This is our third visit to Cayo Largo, it won’t be our last, we have the bug! First time at the Sol Cayo Largo. Previously we have stayed at the Sol Pelicano and the Playa Blanca and can now see first hand why the SCL consistently ranks number one on Trip Advisor and has the mostly glowing reviews. Our goal when we come to CL is to bask in the sun, wear as little clothing as possible, take long languorous walks on the beach, relax and rejuvenate. We won’t offer comment on things that don’t matter to us when we go to Cayo Largo: things like entertainment, partying, nightlife. Regardless of the hotel we always strive to overlook the negatives and focus on our objective. Having said that we do take notes and make comparisons. This was our first experience in the low season, so some observations may be tempered by that. We are guessing the hotel was half to 2/3 full at the most. The Playa Blanca was the only other resort open.
We arrived on time and were the first off the plane, through customs and retrieved our bags very quickly. Tip: exchange your money at the airport, they give the best rate. The SCL and Pelicano do not have Bancos, but you get dinged converting at the front desk. Check in at the hotel went smoothly, bags were delivered to our room right away. We emailed a few days ahead and requested a quiet second floor room near the beach and wow, were we ever happy we did. We were given room 3323 which had a partial view of the ocean, spectacular! The mattress was pretty good. Sheets and towels, old and well worn but clean. Always hot water. AC worked well unless it was raining (see below). Very close to the buffet and lobby as well. Took a stroll right away - the grounds, landscaping and layout beautifully incorporate the uneven terrain and rock outcroppings. The bridge to the beach on the west side is quite striking, it meanders over the dunes to the beach, is well maintained but has no guardrails, which can be unnerving as at one point there is about a 6 foot drop on either side.
The beach was short directly in front of the Ranchon, but quite wide to the east and west. We stayed to the west. We always had our choice of palapas and the beach guy was always helpful setting us up no matter what time of day we arrived. The ocean was hot, hot, hot. Our first experience of a calm Caribbean was sublime. We watched barracudas hunting right up to the edge of the surf not 10 feet way, really cool. At dawn walk saw spectacular cloud formations and even a waterspout! We experienced the most spectacular sunsets to the west.
There was only one taxi servicing the entire island, which did hamper our access to the western beaches, we waited and ultimately gave up after waiting an hour a couple of times. The train driver did make a special trip at the end of the day for us for 4 pesos, but in high season, the taxis are numerous and competitive.
The buffet is open air concept, which meant quite a few cats. The food was quite good and plentiful, although not a great range of fresh vegetables. Beef was surprisingly good. Pasta was excellent. Breakfasts were great - pancake and omelette stations, fresh fruit and pastries, excellent. The a la carte restaurant was mediocre by comparison (we only had the one option). The pool snack bar was quite good, nice variety of sandwiches, burgers, fries and pizzas. The beach Ranchon was mediocre. Previous posters had complained of flies on the open food. We noticed they were using smudge pots and keeping food covered with saran wrap to keep them at bay. Mosquitos were noticeable only in the evening, but not a big problem for us, possibly because we didn’t hang out outside at night. They did fog nightly before dinner. The lobby bar was small but never overcrowded and the issue with the TV has been resolved - a nice potted plant occupies its former location and staff were efficient and attentive.
Day four of our week, the weather turned. Spectacular intermittent thunder showers turned to a full blown tropical system for our last 2 days. What a contrast. We watched the previously bone dry restaurant fountain fill to overflowing and all out flood the low paths. The rain was intense. Kudos to the hard working staff to keep hotel functioning in the monsoon - we had a soggy lunch by the pool on our last day, a river ran right through the middle of the tables, the waiters happily rolled up their pants and splashed through the torrents to keep us served. This was our first experience with any rain at all in CL. Our room leaked down one wall quite a bit (our maid was nice to give us extra towels to staunch the flow and use as mops.) The rain also caused a short in our AC unit which meat the circuit breaker went off continually and we had no power until it let up. Not a big deal.
To sum up, we agree with the majority of the reviews. The Sol Cayo Largo is the number 1 resort on the island. The staff were very friendly, hard working and gave great service. We can’t wait to return in April. We definitely have the Cayo Largo bug!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Cayo Largo del Sur, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. All Inclusive Four-Star resort with 296 rooms. Ideal for enjoying its pristine environment and for exploring its idyllic landscape and crystal-clear ocean bottom. The resort faces 600 meters of beach renowned for its perennially cool white-sand. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and groups.Guest Rooms296 rooms: 244 Standard, 34 Standard Ocean View, 10 Standard Superior Ocean View, 8 Junior SuiteDining3 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, A la carte and mini-buffet), 1 Cafeterias, 3 Bars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Cayo Largo Hotel Cayo Largo
- Sol Hotel Cayo Largo
- Cayo Largo Cuba
- Cayo Largo Sol Hotel
- Sol Club Cayo Largo