Spent a week at the Sol CL from Jan 20-27th. This is my 4th time to CL, second time at the Sol. The last two years we stayed at the Gran Caribe Playa Blanca and decided to switch over for this trip to see how they compared. We much prefer the Sol and will be staying here for future trips. We are a couple in our early 30's and travelled with my parents.
Check in went smoothly as there were only 6 or 8 other couples checking in from our flight. We discovered that we were given "Superior" booking status, which basically means that the resort makes your a la carte reservations for you, you get a free lobster dinner as an extra a la carte, you get "preferred" check in (you get to sit at a desk instead of stand at the counter), and your mini-fridge is stocked daily with pop, juice boxes, and beer. Not something I'd pay extra for but it was nice to have lots of drinks in the room.
The room itself was really the only minor let-down of the week - it was an oceanview, which we'd paid for, but had a few issues (air conditioner had to be serviced, and once it was fixed it started leaking after 20 minutes of use, toilet ran all the time, ceiling fan had only one speed - blindingly fast - and we weren't sure of its stability so didn't use it when weren't were in bed). Bed was average. Bathroom and decor a bit tired but not unacceptable by any means. Maid service was prompt and well done.
The beach was lovely - lots of palapas and chairs available. We found it pretty windy so sadly didn't spend all that much time down on the hotel beach. We travelled to Sirena 3 of the days and had a great time there though it's a pretty serious business trying to get beach chairs there. We took cabs - 2CUC per person - rather than the trains which we aren't all that fond of. We arranged to go out to snorkel on the reef right from Sirena - $20CUC per person for around 1.25 hours of snorkeling which, for the quality of the reef and the fish to be seen, is a steal. Highlight of the snorkeling was observing an enormous Eagle Ray for 10+ minutes.
The pool is lovely - spent time around it for the first time in any of close to 10 trips down South. Chairs and palapas widely available and it was peaceful and not windy. It's a nice undulating shape with nicely kept gardens around and throughout. There were a few rips in the liner, but while we were sitting by it there were hotel and management staff evaluating the liner and it seemed, making plans to repair or replace it.
Food - this was the best surprise of the whole trip. This was the best food I've ever had on Cayo Largo - obviously the management of the hotel has heard travellers' concerns regarding the quality of the food and are taking real steps to improve it. Breakfast - lots of fresh fruit, crepe and omelet stations, and the usual other breakfast fare (hot food, pastries, meats and cheeses, etc.). Most lunches we had at the pool restaurant (great pizza!) or at the Ranchon on the beach (fabulous BBQ items!). We had all our dinners at the buffet - didn't even bother with the a la cartes. Dinner was fabulous. Great selection - pasta and two stir fry stations, salad stuff, breads, cured meats and cheeses, and always a lovely carved meat item - pork, turkey (AMAZING), fish, Beef Wellington. Management and head chef types were always circulating to ensure quality control. We were blown away by the food which was definitely the best we've had in Cuba. There were flies around but the food staff would burn smudge pots on the less breezy days to try to deter them. It wasn't terrible by any means and is to be expected in an open-air eating area.
Service was good to very good throughout the resort. Buffet staff got to recognize that we always had a table of 4 and would set "our" table accordingly before we got there. Bar staff was quick and polite. Grounds staff and other staff were friendly. The only blip was the gentleman working the front desk but I think it might have been a language challenge.
Overall - a trip to Cuba is all about expectations and doing your research before putting down your cash. Cayo Largo is what it is - quiet and beach-oriented. You get what you pay for at these resorts so one shouldn't be expecing 5* rooms, service and food unless you're paying for it.
Feel free to send me a message with any questions, I'd be pleased to answer them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Cayo Largo del Sur, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. All Inclusive Four-Star resort with 296 rooms. Ideal for enjoying its pristine environment and for exploring its idyllic landscape and crystal-clear ocean bottom. The resort faces 600 meters of beach renowned for its perennially cool white-sand. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and groups.Guest Rooms296 rooms: 244 Standard, 34 Standard Ocean View, 10 Standard Superior Ocean View, 8 Junior SuiteDining3 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, A la carte and mini-buffet), 1 Cafeterias, 3 Bars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Cayo Largo Hotel Cayo Largo
- Sol Hotel Cayo Largo
- Cayo Largo Cuba
- Cayo Largo Sol Hotel
- Sol Club Cayo Largo