I stayed at the Villa Cuba resort during the March Break. The property was filled to capacity. On the first night, we were put into a room in one of the villas. The room was tiny and barely was able to accomodate the king size bed. We had requested two beds so in the morning we went to 'check-in" and requested to be switched. By noon the next day we had been moved to the main building in a room that overlooked the pool. It was interested to discover that there is no charge to be upgraded to a superior room once you're there. The lady at the desk said that it is the tour operator who decides how much we will be charged for a room. The hotel sells the rooms to the tour operator for the same amount no matter what kind of view they have. Interested. Our new room.... Lovely accomodations but very loud. I would advise you to stay at the back of the main part of the hotel. It is much quieter.
There was a group of 100 to 150 students on an trip with a company called S Trip. . They were great during the day but we found that some of them would run up and down at the halls , yelling, at 2, 3 and 4 a.m. Many people complained to management and management did speak to the counsellors who were in charge of this group. There was a bit of improvement but the yelling and screaming in the middle of the night continued. I don't think I got a full night's sleep during the entire week. This is more the fault of the S Trip counsellors. I have already emailed S Trip voicing my concerns.
I enjoyed the food. I know that Cuba is not known for their cuisine but I was happy with the fresh fish that was offered each day. There was also a pasta station, a variety of salads and other meat dishes. Plenty of fresh fruit on hand every day. Loved the guava.
You are able to walk into town easily. Didn't bother taking the double decker bus. It was fun to ride in a vintage 1957 Pontiac taxi. These old cars are pre-revolution. Very cool. Take advantage of the guided trip to Havana. Havana is an amazing city. I wish I'd been able to stay for a few days.
Remember to bring your adapters . The plugs are different than the ones in North America. Two round prongs rather that flat ones.
On the whole, the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The Hola Sun rep was not the friendliest person. I heard many complaints about her during my week at the hotel. I understand that it must be a stressful job to manage large groups of tourists but she needs to work on her 'poker face". It was very apparent that she was annoyed with most people with whom she was dealing.
All in all, it was nice to get away from the winter. I am not sure if I would return to that hotel because of the fact that they allowed such a large group of students.
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