Unfortunately when my wife and I arrived our room was not ready apparently, so we waited and sampled the delights of the lobby bar. After an hour and a couple beers and mojitos later, we were finally given our room. The room was a disappointment principally because the so called 'no smoking' room stank of smoke. We complained to the Reception, who quickly and without question transferred us to another room. This room was just what we expected and had a beautiful sea view which if we had ordered it would have cost us an extra 10 CUC per night (about £7). The room was large with 2 three-quarter sized beds pushed together, it had a walk-in shower with reasonable water pressure considering we were on the 4th floor (top), air conditioning, a balcony and above all it was clean.
The hotel has three restaurants:
- 'La Arcade' (near the lobby and Reception): a traditional buffet style, eat all you can eat restaurant with plenty of choice. The food is cooked simply but is fairly bland testing - the fish cooked to order is great. We sat in the patio area outside of the restaurant in the front facing the swimming pool - less chaotic but does not have the advantage of air conditioning and you may have to contend with the mosquitos.
- 'Don Diego': an á la carte restaurant (needs to be booked) only open for evening dining. This restaurant offers more upmarket dining and consequently availability is limited. The menu is good, house wine is available but you can purchase other international wines if you prefer. There is a pianist playing a grand piano for your entertainment and the waiting staff are very attentive to your needs. Recommended, but remember you are dining in Cuba and not Paris.
- 'El Peñón' (on the beach): for snacks and lunch during the day,and also has an á la carte restaurant (needs to be booked) in the evening. The á la carte restaurant serves similar food as La Arcade, but in a quiet atmosphere and the view as at sunset with the waves breaking on the beach is beautiful.
- A word about booking the á la carte restaurants. Thomson Cook only include the use of these restaurants once per your 2 week stay; the hotel will allow you to book one of these restaurants once per week of your stay. However, if the hotel is not too busy the hotel will allow you to book these restaurants as many times as there is availability, so speak to the lovely lady who takes the bookings.
- Take the open-top bus further up the coast (westwards) to Sol Cayo Guillermo (another hotel in the same hotel group whose facilities can be used) and/or to Playa Pilar (apparently one of the top 10 beaches in the world). It is certainly an exhilarating experience as you travel 30-40mph on the top deck.
Above all the friendly hotel made our first time in Cuba a very memorable time. Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A good standard property with an excellent beachfront location. Sol Cayo Coco is the only hotel with access to two different but equally charming beaches, situated amidst gardens and palm grove facing the sea and the white fine sand beach. The hotel is ideal for families with children, couples, honeymooners and weddings. This paradise is the perfect spot to combine great fun with fantastic relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Cayo Coco Hotel Cayo Coco
- Sol Hotel Cayo Coco
- Sol Cayo Coco Cuba