I recently was at the Colonial Cayo Coco from february 10th to 18th with my husband and two kids (2 and 4), my mother-in-law and two friends.
First of all, we had great weather which was a huge positif of our trip! With regards to the resort, on the good side, the beach was beautiful and the newer pool was also a nice place to spend part of the day. This pool is next to the one which is next to the pizza restaurant (open only at lunch time) and next to the place where you can change your towels daily. Furthermore, around 11h00 am, one of the employees would offer drink service around the pool. We greatly appreciated his service and by the end of the week, he would bring us our drinks without even asking while we enjoyed the sun and pool. Lunch time offered a good variety : you can choose between the buffet, the burger/hot-dog stand, the pizza restaurant and the fish restaurant. The fish and chips, burgers, hotdogs, pizza and fries were all good. Another very positif aspect of the resort was the evening entertainement : there was always a show around 8:30-9:00 at the placita (of caribean flavor). We spent most of our nights at the piano bar - there was also a show - either a musician or two or three depending on the evening. He would sing many different songs (from Hotel California to La bohème). Also, this is the best place for drinks - would recommend to all to have a sangria at the piano bar!!! :-)
On the "not so fun" parts of the resort, the a la carte restos. The seafood (colonial) and the caribean restos are in closed buildings with no A/C - so eating a meal in a very hot place (the opened windows did not help much in terms of a confort) was very average. Furthermore, the food was below average compared to the rest of the food at the resort. The Italian is an air-conditioned area and the food is of better quality - you best to go two or three times at the Italian restaurant and forget about the two others. The buffet offered good food at supper time - just a lot of wainting in lines (for the pasta bar, the seafood/fish grill, the meat grill). Also, the salt water pool is in a horrible condition - and this is where you find the pool bar, unfortunately! Drinks are served in small plastic glasses everywhere in the resort except at the piano bar - I recommend bringing your own glasses or else you have to get up often because drinks are finished within a few sips! Also, there was a lot of smokers at this resort! So much, that we could not stay at the theatre where there was the nightly shows and the disco! Public bathrooms are generally in bad conditions and are usually dirty especially as the day goes by. We would often go back to our room to use the bathroom depending on the state of the public bathroom as we were in building 12 and that was a central location (but can be noisy as your close to the placita, disco, etc.). The overall grounds of the resort are in a degraded state, buildings are showing their age and gardens are not well maintened. Very little wow factor when waking on the grounds of the resort.
Finally, I would conclude by telling you that this resort is worth booking if you are on a tight budget and that respecting your budget is your priority. This hotel allowed us some budget-friendly vacations, which is better than none-at-all but it is definitely not my first choice in good price/quality resort.
Recommandations : Enjoy the intimate show at the piano bar at the same time as the big show in the theatre - the show is of better quality and the drinks are great. Try to reserve the Italian à la carte restaurant more than once. Don't forget your own glass (thermos) so that you don't always have to go back to the bar for drinks. Go to the newer pool which is very clean and not in a brokedown state. Choose a room close to the lobby/placita place and the new pool so that you do not have to walk to far (buildings 11-12-14-15-16-17). Also, bring yourself a good book, a deck of card and a small football to play with during your stay.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Blau Colonial
- Blau Colonial Cuba
- Blau Colonial Hotel
- Blau Colonial Cayo Coco