Traveling as a family with 2 teens on a road trip, we were so looking forward to our stay here. We love sulfur baths, thermal stations, massage, hot springs, etc. and always look for them when we travel. Knowing Cuba and the hardships, our expectations were low but this place disappointed on so many fronts...
#1 The rooms are dingy, with barely functioning showers, tepid water, a huge dead water bug on the floor when we arrived, skanky and dirty-seeming (a black hair on the pillow, e.g.).
#2 The mud treatment was cool and fun, but the rest of the "spa" is so forlorn and abandoned feeling. Not inviting. Many empty rooms with broken bathtub fixtures and a vaguely medical feel. Took a soak in the big sulfurous bathtub after our mud treatment, not realizing it was an additional $8 per person to get in this tub. I know, it's not a lot, but nothing was explained so we were surprised.
#3 The no-see-ums (tiny, biting, bugs) were unbelievable and I left Elguea with about 50 itchy red bumps on every part of my body. Bring strong bug repellent if you go!
#4 The food was terrible. A sad fried drumstick and rice for dinner. White bread toasted for breakfast. Just lackluster, made with not a drop of love.
We made the most of it. I don't regret going - the adventure's are always worth it on trips, and I don't like to complain. But boy, this place needs some serious attention. I hope it gets it, because it could be so good...
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