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“The hotel is way out on its own so make sure you get all your meals included . The staff are friendly and the hotel does fine as” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Maria La Gorda
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“The hotel is way out on its own so make sure you get all your meals included . The staff are friendly and the hotel does fine as”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013 via mobile

The staff are friendly. The food is normal buffet and keep in mind they don't get much fresh food sent there, the chef does a good job with the basics . The diving is great . Not much fish life but a lot of great swim throughs and topography. The big draw back are the sand flies and Mosquitos - take extra bottles of the strongest sprays you can get.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Maria La Gorda is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of Cuba. Unfortunately, the hotel is bare bones, beds uncomfortable (though new), and the food and service in the restaurant is undescribably impassive and bad. The folks who work at the dive center are surly and inattentive. I love the area, but this place has a long way to go. The accommodations in the Park at Cabo San Antonio are excellent.
p.s. If you stay at Maria La Gorda, use the safe in the room.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Paris, France
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69 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

We spent one night in the hotel in Maria la Gorda and we enjoyed it. We went there for diving initiation, but the see was too much moving and the conditions were not goo to dive. however, we took profit of the hotel and the see. The room was opening directly on the beach. It was large, clear and clean. The dinner and breakfast were proposed as a buffet. The choice was not large, but the quality was OK for the dinner and good for the breakfast. the staff was nice and helpful. We made a walk on the beach to reach a completely desert beach where the see was turquoise and the water warm. We could feel like in heaven!

Room Tip: the rooms that open on the see are a little bit more expansive, but it worth to have a see veiw and...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Rome, Italy
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

I came here to do scuba diving. It is supposed to be one of the best diving sites of the island. The hotel is currently being renovated and some of the rooms/ bungalows are really old, in particular those facing the sea.
The food is poor but there is no other choice.
The diving centre is excellent with very good instructors (I recommend Fran).
The diving sites are not bad but there is little fish to be seen.
Considering the remoteness of this site, I would suggest other options in Cuba are considered before travelling this far.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Levanger, Norway
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013 via mobile

This is actually a nice place, the beach that is. It's a corall beach though - there's sand on the beach, but coralls in the water. Great snorkelling, and good swim. And supposedly a good scubaspot. But the hotel is a mess. We stayed in cabanas with an aircondition that worked sometimes. They closed the water from midnight til 7 in the morning, sometimes even earlier. Other guests told us the other rooms was just as bad. The place is swarmed with mosquitos and sandflies after dark. Something really bites! In addition to the food ... We booked via Cubatrips and paid 72 CUC a night, including breakfast and dinner. No one told us it was a terrible buffet. Stay away! The bar restaurant is cheaper and better! You could get away with only 42 CUC for a room. The service in general is terrible and slow. Except one bartender who was a real charm. Oh, did I mention the stray cats and the cows running around?

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2013

This is my second visit to this resort. I came here in 2011.
This resort is not for holiday makers unless they are there for the diving.
The diving is excellent and well run by dedicated staff. The dive boats run three trips, two in the morning and one mid afternoon.
Deeper dives are done in the morning and a shallow scenic dive in the afternoon.
Accommodation is basic but very comfortable and the air conditioning works well. Water supply was a problem with no supply between midnight and 0700 and on two days there was no water available during the morning.
We had an all in package including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is simple but varied and is okay. However coffee is only available after breakfast as you are expected to buy this at the cafe at other times.
Remember this is Cuba.
The surrounding scenery is beautiful with white sandy beach and palm trees and the colour of the sea is truly stunning.
This holiday is a divers paradise.

Room Tip: For an additional 5 CUC per night the beach properties are worth it.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Alan P
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Hamburg, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

We wanted to take some relaxed days at the beach and thus we choose this far-out location in the very west of Cuba. The beach here is beautiful and it's very quite. Unfortunately the hotel disappointed us so badly that we had to cancel or stay earlier than planned and head to another - more friendly - location.

In Cuba state-run hotels can be either great or terrible. There's nothing in-between. This one is unfortunately on the terrible side. Staff is unfriendly, uninterested and bored. We tried to approach them with smiles and a positive attitude but after two days we couldn't keep this good vibe anymore and gave up. We assumed Maria la Gorda is mainly visited by tourists that get booked in here through travel agencies and not so much visited by individual tourists. This might include that many tourists don't speak spanish and thus the stuff may have communicational problems (especially when both staff and tourists speak bad english). Furthermore there are no cuban tourists here. Cuban state-run-resort-personal earns very little money, especially when you compare this to the prices in the restaurants here which are basically europe-prices. All of this can broaden the distance between staff and tourists and lead to this situation.

Besides of the unfriendly staff the rooms are more or less ok (we choose the wooden huts laid back from the beach) while the restaurants are just bad, basic and overpriced.

The cherry on the cake was when a cruise boat landed one evening. Suddenly the staff organized a barbecue on the beach with tables and food and music right on the beach. Everything looked very nice but this was just exclusive for the cruise visitors. Obviously good things are possible if the staff wants to...

Conclusion: Don't go here! Your holiday-time does deserve better!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Maria La Gorda
Address: Peninsula de Guanahacabibes | Sandino, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Pinar del Rio Province
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in Pinar del Rio Province
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 55
Also Known As:
Maria La Gorda Hotel
Hotel Maria La Gorda Cuba/Pinar Del Rio Province

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