My friends and I stayed at this hotel Sept 4 to 11th. We took a night flight out of Montreal with Sunwing. I like sunwing but I don't recommend this flight even though you get a little extra time in Cuba. We were scheduled to leave Montreal at 9:30 but a flight delay ( Why???) caused us to leave at 11:00. Needless to say, checking through Varadero Airport and then the bus ride to Havana, we arrived at 7 a.m. Friday morning. No sleep at all. No problem though, I was at the BEACH and relaxed there all day. The beach is beautiful and the music and sound system were fantastic! They played relaxing ambient music in the morning and salsa and reggaeton during the day. Very nice. Some hotels try to cater to what the tourists say they want (North American music), but I love to hear Cuban music. Thank you Club Atlantico! I have been to Cuba many times..this is a typical 2.5 Cuban hotel. Not great but not terrible. We all had our own rooms which were large enough even for two. No it wasn't perfect... it's Cuba. I heard someone complain that the staff didn't speak English. Everyone I spoke with at the front desk spoke Engish. There were indeed a few rude staff members...the ladies serving at the pool bar but otherwise fine. The flights of stairs were a little much...I didn't mind but if you have any problems or are not in good shape you should request lower level rooms.
Food...hmmm...not great, lots of chicken and cucumbers.... but really ok. One night fresh yucca an pork... it was soooo good! Ice cream is great!
I picked this hotel because it is 20/25 minutes outside of Havana. If you walk to the street you can get a taxi for $15 to get you into Havana which we did every night for dancing. We had a beautiful beach and an amazing city. The best of both. There were some tourists, both men and women with "Cuban friends" and this is allowed in this hotel so be forewarned.
Bugs.. a little colony of tiny tiny ants in my bathroom... harmless.
My only complaint was check out day. We were not leaving the hotel until 11:30 p.m. but had to check out of our rooms by noon. It was really difficult to shower and change later on even though a comunal room was provided for this purpose.
We went snorkling with the person who runs the catamaran and this was amazing. $30 each and some gifts for his girlfriend who also came along to help out. Well worth it. In Cayo Coco you would pay double that or more.
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