Hotel Oasis

Hotel Oasis

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Hotel Oasis is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Varadero, offering a budget friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Hotel Oasis is a budget friendly hotel offering air conditioning in the rooms.

Plus, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast, which have made this a popular choice among travellers visiting Varadero. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

Travellers looking to enjoy some crab can head to Salsa Suarez Restaurant y Bar. Otherwise, you may want to check out a Spanish restaurant such as La Vaca Rosada, Terracita's Cafe, or Mallorca.

During your visit, be sure to check out a popular art gallery like Artecru, which is a short distance from the hotel.

Enjoy your stay in Varadero!

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lindsay771 wrote a review Feb 2015
Regina14 contributions43 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Don't be scared when you first arrive!
we arrived to this resort at 2:00 am in the morning the only people to get off the bus. Oh god. We were terrified. There was next to no lights which didn't sit well with me. The lady at the front desk was pleasant and had a man take our suitcases to the first room. He opened the door and I immedietly said no way and walked out where we were then taken to another room 161. It was huge with a king sized bed. I said ok and we went to sleep. The next morning I woke up we had an amazing view of the ocean along with beautiful trees. Yes the room was run down but leys face it. This is not a five star!! The electrical is sketchy! You don't need to take a converter though. We went and walked around the beach which was absolutely gorgeous (however should have been raked more) and discovered a beach bar which was really cute and charming. The pool is very clean and there are typically plenty of chairs. This is a small resort that in my opinion has not been looked after properly most likely because the resources are not available. The people who work here are amazing! Yes there are cats and dogs at this resort. If you are an animal lover be prepared. Please take flea collars with you for these poor guys. I don't believe they are owned by the resort but just strays that stay around. If possible take deworming pills too! It would make a huge difference for them.
This resort is a short distance from varadero you have to take a cab which costs around $6 CUC
Make sure to change about $30 bucks at the airport no more though because their exchange is way to high but get enough for a cab to take into varadero to the bank machine and exchange your money there. There are two banks you can use a bank machine or go directly into the bank where you will need your passport

Here's my honest opinion. This place is run down but if you need a serious cheap get away go!!the initial shock changes and you will be completely fine here! But be prepared. Here is a list of items that are completely nessessary
Lysol wipes - you may want to wipe things down
Toilet paper - for adventures off resort
Clothes pins
Bug spray. Spray your bed and yourself daily. Everyone was complaining about so many bugs on previous advisor lists. I had NONE.
Raid - we sprayed around our room and never had any unwanted bugs
Soap - take your own soap and shampoo and toiletries
Towel - take your own. And facecloths
Candles - they give a safe ambience and smell pretty
Lysol spray - ok I might be a tad over cautious
Baby powder or talc powder. Place it along your room. Bugs hate it
Bungee cords to ensure windows are locked even though this resort is really very safe
--we bought a $30 door jammer for added safety (I'm sure we didn't have to but it was a nice feeling to have additional lock) hey sell them at Home Depot they jam under the door knob and reach to the floor
--the safes are not the greatest. We carried a stupid little waist bag but with our important documents in it

Tips:
The coffee is amazing at the cafe right beside the pool bar. Truly amazing! The Americanos are splendid!!
--as for the drinks. Lemonados are great! And most of their drinks were actually good
--the food I didn't find amazing but it was definitely ok and I typically get sick in foreign countries but I didn't here so I was pleased.
--the white kitchen you can get hamburgers fries hotdogs veggies etc
--stay away from the blue plastic looking bags on the beach. Those are poisonous jelly fish that have washed up on shore
--close your windows at night and the blinds then you won't get bugs in!

In conclusion... We typically spend a lot of money on all inclusives our budget was tight this year so we chose this place. All in all its a fantastic place to stay if you come with low expectations. The people are amazing and if you need just a good rest and relaxation go! I will attach numerous picture for everyone to see because i found there was not enough information on here
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Date of stay: January 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Simplythebest365 wrote a review Jan 2014
Toronto, Canada18 contributions38 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Favourite resort in Cuba so far. Other resorts experience is from 5* Memories Cayo Santa Maria, 4,5* Melia Las Dunas same cayo, and 2* Villa la Mar Varadero,. :-)
Main requirements: beautiful beach, quiet place, bed, shower and food. 5* amenities as hair dryer, internet, room service, coffee maker, phone etc. double the price and mostly remain unused when provided.

Reasons to Love Hotel Oasis Islazul
Beach: the best ever! Beachfront resort, you do not walk through residential area. Beach is separated from main Varadero strip by a harbor, so not many locals around. Steps to both snorkeling and nice sandy beach - what can be better? Friends walked on a snorkeling beach after night’s rain and found very beautiful seashells. Ocean bottom just perfect - neither too deep, nor too shallow. Snorkeling around the pier is most fun!

Resort: small, so no 5-10 minutes walks to restaurant or beach like in larger resorts; you get to know pretty much everyone upon arrival.
Full of beautiful flowers and mature greenery as it is one of the 1st Varadero resorts.
Many people from Russia that is my background so great socializing and a fun company for Havana trip. Other people mostly from Canada. For a comparison in 4.5* 900+ rooms Melia St. Maria were many Argentinians - too loud, smoked always & everywhere.
Very secure. Two of us watched sunset on a beach and a security guard was sitting on a side of already closed beach bar making sure we are ok. He did not approach or bother us, very professional. When we started walking towards the hotel he also left the beach.
We go to pool in Toronto but fly to Cuba for the ocean. Two minutes test swim in the resort pool was decent.

Service: truly friendly, family style, front desk not much slower than in other Cuban places ;-) Gardeners smile & give flowers, bring coconuts at 1 peso right to the beach. Make sure they open coconuts in front of you, a bit of Spanish may be required. Lifeguard Ariel is with the hotel for 20 years, speaks a bit of each language, we still laugh at his unforgettable jokes.

Bars: at lobby and pool not crowded, friendly service always with a smile, variety available. All bars close at 10pm that is just perfect for my quiet retreat. Beach bar almost deserted, if you knock barman wakes up walks out and gives you a beverage you need.

Activities: just once we had an ok show but did not need more. In the evenings we either slept or chatted. Taxis cheaper than at expensive resorts; easy to negotiate. Havana trip is $100 return, they take up to 5 people but 4 of us went. Driver Eri was great.
Taxi to mall on other side of Varadero $10 from Oasis before negotiation but back from the mall adjacent to 5* Melia prices started at $15 and it took us 5 minutes negotiate $8. Btw did not like Melia’s narrow beach, the only way to get to which were steep stairs.

Rooms: Beautiful blue curtains & bed covers. Next time will bring mosquito net and stay on 2 floor with balcony, ocean view. Corner windows ceiling to floor - breathtaking!
Spent a couple of evenings with drinks on friends’ balcony.
At arrival maintenance manager showed rooms. Instead of fixing things he takes you to a different room, just be prepared. Lamp shade was missing, faucet a bit rusted but we did not stay much in the rooms, only slept & changed. If you really need to fix something - just ask, give a peso after. However all people we met were satisfied with the rooms.
About $15 refundable deposit for safe key is required at Front Desk. We met a man who calculated some probability theory for safe access and did not use it, but actually nobody touched what we locked in safes. Front Desk returned $15 at departure with no problem.
We never touched TV so not sure what’s on. It was a good thing as in 5* US channels “took advantage” of my Internet/TV addiction reducing time for healthy outdoors. ;-)
Housekeeping ladies changed towels as we required, cleaned rooms pretty well and received nice gifts: chocolates, stationery, cosmetic, clothing etc. daily. Towel art was certainly pretty. We needed to check out on Sunday at 4pm instead of 12pm and they were totally fine with this. Our friends checked out next day but were not allowed to stay longer, maybe because of management being at work, or due to large group arrival - not sure.

Food:
*A la carte restaurant available every time you see Klara, PR manager - for same or other day. She writes your room number on her hand, so cute; she can even approach you on a beach and offer restaurant reservation, ask if you enjoy your stay. She speaks English and Russian as is a qualified meteorologist from a Moscow institute :-) Klara is always happy to assist if you have other questions or issues.
*Buffet: all kinds of meat, rabbit, fish, a bit variety per day; to compare all options available daily in 5* - here you have same but during a week of your stay, just 2-3 choices per day. It turns out if 2* or 5* - my plate has same food. :-)
Always available: 5-6 kinds of fruit, 5-6 kinds of veggies with homemade mayo, mustard, ketchup, vinegar etc. dressings, a couple of soups. Totally loved organic potato chips, baked plantains; of course rice, potatoes etc. Guava was not served, but ask a lifeguard or any gardener and get plenty for a few pesos.
Some reviews mention fruit & vegs left for the next day but this happens even in Cuban 5*. Cuban produce is organic, can not last as long as genetically modified sprayed with chemicals Canadian. All we ate in Oasis was pretty fresh, we never saw anything rotten.
*Good variety of desserts. In Cuban 5* are 1-2 cake types in different presentations. So actually Oasis serves same cakes as expensive hotels. Of course beautiful gourmet food is great, but we go to Toronto Ritz Carlton for this, not to Cuba - until win a lottery, of course ;-)
*Breakfast omelettes or eggs to your taste from great chefs. In the evening they grill meat or fish, you choose a piece you like and way to cook por favor. Delicioso! :-) Breakfast pancakes, toasts, yogurts, sausages, etc. are tasty.
*Hot & cold beverages machines - amazing! We are used to Canada-size morning tea of coffee. In Cuban 4-5* resorts waiters bring small cups of coffee or small glasses of juices. In Oasis buffet are machines with most delicious carbonated water, juices, pop to help yourself as you want. Hot beverages machine with a few types of coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino, milk etc. and of course, hot water. Variety of teas are next to it. We still tipped the staff but nobody stands and looks in your eyes every time you have a meal.

Do not go to Oasis Islazul Varadero if you are a:
- glossy millionaire diva
- picky unhappy person
- heavy drinking party animal
- clean freak
- prima donna seeking big crowd
- interior designer
- special needs person requiring appropriate facilities
- couple on a honeymoon
- family with small children

If you just need a sunshine escape from snowy Canadian April like in 2013; swim & tan and not a glamorous party, if you are easygoing and not high maintenance - Oasis is definitely an option, just know what to expect at a truly affordable budget.

In the end of the day if it does not work out - talk to Sunwing Rep, maybe pay more and move on to another hotel, do not walk around miserably.
An always-complaining lady stayed at the resort, but we then saw her kicking a kitten.
On the other hand a 70+ y.o. Torontonian was negotiating November - April extended stay rate with management. Islazul web sells Oasis for $1350 monthly, negotiate for less & why not have a hot winter if you are ok with the resort conditions?
So be happy & enjoy the beach of Hotel Oasis Islazul!
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Groothewanderer wrote a review Feb 2013
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution34 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
First off,
The wife and I read the reviews before we left for this resort.
She was wary and i was thinking people are just spoiled in Canada.
I will not tell you this was a 4 star resort...it is a borderline 2 star lol
When we arrived on Jan 2nd...they did try to give us 4 awful rooms till I said no more.
We ended up with an amazing room literally looking out over the ocean..beautiful.
Food was very good for a 2 star...booze was free but only till 10!
The staff were excellent except one girl at the desk who seemed annoyed lol.
They did exchange currency but only on certain days when they had some.
Please note that the exchange rate is excellent at the hotel compared to elsewhere.
Secluded beach was awesome...but cut off from rest of beach.
Please note that as we are explorers we walked around the canal to the town of Veradero in less than an hour.
Excellent walk at a leisurely pace..great scenery,friendly people.
Cab fare is not $30 like some people here have suggested.
It costs between 5-8 pesos one way.
if you paid more than you need to learn how to travel lol.
The beach right in front of resort was clean but on the way to Mantazas not so much.
But we walked in both directions and enjoyed it immensely.
The beach staff do make themselves comfortable and will talk your ear off if they feel they might make a friend...meaning hey can I have that shirt,shorts,bag or hat when you leave the country lol
But I do understand because that stuff is not readily available in Cuba.
I left our beach towel guy and 2 servers in the lunchroom over $70 pesos in tips and clothes,toothpaste,etc....which they seemed to genuinelyappreciate.
We met many visitors mostly from Canada at our resort.
Some Russians and Spaniards...
Some lacking manners yes...but get over it seriously.
Honestly the only people that were really rude and had awful manners were the people from....wait for it...QUEBEC lol
I found it hilarious because I was told more than once that Cubans love Canadians but aren't too fond of Quebecers because they remind them of Americans...too funny.
All in all...I loved it there and we will go back in December.
We made some new friends from Canada and Cuba.
We did meet some people that hated it there and leff for a different resort and thats fine...but I think people need to grow up and remember you are in basically a 2nd world maybe borderline 3rd world country.
So too sum it up...
We spent less than $700 Canadian in 12 days combined...that included 2 days in Havana,trips to Veradero 5 times,trips to the caves,etc.
If you want to be pampered go too a higher star resort on the other side of Veradero...with the snobby people all on one beachlol
If you want decent accommodations,decent food,decent service,but a beach all too yourself..go to Oasis.
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Date of stay: January 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Georgia E wrote a review Dec 2013
Toronto, Canada1 contribution40 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013... My girlfriend and I went to this hotel for a break. My girlfriend was assaulted going to her room by an unknown assailant... Upon requesting calling the Police the Management of the hotel refused to call the Police... When I kicked up such a fuss they finally moved us to Playa Caleta where it was safer. The Sunwing reps did nothing to alleviate the situation and did all they could to prevent us from calling the Police... To get the Cuban's to do anything a waiver had to be signed by my girlfriend which was signed under duress....

Please take this as a cautionary Notice. This is a Dangerous Hotel. Do Not Stay Here and if You Do You Stay At Your Own Risk........ This Hotel Should Not Be Listed As a Vacation Destination...
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Date of stay: December 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Descaptain wrote a review Dec 2014
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions35 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Hi been in Cuba many times since 1995 and are somewhat familiar with the various types of Packages and Hotel that are available. First time at Oasis and I was pleasantly pleased. It is located just outside the Canal as you enter Varadero and a 15 minute pleasant walk to the Tourist Strip.We paid 540 $ for one week from Ottawa, The room was clean and comfortable with ocean view from 2nd floor Balcony.It is a 1956 vintage sort of cozy little place .The pool was great and food of good quality from a small buffet dining room which looked out a the pool. The place including Beach Bar Cabano is undergoing repairs and some Cuban workers stay in part of Hotel,so we were able to meet some real Cubans .I will stay again as a base for other traveland /or just a nice week of fun.The place had Canadians ,a few very nice Russians and no one was out of control so made for nice stay..Bar is 24 but some limits so if your going to party hardy this might not be foryou.. Anyhow last is the Best the Staff and Management were all great!!!My Cuban friend was able to visit and have Dinner.Thanks To All ,check it out I hope they restore and keep this place as it is 5o:"s Vintage/History Small and Cozy with a Friendly feeling..Thanks To All Staff look forward to our next stay..Des from Ottawa/Smiths Falls Ontario Canada.
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Date of stay: November 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: P.S. If your looking for luxury its not for you !!!Its a Cuban 2 star . Enjoy!!
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Tony L wrote a review Mar 2013
Vancouver, Canada35 contributions53 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here from Feb 23 - March 2. This was our first time travelling to Cuba. My boyfriend and I booked with Oasis because of the price point as we were on a bit of a budget. We were a bit skeptical when we booked due to all the mixed reviews. But overall, we enjoyed our stay. If you are used to hostels, then you should have no problem with this place. I actually think with a little bit of upgrades this can become a hostel heaven!

I should point out we are both Latin American and speak fluent Spanish, so we sort of understand some of the idiosyncrasies of the place that would otherwise drive other (mainly whiney) tourists crazy. And we also had language to help us communicate.

Our main critiques are: location, bar, music.

And also the annoying, rude, whiney guests who would complain right in front of the staff with no shame - so RUDE! I think that was the most horrible part of my stay, was all the complainers, especially those that didn't do any research about the reviews. It was so annoying to have to hear so many Canadians complaining and comparing hotel Oasis to other 4 and 5 stars in Cuba and to other countries. We have many friends who have traveled to Cuba and the main thing they told us is not to compare Cuba with other countries and not to Canadian standards because OBVIOUSLY it's a different country with a completely different system and set of values - DUH!!! If you can leave that mentality on the plane then you will greatly cut down on your whiney crappy attitude and actually enjoy yourselves! Just saying.

FIRST IMPRESSION:
We arrived on a red-eye flight at 4am. Lobby was dark and a couple of men lingering around. Front desk guy had just woken from a nap. First impression was a bit sketchy but later we learned that some of the staff work 24 hour shifts! Several guests checked in before us and they were quite rude to the poor desk guy. We were nice to him and made him laugh and he hooked us up with a sweet beach-side room on second floor that was actually large enough for 4 people (room 167). Remember that when you arrive on a red-eye you are cranky and tired and they are probably working a 24 hour shift. So be nice, don't be a douche.

Most tourists were either Canadian (the fun ones of course!) and Russians (the snobby, angry-looking ones that kept to themselves). There were old and young couples, singles of all ages, college-types, families. A couple of Frenchies who were also kind of boring.

OUR ROOM:
Beautiful, clean, and large! No bugs, it had a working toilet (you have to pull the flusher up, not push down like in Canada), clean towels, sheets. TV didn't really work but we didn't spend much time in our room anyway so no biggie. Huge sliding windows overlooking the beach and the pool area (we left them open during the day to circulate air w/ the sea breezes). Beds were a tad springy for my taste and it's true the pillows are about 1 inch thick, but I just rolled up a towel and I was fine. I also brought my own light sheet and pillow case from home, but I'm an anal traveller that way about bedding. I left the set for the cleaning lady to keep at the end of my trip too. =)

We left our cleaning girl small snacks like M and Ms and Corn Nuts and small toiletries (i.e.: toothpaste, toothbrushes, tampons, etc) and a small tip. Every day her bedding origami got more intricate it was really cute! They really appreciate receiving these things as they are sometimes hard to come by.

LOCATION:
Yes it's true. This hotel is on the outskirts of Varadero (actually the first one you come across). It's about 4-5km to downtown Varadero. If you like to be where the action is, you might be very disappointed with how far it is from everything.
Taxi rides vary from $5-8 CUCS depending on how old the car is as some taxis are new, some are the oldie gas guzzlers. Watch out for cab rides at night when you go out on the town because they will try to charge you $20 CUCS!! Don't accept that! Negotiate like crazy (we were able to get down to $8 CUCS) or refuse their service. I had to give them a piece of my mind it made me so mad how bad they tried to rip us off and I speak the language! LOL
Another solution is to share cabs with other guests to split the costs, which is what a lot of guests did when we were there. My boyfriend and I rented scooters ($25 CUCS) and zoomed around downtown for a day.
If you like to not be surrounded by so many drunk obnoxious tourists and not have to wait forever to get a drink, you will not mind the location of this place. I actually liked not being in downtown because I prefer not to be around so many tourists LOL

FACILITIES:
It's an older hotel, so it does need some touch-ups here and there but it's not as disgusting and run down as some make it out to be. Pool was always clean when we were there. There is a workout room but when we were there it had no equipment. No towel service or snorkel rentals at the beach huts either, we were told there was an issue w/ the contractor. There is a games room with ping pong table and other stuff for the kids. Washrooms by the lobby do have toilet paper, just not in the stalls! You have to grab it from the dispenser above the mirror counter first! I never ran out of toilet paper when I was there.

They can change Canadian currency to CUCS in limited quantities. But for large amounts you will need to go into town. Ask for the bank that is furthest west, it will be more quiet than the one on the main strip.

Note: there are sand fleas in some areas (mainly the patio outside of the dining hall and the seating area where the stage is) so bring bug spray for sure! Some guests just cut up aloe leaves and slathered it all over their legs. LOL

FOOD:
Also not as bad as some have commented. Fruit and veggies were always fresh but they did reuse them later for lunch or dinner in the hot meals. No biggie, at least they aren't wasting food like we do here in Canada. Shame on some of you! I felt there was some variety, there was fresh fish, pork, beef, chicken. Breakfasts were decent, you can get omeletes too. There are sneeze guards but there are some flies around. It would help if they got fly nets to cover some of the food with. But remember people, they do not have Food Safe like we do in Canada!! I did NOT get sick from the food. Cutlery sometimes was hard to come by, but you can just ask and they will bring out more.

If you like coffee, don't use the machine in the dining hall. Get it from the bar at the lobby - delicious!!

We ate at the "Italian" restaurant that you need reservations for and we actually really enjoyed the dinner service there.

BEACH:
It is not as smooth and clean as pics you see for other resorts BUT it is still a lovely beach! Right in front of the dining hall, the beach has a worn down coral bed that is fun to explore. To the left you can beach comb. To the right about 50 meters is the sandier beach w/ the palm tanning huts and lounge chairs. If you like tranquility you will enjoy it because we are so far away from downtown Varadero that there are no annoying drunks or loud music, or crowds. There is an old wharf that is very picturesque. When we were there the conditions were too choppy to swim or snorkel. Some guests complained it was the ugliest beach but they must be crazy. There is a bit of garbage in the sand so you have to watch your step. I did see machines in the morning rake it but I don't think the machines actually pick up the garbage so not sure what's up with that.

BAR:
Opens at 10am, closes at 10pm. This was a bit disappointing but our solution was to double-fist for the last hour and we also bought a cheap bottle of rum at the store with some mix and made our own happy hour with other guests after bar closed. I found bartenders were generous w/ the alcohol and very nice, especially if you throw in a tip right from the get go.

ENTERTAINMENT:
During the day they play music of all kinds. In the evening around 9pm they have variety shows, a bit amateurish but still a good time after a few Cuba libre's! LOL After 10:30ish, they turn music off. This was probably the most disappointing thing for me and my boyfriend because we love to dance. We were told they shut down early because of all the old people who complain. Our solution: we just played music from our iPods and mini-speakers and made our own party with other fun guests.
TIP: if you like quiet, you should ask for the rooms that are on the furthest east and west of the complex away from the pool/stage area.

Our last night there, a music teacher from Havana and their resident musician were warming up by the pool. They gave us an impromptu percussion lesson with the set we had bought in Havana. It was magical. Probably one of the best moments I had at the hotel!

If you want to go out on the town for the night, ask the bartenders for recommendations. There is a Beatles rock bar, there is Calle 62 for those who like to dance salsa, there is Club International and a few others for the younger party crowd, there is La Casa de la Musica for Cuban music lovers. Bartenders will suggest places to you =)

TOUR PACKAGES:
Everyone we spoke to who did the tours were extremely happy and amazed with their experiences! We did the 4x4 Jeep Safari to Matanzas and it was lovely! You get to snorkel, do a bit of off-roading, drive through the country-side, have lunch at a country-side eatery, buy some sugar cane juice with rum, and then go for a river boat ride and get serenaded by the local talent. Be aware that the times noted in the Sunwings binder are not accurate as they reflect the pick-up times for the guests in hotels on the opposite end of the peninsula! Also bring change with you to tip the workers who help create the experience for your tours. They really appreciate it. And also a small snack in case you get hungry before lunch. =)

The Sunwing rep we had, who has a PhD in English, was excellent! Very knowledgable and hospitable.

STAFF:
Although this place is not luxurious by any means, I think the staff there were so wonderful and I feel this is where the hotel shines once you get over your shock of the place. At first they seem a little distant but I think it's because they know that their hotel is one of the oldest, smallest, and lower stars of all the resorts. Some of them have worked at the fancier hotels so they know how Oasis compares, they are not dumb so PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD keep your whining to yourselves or in your room, not in earshot where the workers can hear you!! It's disrespectful and it just makes Canadians look bad, and we are the ones they like most of all the tourists!

They told me that the majority of guests complain about EVERYTHING and I think this has affected their morale a bit, at least that's the feeling I got. But if you can get over yourselves and just enjoy your time and make the best of the situation and the place, the staff will see this too and it just makes for an overall better experience when you can interact with them. Probably the only staff I felt were not very friendly were a couple of the front desk staff, mainly the women. Most of the staff speaks minimal English. But they try VERY hard to try to understand you and help you. I would advise you bring a Spanish-English dictionary if you do not speak any Spanish. They will probably enjoy teaching you a few phrases too.

SAFETY:
I felt very safe and secure there. The door staff always greeted us and asked us how we were doing and if we needed help getting anywhere. Maintenance workers and groundskeepers would also ask us if we were OK. There is always security guys walking around, even late at night. They would check in on us late partiers who hung out by the stage late at night.

SOME ADVICE:
If you want to go to Havana, we were quoted various prices from $80 - $120 CUCS, depending who is taking you I guess. I would recommend doing an overnighter to Havana. My boyfriend and I rented a car and made our own way there so we could take our time and not be rushed. But there is so much to see, one day in Havana is not enough. Stay in casa particulares so you can get a taste of life with a Cuban family. Check out cubajunky.com for directory of casas particulars. When in Havana, beware of some bicitaxistas who will try to get you to go eat at some new restaurant called 'El Guarajito". Supposedly it's the nicest and best in Havana, but it's way over priced and food is average. They will trick you into paying for a bottle of wine that you think is free, but it really isn't. You can find other places to eat for way cheaper.

Get out of Varadero for a day or two!! It is HIGHLY touristy and not a true reflection of the way of life and culture of Cuba. Otherwise you will make all your judgements about Cuba based on your hotel experience, which is not a true reflection of life in Cuba or of Cubans. And also you might get some interesting perspectives from the people about life in a socialist country. Don't assume they are all unhappy or happy with their way of life here. Cuba is definitely a place with many complex layers.

Cubans are highly educated people, many holding Masters or PhD's. So don't assume they are all poor, illiterate people that you can belittle. For those who work in tourism, tips are really what help them get ahead relatively speaking - so they truly appreciate the tips BUT they will tell you themselves, tip ONLY if it comes from your heart. Cuba's greatest natural resource is its' people! They are so full of life and so kind; treat them with dignity.

If you rent a car, you will notice there will be lots of hitchhikers. We picked up several on our way to Havana and Viñales but only during the day. It is pretty safe to do so but be wary of those who are dressed in "official" looking outfits and who wave booklets to flag you down; they are usually males but there are some females too. They will try to tell you they are some sort of "tour guide" and will give you info about the country as you are driving and about your final destination and then ask you for a "fee" at the end of the ride. One female hitchhiker we gave a ride to told us not to pick these people up because they just do it to make $ on the side and they are not supposed to do that because they are not really tourist officials.

If you book through Sunwing, note that your bus pick-up time for departure is not the time noted in the Sunwing binder. The time noted in the binder is the time the first set out guests are picked up on the opposite end of the peninsula. If your bus is more than an hour late, call the Sunwings rep to make sure they are on their way. Don't harass the Oasis staff about it because they have nothing to do with the bus pick-up times!! They told me that they hear complaints all the time and they wish Sunwings would update the binder info.
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Date of stay: February 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brigitte D wrote a review Jan 2013
Ottawa, Canada15 contributions47 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I booked this resort as a last minute deal at a cost of $480. I don't mind putting up with a few inconveniences if for my money I can get 2 or even 3 trips for the price of one at a fancier place. I found this to be a standard 2 star for Cuba. The only real problem I had was finding a room that I could live with. The first room I was given had a toilet that flooded. In the 2nd room I tried, I was awakened by a TV blaring at 6 am. Turned out that there was a door to an adjoining room which was so thin that I could hear the guy next door clear his throat. I finally settled in room 132 which has no balcony but is otherwise acceptable. I also found plenty of food available and while not exactly gourmet fare, was quite acceptable and also quite the same as other 2 stars that I had stayed at. The hotel says that it has a snack bar but this is really a door that you knock on and they might give you a cheese sandwich . One nice thing was the a la carte restaurant which served good food with wine and there is no limit to the number of times you could eat there. I met lots of friendly and upbeat people. They were mostly Canadian and I had fun socializing with them. One day when the weather was cool they had kareoke in the lobby for entertainment and a lot of people enjoyed dancing and singing. The beach was lovely,probably one of the nicest in the world. The hotel does change currency but sometimes they are out and you have to wait until someone goes into town to get more.There is a massage practitioner available but while he does reasonable massages, he does try to cut your time short by 15 minutes on a supposedly one hour massage.The staff was very accomodating and that helped to make up for the fact that the place was pretty run down. All in all, I enjoyed my week's stay and would go again if I found a deal at a similar price but would not pay much more.
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Date of stay: January 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Relax19478 wrote a review Feb 2006
Toronto, Ontario9 contributions25 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were definitely pleasently surprised about our hotel. We were expecting it to be a lot worse then what it was.

We had a very clean and large room and our house keeper was very pleasent - leaving notes and swans in our room. The bed was uncomfortable and the pillows were also very uncomfortable. I don't think our sheets were changed once during our stay (though the first night we did have a fresh set).

The bathroom looked modern. The shower had hot water each time we needed it. As well, the pressure was pretty good. Our only complaint about the shower was that although the flooring and the walls were clean, there was mildew on the ceiling and it was a bit dark in there.

The entire room was rather dim and the lights gave very little light.

We did notice that there were ants crawling along the floor in places. There was a gap under our front door which would make for very easy entrance. The floor in general was very clean though.

We did have another friend visit us for a few days. We saw a cockroach sitting inside of the beday twice in two days. It seemed as though he crawled up through the piping because he wasn't ever fully exposed but always half way down the drain.

Most rooms have an ocean view. The first floor rooms had a nice patio complete with chairs and table and the second floor rooms had a HUGE balcony (approx. the size of the first floor patios).

The jacuzzi was out of service at the beginning of our stay but was in use closer to the end.
There was one bartender who always took his time to serve anyone and our glasses were never quite full. To top it off, we found him to be rude in general. All other hotel staff were very pleasent and very accommodating.

The hotel does have non-motorized water sports at no cost. There are a few paddleboats, kayaks, and one catamaran wind-surf. The hotel also offers snorkeling at a cost of $15 pesos per person. The trip is about 2 hours long. The sail out to the snorkeling site is about 45 minutes each way. We went on this trip and found it to be very personal and there were plenty of fish to see! The snorkeling was not off a coral reef but rather in some random spot in the ocean. It was neat because you could feed the fish and there weren't too many people around to bother you. We recommend chosing this option, if you're only interested in snokeling, over your tour operator's (such as Conquest) option, as it's approx. 7 times more expensive.

The Oasis hotel is isolated from the rest of Varadero. It's separated by a canal that requires either a bus, taxi or an hour walk around. We would recommend paying the 5 pesos and taking the tour bus into town (if you're heading in). There wasn't much to see in Varadero and we personally liked the beach at our resort as it's very private with fewer people.

The beach at the resort was quite nice. There was an old pier that you could walk on and see very large crabs on. Varadero is VERY windy so most days the water was very rough along the beach (both at our resort and in town). There were plenty of umbrellas to lounge under and plenty of chairs to lounge in.

Be aware that not all drinks are available at no charge. This hotel offers rum, fruit liquors, beer and other domestic [to the country] drinks. There is a pay bar where you can buy more 'fancy' drinks such as mojito's, daquari's and international brand alcohol.

The buffet restaurant included limited selection but had variation throughtout the daily meals and week days. Breakfast seemed to have the least choices. Overall, there wasn't a lot of variety but the food that was available was sufficient...more flavour than we were anticipating. There's also a 'Pizzaria' restaurant offered through reservation.

We have pointed out every flaw that this hotel has. Honestly, our stay was great. The hotel was wonderful - minus a few hiccups. If you're looking for a great week away at a economy cost, this is a great place.

If you go with the mind set that this is a 2 Star hotel, you'll leave thinking it was a 3 Star hotel. If you go with the mind set that this is just as good as a 4 Star hotel, you will be disappointed.
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Date of stay: February 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Smoott69 wrote a review Apr 2014
Lloydminster, Canada34 contributions44 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
April 2014. We booked a trip to Varadero Cuba. We stayed one night at the Oasis. We arrived at 4am and the place was dark, The bellboy took us to our room down hallways that had no lights and were almost impossible to see in. The room was very poor. We had pre-ordered a balcony room but were put in a room with a non lockable window and no balcony. The air conditioner sqealed when turned on so we had to do without.TV did not work as the wires were pulled out of wall. The beds were very old and hard as boards. The toilet leaked water and the shower didnt work.There were bugs everywhere. In the morning we went down for breakfast. This was the worst slop I have ever seen. The eggs were uncooked, the ham was paper thin and disgusting. The mystery meat was un-edible. The resort was unkempt and run down. The beach was jammed with garbage and the sand wasn't really sand but a mixture of rocks and debris. The towel boy Arran brought us two towels and said that for first day they were free. We told him we didn't want them but he insisted. Then after a couple hours he came back and told us we owed him 120 CUC for the use of towels. That works out to 130 dollars Canadian for approx. three hours of rental on thread bare and dirty towels. Our tour rep showed up and after a brief and heated talk we were upgraded to the Barcelo Solymar Resort down the road. The Hotel Oasis Islazul is an absolute dive and should be avoided at all cost. The only thing good about our one day stay there was leaving it. If you are planning a trip to Cuba this place should be on your drive by list. It was so far away from any other places that you needed a taxi to go anywhere. STAY AWAY. Spend the extra 100 dollars per person and actually enjoy your vacation.
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Date of stay: April 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bg95756 wrote a review Apr 2013
Pierceland4 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My sister and I stayed at the Oasis from March 16-24 this year. We chose the hotel and Cuba because it was the cheapest all-inclusive that we could go on in the month of March and I wanted to get a tan before graduation! We were a little afraid of what we might find because of all of the negative reviews that we had read on here but we weren't looking for anything fancy- all we needed was sun and beach (and a door that locked) and we got everything we asked for and more.

I really liked this resort. It was small in comparison to other places I have stayed and I found that everyone we met when we were here was happy with the hotel too. Our hot water worked just fine and our room was clean and void of any mushrooms growing on the walls like other reviewers have posted. Nothing was stolen and we never worried about any of our stuff getting taken whether in our room or on the beach. Anytime we forgot our bags, flippers, or flip flops on the beach they were always there when we got back. The television in our room worked but was a little fuzzy which wasn't a problem for us because we were rarely in our room and weren't on vacation to watch tv anyway! The beds are older so the mattresses aren't up to memory-foam standards by any means but I found that I slept extremely well and without interruption. The pillows on the beds are very thin which I didn't have a problem with at all, I thought they were very comfortable but my sister found them to be a little too skinny for her liking. However, we both slept well and there was no noise or anything that woke us up in the night. The light in the bathroom, on the balcony, and in the room entrance worked but the main room light was burnt out so the room was a tad darker than we would have normally had it when we were getting ready for bed but it really wasn't an issue.

We always felt safe here, whether we were on the beach, in our rooms, or shopping in Varadero. I'm 18 and my sister is 24 and we never had any issues or felt uncomfortable
in any situations which we were very grateful for. The people working at the resort are the GREATEST. I have never met so many genuinely nice people. The ladies working at the front desk were polite and spoke English very well, they always seemed happy and acted professionally when dealing with the guests. We had heard that some of the hotel workers work 24 hour shifts, and expected some rightfully cranky workers but didn't find any. We met workers who worked the 24 hour shift- they work 24 on, 24 off, 24 on, 24 off, with no holidays, just 24 hours a day every second day. Others work 12 hour shifts every second day. There are two lifeguards and each work 12 hour days every second day. Lifeguards make 12-15 CUC per month (pretty much equivalent to $12 CAD) and other jobs in the hotel pay similar.

We went into Varadero twice during our stay and it costed 10 CUC to get in both times and 7 CUC to get back. Some people walked into town but it is quite far (takes about an hour to walk) and you can't get there by walking along the beach because the canal blocks your way so you have to walk down the sidewalk until you cross the canal over the bridge.

I am a picky eater but I actually really enjoyed the food here. I hate seafood but I always ate a ton of the fresh fish that they made for lunch and supper. The ice cream tasted a lot different than it does in Canada and I ate SO much of it- delicious. We brought plastic drinking cups with plastic screw on lids that probably costed us two bucks each. We always had them full of water and brought them with us to stay hydrated when we went into town. The locals were crazy about our flowery plastic cups and everyone wanted to trade us something for them- they were in hot demand! We didn't have many alcoholic drinks during the week but when we did we found that they were NOT cheap with the alcohol. After our first drink we asked that they give us quite a bit less in our drinks. They were delicious! The bar is open 10-10 but if you want a drink after they close you can still buy them.. (70 cents for a "tropicola" is hardly going to break you). There is also a bar near the beach that I believe closes at five. After five you just go to the main bar by the pool.

We never swam in the pool but it always looked clean and it was always clean around the pool and the rest of the resort. The ocean was AMAZING. The waves were too big to go in the water one day but there were two days of perfectly flat, perfectly clear, perfect ocean and the other days were just extremely small waves that didn't interrupt swimming at all. The hotel doesn't offer any snorkeling gear so if you want to go out, bring your own! Snorkeling in front of the hotel isn't special but there are still lots of fish to see and if you bring out some bread in a water bottle to feed them they will swarm around you and give you quite the experience! The beach isn't swept everyday so if you want to look for cool shells, the occasional washed up fish, wandering crab or even a pineapple or coconut, this is the perfect place! We found several sand dollars that were in perfect condition to the east. To the west we found jellyfish, blow fish, and urchins.

Entertainment at night was great. We loved how it wasn't the "same old same old" dancing every time. Each night the resort brought in a different show so we got to experience a lot of different, out of the box shows. There was dancing, musical acts, and even a glow in the dark show that was incredible!

If you are going anywhere in Cuba (not just this hotel) I would highly recommend bringing gifts for the locals. Like I said before, Cubans work longer, harder days than many of us in Canada but are still extremely poor. We gave away most of what we brought and everyone was SO grateful. Towards the end of our stay some of the workers started asking us for things, but I understand that because most times if they don't ask- they don't receive. Only one worker bothered us enough that we didn't want to give him anything, and most workers didn't ask us for anything at all. We brought Hot Wheels, marbles, frisbees, sandals, sidewalk chalks, notebooks, pencil cases, ponytails, hair clips, skipping ropes, and other toys to give to kids that we saw in the city and to workers that we talked to at the hotel that had kids or our cab drivers with kids. These people can't afford any 'wants' so they are thankful for ANYTHING. We left our sunscreen, makeup, bug spray (don't forget bug spray if you are going to be at the beach after dark because you will get quite a few bug bites. Not a problem if you put on some repellent though!), some clothes, Spanish bibles, sunglasses, Advil (great idea because medicine is hard to get in Cuba), Gravol, nail polish.... Before we left for our trip my sister hit Wal-Mart pretty hard and got really cheap tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorants, q-tip travel packs, mini Axe colognes, and feminine hygiene products. People were very grateful for all of these things.

This resort is a lot older than most and the workers here know it but they work tremendously hard to ensure that their guests have a good time. Any of the minor problems that I listed were certainly not a big deal and are definitely not going to ruin your vacation- a positive attitude will get you a long way! If your nose isn't stuck too high in the air you will have a great time.

We had so many adventures here. We paid $641 each (including taxes) to depart from Edmonton and I can honestly say that it has been my favorite trip to date. I would not hesitate one second if given the opportunity to go back!
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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terry841215 asked a question Nov 2015
Kitchener, Canada
Is this hotel closed?
Answer from Sharon H
17 contributions
No it doesnt and a taxi is usually around £20 round trip. On average two miles to varadero. Disgusting price
Answer from Pat H
Saskatoon11 contributions51 helpful votes
avoid at all costs !!! its filthy, black mold, etc. worst place ever !!
Ann and Dave D wrote a tip Mar 2017
3 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a room with an ocean view"
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John B wrote a tip Oct 2016
Strathroy, Canada14 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want two beds, ask."
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Felix B wrote a tip Jul 2016
Toronto, Canada27 contributions65 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"left side of the hotel on the upper floor would be a good choice."
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Betty T wrote a tip May 2016
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada2 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ground floor accessibility available"
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Simplythebest365 wrote a tip Jul 2015
Toronto, Canada18 contributions38 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"top floor, bring Dollarama mosquito net and sleep with open balcony door"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Oasis
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Oasis?
Nearby attractions include Mi Casa Beatles (6.9 km), Josone Park (6.8 km), and Iglesia Santa Elvira (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Oasis?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Oasis?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Oasis?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Oasis?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Bar Atlantida, La Gruta El Vino, and Varadero 60.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Oasis?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Hotel Oasis have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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