this review, October 24, 2016
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Gracias por dedicarnos su tiempo.
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

Sol y Mar was another of our highlights for our trip to Cuba. It is a haven of peace and tranquility with delux meals (rarely heard of in cuba). To be honest all the reviews i read before booking are positive and i'm not sure i can add any more praise to aid your choice. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of havana - stay here.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Joaquin P, Propietario at Hostal Sol y Mar, responded to this review, October 24, 2016
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Gracias por saber que han pasado un tiempo muy tranquilo en nuestra compañía. Un placer atenderlos.
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Warwick, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2012

I echo what the other reviewers have said and more. We have just returned from a 20 day trip to Cuba and visited many places and stayed in various casas along the way..but this was my absolute favourite.
I felt like I wanted to stay forever and only stayed 2 nights unfortunately. I LOVE the house and the area. When we arrived in Trinidad we stayed for one night in a casa right in the middle of Trinidad. I liked (but not loved) Trinidad. However the outskirts are delightful! Playa Ancon is a really lovely tranquil beach just a few kilometres away and La Boca is midway between Playa Ancon and Trinidad. Some of the scenery in that area reminded me of switzerland scenes, clear lakes and mountains, with amazing reflections at dusk...
How can I begin to describe Sol y Mar....with its view of the beach and the magnificent sunsets enjoyed from the front porch...My idea of heaven...sitting in the rocking chair with a book and a drink.....sigh...
OUr room was at the front and had a view of the beach. It was comfortable, very clean and quiet. Meals were exceptional. And all presented so beautifully. Really felt spoilt. Many thanks Joaquin and Olga. You made us feel very welcome indeed.

Room Tip: We had the front room which I am sure has the best view of the beach....
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Macw
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Joaquin P, Propietario at Hostal Sol y Mar, responded to this review, October 24, 2016
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Muchas gracias por ser su casa favorita en Cuba.
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2012

Hostal Sol y Mar has been the nicest Casa Particular in all of Cuba. Olga and Joaquin are just perfect service givers. The rooms are excellent, location can not be better and the food they prepare on request is at the level of any great restaurant in Trinidad, Cuba or the world.
We loved it and cant wait to be back soon.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Thank Berni76
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Joaquin P, Propietario at Hostal Sol y Mar, responded to this review, October 24, 2016
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Gracias muchas por reconocer nuestro servicio. Es un placer atenderlos.
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Property: Hostal Sol y Mar
Address: Avenida del Mar 87, entre F y G | La Boca, Trinidad, SS, Cuba, Trinidad 62600, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Sancti Spiritus Province > Trinidad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #165 of 351 B&Bs / Inns in Trinidad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sol y Mar Guesthouse is located just in front of the sea. It’s one of the most impressive houses in the village. It has two bedrooms, one with a beautiful view to the sea and the other to the garden. Its wide porches are ideal to talk, read, or simply meditate. All the doors and windows are protected against insects. In the bottom there is a shower to clean salt water and also a laundry. We created the conditions to make you feel at ease. We wait for you. ... more   less 

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