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Before I get to Havana, I want to show you how different publicity is in Cuba. There are no outdoor billboards advertising Coca Cola or Havana Club rum along the highways. In their place are signs advertising the glories of the revolution. It is as if the only signs you see on U.S. highways are praise for Barack Obama.
You will smile at some of the examples of the advertising arts that I have discovered along the way with my ...
... are relentless and most customer service staff are bored and completely disinterested. It takes a bit of getting used to, but as an overly polite, courteous people you can find it annoying if you invest too much in the temporary relationship.
Varadero is an unusual place. A narrow peninsula with an Atlantic and Caribbean side you can walk from one to the other in a matter of minutes. We were holed up in ‘downtown’ which is the strip as ...
... outside was minimum 30 degrees of Celsius and inside a bit less. But the water was freezing to be honest.
After a cool swim, we had to come back to hotel. The jeep driver was inviting us to his house and meet his family, but we refused ti him, because we felt a little bit tired and wanted to rest after this tour. So he took us to hotel safely and left us, we got to our room and prepared for tomorrow trip to Havana.
... was quite big and our breakfast been very full. But basically same like everywhere in the world, some toasts, omelets, vegetables, fruits and coffees. Finally we are ready to go to the beach today, and for the first time swim in the Atlantic Ocean, but on the other side. I grabbed my mask, snorkel and fins, prepared the waterproof case for my camera and ran to the beach. On the way we met a gardener, who was very friendly, and gave us ...
... we have a day tour to Havana, the capital of Cuba, we are going to visit local rum factory, have a walk in the historical center of the city. On the next day we will have a boat trip to Cayo Blanco island, snorkeling, playing games in a boat, drinking rum and eating lobster and later watching dolphins show. On the next day we having swim with same dolphins and visiting Varadero center for shopping.
That is our plan for the next week.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Cuba Varadero
Villa cuba is good
the food wasn't the best but everything else was great
Value for your money
Villa Cuba is value for your money. We have just returned from our vacation and I am glad our travel agent had found us Villa Cuba. Nice and clean facilities and friendly staff made our stay very pleasant. The food was not bad at all, there was enough variety to enjoy. The animation staff was really working hard to engage the guests in activities and to make it fun for us. We had to see the doctor working at the resort for a skin infection and she was very helpful as well.
Villa Cuba....the real deal
I feel to write a good review the reader should sort of know a little something about the person writing the review so here goes. I am a bit of a neat freak 26 year old single guy who isn't that picky when it comes to food but I do care about value. I'm not too concerned about resort activites/entertainment or facilities. I went down to Varadero with 5 friends for the beach and other off resort activities. Now the goods:
-beach was excellent!
-rooms were clean and there was plenty of water pressure for warm to hot showers
-food was okay...they definately like rare meats
-there was also lots to do off the resort (rent cars, rent mopeds, snorkeling tours, walk to the city of Varadero, tour Havana). We always felt safe off the resort.
-I found most of the staff was quite crabby (unless they were tipped of course)
-Activity staff however were friendly and outgoing.
-their disco was dead
-Every night the activity staff would gather anyone interested to go out to a busy club for a $10 U.S fee plus transportation (all inclusive once you got there but some places were so busy you couldn't get anything or had to pay to use the bathroom!)
-We all agreed that we paid quite a bit of money down there for a poor country. People will try to hustle and grind you for anything
To sum things up....Villa Cuba is fine. There is good and bad to Cuba no matter where you go. I do advise to got to at least a 4 star resort.
Some people are just never happy
Having read several negative review about Villa Cuba, all I
can say is quitcherbitchin.
Great staff, great drinks, clean rooms and average bland food - so the latter aspect should make the Brits (of which I am one) feel quite at home!!
A problem with the shower in one of our rooms was attended to within 20 minutes of our call to the front desk. It took them an hour to fix it, but at least it was done properly.
About the only problem I had with the stay was the quality of the wine served which fell under the general terminology of Plonk.
A tip to the people who felt that they had been jerked around by staff. Smile and treat them like equals. Introduce yourself and over them some small treats- we took along bar soap, crayons, disposable razors, toothpaste,
toothbrushes etc. The whole bag of goodies cost us $25.00 Canadian and this little bit of good cheer got us a great deal of mileage in both Villa Cuba and our other stop., the Hotel Nacional in Havana.
Spend a bit more, stay somewhere else
My wife and I visited the Villa Cuba for 2 weeks in early February 2002. We found the staff to be friendly and polite but largely indifferent to us as customers. This seems to be a Cuban thing as we found this to be the case virtually everywhere we went in Cuba. The room was very nice, the housekeeping only "fair". The food was awful! My wife managed to pick-up an intestinal parasite that her Dr. advises was likely from poor hygiene on the part of the food handlers. It was my misfortune to get an ear infection that the hotel Dr. advised was likely from the pool. As a destination, Cuba has a long way to go to compete with Mexico and the other Caribbean destinations. If you do go to Cuba, spend a few extra dollars and stay in a better hotel.
DO NOT GO TO VILLA CUBA
Stay away from Villa Cuba, food was terrible, service was terrible, rooms had major mold patches.....
Had a wonderful time!
My mom and I went to Cuba for the first time last winter. My mom was very nervous about what our hotel would look it. As it turned out, the place was wonderful. Our first room was a little loud, but the staff had no problems moving us when another room was free. The staff was friendly and the food was alright for Cuba. You can't go away on a vacation there and expect to be eating at a 4 star restaurant every night. We both had a great time at the disco every night and enjoyed the days by the pool or on the beautiful beach. Overall, we had a wonderful time and would go back to Villa Cuba again.
Beware villa cuba nightmare!
We stayed at Villa Cuba for a week, from feb.17-24. We had the pleasure to find that we had a room in the villas (that were built in the 50-60). The room was so small and no counter space anywhere. First day the shower broke, the second day the toilet broke, by the third day the braker blew...., with our many problems we were daily callers at the reception. The staff was very rude and unprofessional pretty much all week except for a couple exceptions. Some nights the disco didn't even open... The food, well, good luck... We were very disapointed from the resort and the people. I've been to Cuba twice before (in Guardalacava) and had no problems at all and the staff and locals were much friendlier.
Horrible place stay away
Horrible food and service. Everything broken or unavaialble.
The staff don't care about you or your problems.
Pretty good by Cuban standards (which are low)
Stayed at Villa Cuba for two weeks in Dec. 2001.
Thought the facility was very nice, one of the best spots on one of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Friendly and helpful "entertainment team" double up as the evening entertainment providing dancing/singing and skits(sic). Anyone going to Cuba should realize that the food is not great anywhere in the country. Cubans get little meat in their diet so their idea of delux is to trot out piles and piles of (usually stewed) meat. The veggies are not up to North American or European standards; vegitarians beware! I met a number of people who were very dissatisfied with the food at Villa Cuba, but them again I met dozens of others from 4 and 5 star resorts with the same complaints. The message is: don't go to Cuba for a gastronomical experience.