Travelled with spouse early April 2014. This is our 3rd time to Cuba, so we should have known what to expect as far as food & drinks. I am kind of fussy when it comes to food so found the choices to be limited, bland & repetitive. Thank goodness for eggs, spaghetti, salad & French fries!!! If you love pasta & fish, you will enjoy your meals. There is NO such thing as "fresh squeezed" orange juice here :( I found lettuce for salad on only one occasion, otherwise I had to take it from platters that used it as decoration!! Didn't see onions at all?? You have to get to breakfast by 9:00 if you want bacon, which is undercooked & chopped up. However, just take what you want to the egg person & get them to put it back on the grill for a bit. You can also do this with the scrambled eggs as they are very wet & runny. If you go to supper promptly at 6:30 or 8:00, there was never a wait. As always the beaches, ocean, staff & weather were amazing!! The room was adequate & spacious. Had amazing water pressure & very hot water always. Apparently they do shut the water down during the night, but it did not affect our stay. They DO NOT have coffee makers in the room as advertised :( I would recommend the hotel do regular maintenance on the AC, as the filters are disgustingly dirty & mould can be seen up where the unit is housed. We usually put the AC on high when we were out, & on low when in the room. If you purchase "Ocean View", request 3rd Floor or ground level for best view. The palms may obstruct you view on 2nd or 3rd??? As for the garbage reported on here left along the pathways, this is only huge pieces from the palm trees & other plant clippings that require a vehicle to remove & this was usually done within 2 days. No biggie?? The resort itself is huge & there can be a lot of walking involved depending on where your room is located. I would not recommend staying too close to the lobby if you like to go to bed before 10:00 p.m. as the evening show is quite loud. We frequented the pool located to the rear of the lobby. It is a fresh water pool & very, very clean. It is also located close to a bar that also serves lunch. We took a flashlight & toilet paper as recommended by others on here, but found it unnecessary. I did use the toilet paper for a cold I got about day 5 which I blame on the AC. If you are prone to sinus infections, bring cold medication. The closest pharmacy is at the resort next to the Colonial, called the Tryp and is costly. There is a train-like vehicle that you can ride to the market for 2 CUC and a double decker bus that takes you on a ride around the area for 5 CUC, & you can get off at a public beach that has the most amazing, powder-soft sand. There is a bar/restaurant here as well. The bus runs throughout the day & they give you a schedule to ensure you don't miss the last ride back. It is not a very scenic route; however, it does stop at every resort along the way & we did see some Pink Flamingos! Cayo Coco is a "resort only" area, so not much to see as far as local living/shopping/nightlife. I have also been to Varadero & Holguin & have to say my favorite is......Varadero. Mostly because there is more to see & do off the resort & the food choice & quality was so much better. It doesn't hurt to take some of your simple pleasures to make your meals more enjoyable (ie: ketchup, mustard, relish, salad dressing, spices. pancake syrup etc). Definitely use a travel mug for your drinks. Costco has a super good travel mug & they sell them 2 for $20 (spill proof & keeps cold super long). Overall, the price is too high for this resort, unless you get a really good deal (under $1000 p/p txs in).
- 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