I have everything positive to say about our trip and our stay at Sol Cayo Largo.
If you do a little research prior to your trip, you'll have realistic expectations about Cuba and the facilities where you'll be staying.
My wife and I arrived early afternoon, our flight got in and hour earlier which was great for us. Do some research prior to your trip and try to grab a flight (if you can) that arrives after lunch. Why? Give the hotel some time to clean up, get the rooms ready after other guests have checked out and more importantly, so you won't complain that your room is not ready. This applies to anywhere you go and any hotel you stay at. It's just plain common sense.
Our room was ready upon check-in, we had a refreshing welcome drink while waiting in line to check-in but missed the orientation from our Air Canada rep. No worries, we found him the next day when we went to book a Catamaran tour ($89).
If there is one thing you do on this trip, I highly recommend a day tour from the Marina with the Lobster lunch. If that would of been the only positive experience on our trip, everything still would have been worth it!
Our room (2221) was on the second floor, beautiful view of the resort, pool area, beach and the morning sunrise. Everything worked properly, true the rooms may be a little outdated but ask yourself, will you be spending most of your time in your room? Or will you be soaking up the rays on the powder sand beaches? I'd probably ask for a room next time a little further away from the night entertainment. 2221 is facing the pool area and the 10-11pm night show.
Our room had a mini fridge, a bottle of water everyday which we struggled to finish since most of our fluid intake was at one of the bars on the resort or from savoring the Cuban coffee throughout the day.
True, shower and water pressure at times was a little low but nothing I haven't experienced at some of the top hotels in Canada.
The one thing that sticks out in my mind throughout our stay happened during the buffet bbq lunch by the beach one day. I was very surprised to see the hotel manager/director (Fernando I think) come by and check on everything, and then proceed to clean off tables during the lunch rush for guests waiting to grab a seat. Having worked in the hotel/service industry, it was awesome to see the service and it shows he cares.
The morning buffet selection was more than plentiful, fresh omelets, pancakes and juices. For dinner you have a selection of restaurants (which require a reservation) or the daily dinner buffet. There's a seafood bar, grill station as well as a pasta bar which I found to be delicious.
Tip: When you arrive, go to the departure section (next door) and exchange your currency there. If they are open. Slightly better exchange rate but still not terrible at the hotel.
If you have some Cuban currency (CUC5-8) pesos you can grab a taxi from the airport to the hotel and this will save on having to wait in line for check-in. Plus, you'll be on the beach before the other guests arrive via bus. Same applies when leaving. Grab a cab back since it's a small airport and everyone arrives at the same time to check-in.
To sum up our stay, perhaps we were not looking to go shopping, or gourmet cuisine. We weren't looking to always be doing something, to be on the go and have a wealth of activities etc... Maybe that's why we enjoyed ourselves so much! We did however, rent a scooter a couple of times to zoom into the Marina (small village with a couple of shops and a souvenir stand).
My advice, get off your plane, check-in, change into your swim suit and go relax with a rum punch on the beach. In the evening, sit outside and look up! Guaranteed you'll see something you rarely see in the city. Pure awesome night sky.
We did get sun burned (quite badly) but still well worth it since everyday was +32c and sunny. We'd do it all over again and plan to next winter. Thank you Sol Cayo Largo.
- 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