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Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Guardalavaca
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Ottawa
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“Nice Hotel, Amazing beach, food so so...”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

The accomodations is what you would expect from Cuba, very simple but clean which is all that matters. The beach is like the rest of Cuba which is next to none; amazing white sand and the beach is very calm and clear.

The staff are very nice and very easy going, they make do with what they have which is not very much so please make sure to tip. The only draw back was the food which was NOT terrible but it was not the best, but please keep in mind that i was at this resort 3 years ago and from readin the recent reviews it seems that it has gotten much better.

Book with no fear, the people of this beautiful country will make your vacation the best you have regardless of anything else that you may think is negative.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

This was our second time at Brisas and we were very pleased with the changes in the 7 years since we last visited. Enjoyed the roof-top Havana bar,the additional a la cartes and the friendliness of the long time staff. We chose to stay in the hotel, overlooking the beach and the stage,knowing it would be noisy but as we are hardly in our room at night except to fall asleep ,tired out ,the noise was not a serious problem for us and the view made it worthwhile. A rooster which crowed every morning around 4AM woke us up more than the music or talk did. It was also handy to be right in the building with the bars and buffet in case the weather was rainy ( which it wasn't ) The boardwalk along the water to the public beach makes for a lovely stroll ,there is the additional option of walkingin the other direction to the small fishing village. We had wonderful snorkeling just out from the pier ( a large variety of fish and fan corals ) ,enjoyed the shooting each day with Chino,sailed on the Hobies,played tennis,took the all day jeep tour ( very worthwhile and a long day ! ) They certainly give you a tour of the area and a variety of activities. We also rented mopeds ( $19 for 4 hours ) and drove through the lovely countryside to Banes and the Marina road as well. It is so nice to get out into the countryside and see the real Cuba ,away from the tourist areas. It was our first experience flying with Hola Sun and although the plane left on time both ways ,it is certainly a bare basics experience as far as passenger service ,meals or drinks onboard are concerned. Both take-offs and landings were quite bumpy in the back of the plane. There were 6 of us "older" adults and we would definitely consider returning to Brisas Guardalavaca .It is a great spot to go.

Room Tip: Two couples were happy with our oceanview rooms (4h floor ) which do tend to be noisy until 10:30pm...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Oshawa, Canada
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

I would highly recomend this Hotel as it has been far the best one yet in the last 4 trips to Cuba. We have stayed in Varadero 3 times but as this was our first in Holquin we weren`t sure what to expect. The food was great, many bars and resturants on premises and beach was fantastic.Friendly staff and all spoke good English. Definately would return to The Brisas.

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Room Tip: Try to stay in the bungalo section as i had heard from other guests that the hotel rooms were a bit...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2012

The Brisas Guardalavaca is a great place to go for fun in the sun. The Hotel is on a great beach. The resort is laid out great with not alot of walking. The Hotel is getting old but is still nice and always clean. The bunglows are alittle nicer. Great livily Disco and food is good for Cuba. A great market you can walk to 15 mins away. The staff is great and still greatfull if they get tips or presents

Room Tip: take the horse and buggy to the market and step back in time.Rooms on 3 and 4 floor oceanside get gr...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Ottawa, Ontario
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

We had heard that Cuba was a good bargain, but not to expect too much from the hotels and restaurant. Brisas Guardalavaca was a very pleasant surprise! An efficient check-in, a very spacious and comfortable room (albeit with firm pillows, but I got over myself...) and a great choice of restaurants and bars. Beside the standard buffet restaurant, there were six or seven specialty "by reservation only" restaurants, and we had no problem getting reservations for all of our dinners. Staff were exceptionally charming and friendly - both the wait staff and bartenders - but watch the bartenders' tendency to pour generous drinks - we didn't notice the first day, and ended up a little tipsy! The maid service was efficient - our room was always cleaned and restocked. Despite a 98% occupancy rate, we found that there were always lots of empty chairs by the pool and on the beach - no problem with guests hogging chairs. In late February, the weather was perfect - 34 Celsius, beautiful sunny skies with light breezes. The beach was wonderful - if you snorkel straight out for about half a kilometre, you'll find a coral reef complete with sea urchins and loads of colourful fish. We booked through selloffvacations.com and the price was extremely attractive. We'll be back next year for sure.

Room Tip: the "villa" section has bigger rooms, and is much quieter than the main hotel. Worth spen...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Yorkshire, England
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

If we were in the habit of going back to a hotel more than once, would probably
come back here.
That's our personal choice- we like to see as many parts of the world as
possible.

Rooms-
Cleaned every day to a good standard. Towel art left every day.
Towels and Bedding changed at the guests request ( good idea I thought- you just
put a little card on the pillow when needed- saving the planets water and all
that)
We did tip the maid at the beginning of the holiday, but didn't
really receive any special treatment. so didn't tip at the end
Stayed in the main hotel. The rooms aren't as modern, or as big as
the villa rooms. But are about £50 a week cheaper.

Food
Both buffet restaurants did a huge variety of breakfast. Bacon and black
pudding- which is unheard of in all inclusive hotels.
We ate in all the a la carte restaurants. Good fare all round. Our
favourite was the Buccaneer 'Beer' Restaurant. Least favourite - the Cuban one
Dress code in the restaurants- don't forget your trousers.

Bars
Flippin eck- there's hundreds of them!!!
We generally used the pool bar at the main pool during the day (Special
mention to Oscar- Top bar man!!!!!)
Occasional visits to the buccaneer- bottled heiniken and becks- happy
days
Evenings were spent up in the Havana Bar. This Hidden little gem does
the best Mohitos ive ever had ( ask for the 3 year old rum.)

Trips
Must admit we didn't bother
Most either visited churches and cemeteries, or were boat trips
We did however jump on the open top bus for a trip up to the Indian
village- Cheap and a couple of hours killed.
Also had a nice horse ad cart tour. About an hour for 2o peso ( for up to
to four people, so thta about £3 each) Pinch a banana or two from breaky for
the horse!!!

Shopping
Some traders in the hotel every day, or just a 10min walk up the
beach front you will find the daily market. All selling all to usual leather
wood and horn carving. Very reasonable prices compared to other parts of the
world
We usually jumped on a horse and cart for the ride back -£2
Money
Exchange in the hotel reception. Rates are set by the government so
no need to shop around.

Staff
ALL pleasant and seemed to enjoy working there. Apart from the reception
( miserable- to say the least!)
Gardeners were especially pleasant. My wife and friends received several
coconuts from the trees and little sculptures made from leaves.

Overall a good hotel for the price. Don't go expecting 5 star luxury and you
wont be disappointed

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

My boyfriend and I took a week all inclusive vacation to Brisas at the end of March. We had perfect weather, it rained twice but once it was so early in the morning by the time we got out of bed everything was dry and the second rain was quick and then it cleared off. The locals say march is the cloudiest month, but like I said the weather was hot and phenomenal. It cooled down a lot at night and you definitely need to bring long sleeve shirts to stay warm enough to watch the nightly entertainment.

We stayed in the hotel room 312 with an ocean view. It was beautiful. The room stayed nice and cool. At night the shows went on until about 11pm and it was noisy if you were trying to sleep. We loved the towel art and flowers the cleaning lady left us. She even stopped us in the hallway to say she had the privilege of cleaning our room. She was lovely.

The buffet was average, lots to choose from and not too hard on the stomach. Make reservations early for the dinners, there are 6 restaurants and the quality is much better than the buffet. The restaurants provide entertainment, whether it is a singer, a band, a magician, or a show of fire. The servers at these restaurants are very friendly and seem to remember your face.
The beach was the best part of the trip. Beautiful sand. You can walk to the market. You can even snorkel and go on a sailing boat, it's all included.

We did one adventure and that was the catamaran. They give you snacks and drinks. You get a beautiful trip on a big boat. You get to snorkel, a delicious lunch with more drinks, and a chance to swim with the dolphins. The dolphins are wonderful and it seems like you get to spend a lot of time with them. We even saw people training seals.
The gym is limited in weights, but at least there was a gym to use that wasn't too busy.
The whole resort seemed pretty quiet and it was definitely an older crowd, which we loved.
The poolside had lots of fun entertainment; dancing, games, aerobics. The pool was clean and never too busy.
All in all, we would definitely recommend Brisas Guardalavaca.

Room Tip: The Villas are much quieter, if you like to go to bed early.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel
Address: Calle 2, Playa, Guardalavaca 84170, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Holguin Province > Guardalavaca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Guardalavaca
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Hotel Class:4 star — Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 437
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