I booked this hotel as part of a first choice package deal for myself, husband and daughter who is 2 years old. Based on the high rating reviews and repeat visitors on Trip Advisor and the fact they had a daily children's club.
In the weeks before going to Cuba my husband and I read the reviews and I always read the new ones the closer the time came to travelling.
Some of the reviews did make me wonder and I did start to have some reservations about the hotel but we went with an open mind. This is my second time to Cuba (I went as a teenager but not to this part or hotel of Cuba) and my husbands fist time.
I would have to say overall we were both very happy with the hotel and our daughter had the best time. We asked for a room in block 60 and was given that block on the ground floor. We didn't take a buggy but had we we wouldn't have had to lug it up a flight of stairs several times a day!
The pool was close by and if you couldn't be bothered to walk there are always gold carts going up and down which you can wave down or get on at reception. Yes the resort is large but the way it's laid out is very well thought out and we found that it was nice a quiet as there are about 6 or 8 rooms per block.
We ate at the buffets every evening as we had our toddler to consider and it's a more relaxed environment which is child friendly. Options for food - lots to choose from. Fresh fish, sea food, meat, cooked dishes. Tip don't tip the staff are friendly, attentive and chatty.
We didn't tip the first week and we were treated to welcomes every morning, lunch time and dinner. We had a sever come up fill our glasses with water and ask us what drinks we wanted almost within minutes of sitting down. The resort towards the end of the week became very busy and service did decline a little at breakfast and lunch time but that's to be expected if you have 900 people through 2 restaurants in 2 hours,
I did read some pathetic reviews about staff talking to one another, wow what a disgrace. Do you spend your days ignoring your colleagues at work
Time and time again we spoke to lots of repeat visitors, the staff build friendships with the guests and it was common to see them having a chat and laugh. It's very child friendly and the Cubians are warm, kind and friendly people.
The pool - I read again there was crabs, it was never cleaned? Well yes there are crabs, vary in sizes. Guess what your in the Caribbean. The crabs die from the pool water so it's not as if your going in the pool with them moving around, most of the crabs you see are towards the vegetation and rocks. Due to the resort being so green and beautiful it just adds to the nature,and charm. There are peacocks and other little animals around the resort which my daughter adored spotting.
The pool was cleaned every day, a lot of people would go to the beach, not shower and bring sand in to the pool but that's not really a bother or concern to me. My daughter spent many hours in the pool playing, floating and she was never ill or suffered from any skin rash or ear infections.
The staff around the resort do a great job, the gardens are always being tended to, daily we saw the gardeners and builders replanting trees, shrubs, cleaning back palms, we saw the blocks being repainted. Cabanas having new roofs being put on, new sun loungers were starting to appear. We witnessed the sun loungers being given a good cleaning proper soaped up and hosed down.
Drinks - we took our own flask cups. Used them a few times, it is better for environment and while the plastic cups they give you drinks in aren't small you would create a large carbon footprint in two weeks! In a place where recycling doesn't exsist so it's a good idea. Most people had these and it's one thing I'm glad we took.
There are some local shops on the resort. Sells sun cream, razors, nappies, all the essentials should you need. There is a shop that stocks coke, fanta, sweets if your craving something from home.
Around the pool in the day there are burgers, chips, battered prawns, they are ok. It's mass produced to feed the hundreds so don't expect it to be like a burger king or mc d. But you know what this is Cuba and what is available is wry good, they have ketchup but it won't b Heinz. So as long as you realise such things you will love it there.
The coffee bar in the lounge area is brilliant. Girls are lovely. The children's club is ok, the girls again are lovely and work hard with what they have, it's not the uk, they don't have EYFS, or Ofsted. They just treat your children like their own and let the, play with the toys available and the resources they have.
The animation team work hard to put on shows and I've seen worse. It's something to do in the evening and they have a 30 minute children's disco each night with one of the animation team in the resort disco which is sweet and our daughter loved it.
Overall we had a lovely time, we also did the dolphin trip and again this is something you really should do and buy the extras it's worth it. Once in a lifetime experience.
Also we took a insect repellent plug in, insect spray, and insect repellent cream for us and didn't get bitten. We left the plug in all day and night ( upon arrival you get one key, ask for another and leave it in room as it activates everything)
I read some people moaning they needed a torch as its really dark at night - they have low lights around the resort to help guide you and we were fine but you may want one if yor visually challenged in the dark.
Most importantly go and enjoy yourself. The weather is lovely, even with the odd afternoon of rain!
- Also Known As:
- Playa Pesquero
- Playa Pesquero Cuba
- Playa Pesquero Hotel Cuba
- Playa Pesquero Holguin
- Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba
- Hotel Playa Pesquero Holguin
- Playa Pesquero Hotel
- Playa Pesquero Holguin Cuba
- Playa Pesquera
- Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba/Holguin