Visit to Colonial: Dec 5 - Dec 19, 2012
This beautiful hotel is open and wating for the guests to come and visit! The work and renovations have been on going despite of management and ownership changes, and the resort is looking absolutely gorgeous right now. The first hotel opened in Cayo Coco is a classic beauty. The Spanish architecture is lovely and the charm of the people and the resort is why I have made this my choice for a vacation spot for the past 6 years. Over the years I have met many other return and regular visitors to this hotel, and have made many good friends. So much so that we travel together or meet there for our vacations.
The staff are first class - sin duda!! Pack your manners, smile and tranquillo attitude and you will discover a little slice of Cuban paradise. The beach is awesome; wide at the present moment with lots of palapas for shade if you need them and of course all of the beach boys and lifeguards running to set your chairs up for you. Aurelio and the others are always there to help!
The food was excellent; very tasty with plenty of variety. The chefs and cooks take pride in preparing and serving you their best. Always a selection of meats (pork, beef, chicken and turkey and of course seafood), many different vegetables, rice, pasta, salads and yummy breads. Ask or tell them how you would like to have it prepared...and be sure that if it's possible...they will be happy to do it!! In the differnet restaurants I would ask my server for a recommendation, and was always very satisfied with a happy palate.
The bar staff are great. They are friendly, funny and know how to make you your favourite drinks or ask them to make their specialty. For me, it's Mojitos....even if I need to find, bring or have my own stash of mint - Lol. I also enjoy espresso, capuccino, which is so nice to enjoy sitting on the large veranda at the Lobby bar.
The rooms are large and spacious with well equipped bathrooms, closet space and hot water. The beds are very firm or hard, but the large soft pillows are nice. I left a note for the chamber maid to leave me 2 bottles of water everyday-and no problem! Always clean and inviting after a day of sun and fun.
The grounds are beautiful!!! The age of the hotel lends to the maturity of the landscaping and is one of my many favourite things about the hotel - que lindo. Yes, you need to take care walking around the resort due to the variety of surfacing of the walkways and flooring, but asi es - cobblestones, interlocking brick, cement and tile. Es Cuba! Go into the towns and cities, and it it the same. It helps to make it authentica and blends into the beautiful surroundings.
I love the music...always there beating like a heartbeat. The groups of musicians are very talented and the dance troupe puts on shows in the evenings. Something for everyone; music in the restaurants, outside while you sit and enjoy the evening or in the Piano Bar. The disco was just ready for re-opening after renovations, so I'm sure that the dancers will be able to showcase their talents even better. There are also night excursions to the Cave Disco and perhaps the Salsatec Disco at the Sol Hotel. The Animacion Team is always ready to make new friends and ensure that you have something to do- from going dancing with you to playing games, dance lessons, Spanish lessons, etc, etc. One morning while we were waiting for the rain to pass, Joan asked what we would like to do, and was only to happy to sit and give us a Spanish lesson. Again I say, simply ask and you will probably be pleased with how quickly they are only too happy to make your vacation a fantastic experience and adventure, or simply a cultural lesson on Cuba.
So, a gorgeous hotel in a beautiful setting with food and drinks, entertainment, beach and pools that are sooooooo nice. Once you have finished taking in all of the views and vistas and ambience...smile at the staff and strike up a conversation. I can not express enough how all of the staff have won over my heart by their friendly, loving, joyful hearts that they are willing to share with you and help you to experience Cuba and all its beauty. Reception, Public Relations, Bar and Restaurant staff, cleaners, gardners, maintenance crew, Animacion Team, Beach Crew, Tour Reps, Shopkeepers and Vendors, Medical Staff, Management...EVERYBODY is there to help you, visit with you and ensure that you have a wonderful vacation. Say 'Hola', say 'por favor' and you will be on your way to a fab vacation in Cuba!
GO! GO! GO! Dale.......vámonos
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Colonial Hotel is located in the exclusive Cayo Coco to the east of Cuba. Our luxury hotel in Cuba has been completely renovated and reopened in 2011 as a four star hotel with new services and luxurious facilities. Colonial Hotel is the perfect place for a romantic get away or exciting family holiday. Enjoy some of the best beaches in Cuba while enjoying the excellent facilities of our colonial style Cayo Coco hotel.Discover our beach with its expanses of white sand and clear turquoise waters. Colonial Hotel offers a large variety of restaurants, mixed grills, bars and beer Gardenn. Our guarantee of top quality service makes us stand out.the hotel are invaitin to celebration the 20th aniversiti next year. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Blau Colonial
- Blau Colonial Cuba
- Blau Colonial Hotel
- Blau Colonial Cayo Coco